Dinner at Chez Dog

corn breadI make this corn bread quite a lot in cold weather.  It’s extremely yummy and good for sharing with the dogs.

  • 2 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 3/4 C buttermilk
  • 2 C corn meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Whisk the egg in a mixing bowl, add honey and buttermilk.  Add dry ingredients and while stirring, drizzle in melted butter (I do it this way so the hot butter doesn’t cook the raw egg.)  Pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 400 degrees F until cooked through (about 30 minutes, depending on type of pan used).  Alternatively, you can fry the batter in butter.  That’s pretty delish too.

If I’m making corn bread for the dogs only, I substitute olive oil for the melted butter (one less pan to wash) and occasionally omit the salt. I’ll also mix in a couple tablespoons of crushed eggshell powder if I have some.  Recently I got some packages of cheese crumbles on sale and mixed them into the batter. I didn’t hear any complaints.

I usually moisten the corn bread with yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese or milk in the dog bowls before serving.

corn bread in bowl

A Happy Ending and Beginning

Happy goggie.

Reader Tammy sends in the following update on the dog she saw on the MAS webcams and adopted with the help of caring Memphis pet lovers.  The dog is now named Sam and has arrived at Tammy’s home in KY:

I think he may have some sheep dog in him, though his paperwork says fox terrier.  Maybe’s there’s a mix?  Anyway, he is a very loyal dog and follows me everywhere.  I mean everywhere – into the bathroom too.  He is great with the kids and our other dog, Tsu.  He is showing some dominance towards Tsu, but I think that is normal since she is a submissive dog.  He certainly does not want her on my lap and getting my undivided attention.  We have some dynamics to work out, but we will be fine.  Over all, he has had a great first night and day.  His tail hasn’t stopped wagging!  Sam is going to be and already is an amazing, loving, smart and welcome addition to our family.

Even though Sam's face isn't visible, this one is my favorite because it's what every dog deserves.

Thank you Tammy for saving Sam and for sharing this update.

Sam was housed in the stray area at MAS. Unless reclaimed by an owner or selected for the adoption hallway (which houses only about 30 dogs), he would have been killed without ever having been seen by the public. That’s wrong. How can shelter leaders in Memphis not see that? Look at these photos. This is where Sam, and all the other dogs in the stray area belong – in a loving home. Not in a dumpster.

Memphis, please – stop the killing.

If you’d like to donate to a fund set up for helping get more pets out of MAS, I have placed a link on the right side of the blog under Graham’s picture. And thank you.

Here is a video featuring the forgotten dogs at MAS:

Dinner at Chez Dog

Pancakes:
2 Cups whole wheat flour
4 eggs
2 Cups milk
generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Whisk all ingredients to make a batter and set aside while you make the filling.

Filling:
Heaping Cup ricotta cheese
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled
2 bananas
Heaping Cup cooked rice

Put first 3 ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth.  Stir in rice.

To make the pancakes, pour them out thinly into a medium-hot, greased frying pan.  After they are cooked, allow them to cool to room temperature.

Spread the filling over each pancake and roll up.  Slice into portion sizes suitable for your dog.

Recipe adapted from one found in Cooking For Your Dog by Ingeborg Pils

Recipe: Spanish Rice

I made spanish rice for the humans recently and had some leftover veggies so decided to make a modified version for the dogs to use up those leftover bits.  Rather than chop up ingredients by hand, I decided to use the food processor for the dog version.  I tossed in bell peppers – red, orange and yellow, parsley and a carrot (because all dogs like carrots, don’t they?).  Then I poured the chopped veggies into a warm skillet that I’d doused with olive oil.

Veggies in olive oil

Once I got those going, I added a heaping cup of rice and sauteed that for a few minutes.

Rice being sauteed with the vegetables

Then I added about 3 cups of water, covered the skillet and simmered for 15 minutes or so.  I added a little more water after the dish was done and shut off the heat, leaving the lid on for some additional cooking (I like to overcook rice a little for the dogs).

Voila!

Spanish rice

If desired, you could melt shredded cheese on top of the hot spanish rice.  I served mine with eggs.

Recipe: A Substantial Treat

When I come home from work, I like to give Charlie more than just a regular biscuit as a snack – because he’s getting old and a bit thin and because I love him.  So I had an idea to make a sort of treat sandwich with cream cheese and peanut butter filling.

I wanted the wafers to be fairly plain and sturdy – not too crumbly.  I made a dough out of the following:

3 Cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 Cup raw wheat germ

sprinkling of salt substitute

enough water to make a dough (roughly 2 Cups)

This dough took a bit of kneading to get into shape.  When it was ready, I divided it into thirds and rolled each piece out with a rolling pin.  I poked lots of holes in the flattened dough with a fork and then cut into squares (or whatever shapes naturally occurred).  I baked these on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for approximately 35 minutes then shut off the heat and left the wafers in the oven with the door closed overnight.

The next day, I beat 4 ounces of cream cheese, 1/2 Cup peanut butter and 1 Tablespoon of honey with an electric mixer.  I spread this filling on a wafer and covered it with another wafer.

