Do you remember this past summer when I hosted my Cooking Salon at the Lake Anne Farmer’s Market? These were small, intimate cooking classes right in the Market. After doing several Salons I had realized that I not only had humans in my audience, but our four-legged friends as well. Many dogs tugged at their leashes as their humans passed them by my tent, wanting to stop and sniff out what I was cooking, and hoping to get a little taste too.
This lead me to host a Cooking Salon for dogs. Oh yes I did! I had a cooking class for dogs. Well, actually for the dog’s owners.
Here is the portrait of our Rottie Diamond that I did back in 1992 as a Christmas present for Himself. She was the most wonderful dog in the world, and such a great companion to us. Back then, we fed her what the doc recommended, which was a famous brand of food. There was no Internet, or any need to question her doctor. Prior to hosting the Salon, I researched the current trends in feeding dogs and found that their diets closely mimic some current human trends: primal, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, raw, and organic- just to name a few. When the 2007 pet food recall hit, pet owners started questioning how they fed their pets resulting in further research, and more healthier options for them. If Diamond were alive today, we would be feeding her a completely different diet, that’s for sure.
This summer I had the opportunity to talk to many dog owners at the Market and found that their dog’s diet was very near and dear to them, almost to the point of offense when they heard about my Pupcakes. OK, OK, so you do not feed your dog grains, but let me tell you, in my area, folks pay big bucks for Pupcakes to be served at their doggie birthday parties. Yes, it’s true.
Place a few of these little treats in your favorite furry friend’s Christmas Stocking.
2 cups oat flour
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, safe for dogs!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl mix oat flour through mashed banana until smooth. Gently fold in blueberries, cranberries, and chips. Divide between 9 standard cupcake liners in a muffin pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool and frost with…
2 ounces cream cheese
1/2 tbls. honey
In a small bowl mix honey and cream cheese until smooth. Place in a small plastic bag and snip off end. Squeeze decoratively over “Pup”Cakes. Decorate with additional blueberries and cranberries or a raspberry. Store in and airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Makes 9 Pupcakes. Portion out according to your dog’s size.
NOTE- These can be baked in 4 ounce Mason Jars for longer term freezer storage.
Oh, and don’t forget to…
Danger Zone- Foods potentially poisonous to pets.