You have organized your outdoor living area to accommodate your guests in style and comfort. Your entertaining areas are dressed with special features and touches to reflect your personal style. A ready supply of festive, summer dishes and serving pieces are at the ready.
What are you missing? While you likely take time in planning a menu full of summer flavors and seasonings for your planned outdoor entertaining events, this Mom is frequently called upon to accommodate impromptu guests, especially during the summer months. I will admit that I've been able to pull together a summer feast to impress on short notice, more often than not, unexpected guests are treated to light, simple fare.
Summer Entertaining Staples
Fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits for cut trays and easy salads
Sour cream, cottage cheese or ricotta and spices for whipping up a dip to delight.
Protein: beef, pork or chicken for quick kabobs for the grill.
Marinades and salsa.
Cake or brownie mix, ice cream or frozen yogurt for created quick layered desserts.
Red and White wine.
Gourmet crackers and nuts.
Shopping For Summer Entertaining
Although certain items on my summer entertaining Must Have list must be replenished weekly, others may be held for just the right occasion. I enjoy stopping into local bakeries and specialty stores to find new offerings for serving to my guests. However, as of late, I have begun to find more unique and gourmet products at the grocery, with tempting flavor combinations and a greater amount of visual appeal.
Among my new finds are a delightful snack, perfect for guests or for family, Baguette Chips from Pillsbury. Unlike more traditional snacks, such as potato or tortillas chips, pretzels or nuts, whose flavor is often masked by heavy salt content, my family and my summer guests have all been delighted by Baguette Chips. Just the right thickness and crunch factor and whose flavor is based in well matched seasonings, rather than salt, and 50% less fat than traditional chips, Baguette Chips are the perfect pantry item for any season.
Available in two tempting flavors, Cheddar Sun-Dried Tomato and Italian Cheese & Herb, both varieties are delicious, perfect for snacking or serving to guests. From taste testing by family members and guests, we found everyone to enjoy the Italian Cheese & Herb variety, while some of the younger members of our testing crew were not as fond of the Cheddar Sun-Dried Tomato variety. All the better for this Mom and her guests who found this version of Baguette Chips beyond tasty and appreciate that these gourmet snacks are merely 130 calories per generous serving!
Experience the gourmet delight
This Mom highly recommends Baguette Chips for both family and guests.
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