Cheddar-Bacon Dog Treats

Crunchy Cheddar-Bacon Dog Treats

Darcie and I are both dog lovers, so today’s post was a given for this year’s Advent Calendar. Gil and I adopted Ru (aka Rufus T. Firefly Roth) nearly nine years ago and, while we’ve always kept him active and never go crazy with his food, we don’t hold back from giving him treats he enjoys. Darcie’s family adopted a gorgeous puppy named Artemis this year who is every bit as active as you’d imagine a puppy to be! While Ru and Artemis may differ in age and temperament, they’re unified in their approval of these bacon-cheddar dog treats. Make a batch for your own pampered pooch or as a gift for the dog-lover in your life. We promise they’ll be gone in a flash!

For a roundup of all of our Advent Calendar posts for the year, click here.
Darcie can be found at her website, Gourmet Creative and on Instagram at @darcie_hunter.
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Bacon-Cheddar Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 pieces cooked bacon (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

In a food processor, pulse the oatmeal until floury, but still slightly chunky. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until well combined and evenly distributed.
Form dough into a ball and roll out about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to form shapes as desired.
Bake for 30 minutes at 400°F (200°C), or until browned and crispy. Let cool, package and distribute to deserving pups!

Cuteness Overload — Dogs & Kids Edition

I spent the weekend taking lots of pictures, processing lots of pictures and eating out. It was a great change of pace, but leaves me with no recipe to share with you today as I did ZERO cooking. I did open an excellent rosé, but that probably doesn’t qualify, right? On the bright side, this post has a big cuteness factor.

A staff favorite at the West Milford Animal Shelter.
Look at that soulgaze, would you? He’s practically proposing. Available for adoption at the West Milford Animal Shelter.
A funny little guy. Available for adoption at the West Milford Animal Shelter.
PUPPY! OMG PUPPY! Available for adoption at the West Milford Animal Shelter.

As you know if you’ve spent some time here, I volunteer at the West Milford Animal Shelter each week handling the dogs that are staying with us. But I also take pictures and compose flyers to help spread the word about these wonderful animals. We did a big shoot with all of the adoptables on Saturday morning and I tried a different flyer design this time around to really showcase their sweet faces and winning personalities. Check out the slideshow at the top of this page to get to know them, and if you’re local, stop by the shelter for a meeting. You’ll be swept off your feet, I guarantee.

Later in the day, Gil and I met up with one of his old high school friends and his family for lunch at Tuptim Thai in Montclair. The noodles were excellent, I’m very happy to report! After lunch, we ambled across the street so I could take head shots of his friend for a book he’s publishing and I just couldn’t stop myself from photographing his son, too. I mean, how stinkin’ adorable is this kid? (And he has a very adventurous palate, too! I hear he even craves chutney for breakfast, making him a kindred spirit, even if he is only three years old).

I hope you had a great weekend, too. What did you get up to?

Spencer | Amy Roth Photo

Spencer | Amy Roth Photo

Second-child syndrome

It was Otis’s birthday last week and I completely let it go by without mentioning it here. So…happy belated birthday, Otie!

greyhound

Yes, that’s a band-aid on his ear. He tangled with a thorn bush on an afternoon walk last week and, to hear Gil tell it, the whole thing looked like a horror show with blood everywhere, even on Rufus. At least one tiny bandage took care of everything.

greyhound

“No, really, I’ll be fine…SIGH.”

greyhound

If you haven’t heard, April is Adopt a Greyhound month. I’m clearly biased, but I think they’re just incredible animals; I don’t think we’ll ever not have one cockroached at the foot of our bed. If you think you might like to rescue a former racer (and are in NJ), I highly recommend Greyhound Friends of New Jersey — they’ve been a wonderful resource.

Napistry

The boys stayed with friends while we were away last week, and I don’t think they’ve forgiven us yet. They’ve been sulky and disinterested since Gil picked them up Friday afternoon, but at least they’re sleeping well and will deign to accept treats from our backstabbing hands.

