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What to do for the Super Bowl if you don’t cook

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. You’re hanging at home to watch the game, and want to have friends over. But even the idea of melting some shredded cheddar on some tortilla chips, chopping some green onions and opening a can of olives or jar of salsa is simply too much for you to handle.

Fine.

These ideas are for you.

Pick it up. Call your favorite restaurant or sports bar and place a to-go order for nachos or your favorite appetizer. Poole’s Public House has two Spokane locations: one north at 1010 E. Hastings Road, Suite A, and one south, at 5620 S. Regal St., Suite 1. It also has grilled stuffed jalapeños for $7 (bacon-wrapped are $8.50) and “man-size” Macho Nachos for $14.99. They come with hand-cut corn chips, ground beef or chicken, two cheeses, tomatoes, olives, green onions and jalapeños. In the north, call (509) 413-1834. In the south, call (509) 368-9760.

Do DeLeon’s. This Mexican grocer makes its own chips and salsa. Tamales are available by the dozen. Plus, you can pre-order and pick up party platters with enchiladas, seasoned rice and more. Call (509) 483-3033 for a free price quote. DeLeon Foods Deli and Grocery Store is at 102 E. Francis St.

Raid the frozen aisle of Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s has tamales, too. And breaded mozzarella sticks, mini quiches and meatballs, French macarons, pizza, and Parmesan Pastry Pups, aka pigs in blankets.* Then, hop an aisle or two over for barbecue sauce, cookies, candies, chips, dips, and Hatch Valley and corn salsas. Note: you will have to bake or microwave the frozen, pre-made foods. But no knife skills are involved.

Put together a cheese platter. Head to the cheese aisle at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Fred Meyer or your favorite grocer. Buy some cheese. (Consider one hard cheese such as aged sharp cheddar or Parmigiano-Reggiano, one soft buttery cheese such as brie or Camembert, a pungent cheese such as Gorgonzola or Stilton, and a smooth, mild cheese such as Havarti, Muenster or Gouda.) Unwrap it. Put it on a plate or board. Open a box of crackers. For professional help and fancier cheeses, considering a visit to the cheese counter at Patit Creek Cellars, 822. W. Sprague Ave., in downtown Spokane. Call (509) 868-4045.

Veg out. Buy a pre-made veggie platter from your favorite grocery store. No chopping required. And, the dip comes with it. Costco’s ample veggie platter is a party staple. Custom party platters (sandwiches, wraps, meats and cheeses, not just veggies) are available at Fred Meyer. Call ahead.

Rock it. Make a trip to the deli counter at Rocket Market and load up on pre-made sides, salads, sandwiches, wraps and cured meats. Rocket Market is at 726 E. 43rd Ave. Call (509) 343-2253.

Wing it. Order online at Wingstop – which has locations at 9333 N. Newport Highway in Spokane and 2630 N. Government Way in Coeur d’Alene – at www.wingstop.com. Or call (509) 863-9559 in Spokane and (208) 765-9464 in CDA.

Buffalo Wild Wings asks for 24-hour notice for party menu items, including orders of 50, 100 and 150 boneless and lightly breaded wings. Also on the menu: chicken tenders, wraps, combos, chili queso dip, mini corn dogs, and more. On the web: www.buffalowildwings.com. Locations are at North Town Mall at 4750 N. Division St., Suite 1320, (509) 484-7062; Spokane Valley Mall, 14702 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 891-0289; and Coeur d’Alene at 407 W. Neider Ave., Suite 110, (208) 667-0042.

Sweet Lou’s in Coeur d’Alene and Ponderay is offering a “Wings on the Fly” special, available for pick-up at both locations. Dry wings are: salt and pepper, Cajun and lemon pepper. Wet wings are barbecue or Buffalo. Platter sizes are 25, 50 or 100 wings. Sweet Lou’s is at 601 E. Front Ave., Suite 101, in CdA. Call (208) 667-1170. It’s also at 477272 Hwy 95 N. in Ponderay. Call (208) 263-1381.

Better yet. Get yourself invited to a Super Bowl party at the home of someone who cooks.

*Light cooking required.

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