Sheila's Out Shopping: Tasty treats

My husband has been away cheering on his favorite team to victory, and not having the urge to cook for one, I have been snacking.

I found that a bagel (89 cents) from Straight from New York fills me up for lunch and even past dinner time. If I add a piece of cheese it quickly becomes a feast.

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I start to crave something sweet around 9 p.m. and can’t wait to bite into one of my cupcakes ($3) from Sassy Cakes.

I don’t even have to share it with Chili, my Chessie, because they make natural treats for dogs called pupcakes ($3).

Thank goodness because they are much too delectable to let anyone, man or dog, have even a small bite. The flavors are heavenly — mocha, buttercup, strawberry, carrot cheese, red velvet, German chocolate, key lime cream pie, chocolate decadence, crumb cake — need I say more?

They make my mouth water just thinking about them. I’ve discovered the mini’s ($1 each) and can get a variety of flavors without pigging out. The only trouble is I can eat the whole dozen without even trying.

Sweet Caroline’s is another one of my haunts for special snacks. The only thing wrong with this place is the muffin variety. I never know whether to order the peach cobbler, banana chocolate or blueberry ($30, baker’s dozen) and usually just get the dozen and store them in the refrigerator. They still taste great after being warmed in the toaster oven.

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The only thing that resembles a real dinner is the night I boiled some pasta and added Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Parmesan Pasta Sauce ($15). It satisfied my craving for sweetness and there was enough left over for another dinner and a lunch.

Calbee Snack Salad Snapea Crisps ($1.79) baked snacks are addictive. They come in the original flavor, my favorite, or caesar which is slightly tangy and are available at Whole Foods Market. They satisfy my craving for a crunch, fill me up, and are somewhat healthy.

I can’t wait until baseball season is over so I can get back to cooking, but snacking is very satisfying.

Where to shop

* Sassy Cakes Inc., 2550 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Naples, 687-5100

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* Sweet Caroline’s, 11121 Health Park Blvd., Naples, 598-1111

* Straight from New York, 4550 Executive Drive, Naples, 596-9933

* Whole Foods Market, the Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples, 552-5100

* Williams-Sonoma, Waterside Shops, 5375 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 514-2213

IKE LIKES IT

Ike found Flatout Flatbread Crisps ($2.89) in a four cheese flavor at the deli department at Publix.

The verdict: Sheila was gathering snacks so she wouldn’t have to cook while I was away and this looked like it would be a good addition to her stash. It turned out that we both enjoyed the flavor, and the cracker went well with soup or salad. It also stood up by itself just as a munch and proved that it was well worth experimenting.

Connect with Sheila Mesulam at www.naplesnews.com/staff/sheila_mesulam

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