This made a good treat for Charlie’s afternoon snack.  It would probably do well as a birthday treat too.

Oh yes, it was a bit sticky.

Charlie likes a little pine straw with his treats.

Treat Recipes

In answer to the recipe requests I received, I offer the following (this fulfills the request for a soft treat and for one without eggs or cheese):

3 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 C milk
1 T blackstrap molasses
1 1/4 C peanut butter
1/4 C unsweetened applesauce

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and roll dough out as desired. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. When cool, store in fridge.

Note: This makes a soft, cakey type treat.

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On the carob brownies – the ones I made were really really awful. I mean, the dogs liked them fine but they were totally ptooey to me so I came up with a goose egg on that one. In its place, I’m offering a completely un-carob recipe for anyone who might like to try it:

1 1/4 C oats
5 – 6 T butter
1/2 C hot water

Step 1: Pour the oats into a mixing bowl and add the hot water. Melt the butter and drizzle on to the oatmeal. Stir to mix.

Step 2: Add the following ingredients to the bowl and stir thoroughly to combine:

1 C cornmeal
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 C flaxseed meal
2 T blackstrap molasses
1 egg

Step 3: Roll out on to a small cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Turn off oven. Roll through with pizza cutter to create desired sized treats and return to oven for several hours.

Recipe: Twice Baked Potato and Sour Cream Treats


This was sort of a leftovers extravaganza: I baked about 8 small potatoes and scooped out the flesh when cool. (Skins got tossed into the dogs’ dinner bowls.) I beat in about 2/3 of a medium carton of sour cream, a couple eggs, 6 or so tablespoons olive oil, and added some milk to thin it out. Then I sprinkled in some dill and added enough wheat flour to make a dough (maybe 6 cups). Roll dough on to greased cookie sheet, bake at 325 degrees F for about 45 minutes and cut into squares.

Recipe: Big Breakfast Bars


I adapted this recipe from one I came across in Ann Martin’s book Protect Your Pet. The original recipe can be found here.

Breakfast Bars

8 eggs
3/4 Cup olive oil
2/3 Cup honey
1/2 Cup molasses (blackstrap, if you can get it)
2 Cups milk
29 oz can pumpkin
12 Cups oats
2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup flax meal
1 Cup wheat germ

In a gigantic-humongous bowl, whisk the eggs and add in the remaining wet ingredients, mixing well with super-duper spoon. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Wipe sweat from brow and then get the contents of the bowl onto two greased cookie sheets (of the large-marge variety). Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes. Run through with pizza cutter to create desired sized bars and return to oven (with heat off) for several hours or overnight. Can be served as a breakfast, maybe with a glop of yogurt and/or a hard boiled egg, or used as a treat.

Yield: A lot

Recipe: Sweet Oat Bars


I usually try to have one or two meat-free days for the dogs each week. Instead of using meat or fish for protein in their meals, I might feed eggs, yogurt, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, buttermilk, or some combination of these type of foods. I still use my rough guide for the overall meal: 1/3 grains, 1/3 veggies/fruits, and 1/3 protein. Often with the meatless meals, I will include soaked oats but for a change, and because I go a little bake-crazy in Winter, I’ve been making oat bars for the dogs. These could also be fed as treats if desired. Here is the recipe:

6 Cups rolled oats
1 Cup flaxseed meal
1 Cup raw wheat germ
4 eggs
1/2 Cup oil (e.g. olive, canola, safflower)
1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 Cup molasses
1 Cup milk

Mix all ingredients together. Pat onto well greased cookie sheet(s) and bake at 325 degrees F for 30 mins. Turn off oven, crack door and let cool. Break or cut into desired pieces.

Variations: I will often sprinkle some cinnamon into the mix, just because I love the smell of a cinnamon kitchen. You could also add in a can of pumpkin or some mashed bananas. Those smell great baking too and the dogs love the taste.

Note: If you are wanting to use these as treats instead of including them as part of a meal, I would suggest possibly replacing the flaxseed meal and wheat germ with equal amounts of whole wheat flour. That will help the bars stay together better for storage and handling.

Recipe: Spinach and Cheese Biscuits


I’ve been trying different recipes to make green and red dough for dog biscuits. My raspberry biscuits did not turn out red at all but these spinach and cheese biscuits had a bright green dough which was very fun to work with. The final product was not nearly as green as the uncooked dough (the photo doesn’t really capture the green tinge the biscuits have) but still smelled deliciously cheesy. Here is the recipe:

2 Cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 Cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup shredded cheese (I used a five cheese mix)
2 T oil (I used canola) – divided
3 Cups spinach leaves – divided
water sufficient for processing

1. Stir the flours and cheese in a bowl to blend thoroughly.
2. Put 1 and 1/2 cups of the spinach leaves in the food processor along with 1/4 cup water and 1 T of the oil and process until well chopped. Add half the flour/cheese mixture and another 1/4 cup water. Process until a ball of green dough forms. Remove dough, roll out and cut into desired shapes.
3. Repeat steps in #2 with the remaining ingredients to form a second ball of green dough.
4. Place cookies on greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

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