May I assure you that even seasoned cooks make mistakes? I want to share a recent cooking ‘faux pas’ with you, just so you know that even dinner parties require Keep On Trying attitude.
I planned my simple menu. I actually purchased fried chicken from a local deli, arranged it on a platter, garnishing it with fresh kale & orange slices & tossing the container it came it. Yes, you do NOT have to MAKE everything!! It is the fellowship that matters most.
I did make a homemade mac & cheese, & layered fresh fruit in a glass bowl so the bright color showed through. A fresh green salad with homemade croutons rounded out the meal.
Where was the mistake in all this? Well, I generally make my homemade croutons with purchased French bread, but THIS day I grabbed my bread machine cookbook & tried a recipe straight from the pages.
The texture of the bread seemed really dense, but I had no time to go to the store, so I hoped for the best. Those croutons were super crunchy! I jokingly told my guests to eat them at their own risk.
At one point we ladies got the giggles chomping down on those croutons interrupting the men deep in conversation. Fearing dental visits in all our futures, I removed the offender from the table. :-)
I made a second batch a few days later with success. I took a bag to each of my guests encouraging them to give me a second chance.
Spiritually speaking, even as believers in Christ, sometimes we goof horribly!! It is called SIN, & we can rely on God to give us second chances to get things right when go to Him in humility & admit our sin. With His help we TURN from that sin. That is called repentance.
I’m sharing today the recipe for Homemade Croutons.
1 loaf french bread 1/3-1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1/2 c. butter, melted Dry Ranch Dressing Mix, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
Cut bread into cubes. Place on cookie sheet in a single layer. Preheat oven to 350°.
Toast bread, stirring every 10 minutes, until bread is firm on all sides. It should be lightly toasted.
Move bread to a large bowl. Mix butter and seasonings. Pour over the dry bread cubes and stir gently to coat. Sprinkle with the parmesan. Taste for seasonings. You might need to add more butter/seasoning mixture, season with salt, or cheese. Return croutons to oven
and heat until crisp, about 10-20 minutes. Be sure to stir every 5 minutes or so. Allow
to cool, then store in airtight container.
Note: These are so good. I have even used leftover garlic bread, cut up and toasted for
this recipe with great results. Even the most plain salad is special. You could also
sprinkle Italian seasoning instead of the Ranch Dressing Mix for a different flavor.