Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Canine Cornbread

Canine Cornbread, non-vegetarian option, reviewed to great a-paw-ls by Tiny and friend. Four paws up!

Dish: Canine Cornbread

• 1 cup cornmeal
• 1 cup All-Purpose flour
• 4 teaspoon, baking powder
• 1 cup milk
• 1 egg, beaten
• ½ cup bacon grease or corn oil
• *optional: add as much crumbled bacon to mixture as desired

1. Combine dry ingredients.
2. Add liquids and beat until smooth.
3. Pour into greased, 8” square baking pan.
4. Bake in a preheated 425 F oven 15-20 minutes

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Recipe 2 PB BonBons Verdit - Tiny Approved

Recipe #2 Peanut Butter Bonbons are Tiny Approved! Also in favor (should I say ecstacy) are three other chihuahuas (Zooey & Ayden are less than six months) and Jeefus (two years). So, really I should say this recipe received 16 paws up!

I was really happy with the results of this recipe. Of course, it is so relieving to witness first hand what is going into Tiny's food, but I was equally impressed with how quick & easy the the recipe was to prepare. Most exciting, however, was Tiny's reaction. She won't entertain most prepackaged doggie treats (definitely not biscuits!) - not even those from doggie bakeries. In fact, the only treat she constantly responds to are dingo bones. Initially, Tiny vigilently observed my movements in the kitchen (people food- yum!) - then she sampled the bonbon (it appeared to be out of duty) only to find that yes! the peanut butter bonbons may in fact be BETTER than Dingo Bones!

I used small cookie cutters shaped like butterflies, birds, and flowers. Because Tiny is so small, the recipe yields about two months of treats - so I would recommend cutting the recipe in half if the sole recipient is a toy dog.

This was my first attempt at cooking dog biscuits, so I was happy to find that the biscuits don't really expand in the oven (feel free to pile them on). They also serve as inexpensive, adorable gifts!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Recipe 18: Pumpkin Cookies

Recipe 18: Pumpkin Cookies

source: The Poop
Tiny tested: Not yet
Vegetarian: yes

*1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
*1/2 cup pumpkin, canned
*1 tablespoon brown sugar
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*4 tablespoons Crisco
*1 whole egg
*/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and cut in shortening. Beat egg with milk and pumpkin and combine with flour, mixing well. Stir until soft dough forms. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Recipe 17: Video, 'Pup'sicles

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Recipe 16: Video, Simple Homemade Dog Food (nonveg, meatloaf style)

Recipe 15: Organic Doggie Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe 15: Organic Doggie Oatmeal Cookies

source: Talley, JD and Talley, E. Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook. 2008.
Tiny tested: Not yet
vegetarian: yes

*1 1/2 c. oat flour
*1 1/2 c. brown rice flour
*1 tsp. baking powder
*1/2 tsp. baking soda
*2 c. rolled oats (old-fashioned kind, not instant)
*1 c. finely chopped peanuts (unsalted)
*2 eggs
*1/4 c. safflower oil
*3/4 c. peanut butter (unsalted)
*1/2 c. honey
*1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all ingredients and mix. Roll into balls (1″ diameter). Press onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake 18-22 minutes (look for golden brown edges). Can be stored at room temperature in covered container.

Link to Info Video on Fruits/Veggies

Here is a short informational video on incorporating fruits and vegetables into dog food: