Last weekend I entered a biscuit bake-off (more like a throw down) at the Greyhound Fall Festival here in Tucson. Thirteen of us biscuit bakers competed for the title and a $40 gift card to Trader Joe’s.
The judges were lucky dogs.
So I tried to think like a dog (it’s about me, me, and me and what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine) and thought the taste of a dog biscuit was second to the smell.
Thirteen homemade dog biscuits were laid out on a cookie sheet and one at a time, each dog sniffed the tray. It was quite funny as the Great Dane practically devoured the tray in one bite while Anabel, a dainty female greyhound, sniffed each one and walked away.
Dogs were allowed to eat three biscuits and I won. I could tell this recipe was a winner (I won!) even before I went to the event because while baking, my own dog Jett Greyhound was pacing back and forth guarding the oven.
Here’s my recipe.
A Fishy Tail
2 5 oz. cans tuna, salmon, or mackerel in oil (any combo/do not drain)
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used multigrain baking mix)
½ cup oat bran
3 generous shakes of canned grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried parsley
Pinch garlic powder
½ hot dog, finely diced
Preheat oven to 350-degrees and line a 9-x-9-inch pan with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick spray. Mix the canned fish and eggs in the blender. Pour wet mixture into a bowl then add the remaining dry ingredients (except hot dog). Mix well but don’t over mix. Spread into a pan evenly. Sprinkle with finely diced hot dog. Bake 30-35 minutes until sides pull away from pan. Turn the oven off but leave pan in the oven for 3 hours. Slice into small squares; store in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Let Them Eat Cookies, a greyt cookbook for all great dogs by Rissa Miller & Nathaniel Corn
My dog and my friend Carol’s dogs were privy to the leftovers and I tasted them also. The biscuits were somewhat reminiscent of stale salmon patties or fish patties, one of my favorite comfort foods that I make at least once a year…salmon patties or salmon loaf (not stale).
My friend Cindy gave me some biscuits for my greyhound. Perhaps they were the same biscuits her daughter entered in the contest? Jett liked her biscuits but I loved them. Cindy: I hope they were made with all people ingredients? Cindy’s biscuits were more spicy and they were far more professional looking. To the human judge that would matter but not to the canine judge. Could they have dates in them? I ate a Cindy dog biscuit with tea for two days in a row.
My fondness for dog biscuits doesn’t stop there. Paws & Claws Boutique & Bakery used to have freshly baked dog biscuits and occasionally I would buy them for Painter and Lily. On the way home in the car these biscuits would call my name. One day I mentioned this to another friend and she said, “Oh, I eat those biscuits all the time!”
I get the Blue Dog Bakery monthly newsletter and a few years ago, a male reader wrote in to say that when he opened the box of Blue Dog peanut & molasses biscuits, the smell was so tempting that he munched on a few while having his nightly shot of bourbon.
So there you go – many of us have our secret passion – dog biscuits. As long as I don’t start catching the Frisbee with my mouth, I’m okay.
Speaking of dogs and beloved companion animals, Beading Divas to the Rescue for which I am a member, is holding a Bead Drive Contest until the end of the year.
When you give us some beads (old beaded jewelry, recycled beads, new beads, etc), you and your animal charity will be entered in a random drawing. In January, one lucky charity will be the recipient of our bracelet fundraiser in Feb. 2011. The Beading Divas have donated more than $23,000 to 16 animal charities in 4 states by selling one $20 bracelet at a time. That’s a whole lot of bracelets made with donated beads. Got beads?