The bread was donated to us by Good Samaritan Hospital and came par baked and frozen. The hospital gave us three cases and it was so simple to prepare. All we had to do was bake it for 5 minutes in a 350-degree oven and voila! — fresh bread!
As the one who in the past has made bread dough from scratch for the meal, I can't even begin so say what a convenience this was.
In the hopes that we could get away with serving the bread without butter, we topped it with a bit of cheese, minced garlic and parsley before baking. Our plan worked and the guests loved it.
One man came up to the window as he was leaving and asked if he could have some more bread to go. When I handed it to him he said, "oh my, it's still warm," and gave me the biggest smile.
Warm bread is spirit lifting and was exactly what our guests needed on this damp Portland day.