Tuesday, April 20, 2010

There is Still Time!

A big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who have sent in recipes for our Pawpawty Cookbook. Animal charities everywhere will benefit from your willingness to share them with us. For those of you who have not yet sent in your recipes, there is still time. You may use the comment section or send an email to Catsndogsdiva@gmail.com . We still have a month or two to work with and look forward to all of you participating! If you like, just comment or send a review of some of the recipes on the site here!

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Ball's in Your Court!

The ball’s in your court pals! Time to get things rolling. The Pawpawty Cookbook is in high gear! We need all dogs, cats, guinea pigs, teddy bears, frogs, ferrets, birds, rodents and any other persuasions we call anipals and all friends of anipals to help us put this together.

We are looking forward to hearing from all of you who want to participate in this great venture to benefit animal charities everywhere. All proceeds from this venture will be added monthly to the selected Pawpawty charity. We hope to have an ebook version available very soon and the hard copy ready for the next holiday season. We would encourage everyone to help out by sending us a recipe for a nommy treat your humans fix for you. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just something that really sets the tail wagging or the whiskers licked! You can also participate by trying one of our recipes and sending us your thoughts, comments and reviews. We need to have pictures of all you anipals to include too! I’m hoping that some of our anipals that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge can send us a recipe and photo too. The banquets there sound like a real dream come true!

My humans have been a bit under the weather lately and I know the bugs of the season are making their rounds. Time is precious, this is a busy time of year for many, but please take a few minutes to send your contribution to the Pawpawty Cookbook so we can start looking seriously at the details of editing and publishing. It’s a long process! Send human recipes to Smokeypoodle@gmail.com and the animal recipes to Catsndogsdiva@gmail.com

A few more recipes for you to try, the first is a hearty bacon biscuit that my son Buck loves!

Buck's Bacon Biscuits

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup softened butter, or lard
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups oatmeal, uncooked
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup wheat germ
1 tbs. flax seed
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisp & drained

Combine flour, soda and salt; mix well and set aside. Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop dough by spoonful onto un-greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 16 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a minute or so before removing to cooling rack.

For my beef loving friends, here is a quick, easy treat that is a really nommy appawtizer that gets any pawpawty off to a good start!

Pawty Muttballs

1/2 lb Ground beef
1 Carrot, finely grated
1 tbs. Grated cheese
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 c Whole wheat bread crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
1 tbs. Tomato paste

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients, mix well. Roll into meat balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 15 min. or until brown and firm. Cool and store in fridge in airtight container.

Here is a tasty treat for my tuna loving friends.

Tuna Tidbits

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 small can tuna with oil
1/3 cup water

Process oatmeal to make a coarse flour. Set aside. In food processor, mix tuna with the oil, and water then add all the rest of the dry ingredients. Pulse until mixture forms a ball, Pulse to knead for 2-3 minutes. Knead on floured surface till it forms a soft ball of dough. Roll out to a 1/8"-1/4" thickness. Cut into shapes. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet, at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.

And for those of you who prefer veggies, here is a real tasty treat that even a Cowdog can love!

Veggie Noms

3 cups minced parsley
1/4 cup carrots, chopped very fine
1/4 cup chopped broccoli
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons bran
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 to 1 cup of water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, rack on middle level. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Stir together parsley, carrots, cheese, and oil. combine all the dry ingredients and add to veggies. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water, mixing well. Make a moist but not wet dough. If needed, add a little more water. Knead for one minute.

Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Using cookie cutter or a glass, cut out the shapes and transfer them to the baking sheet. Gather the scraps and re-roll and cut. Bake for 20-30 minutes until biscuits have browned. Store in airtight container.

We hope to hear from all of you soon!