Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Many recipes call for seasoned bread crumbs. How can I make them? —T.B., Fulton, Illinois

It's a snap to make seasoned bread crumbs. Unless a recipe specifically calls for soft bread crumbs, use dry bread crumbs. To make them, simply break slices of dried bread into pieces and process in a blender or food processor until you have fine crumbs. Then season the crumbs to accommodate your family's tastes. A basic recipe may include dried basil and oregano, garlic and onion powder, grated Parmesan cheese, salt and paprika. Start with small amounts of these seasonings and add more as needed. Experiment with different herbs to suit your preferences. Timely Tip: One slice of dried bread will yield about 1/4 cup of fine dry bread crumbs.

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