Just Add Cheese…

Whew! It’s finally nap time! Friends will be stopping by this weekend for a nibble and a nip, just like always… No time to make anything complicated, but store-bought just ain’t my style!

Quick, to the kitchen!

Grab that day (or more) old baguette out of the bread box, and slice it thin.

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

Line a couple of big baking sheets with parchment, if you have it.

Don’t sweat it if you don’t…it just makes clean-up easier. I’m all about easy these days…

Brush the slices with olive oil. Both sides.

Run them in the oven til they’re crisp and starting to brown. The time will vary based on how stale the bread was to begin with…these took about 15 minutes.

Cool on wire racks for a couple of hours.

Right before the guests arrive, pile them in a basket lined with a pretty dishtowel. Set out some soft cheeses, homemade preserves – Tomato-Basil Jam, anyone? – and cured meats…

Put on your Party Apron.

Chase down two-year-old and wipe the sticky off her face – again.

Enjoy an evening with friends…


24 thoughts on “Just Add Cheese…

  1. That is brilliant, i just bought the french sticks to make crostini. We cook they till dry too and Johns kids (who are coming this weekend) Love them.. perfect timing.. c

  2. I’m so all about easy too! Enjoying the company of my guests is more important than slaving away in the kitchen. It’s got to be good food, but not complicated and your spread is my idea of entertaining!!

  3. Several points arise in my mind as I read this:
    1–I forgot to tell you that one of my Seattle sisters made the tomato-basil jam, adored it, and shared it with the other Seattle sis, who went happily crazy over it too (as did the BIL and nephews)!; 2–two-year-olds with sticky Angel faces are just as cute as can be, with the bonus that if you leave it you have an automatic “tracking device” for her activities because everything she gets into will attach immediately to said sticky face (or she’ll stick to a wall or piece of furniture and thus hold still until you catch up with her); 3–what a terrific vintage apron!; 4–I do so love your posts. 😀

    • In Order:
      I gave several tomato-basil jams away for Christmas this year. Hubby is now gaurding the remaining jars like a bulldog with a bone. It’s a definate “Make again!”
      I may have to change this child’s nickname to Applesauce Face…
      Not vintage on the apron – just really cute! And glittery… 🙂
      I’m so glad you enjoy the posts…I love your comments almost as much as I love *your* posts!
      Happy New Year!

  4. I’d be very happy to sit with friends and have these nibbles to enjoy. Nibbles needn’t be fancy so long as they taste good or, depending upon your guest’s age, are sticky. 🙂

    • …Or cheesy…I can’t tell yet whether the true favorite is applesauce, or cheddar cheese… 🙂
      And you’re welcome to stop by for nibbles anytime you’re in the area! There’s always good wine and good food around here!

  5. Marie, you have shown that you can create a full blown party with day old bread, a dish towel and an apron. A sticky faced 2y/o should be no challenge for a woman who wields that kind of magic!

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