We can offer reasoned counsels and repeat the lessons of experience and tradition, but the truth is that tif the table is attractive and clean, the food and drink honest and good, the company amiable* and interesting, and the host generous and calm, an affair can be a resounding success no matter where the glasses go or who is sitting where. And that is our last word on entertaining.However even Joy sometimes falters as I discovered this afternoon. A recipe for a soup contains this ingredient: One 14-ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice, crushed between your fingers... (pg. 310, 1997 ed.) How, I ask you, am I supposed to do that? Is this a seventh degree kitchen black belt thing?
Fortunately the recipe doesn't contain kale so I won't try to make it today.
*"Amiable" is high on my list of favorite words.