Summer has arrived at last here in the Pacific Norhwest, and at our house, that means cool and refreshing salads on the back deck for dinner a lot of evenings.
I chill our salad bowls in the freezer, which is especially nice in triple digit weather. (if you haven't ever done this, try it!) The chilled bowls are a nice touch, but what really takes our supper up to a whole new level is a little just-the-right-size-for-two loaf of bread, warm and buttery, fresh out of the oven.
I like to cruise through the bakery section of the grocery store, and for thirty eight cents at my local Winco, I can buy just a single mini baggette. They are on the petite side, which is perfect for accompanying our dinner for two.
I am an incredibly visual person, and I always like my table to look (and smell) inviting. I rub the crust of the baggette with butter and pop it in the oven at 400' for about six minutes to make it really yummy. Taking those extra couple minutes to step things up a notch makes every meal a memorable event.
Try it yourself. I'm betting you'll enjoy your meal just a wee bit more.