Cooking’s Gone to the Dogs

Awhile ago, I wrote a blog entry about Make At Home Pet Treats, well the other day there was a special on Food Network where Rachel Ray was cooking up doggie treats! (By the way I love Rachel Ray for human recipes too!) Come to think of it, there’s a lot of people making and SELLING homemade dog treats. Makes me wonder if I’m not in the wrong business! I love to bake so it would be perfect, right? I’m not so sure it would fly around here there. Being kind of isolated and surrounded by farms, makes me think otherwise.Dog Treats

By making your own dog treats, you’re controlling what your dog is eating. It wasn’t too long ago, and I’m sure you all remember the dog food recall. You’re feeding your dog who knows what and where it came from. Not only that, commercial dog treats are loaded with chemicals and preservatives. By making your own treats, you’re giving your pet a wholesome yummy treat that is safe.

Not only are you giving your dog a wholesome treat, but you are helping reduce his allergies too. If your dog is allergic to common dog food ingredients such as, corn or wheat, you can help stop the itchies by avoiding these foods. By making your own treats, you leave out these allergens if necessary.

There are a couple of other recipes listed in my other homemade treat post, but here are a few more:

Peanut- Carob Isabooscotti — (Isaboo is Rachel’s Dog)

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray from Every Day with Rachael Ray
Show: Food Network Specials
Episode: Rachael Ray Feeds Your Pets

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 16 biscuits
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 cup carob chipsPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F.In a large bowl, combine that flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Place the peanut butter in a medium bowl and microwave at high power to soften, 5 to 10 seconds. Whisk in the milk, then stir the mixture into the dry ingredients.Shape the dough into a long, flattened log and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes; remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Slice the log crosswise on an angle into 1-inch-thick pieces. Set the slices on their sides (they should look like biscotti) and bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes more. Transfer to a rack to cool.Melt the carob in a microwave or on the stovetop over low heat. Thin the melted carob with 1 tablespoon water, if needed. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted carob over the biscuits. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is from the Three Dog’s Bakery Cookbook:GRRRRRANOLA1/4 c. honey
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. cracked wheat
2 1/2 c. rolled oats
2 c. bran flakes
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. chopped, roasted soy beans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Heat honey, oil and vanilla in a saucepan.

Pour over all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly and spread on two greased baking sheets.

Bake for 15 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Stir occasionally during baking to prevent overbrowning.

Cool and store in a sealed container.

Sounds yummy huh?! Got some recipes of your own? Share them with us! Would you guys be interested in a page dedicated to pet recipes? Let us know!