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Dog Cookies & Kid Treats

The recipes: My dog's favorite cookie recipe, All Natural Dog Treats. Plus, just in time for Halloween, "Black Cat Bites" for kids, they masquerade as "Reindeer Rations" at Christmas, "Bunny Pellets" at Easter. Plus, Homemade Fudgesicles, so easy! Let’s be clear: The first recipe is for dogs, not people. Repeat: Dogs. But are they good cookies for dogs? Or are they cookies for good dogs? Both, I’d say, since the good dogs I know chew ‘em up and beg for more. Make up a batch for your favorite canines. Woof! Yummy-woof! Woof!In contrast, Dog Chow for Kids is definitely people food, well, kid food anyway. With just a tad of imagination, it’s amazingly versatile. At Halloween, Dog Chow transforms magically into Black-Cat Bites. At Christmas, surprise, out comes Reindeer Rations. At Easter, whip up a batch of Bunny Pellets. The recipe remains the same. Only the name is changed to entertain the innocent. HOMEMADE FUDGESICLES are delicious for kids and grow…

Colorful Red & Yellow Bell Peppers:
Recipes to Add Color to the Table
Yes, These Are Healthy Recipes Too!

Two recipes to make good use of the colorful bell peppers that show up in early fall. The first is a quick sauté. The second is a pickle which may be canned or kept for a few weeks as a refrigerator pickle. Both add so much color to a table!
COMPLIMENTS!
"...it was so good!" ~ Carol The farmers market is bursting with garden produce. There’s no resisting the baskets of sweet peppers in bright summer skins of red, yellow and orange.Here in the Midwest, August and September are when savvy shoppers purchase peppers in the farmers market. They are often smaller and misshapen and the flesh is thinner. But they are often quite inexpensive: I've seen ten for $1. PIED PIPER PICKLES Clean 2-1/2 pounds of red and yellow sweet peppers. Cut each into six pieces. Place in boiling water for three minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups tarragon vinegar, 2 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon celery seed, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed, 2 cloves crushed garlic and 1 teaspoon pickl…

Retro Recipe: Chicken à la King

Chicken à la King is my idea of perfect retro deliciousness. Think bites of moist chicken, bell pepper, mushrooms and peas draped in a dreamy cream sauce. Think more healthful than it looks and sounds. Think quick, think supper. That's Chicken à la King. Chicken à la King is a recipe that seems to morph into something new every twenty years or so. While the dish is likely of American origin, the source of this version is a cookbook picked up in France awhile back.While tempted otherwise, I’ve made only modest reductions to the butter and cream. First, the portion sizes are relatively small. More importantly, since it’s the height of summer and fresh produce is so plentiful, it’s easy to fill out this rich entrée with a grilled vegetable (green beans, anyone?), a nutrient-packed salad and a fresh-fruit dessert.In this way, we balance our calorie intake over the course of a meal, a day, even an entire week. ALANNA’s TIPS Make only what you’ll serve immediately, for this dish doesn’t…

Wild Rice Salad

One of my very favorite summer salad recipes, hearty with wild rice, crunchy with vegetables. No mayonnaise or eggs, so especially good for picnics and outdoor parties. According to Objibway Indian legend, 21st century cooks can thank a hungry hunter and a dispatched duck for the nutty delicacy we call wild rice. One late-summer evening, a hunter returned to camp hungry but without game. Perched on the rim of a pot above his cold fire was a duck. Startled, the bird flew into the darkness. When the hunter peered into the pot, he found coarse grains the duck had left behind. He cooked it in water – and happily filled his hungry belly with delicious soup. The next day, the hunter set out in the direction the duck had flown and soon came upon a marsh filled with wildfowl feasting upon the wild grain. The hunter knew he and his people would never go hungry again. For contemporary eaters, wild rice is higher in protein and fiber and a fifth lower in calories than both white and brown rice.Co…