Sometimes the recipes in Entertaining with The Sopranos are on a level with a recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
They involve food and certain things are expected.
The sandwich: bread, peanut butter and something fruity.
The Antipasto: cold cuts, cheese, olives, mixed pickled veggies and tomatoes. Anchovies on a separate dish because Paul hates them.
But, I mean really, does anyone measure out how much peanut butter or jelly they shmear. No one throws a hissy fit if someone uses marmalade or jam. It's just a sandwich.
What's with Carmela's Antipasto? She's got it measured out - 4 ounces of one kind of cheese, 8 ounces of another. Same with the cold cuts and veggies.
Give me a break.
Antipasto is the original pot luck dish. What you got is what you get. It's a simple thing to throw together for casual get togethers and holiday meals.
Paul and I threw together a platter before our friends dropped in for my birthday. We didn't measure anything.
Of course I'll make it again.
Another recipe down. Sixty-three more to go.
Happy Mother's Day.