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Suzanne's Mini-Muffins for Good Doggies

This morning as I was working in the kitchen, Henry and George decided to join me. The little darlings look like they're taking a nap, don't they?
Let's conduct an experiment...


I go over to the cookie jar and open it. Henry raises his head and watches to see what my next move will be. George pretends to remain asleep. At the age of seven, he's not moving without good reason.

Hoho! Mommy's holding two of her Suzanne's Mini-muffins for Good Doggies. Now I've got their attention!

Henry gets his and then quickly looks back to see if George has dropped his on the floor.


No such luck. George might be old, but where food is concerned he can always keep up with the young guns.

Coco on the other hand could really care less about this stupid competition amongst the boys. She knows she gets her mini-muffin by special delivery.

Suzanne's Mini-Muffins for Good Doggies

4 cups of whole wheat flour 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter 1/3 cup honey 1 cup chicken stock 1 sco…

World's Easiest, No-Stress, No-Fuss Turkey Recipe

Every year the cooking channels and food magazines present one-hundred-and-one ways to brine, rub, roast, butterfly or fry your Thanksgiving turkey. Even an experienced cook will watch a dozen of these shows and come away with so much confusion over which method is best that cooking the bird becomes an anxiety filled event suited only to a massive intake of white wine.

So please allow me to share my secret to fool-proof turkey.

K.I.S.S.

Keep it Simple Suzanne.

Follow these simple steps and you'll have a delicious bird that everyone will love. Prep time is five minutes. Then you simply walk away and enjoy your guests until the bird is ready to come out of the oven.

Here it goes:

1. Preheat oven to 325 F

2. Into the turkey's empty cavity (don't forget to take the giblets out first) toss any of the following: an apple cut in half, an orange or lemon cut in half, a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme, salt and pepper.

3. Slide chunks of cold butter between the skin and breast mea…

How to Stack a Cord of Wood

As the temperatures drop, we need more wood for our wood stove. However, when they delivered the wood they simply dropped it in the driveway and left it up to us to move it.

Our supply of firewood was running low. So we needed to get that wood stacked and ready for cold winter nights.

Coco assessed the situation and decided we'd need help to get the job done.

Although Newfoundlands are known as 'working dogs'....

George didn't get the memo.

In fact, let's note just how far George is from the pile of wood. You'd think he was afraid it would burst into flames at any moment.

We believe that senior citizens can enjoy long and healthy lives with the proper amount of daily physical activity. Let's get Mom to stack that cord of wood!

Look, Coco wants to help Grandma!

In short order Mom's got the first row of firewood stacked. Don't stop yet, there's still more wood out in the driveway!

As the morning wore on, Mom ditched her jacket. She was warmed up …

Pork Chops with Special Dry White Wine from Simone Beck's Food and Friends

Another entry in our Cookbook Diaries. This week a second recipe from Simone Beck's memoir and cookbook, Food and Friends.

Ingredients (according to Simca):
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp vegetable oil
10 oz onions chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp white-wine vinegar
2 cups dry white wine
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper


6 pork chops
Bouquet garni of celery stalks, parsley, thyme
2 Tbsp. strong Dijon mustard
3 1/2 oz gherkins, thinly sliced

Special equipment:
2 heavy bottomed skillets
Parchment paper



Sautee the onions in butter and oil. Sprinkle with flour and begin to create a roux.

Add vinegar, continue stirring, then add wine, stir, add broth. Simmer uncovered until reduced.


Meanwhile, in the second oven ready skillet (I used a enamel covered cast iron model), brown the pork chops, then pour the onion-wine sauce over chops. Add bouquet garni, cover with lid and put in oven.

Cook for 20-30 minutes at 375, until pork is thoroughly cooked. When the pork comes out of the oven, stir in th…

Henry, George, and Coco Anticipate the Beginning of Ice Fishing Season

Snow Day from a Dog's Perspective: November 3, 2011