Thursday, August 14, 2008

In the kitchen...

I was so excited to bake fresh bread again after our move. But... let's just say I'm not quite used to the oven (good excuse at least, right?!). It smelled delicious, but I pulled it out of the oven a rather dismal brown.

Not wanting to waste, I spent a little while this afternoon rescuing it from being tossed out.

Sausage Egg Casserole- A family favorite - so nice and easy for a busy morning. At least I got the bread part ready today. :)

4 slices bread, cubed
1/2 pound sausage, fried and drained
3/4 cup shredded cheese
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
dash of pepper

Layer the first three ingredients in an 8x8 dish. Combine the remaining ones and pour over bread. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 until set, about 30-45 minutes.

Bread Crumbs- just break up the the too dry, too dark bread and toss it in the blender for a few minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 300 for 20-30 minutes or until lightly golden (well, if it's already past lightly golden to begin with, until dry:)

Croutons- Heat 3 tablespoons of butter and stir in 2 1/2 cups of small cubes of French bread. Lightly season with garlic powder and salt. Bake at 300 for 15-20 minutes.

After putting the bread to use, I didn't feel quite so bad about burning it.

Check out other frugal ideas over at Biblical Womanhood.

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Abbi said...

Great ideas! I love being able to figure out how to use things that seem to be worthless.

Carrie J said...

Good ideas. I hate to throw out any food if I can help.

Calina said...

Another thing I do with stale breads is feed them to our chickens or save them in the freezer for a park day to feed the ducks!

Anna Christensen said...

Calina, I LOVE the ducks idea. Thank you... I know Rosalind would just love that.