Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Confessions & Croutons

I unwind, after a long day, by cooking. Slippers on, iPod 'Slow It Down Now' playlist with  headphones in, blasting. So much better than blasting from the computer. All the outside noise goes away.

I cannot open wine gracefully. You know how you hate how that person is watching you parallel park from the sidewalk? Same way I feel about opening wine. Too much pressure. 

I have to drink things at extreme temperatures. Very hot coffee or very cold water. I heat my coffee up 5-7 times every morning. Steamin'.

I am totally obsessed with this song + the entire album. And also, this song. Jeff Bridges - you totally tore me up in Crazy Heart. I swoon for you in the weirdest way.

My favorite comfort food meal is only half-homemade. Trader Joes Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato soup, with spices added in (rosemary, oregano, black pepper, and red pepper flakes), steamed spinach and broccoli, and topped with homemade croutons. It tastes completely homemade. And rich. Yet it's very healthy. And filling.

And really, is there anything more satisfying than homemade, salty garlicky croutons, drenched in tomato soup in that not-soggy-still-crunchy kind of way?

Laura's Croutons

1 loaf of your favorite bread (I used a gluten-free baguette from Mariposa Bakery)
1 teaspoon garlic (I prefer fresh, but garlic powder will work)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup olive or grapeseed oil
Fresh ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. 

2. Slice your bread of choice into 1/2 to 1-inch cubes. Place on the baking sheet. Mix all the spices and oil together in a small bowl. Brush the oil-spice mix across the bread cubes, evenly coating.

3. Bake the croutons for 10 - 12 minutes. Make sure to take them out of the oven and stir them to avoid burning. Once they start to brown, that means they are done.

Enjoy in salads and soups. Or alone, straight out of the oven. Garnish on anything. And everything. Warm your soul.


  1. Now this is a recipe that's in my wheelhouse!!!

    1. You know what's actually even more delicious when topped with some Parmesan CHEESE. Surprisingly, that is my favorite way to enjoy it :)

  2. I might have to have this for dinner tonight!

    1. It's so good, easy, and fast. And you can get your veggies in there too!

  3. Thanks for crouton recipe! Perfect to serve with my soup tonight :)

  4. This looks amazing Duggie and that is my fave soup from TJ's as well! I will absolutely be making this and let you know how much I love it!