Friday eve!

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That calls for yummy appetizers and snacks.

Bread Cups

Bread Cups

This is a perennial favorite:  Take a loaf of French bread, cut it so one end is flat and the other angled sharply.  Hollow out the inside, but leave enough bread to form a "floor" and sides. A 10" French bread roll will give you 2 bread cups, with the highest side between 4 and 5" high.  Fill the "cup" inside the hollowed bread with a dip of your choice, then arrange thinly cut veggies along the high side of the bread.  I like using cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, scallions, and celery sticks, but other veggies and even fruits or meats can be used.  The whole thing is edible.  You can also use pumpernickel bread, rye bread, or any other slender "baton" style roll.

It's quick, easy, and children can help make these.  One bread cup per person is a good serving size.

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