Food post coming once this Dayquil fog lifts, but for now here are pictures of Rufus and Otis doing what they do best.

greyhound

greyhound

more pictures after the jump

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Holiday Treats, Part the First

Hi, everyone. For the second year in a row, I’m afraid my schedule won’t allow for an annual Advent Calendar. (For honestly annual Advent Calendars past, see the 2007 & 2008 installments.) Part of the craziness is just my day job, which always astounds me with its busy-ness — you’d think I’d get used to holiday madness after working for a clothing retailer for 10 years, wouldn’t you? — but also

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I have a photo assignment! I’ll be shooting photos for a cookbook (not my own) starting next weekend!!!! It’s really just a dream come true, as clichéd and silly as that sounds, especially because I’ve toyed with giving up on this blog so many times. But without it I certainly never would have learned enough about photography to even consider doing this for a living. (Just putting it out there, universe…)

Anyway, instead of the Advent Calendar, I’m hoping to squeeze in a few posts on easy-to-make treats that might be nice for the holiday season. These little chocolate & pomegranate nibbles were inspired by something I saw in a comments section somewhere, but I just can’t remember the site. (If they look familiar, please leave a comment and I’ll give credit where it’s due.) Just melt chocolate in a double boiler, add pomegranate arils to achieve a chunky consistency, spoon onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet and top with more arils, then chill until ready to serve. The juicy, tart arils really are a delicious foil to the smooth, bittersweet chocolate (or chocolate of your choice). I used only the two ingredients that were suggested, but I’d imagine they’d be delicious with the addition of chopped nuts, warm spices or a little liqueur.

And a little housecleaning:
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I didn’t make latkes this year for my husband because we’d much rather eat McDonald’s fries than any fried potato that comes out of my kitchen, but we did get the dogs to dress up for another portrait session. (One of the really, truly annual things on this blog. 2009 edition. 2008 edition.) Poor guys.

Happy Hanukkah!

not thrilled with this Hanukkah thing
Otis, rakish

Will there be treats?
Rufus, dubious

Stay tuned for Christmas photos next week.

They call me “Tater Soup”

Potage Parmentier

I found myself at home mid-week trying to sleep off a sinus infection, but got bored with all of that lying about after a while. (This development is disturbing to me, since I used to be quite happy lazing the day away, watching trashy TV and napping. When did I turn into my dad, needing a project to keep me happy and productive?!) So I did what I always do; I escaped to the kitchen. Still groggy and hungover-ish from Nyquil, I wasn’t up for a full-blown meal, but a simple soup was something I could handle and Potage Parmentier fit the bill perfectly. It’s the easiest thing in the world to make and any additions to the potato and leek base amount to a “why not?” soup.

Should I add celery root? Why not?
How about some apple? Why not?
Maybe a whole head of roasted garlic? Hell, yeah! I mean…why not?

potato & leek soup with celery root, apple & roasted garlic

The soup left me with a small batch of potato and apple peels, which I hated to see go to waste, so I munched on the apple peels while the soup simmered, and turned the potato peels into a nutrient-filled version of fries…simply stir fried in a little bit of olive oil until golden brown, then tossed with salt & pepper.

Waste not, want not.

They’re really amazing drizzled with truffle oil, or better yet, melted truffle butter. But this time I just ate them plain, with a glass of iced tea. Perfection.

Potato peel fries, close-up

The boys were very supportive of my earlier decision to nap extensively, but couldn’t agree to end the day in a productive manner.

Rufus & Otis, doing what they do best.

Some spring cleaning

Hello, and welcome to Spring!

We had CRAZYGOOD weather this weekend, which finally gave me the kick in the pants I needed to cook/take pictures again. Those winter doldrums are no joke, and my whole existence turned into a daily grind just to make it through. But here I am on the other side, and no worse for wear!

So here you go — a little spring cleaning from the past month or so, and a wrap-up of recent goings-on in our neck of the woods.


Pasta e ceci from Rachael Eats. We had this weekly for a spell and while I love it beyond any other soup I made over the winter, I’m looking forward to something less filling.


Shirley Corriher’s Touch of Grace biscuits with butter & fig jam. Made a damned fine breakfast, but not as good as scrambled eggs and morels will be in a few weeks.


French “peasant” beets from Food52.


He really wanted my attention.

More pictures after the jump.

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