Lessons in Leisure: Quick Dinners and Snacks

Various breadsI love bread. All kinds of bread. But I think my absolute favorite is a crusty French baguette. And over the last 10 years most markets offer either a fresh, ready-to-go, or pop-in-your-oven version.

One of our favorite dinners around the Rinaldi household – when takeout just doesn’t feel right and I flat out am not going to cook – is baguette rounds, olives, cheese and a bit of fruit. For me, this is heaven. It’s quick, simple and doesn’t require making a mess of the kitchen.

Other ways to enjoy baguette rounds:

  • Fig jam, gruyere and baby arugula
  • Toasted with a rubbing of fresh garlic, ripe tomato and a drizzle of olive oil
  • Slathered in olive oil, sprinkled heavily with pecorino Romano cheese, coarse grated black pepper and a few chunks of oil packed sardines on top
  • A smear of pesto and sliced hard-boiled egg
  • Toasted and a light smear of fresh, mashed, ripe avocado, a squeeze of lemon and slices of cold, poached shrimp
  • Unsalted butter, minced cornichons, and thin slice dry salami
  • And when all else fails – a good slathering of peanut butter and jelly.

Give some of these a try, let me know what you think.

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