Eat Like a Crawley: Host a Downton Abbey Dinner Party

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The season finale of Downton Abbey is coming this Sunday. While most viewers may be wondering if Mary will finally produce a male heir for the Crawley family, I’m pondering how long it will take for Daisy to release her own line of farm-to-jar artisan jams.

Downton Abbey: Teaching Sybil Crawley to cook.
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The drama in the Downton kitchens has been high this season. Who could forget the broken hollandaise that Alfred saved at the last minute, or when Ethel wowed the Crawley gals with her strawberry charlotte russe?

Celebrate with a lavish spread of your own this Sunday, in honor of the Crawley clan. Culinary historian Pamela Foster, who blogs at Downton Abbey Cooks, has put together more than 100 recipes that are featured in or inspired by the TV show. In her Online Guide to Hosting a Downton Abbey-Themed Party, her themed menus include a servants hall tribute and a cocktail party with passed appetizers. Pamela has also published an e-cookbook called Abbey Cooks Entertain.

The gals at Apron Strings also put on a feast inspired by the TV show, including Calvados-Glazed Roast Duck, Butternut Squash Pasties, and Sticky Toffee Ebelskivers. They also wore period-appropriate costumes.

Rebecca from Food with Family has the Downton Grub files, a series of posts in which she “shares a Downton Abbey-worthy recipe so we can all have appropriate snacks to sustain us whilst we alternately cheer and shake our fists at our television screens at 9pm each Sunday." So far, she’s shared recipes for clotted cream and Earl Grey Raisin Scones.

A couple of Pinterest boards can also provide inspiration, such as What Would Carson Serve and Mrs. Patmore’s Kitchen.

Go on, make a feast that Mrs. Patmore would be proud of.

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