Making dog food tonight


 

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Ground bison and wild Atlantic salmon.
imageFree range chicken cooked in the pressure cooker until the bones were soft  and safe for my doggies to eat, about one and half hours.

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Organic carrots kale and spinach and fresh peaches from the Western Slope of Colorado.
imageBrown rice, red rice and amaranth grain.

Oops, forgot to take a picture of some eggs I scrambled and added and oatmeal soak up some of the excess liquid.

Whew!  I think I have time for peanut butter jelly sandwich and a glass of wine, yay!
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Miso Pickled Eggs or Miso Tamago

 

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Miso pickled eggs or miso tamago, a savory and delicious addition to your noodle soup bowl.  If you are unfamiliar with miso tamago start with a mild miso paste.  You can then decide to use a stronger miso for your next batch.

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Thoroughly coat peeled hard boiled eggs with the miso paste and wrap them securely with some plastic wrap.

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Let marinade 3 to 5 hours in the refrigerator.  Or overnight if you like a stronger and saltier flavor.  I marinated mine overnight.

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Scrape off the miso and rinse your eggs.  You can save your miso for one more batch of miso tamago.  I actually added most of my miso to the huge batch of soup I made.

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The miso gives your eggs a lovely brown color and a wonderful flavor.

You can add your miso tamago to any kind of soup such as udon or ramen.

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I made a simple soup with chicken, onions, celery,  carrots and shiitake mushrooms.  I added some of the left over miso for extra flavor.  Since miso tamago is salty I did not use any additional salt.

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I made a huge pot of the soup and will rotate add ons so I don’t get bored.  Add ons such as grated ginger, roasted sesame oil, or mirin.

If you are adventurous you can try your miso tamago in any other recipe you might use hard boiled eggs such as a savory egg salad or as an add in to potato salad.

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I once wrote a post about a recipe that my step-kids loved when they were little.  They named the dish “Dog Vomit Stew“.

It is an old post but I noticed it had been viewed.  Yikes!  viewed by someone searching for “vomit stew recipe”…..

Using Up Some Healthy Stuff I Bought!

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Flax seed and Chia seed.  The health benefits are enormous.  Omega 3 and fiber, yay!

I bought a package of each, but never could figure out how to use them and when they expired I threw them away.  These are the second packages (I fondly call the replacement packages) of each!

What to do? A true dilemma…. What to do?

Here’s what I worked on this week. I wanted something to have in the morning as I usually skip breakfast.

Place the following in an empty glass, the glass must be empty😏:

  • a heaping spoonful of pumpkin
  • a teaspoon of Chia seed
  • a teaspoon of Flax seed
  • a dribble of vanilla extract
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • fill the rest of the glass with almond milk

Stir vigorously and let sit while you do your pet chores.  If you have time, drink it after your shower.  If you don’t have time, put it in a to go container and drink it at work at your desk.  I guess you could drink it while you were driving to work, if you were careful, but that could be dangerous😆

Better than skipping breakfast don’t you think?

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Greasy Gooey Yummy Pizza

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As I was taking my greasy gooey yummy pepperoni pizza out of the oven I said to myself “I need to eat more healthy. ”

If you have read my blog for a while you know I cook from scratch for my pets.  I use organic ingredients most of the time.  Consequently most of the time they eat better than I do!

Homemade dog food (recipe here) for my three boy dogs and homemade parrot food  (recipe here) for four parrots.

I recently make some healthy snacks for my pets for Valentine’s Day (recipe here)   And discovered they were pretty tasty so I’ve been eating them too.

Well maybe I’ll make myself a salad, or have another piece of pizza🍕, decisions decisions…

 

 

A Valentine’s Day Treat for Dogs and Parrots

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A healthy no cook treat your pets can share with you!

The ingredients are simple:  peanut butter, canned pumpkin purée, uncooked oats, a dash of cinnamon and a touch of honey.

For Valentine’s Day I add carob powder which is a chocolate substitute safe for your dogs and parrots.  Naturally sweet you may want to leave out the honey if using carob powder.

Note: do NOT use chocolate or cocoa these are both poisonous to your pets!

