Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Bowl over party guests

Gotta Try It

It has happened to all of us: Our holidays are consumed by shopping, decorating and visiting Santa at the mall, and then oops - we forget we're supposed to bring food to a party. Last minute vegetable or deli trays from the grocery are a solution, but predictable and frankly a bit of a letdown.

Kroger Private Selection Bread Bowls ($5.99 or $3.99 each with Kroger Plus Card) to the rescue. These frozen sourdough bread rounds are filled with either spinach and artichoke dip or portabella mushroom dip, and they bake up in about an hour. (Using a microwave and an oven, the bowls are ready in about 30 minutes.)

The bread turns out crusty and tangy, and the bubbly dips are mostly cheesy - but good. Sure, you could probably make better dip yourself, but you might not have time. Which is why you're in this party predicament in the first place.

Buy the bread bowls ahead, pop them in the oven while getting dressed and take them to the party warm. No one will guess they came from the freezer case.

Chuck Martin

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