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March 08, 2011



oh yum!!

Julie Harward

A perfect snack if you ask me..Yum! Come say hi ;D

Ricki Jill Treleaven

What kind of bread did you use, Kim? They look great!


You are very Clever, Kim, to be smartly frugal....with the added benefit of more flavor!


You have inspired me to make some too!

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, those croutons would be amazing in a Chicken Caesar salad yummo!!! it's 9.45pm here and those croutons have made me a little peckish enjoy!! Trish xox ;)

Daisy Cottage

Ricki, I used a fresh loaf of tuscany bread from the bakery in the grocery story but you can use any loaf of bread... like sourdough or French, etc.

Trish... I LOVE the term peckish! Now what does that mean? ;-)


Vintage Gal

Those croutons look yummy and probably taste MUCH better than the boxed ones ~ mmmmmmmm ~ ;-)

Tins and Treasures

Good Morning, Kim,
I love these too...and they're perfect for using up a loaf of bread. Since we are empty nesters, we don't usually use a whole loaf of bread for toast and sammies.

Yours are a perfect golden brown. Makes me want to make them tonight! Thanks for the reminder.

Have a terrific Tuesday. ~Natalie

Barbara Anne

Your croutons look delicious! We've made croutons here at home and found they don't keep so well even stored in an air-tight bag or container.

Happy Mardi Gras! We're making a King Cake for the first time today!



Those look scrumptious! I'll have to make extra bread dough for those!

I am going to try these out!!! Hugs dear!!

linda moczan

ahhhh - nothing better for ones palette than homemade! :)

Susan Freeman

I agree. It's a great way to use up the ends of bread and aside from salads, I love croutons in my soup too.

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Melesa Garrison

I was pondering the idea of a salad tonight and this would just make it perfect. I don't care for boxed croutons, but I love homemade. Yours look amazing!


Oh man, I wanna eat those.

Tammy B's Knees

They look delicious!!!

Barbara F.

Those croutons look delish! My favorite olive oil is Bertolli. You could use those as a base for stuffing veggies, like peppers or mushrooms. Add a little cooked meat (or not) and some cheese. Yum! xoxox P.S. I also was amused by the word 'peckish' :-)


Oh those look amazing. I could eat them like potato chips. Not good. Okay. Moving on...

Sami Jo

they truly are insanely better, aren't they?


Hi Kim- I have done that many times too- but found eliminating the thyme and adding garlic powder was much better. If you havent' tried that be sure to next time.

Yum, they look delicious! I use Bertolli too.

Happy Fat Tuesday!


your right kim about making your own - i usually prepare home made burrito's, this time i opted to buy store bought - we all got a bad case of heart burn - home made please, anyday - have a wonderful and bright day!

love ya, maria - cottage feel -

Judy A

You're all so much better than me. I love to eat croutons straight up! They're like a perfect little appetizer; have them later with a good red and voila - happiness! They look fantastic! A friend recommended a great red if anyone's looking for a new wine - Apothic Red. Cheers!



Hi there! I have never prepared home-made croutons before but you have inspired me to try it. Sounds very easy and looks divine! My husband has been feeling a little under the weather with a cold lately. These would be great to put on top of soup as well as in a salad. I'll stop by our local market today and pick up some bread. Have a wonderful day today. I was reading your "ask me" section and that was so nice of you to take the time to answer all the questions. Shows how caring you are...
By the way, I married my high school sweetheart as well. We dated the last couple of years and came back together 13 years ago. The story will appear in one of my future posts. You and I have a lot in common and know we would have been close friends had we met when I lived in Central Florida. I am enjoying our "blogging friendship" and wish you a beautiful day today! xoxo Love, Kim


I need to try this! My daughter and I used to make them all the time! Thx for letting me remember something! lol
Have a terrific Tuesday Miss Kim! <3


I just bought that same olive oil at the store yesterday!
Looks good! Love from Okla, Cindy

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Mmmm...when my son was little he would think he was such a big shot when we would go out to a restaurant to eat and he would ask, all by himself for an order of croutons!! I will have to try and make these for him!

Lisa Mc.

peck-ish: adjective Chiefly British Informal .
1. somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish
Hi Kim! Love to learn a new word. Your croutons look delish. I have made once, but used English muffins. I also wanted to tell you I have made your summer salad a few times, and it is ALWAYS a hit!! I owe you one for that!

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim. sorry its the Aussie slang coming out in me I cant help it sometimes lol ;) peckish means a little bit a bird pecks at something. Trish xox ;)

Renie Cee

OMG! They look delicious. I am going to try your "Daisy Cottage Croutons". On my way to store as soon as I can get my purse:>)


Michelle Payne

I love to make homemade croutons! I melt a stick of butter, add some fresh minced garlic and fresh chopped parsley. Toss over cubed sourdough and bake. So so delicious. I haven't bought store croutons in over a year!

Lois Lightweight

Hi Kim, The Crouton recipe sounds delicious , you are a very clever Lady, take care .


Looks good! I'll have to remember this. :)

Rae Lange (raerae)

hi Kim!! we have been making our own croutons for the past several months; our local Kroger (any store does this I bet) was selling cut up bread cubes from day old bread; each HUGE bag was $1. you can't buy boxed croutons for that price and they are "to die for" warm right out of the oven. Check around the bakery section or wherever they place the marked down bread items and see if they have some bags for sale! good luck!!!
did Marley and Maggie get some?


I love homemade croutons. Goodness, now I'm craving croutons...and I just had lunch! :o)


Those croutons look soooo good!!
Guess I shall just have to make some to go with the salad for tomorrow
Thanks for the inspiration

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