The Internet Kitchen: Parenthood


The Internet Kitchen: Parenthood

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It’s been almost a week since we got Porter the Wonderdoodle and it’s been a really fascinating week. Some of my observations on new dog ownership:

Betsy and I have both had to rework our schedules to accommodate Porter’s needs (we don’t have a fenced in yard so we have to let him out regularly and stuff). While we are both pretty exhausted after our first week on the new schedule, I think we will adjust pretty fast and be firing on all cylinders.

Having a dog is like getting a very tiny glimpse into how I think our lives will be as parents. It interesting to see how Betsy and I handle punishment and rewards differently. It’s forcing us to communicate on issues which is challenging, but also fun. Granted, it’s probably a tenth of the work of having an actual human baby, but it’s a fun little glimpse.

I really enjoy training Porter. He’s making serious progress and I think he’s a very smart dog. I already have him sitting and laying down. We’re working next on some more advanced things like having him lay down on a specific spot (his bed) and ringing a bell when he needs to go out. I have no doubt he can learn both in a week or two.

Ask The Readers

Instead of a poll this week, I want to ask you all for advice. I want to try making some homemade dog treats/biscuits. If you have a good idea or recipe, leave a comment! I’ll pick one of them and make it instead of the normal poll recipe next Thursday!

And a few links

How to Buy, Store, and Cook Pea Shoots – This was kind of a revelation to me because I’m growing a lot of peas this year. I didn’t even realize you could eat the shoots. Amazing! (@ Food Blogga)

Grass Fed Jello – Yea. You read that right. Throw out the boxed stuff. This is a method and recipe for using real gelatin and whole ingredients to make some really tasty jiggly stuff. (@ Food Loves Writing)

Beef Cheeks Bourginion – I’ve made bourginion before but with roast basically. Beef cheeks are incredibly tender and I can see how they make this classic dish even better. Plus there’s a fun wine giveaway in the post if you comment by the end of Friday. (@ Tiny Urban Kitchen)

Vermontucky Lemonade – There’s not much better than sitting outside on a stoop or porch with an ice cold drink (or a pitcher of ice cold drinks). Lemonade is always a good choice to kill the heat, but you won’t hear any complaints from me if the lemonade happens to have bourbon in it. (@ Smitten Kitchen)

Have a great weekend everyone!

22 Responses to “The Internet Kitchen: Parenthood” Leave a comment

  1. I don't have a dog biscuit recipe, but the best hot-weather dog treat I know is a mix of peanut butter, plain yogurt, and banana, blended up and frozen in cups.

  2. My pup loves anything peanut butter. If I want to make myself a PB sandwich and she hears the jar open she will run in from another room just for the chance to lick the spoon. I made puppy cookies for her once with PB, whole wheat flour and carob chips.

  3. Nizzle, time to spill the beans. Who's the disciplinarian, and who's the pushover? More details please.

  4. I make a dog biscuit similar to the King Arthur recipe. They love it.

    Peanut Butter Doggie Biscuits

    3 tbsp. peanut butter
    1/2 cup oil
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 cup water
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    1 cup rolled oats (you can use oatmeal – but NOT the instant type)
    1 cup fine cornmeal

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Beat together peanut butter and eggs. Gradually beat in oil and water until well mixed.
    3. In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine flour, oats, and cornmeal.
    4. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and blend well to form a dough.
    5. Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes, or just slice them into squares if you don’t have cookie cutters.
    6. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1/2 between biscuits. Bake for 20 minutes until browned. Turn off the oven, but leave the biscuits inside to “crisp”. (NOTE: If you are using a smaller cookie sheet and have several batches to cook, you can place the finished biscuits in a single layer on a plate and leave them on the counter to “crisp” as you bake the rest.) Once the biscuits have hardened, treat your dogs! Store the remaining biscuits in an airtight container.

    This recipe makes a fair amount of doggie biscuits, so I keep a few in a cookie jar, and freeze the remaining in a freezer bag.
    My recent post Honey Bees – I’ve Sure Missed Them

  5. Such an adorable dog! My dog also loves peanut butter more than anything (well maybe not more than the yucky lamb's lung she gets as treats from the pet store). I tried to make a biscuit out of peanut butter, carob powder, oats and banana once, but it got too hard in the freezer – I wanted to be able to bake as needed. Can't wait to see what you come up with — my dog thanks you in advance!
    My recent post Rhubarb Vanilla Compote

  6. I use a version of this recipe wtih all organic ingredients to make training treats. If you bake teeny balls of the mix, it doesn't burn and the peanut butter taste is enough to make them tempting for training:

    One thing I learned…don't ever use broth or boullion with onions in dog treats…they can be toxic to some dogs and are often an ingredient people forget about. You always read labels carefully in your posts, so you probably know that, but thought I would mention it just in case.

    Good luck!

  7. Sorry no recipe, but I've always said that my husband and I eased into parenthood. First, a cat. Cats can be left at home with minimal supervision for a few days – if you're away. Then a dog. Dogs can be left behind for a few hours. Then kids. You have to be with them 24/7 (or people call the authoriities!)

  8. I've used several recipes from the site below for treats for my dogs and to sell at bake sales. The Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers, Cheesy Bacon Biscuits, and Snickerpoodles are some favorites of my pups as well as for the bake sale (once I made them, they became very popular for subsequent sales and these were the most asked for). They have a wide variety.

  9. So are you saying-without-actually-saying that Betsy is expecting? Because that's the vibe I'm picking up here…. When's she due? Do you know if it's a boy or girl yet? :-) Inquiring minds must know!!

    Can't say that I have any recipes for dog treats except bones from your steak and the snippings from cleaning up beef/chicken. When I lived at home, our dog always went crazy for the bones, and the cats really like the snippings from chicken (those gristle-y pieces—not the bones!)
    My recent post It’s the simple things…

  10. I just started making and selling doggie treats at my dessert bakery about a month ago. I use the recipe I found on and tweak it just a little–I do peanut butter instead of butter, add a bit of beef base to make it beefy, and use parsley only instead of mint and parsley. I call them bubba bites (my dog Pointer's nickname is bubba) His breath has truly improved since he has been eating the parsley bones! love your blog, keep up the good work! btw-your new puppy is really cute

  11. Porter the Wonderdoodle is adorable! And what a lucky dog to have you making biscuits for him. If he'd like to sample King Arthur Flour's all-natural Dog Biscuit Mix, I'd be delighted to send him a box – just let me know!

    Happy puppy-parenting – and baking!

  12. Seriously, the cutest doodle ever. I didn’t know that they came in multi-colors! I have 2 chocolate labradoodles and they are amazing dogs. Porter is so great!!!

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