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Homemade Garlic & Thyme Croutons

Summer usually means reducing how much heat’s in your kitchen when making dinner or lunches. Alas, in our house, half our dinners become salads especially with all our CSA salad greens each week. Besides the various toppings, we started making our own croutons about 3 years ago. Depending on what’s around we normally use olive oil and if we’re feeling decadent – bacon grease. There, I said it, it’s out there.

It’s also okay to use whatever stale bread is lying around. For the recipe, I happened to use part of a Whole Foods 49-jillion grain bread we had left over. Below is a quick and simple recipe for making your own croutons where you can control the seasonings & fat intake. Warning: I have a hard time not eating these straight.

Homemade Garlic & Thyme Croutons

Homemade Garlic & Thyme Croutons

1–1/2 tbsp  extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
7 oz of (stale) bread cubed into 1/2” pieces

Heat a medium size skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil, thyme, garlic powder and black pepper. This will help infuse the oil with herbs before adding the bread. After heating and stirring the oil for 45 seconds (avoid smoking it), add the cubes of bread and salt.

Stir the bread around in the pan and mix well to coat all sides. Let the bread toast for 2–3 minutes on side, then flip the cubes over toast them 2–3 minutes again. Reduce the heat if necessary to avoid smoking the oil and burning the seasonings. If necessary, add half a tablespoon more of olive oil to the pan and stir around.

Remove croutons from the pan after they’ve toasted to medium brown. They’ll firm up as they cool, but it’s okay to start eating them right away!

If you’ve done this before, what are your favourite crouton seasonings?

Summer To Do List: Get it All Done by Fall…

I don’t know about you all but I have a lot going on this summer. So much so, that I started what I call my Summer Happy Fun Time To Do List™ to just get it all out of my head and down on (digital) paper. After this, I’m going to plot all this out on a real live calendar so I can get a spatial feel for the season. There’s nothing like using a real calendar to see you have 4 deadlines or events all one day. Also, because I’m concurrently in school for my MFA while running a business, it kind of feels like I’m “on summer vacation” when that’s entirely not true. At all. Doing this will help me balance out a design practice mixed with an academic practice. On to the show, here’s what is swimming around my head for the summer…

Ongoing Throughout Summer:

– land 4 new projects
– make something every day
– finish Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton
– finish 2 other interaction design books
– conquer Drupal
– upload all my photos to Flickr from last 3 years
– do user research for thesis
– purge 20% more of my books & papers, aka de-clutter
MFA Design & Technology summer thesis assignment

May:

– enjoy my vacation to Brussels, Belgium (with a day trip to Paris and a couple of days in Malmo, Sweden!)
– web site launch
– thesis user research
– read Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky (CEO & Founder of Behance.com)

June:

– finish Brooklyn Urban Homesteaders Unite project & user test (click for a click through demo)
– start practicing yoga
– start the Design Procedures class at School of Visual Arts Continuing Ed
Creative Freelancer Conference in Denver, 6/4 – 6/7 (I’m hosting a breakfast round table!)
#TechMunch NYC Food bloggers workshop, 6/10
– quarterly taxes, 6/15
Design for Drupal in Boston, 6/19 – 6/20

July:

– finish applying for grants and scholarships for thesis year
– design an iPhone/iPad app (interface only)
– learn how to swim at the Y
– launch Brooklyn Urban Homesteaders Unite

August:

BlogHer ’10 Conference in NYC – 8/6 – 8/7
– Fall promo project for papercut
– streamline all my blogs
– Final launch of web site
– squeeze out one last weekend away before school starts again
– drink to my awesomeness and not be disappointed if I don’t finish all of it.

So, dear readers, what’s on your Summer Happy Fun Time To Do List™? Do you need help with any of it? If so, feel free to ping me and let’s figure out how we can work together.