Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, June 27, 2010


one of the best things to add to a salad is fresh croutons.  somehow the crispy bread cubes make a difference in the overall salad 's appeal.  i visited the midland farmer's market and purchased a loaf of Russian black bread from the whole grain country bakery and made these wonderful croutons for our dinner salads.

after slicing in small cubes, i place the croutons on a baking sheet and lightly drizzle the cubes with olive oil.  then, select the seasonings.  today, i used Mary's gourmet seasoning along with parsley.  other choices would be a garlic and herb seasoning or any other herb mixtures.

bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until browned and crispy.  serve and enjoy.

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