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Start with equal amounts of peanut butter and pumpkin. I used a heaping 1/2 cup of each plus a spoonful of tahini for extra flavor. Tahini can be bitter so if using don’t be too generous with it.  A couple of big spoonfuls of carob powder, a dash of cinnamon and a squirt of honey.  Stir till blended.

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Add enough uncooked oats leaving a sticky mixture.  I use regular, not instant.  Stir well.

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Make discs or balls for the size of your pet.  You can lay out on waxed paper or here I arranged them in one layer in sandwich containers.  Place in refrigerator for a short while to let them firm up. Keep unused treats refrigerated.  Use within a couple of days. We (and I include myself-these are yummy and healthy) eat these so fast I don’t know if you can freeze them but it might be a yummy cold snack in the summer!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your pets!

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A Healthy Snack

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Don’t you just love those little yogurt cups with the fruit on the bottom or a little side tray of honey.  It’s like eating dessert!   Sometimes I find them too sweet.

No really there’s a lot of sugar in those little yogurt cups. I’m not much for artificial sweetener so I am trying to think of healthier versions of this yogurt snack.

Mountain High yogurt made right here in Colorado with no hormones. Organic blueberries I purchased on sale this summer and had in my freezer. Yummy peach balsamic vinegar I found at a farmers’ market this summer.

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Sprinkled a little ground cinnamon for an extra natural sweetness and no calories.

Voila!  It was yummy and not sicky sweet.

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Tahini Hot Chocolate

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I bought some tahini paste a while back convinced I was going to learn to make hummus from scratch.  Four months later I found this in my cupboard and almost couldn’t remember what it was!

I realized I was never going to make hummus from scratch so I searched the Internet for other tahini recipes. I found a really complicated one for hot chocolate from scratch that needed 10 ingredients!  I decided that wasn’t for me but it sounded so yummy….

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My lightning quick thinking brain cells helped my lazy brain cells devise a way to make tahini hot chocolate without having to go to the work with 10 different ingredients. Tahini is slightly bitter so if you like a dark chocolate flavor it’s perfect, if not just use less tahini.  It creates a very rich and yummy drink.

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Perfect for the snowstorm we just got here in Colorado and to fortify me for some shoveling!

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Skyline Chili Replenished

Received a box in the mail from my “little brother” Sam.  (Yay he reads my blog!). He lives right outside of Cincinnati and is responsible for my Skyline Chili addiction.

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I’ve gotten some Coloradans asking me “What in the heck is Skyline Chili?”  Skyline Chili is to Cincinnati like McDonald’s is to anywhere else.  In Cincinnati on one side of the street you will have a Skyline Chili joint and on the other side of the street you will have a White Castle Burger joint.

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I had forgotten about the special plates for your three-way, four-way or five-way  making it easy to dig into without losing too much off the sides!

Another Cincinnati favorite is Montgomery Inn.  The barbecue there is awesome, it might be the secret recipe or the humidity we just don’t have here in Denver messing with your taste buds.

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This restaurant was opened in 1951 and the famous barbecue sauce recipe is over 60 years old!

In 1949 Nicholas Lambrinides introduced Cincinnati to Skyline Chili bringing his family recipes from Greece.

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My brother has sent me care packages from Cincinnati before and they always have these oyster crackers, I don’t know where they go because as far as I  can recall they’re not served with any of the “ways”………  Skyline Chili police help with this mystery please!

The best part of this box is when I make these dishes it’ll bring back the memory of visiting my brother in Cincinnati and just hanging out with family.  XOXO thank you Sam!

 

Pickling Update

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Earlier this year I received from my brother this pickling contraption.

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Unfortunately the instructions were written in Japanese and I don’t read Japanese!

On my first attempts at pickling I thought I was supposed to keep tightening down the little pressure plate.  I kept the veggies really pressed down and the result was uneven flavor because of too much pressure.

Thank goodness for the Internet!  I started my online research and discovered that the goal was just to keep your veggies below the surface of your pickling medium.  Anything above the pickling medium was in danger of rotting or becoming moldy.

Here I just used the pressure plate to keep the stuff submerged.

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The pickles on the left, the smaller ones, were picked for about five days and were slightly too salty but had a good flavor.  The pickles on the right were pickled for about three days and were perfect and still very crunchy.

The medium was organic black miso.

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Thanks again Sam really enjoying my gift.  Yay pickling contraption!  Great fun!  🍱