This weekend is World on the Square in Corydon, and we local natives are encouraged to bring international dishes to the free tasting buffet. The food used to be in the basement of the Methodist Church on the square, but this year it’s moved to the basement of the Wright Interpretive Center in the old Presbyterian Church across from the Visitors’ Center, catty-cornered from the courthouse, just down the street from the Star Cleaners and El Donohue’s–I mean The Real Enchilada aka Olga’s on the Square.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to make but, since there are so many fresh vegetables around now, I decided to make antipasto.
Antipasto does not mean “the opposite of pasta”, physics jokes aside (if you eat antipasto with pasta, does it destroy the universe?). Antipasto means “before the pasta”. It’s the original appetizer.
Usually served cold or at room temperature, it’s a perfect dish for a picnic or a pitch-in, since it doesn’t have to be kept warm. I have veg to chop up, and I’ll get some prosciutto (like country ham, but sliced paper-thin and with an Italian accent) and mozzarella today. Maybe some olives and marinated mushrooms. Mmmmm!
See you on the Square!
WRITING PROMPT: What cuisine is different enough for your main character to consider it “exotic” but familiar enough for him or her to eat and/or prepare it?