Monday, August 1, 2011

How to Manage An Inferiority Complex

What do you serve your friends, all members of the high school Cuban Club, 1973 through 1977?  Hint:  NOT CUBAN FOOD!  They are all either better cooks than you, or their mothers can run circles around you with their perfect black bean soup and pumpkin flan.  And besides, where's the surprise?  No, no, no dear friends, you need to go in an altogether different direction.  Enter:  The Italian Antipasto Tray . . .


Start out with a large platter to hold it all.  I picked this one up at HomeGoods for about $10!


Then, go nuts!  I included cantaloupe, prosciutto, sopressata, black olives cured in olive oil, jumbo green olives stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, provolone cheese, green grapes, roasted red peppers, and Formaggio Ciliegine (fresh mozzarella balls, marinated in olive oil, red pepper flakes, basil and black pepper), all prettily showcased against a backdrop of radicchio . . .


Is your mouth watering yet . . . ?


And this is an old, old photo of the Cuban Club, from the year I was president.  Where's Maria?


A Tablescape With A Tuscan Vibe coming tomorrow . . .

8 comments:

Suzy said...

I just love seeing your table settings, and all the wonderful dishes you come up with. Yes my mouth is watering, soo yummy!

Amanda said...

Oh yeah, you've made me hungry! Is that you in the middle wearing the diagonally striped shirt? Between the food and old friends, I'm sure you had a wonderful day :)

Angela2932 said...

Oh, God, will my computer short out if I keep drooling all over the keyboard????? That food looks heavenly!

I'm thinking that that is you too, in the striped shirt. What a cute group of people, all looking very 70s! And how nice that you still get together! How many gather these days?

Esther said...

Oh my gosh, I'm browsing blogs before dinner...so YES, my mouth IS watering and my tummy is growling!! LOL. Looks fabulous and I'm sure they enjoyed every morsel. I bet you guys had a fun gathering! :)

Reds said...

Mmmm - that looks fresh and delicious!! And how great that you still see each other after all this time!

Joy said...

Oh I'm starving now! That is a gorgeous tray! You did good.

Nicki said...

Food looks great - but on to the more important matter - where are you? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the girl, white v-neck on the couch with by the dude with the dark sweater vest. ??? do tell!

oh, and the food does really look delicious!

Barb said...

It looks delicious. You made it look easy! I love the photo.