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Food on Fridays with Ann
During the school year, one of the teachers at our homeschool co-op brings bags of day-old Panera bread to share with the families. Apparently Panera donates all they can to organizations that feed the hungry and still have bread left over, so this man picks up giant plastic bags full of miscellaneous bagels and baguettes for co-op families to enjoy.Even after everyone helps themselves to the bread, plenty of loaves remain at the end of the day. My kids’ classes were scheduled late in the day, so we would load up some bags with the treasures and tote them home to enjoy.We’d slice loaves for French toast, regular toast or sandwiches.We’d prepare baguettes with butter and garlic, sticking them in the oven for a few minutes to accompany our pasta dinner.We’d invent appetizers, slicing baguette thin and topping it with bruschetta, cheese, or tapenade.We’d cube some of it to dip into cheese fondue.We’d cube even more and freeze for later use in casseroles or bread pudding.During the school year, thanks to Panera, we eat like kings…and gain about ten extra pounds.Now that the school year is ending, our source for free Panera bread will end, as well.Our family grieves a bit, but our waistlines can only improve.