Tasty Tuesday Book Report: Bubba Rose’s Biscuit Recipes

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The other day when my human mommy stopped into our local Whole Foods grocery store, this little book caught her eye. (Leave it to Mommy to be distracted by a dog biscuit cookbook while shopping for human food . . . just one of the many reasons I love her so much.) The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the humans at Bubba Rose Biscuit Company (www.bubbarose.com) features more than 100 recipes divided into six chapters:

  • Foget-Me-Nots: A special treat for your favorite four legger for each month of the year
  • Sandwich Board: The daily specials — all the classics
  • Silver Platter: For dogs who live in the lap of luxury
  • Cookie Jar: A little something for the sweet tooth
  • 5th Ave. Decadence: For those with richer tastes
  • Because You Have Unique Tastes: Special treats that meet your needs

The book opens with an introduction that includes a pantry list, time-saving tips for stocking the pantry and fridge, substitution suggestions, helpful cooking tools to have on hand, and storage tips. All recipes are free from wheat, corn, and soy (which the authors say are the most common sources of food allergies in dogs), and many include an interesting nutritional sidebar.

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Mommy naturally flipped immediately to the recipe for the month of October–Pumpkin Bites, made with oat flour, brown rice flour, pumpkin (canned or fresh), molasses (regular or blackstrap, cinnamon, ground ginger, honey, an egg, and enough water to form a dough ball.

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I slipped into my fun fall apron and watched as Mommy combined all the yummy ingredients. I must have dozed off while she rolled out and cut the dough into festive little pumpkin and bone shapes, because the next thing I knew . . .

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. . . the treats were out of the oven and filling the house with the most wonderful autumnal scent. When my human daddy came home, he said the house smelled like pumpkin pie baking. Silly Daddy. He should know that any time the house smells that good it’s because Mommy’s making something special for my friends and me.

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We packaged the Pumpkin Bites and started delivering joy all around our neighborhood. We even brought some of the treats to our friends in Texas. I can assure you that the reviews have been outstanding, and I am definitely looking forward to tasting my way through The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook.

Today, I’m participating in the Tasty Tuesday blog hop, hosted by Kol’s Notes and Sugar the Golden Retriever. You can click on the link below for more yummy recipes and tasty treats.

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Book Report: A Chewy Little Read

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Students have already returned to the classroom where I live. Big yellow buses rumble down the street weekday mornings and afternoons, and on my daily walks I stop so that little children can give me a pat before scurrying through the doors of my neighborhood school. I’m back in school, too. My obedience classes started again a few weeks ago and I even have a new teacher. I’m pretty excited. So, in the spirit of a new school year, I’ve decided to start writing the occasional book report.

Today’s report is on a funny little book that every single one of my human mommy’s dog-loving friends will eventually receive from her–I Could Chew on This: and Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano, author of the New York Times bestseller I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. The book’s jacket offers this overview:

In I Could Chew on This you’ll find poems penned by dogs that get to the root of their loyalty, optimism, obsessive chewing, and deep-seated need to smell every new butt that passes by. Discover why they do things like try to lick the inside of your nostril, eat bird poop, stop and smell one square inch of sidewalk for an eternity, bark at a dog five times their size, and greet you every day like you’ve been gone for weeks.

Does any of that sound familiar? To give you a little taste of this entertaining and insightful book, I’d like to share two of my favorite poems.

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Another Bag

Love

True, unbridled love

Is looking at what I just did

On the sidewalk

And then picking it up in a bag

I can only imagine as a treasured keepsake

Wow, the collection you must have by now

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Halloween

I don’t want to go as a ballerina

For Halloween

Fine, I’ll go as a ballerina

If you don’t take any photos of me

Fine, you can take one photo of me for Facebook

If I don’t have to go outside in this outfit

Fine, I’ll go outside in this outfit

If I don’t have to be embarrassed house to house

Fine, I’ll be embarrassed house to house

If I can have some of your chocolate

What do you mean dogs can’t have chocolate?

Fine, I’ll just eat the wrappers

If I can throw up in your bag

The book is divided into four chapters–Inside, Outside, By Your Side, and Heavy Thinking. In addition to all the clever poems you’ll find adorable photos. I Could Chew on This is the perfect gift for any dog lover, but just a little word of advice: If you’re buying one for a friend, go ahead and get one for yourself, too. You’ll be glad you did.