• Administrivia

    Securing Crouton’s Kitchen

    A reader comments: “I think for a buck or two you can display the secure wwws.irl heading, making many of us more comfortable.” It took Crouton a minute to figure out what the reader was getting at. When it clicked Crouton realized it was something he’d been meaning to do anyway but didn’t quite know how. Most websites today are secure, meaning any data you enter is encrypted, making it harder for hackers to get your info. You can tell whether a site is secure by looking at its URL: “http” no, “https” yes. Crouton’s Kitchen isn’t a commercial site,…

  • Breads

    No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread

    ... may I say how much I hate food and recipe bloggers who make you scroll and scroll to get to the information you came for; namely, the ingredients and instructions? Crouton's Kitchen readers, I promise to give you want…

  • Stews

    Ditalini’s Goulash

    This is the Czech version of goulash, as served at the Tábor Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, modified by Ditalini.  Traditionally it is served with dumplings, which I’ll include in the recipe, but we serve it with pasta, as shown.  The…

  • Cookblogging,  Photoblogging

    Future Projects Photoblog

    Today, a photoblog. These are all things for future Crouton’s Kitchen posts. Pizza w/bread machine dough Ditalini preparing lumpia & wonton soup Lumpia & wonton soup Truffle deMenthe’s jambalaya Ditalini’s egg sliders Crouton’s Fortress of Smoke™ Fried polenta w/eggs There.…

  • Appetizers,  Poultry

    Crouton’s Hot Party Wings

    Ditalini and I try to have a special meal on Friday night. It’s our way of marking the end of the work week, less stressful than drinking and partying all night. Sometimes we’ll bring home takeout hot wings from Hooters or…

  • Cookblogging,  Meats

    Crouton’s Sloppy Joes

    Ditalini had a busy day planned and asked me to make dinner. She left a packet of Sloppy Joe mix on the kitchen counter, along with a pound of ground beef to thaw. I was underwhelmed by the idea of using…

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