In case you haven’t noticed, I like to complain. Partially, it’s because there are just so gosh-darn many annoying things in the culinary world, and I feel it is my duty to voice my gripes for all to hear. Kinda like a public service announcement. And partially, I have this idea that if I let my annoyance out in a public way, I will be able to move on with my happy-go-lucky existence. Kinda like group therapy. Sometimes, though, a violation to my sensitive annoy-o-meter is so heinous that the same complaint, differently manifested, bears a second airing. So listen up.
Not all that long ago, I wrote about waste-of-space label recipes. I wrote about it; I thought I was over it. Then, I came upon the example above, and I knew I couldn’t keep quiet.
I confess, I do love pre-made croutons, even though they are a total ripoff. Yes, I am paying an exorbitant amount for someone else to cube my stale bread and sprinkle ranch powder on it. I admit it. Just call me Sandra Lee. However, it’s not enough for the crouton makers to basically pick my pocket. Now, according to the package recipe for “Baked Ranch Chicken,” I am supposed to grind up the bag of croutons into bread crumbs in order to bread my chicken. Seriously. I think that would come out to $.02 per crumb or something. What do these marketers take me for?
The only reason I haven’t called the 1-800 hotline to lodge my complaint is that I never considered using ranch dressing instead of eggs to get my breadcrumbs to stick to the chicken, so the recipe was not a 100% waste. But, I will provide my own breadcrumbs and use the croutons for my salad, thankyaverymuch.