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I Ate My Dog’s Cookie

Dog CookiesLuckily he can’t count and he didn’t see me. Um…maybe I should explain.

Everyday my dog gets a cookie (also called biscuit). Usually this happens when I’m leaving the house. Yes, this started as a blatant bribe due to the guilt inducing forlorn look I received because I was cruel enough to leave without him. I tried explaining that I had to go earn his kibble, but no dice. Over the years I have discovered that it also helps keep his dog breath in check so now he gets one every day whether I leave or not.

My dog has junk food taste. I’ve tried feeding him expensive dog food he won’t have any of it. I tried getting the more expensive cookies, the kind that actually smell like food, but he doesn’t like them. It got to the point where he would not accept the bribe or not eat it. I’d come home and the cookie was there on the floor. He likes the kind that on sale are $4 for a 3 pound bag and smell kinda like sawdust. Seriously?! It’s better for my pocket book but I wonder about the ingredients. I finally decided to try making my own.

The first time I tried the recipe I had to leave as soon as I turned off the oven. I came back to an extraordinary savory smell filling the house. It made my mouth water. I mentioned how good it smelled to some friends and they urged me to eat one (I’m really glad I wasn’t friends with them as a kid, who knows what I would’ve tried eating!). It was a small batch and I’d already put them in his cookie jar. They’re also hard enough I didn’t want to try my teeth on them. The second batch was much bigger and I snagged one out of the oven before they were hard. Not bad, needs salt for my taste but I’ve had worse biscuits/crackers. They might be pretty good with a spread.

Regardless of how I feel about the cookies, the dog loves them. Success! Cookies that he eats and that I can live with the ingredient list and price. As an added bonus, they don’t take long to make and last quite a while.

The next batch I will be doing away with the wheat germ and substituting ground flax seed. I already buy flax seed but don’t usually use wheat germ. As mentioned above, the 90 minutes is a minimum. I left the first time and took them out when I got back. The second time I watched a movie. Make sure your pans are well greased; they tend to stick if they aren’t. Also, if you’re not using homemade chicken stock than make sure you buy the salt free kind. Our vet is not a fan of store bought broth and was only okay with me feeding the pets broth if it was home made. I’m sure you could use any kind of stock; you could even use vegetable stock for vegan cookies. Continue reading →


Creekside Dining, Salem Hospital

Hospital food has come a long way. My opinion of Salem Hospital is not that high. The level of care my family has received over the years has varied from okay to negligent and nonexistent, but the patient food has improved a great deal over the years. The menu of options has become quite impressive. It’s been many years since I’ve visited more than the coffee shop but my memory is of either public school cafeteria or diner, seems like they’re trying to change things up with Creekside Dining. Continue reading →

Asparagus Baked Scramble

Asparagus is one of those things that make me wonder about myself. I hated it as a kid. As in the groaning, whiney, gagging, pushing your parents to the edge of their patience, not like it. But something happened along the way to adulthood. One day asparagus became edible, not only edible but delicious. Maybe I chanced upon it as a perfectly cooked side dish, maybe enough taste buds had died off (they say they change or die every 7 years), who knows. Once it was part of my personality to hate asparagus and now I love the stuff and look forward to its arrival. People are weird. Continue reading →

Kale and Mushroom Frittata

My cousins were in town this weekend so a small, last minute family reunion was held at my place. Not only did I get to cook up a storm for them but I got to meet the world’s cutest, sweetest baby. You did good Emme! Continue reading →

So I had to repost this, mostly because I’m jealous I didn’t think of the combination. I’ve added amaretto to the basic chips and condensed milk recipe but this recipe seems so much more indulgent. This fudge would indeed make a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Lea & Jay

Today is March 1st. That means St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon! Just like last year, I aim to post one Irish-y, St. Patrick’s Day recipe each day up to March 17th. Wish me the luck of the Irish for this endeavor! To get things rolling, I’d thought I’d start off with a St. Patrick’s Day recipe that is both incredibly easy and incredibly delicious. I’m telling you, you don’t even need a stove for this one, you could just use a microwave. There are no candy thermometers, no baking, just a bit of mixing and a little chill time. Which is great, because it will give you time for a little chill time as well. This fudge tastes so dreamy folks will surely believe you must have slaved over it all day, when you’ve really been kicked back with some sort of refreshing adult beverage! (We are talking…

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Corvallis Indoor Winter Market

I love a good Saturday market. All that (hopefully) fresh produce straight from the farm, so many possibilities! This is what we hope to find anyway. We can also hope for the fair like atmosphere we’ve come to expect from some markets. I find I have mixed feelings about these event markets that are solely based on my mood at the time. If I’m there to get my groceries and get out, then I’m not as enamored of them. Continue reading →

Blackberry Season

Blackberry season is upon us! They’re tasty, nutritious, budget friendly, fun, and your civic duty to pick them, so get out there and get some. Like most produce in Oregon the season is several weeks late, but all that unseasonal rain has made for plump, juicy berries. Continue reading →