Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Ain’t Nothin’ Better than a Dog

August 8, 2012

Rusty, Rover, Dusty, Clover, Thumper and Spike
Daphne, Dolly, Dabney, Molly, Jumper and Mike
Lucky, Franklin, Bucky, Jasmine, Happy and Bro
Sonny, Chester, Domino, Dexter, Grady and Moe

At the end of a crazy, hectic day
When you need somebody to play
Ain’t nothin’ better than a dog

Elmo, Gizmo, Ginger, Oso, Dallas and Duke
Winston, Fluffy, Waldo, Duffy, Opal and Luke
Spencer, Sparrow, Stallion, Pharaoh, Ribsy and Red
Parker, Pepper, Pedro, Viper, Apollo and Fred

When you need a faithful family friend
A dog is true and loyal to the end
Ain’t nothin’ better than a dog

Baron, Banjo, Bandit, Bingo, Lily and Zack
Groucho, Kona, Marlowe, Fiona, Lulu and Mac
Corky, Fido, Ollie, Dido, Espresso and Jet
Tobey, Yogi, Kobe, Hoagi, Boney and Babette

You might be thinking you’re real smart
But your brain is always smaller than his heart
Ain’t nothin’ better than a dog

by Richard W. Bray

Max y Arroz Picoso (by richard)

December 22, 2011


1 400 gram can of Zanahorias en Escabeche (Sliced Pickled Carrots with Jalapenos)
1 1/2 cups white rice (or brown rice if that’s what you’re into)
3 cups chicken broth
1 chopped bell pepper (or half a stalk chopped celery)
2 teaspoons olive oil

Combine rice, vegetables and broth. Add oil and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until liquid disappears (approximately 20 minutes).

Kona and Kahlua-Bananas (by Tom)

May 1, 2010




3 tbsp. butter
1/3 c. light brown sugar
4 Bananas; sliced half lengthwise
1/4 c. Kahlua


In a large skillet melt the butter. Sprinkle in the brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add Kahlua. Heat until bubbling. Add bananas to the sauce. Cook to heat thoroughly, basting often for 3 to 5 minutes.

Serving suggestions:

Spoon bananas over Vanilla Ice Cream. Sprinkle on toasted almonds or chopped nuts.

Chloe and Corn Chowder (by Wayne)

April 19, 2010



Corn Chowder


4 cobs of fresh corn
One medium size onion
Several cloves of fresh garlic
1/2 of a red bell pepper
1 cup half & half
1 1/2 cups water
Smart Balance brand margarine spread


1. Slice onion and garlic and red pepper
2. Melt 4 tablespoons Smart Balance’ margarine spread in large skillet
3. Add onions/garlic/red pepper
4. Saute for ten minutes on medium heat, stirring until soft
5. Shuck and rinse fresh corn, then remove the corn form cob via serrated knife
6. Add corn to skillet and mix along with two more tablespoons of Smart Balance spread
7. Add 1 1/2 cup of water
8. Allow to cook on medium heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally
9. Add 1 cup half & half
10. Cook another ten minutes on medium, stirring occasionally


Sophie and Twice Baked Potatoes (by Hilary and Richard)

April 14, 2010


(This is a recipe we first discovered at a cooking class in San Francisco. These hearty potatoes go great with any roast and are easily reheated for a fabulous next day lunch!)

Twice Baked Potatoes (Serves 4 to 6)


4 large russet potatoes, about a pound each
Olive oil
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup milk (I use 1% or 2%)
2 T. butter, softened
1 T. heavy whipping cream
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
4-6 strips bacon
1/4 cup green onion
Hot sauce
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400. Scrub potatoes clean and poke each in several places with the tines of a fork. Rub the potatoes all over with a little olive oil. Place directly on the middle or top rack of oven. Bake potatoes for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cooked through. (They should give a little when pressed.)

2. If you’re short on time you can bake the potatoes in the microwave. (10 minutes on high heat for 2 potatoes and 15 minutes for 4 potatoes.) The skins of microwave baked potatoes aren’t nearly as crispy, so you may want to rub a little olive oil on them and finish them in a conventional oven for 10 minutes at 400.

3. While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon strips in a frying pan on medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels and let cool. Crumble.

4. Allow the potatoes to cool just to touch. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the insides, forming a potato “canoe”. Leave about ¼” of potato on the skin.

5. Place the scooped out potato, sour cream, milk, cream and butter into a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Mix in the remaining ingredients, reserving a little of the green onion to sprinkle on the tops of the potatoes once they are baked. Season to taste with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Spoon filling into the potato shells.

6. Heat oven to 350. Place potatoes on a roasting pan and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until they are heated through and the tops are golden brown. Garnish with reserved green onions.

Note: To make the potatoes spicier, you could add a small can of fire-roasted diced green chilies in addition to the hot sauce.

Flan y Cosita (by Lourdes)

April 5, 2010


(This is a basic flan recipe that can be augmented with various flavorings, such as almond, coconut or pumpkin.)



6 eggs
1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar to caramelize


1. Melt sugar in a saucepan over medium to low heat until sugar is golden in color. Pour into baking dish or mold, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.

2. Beat together in a large bowl the eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt and vanilla.

3. Pour egg mixture into baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.

4. Place dish in a bain-marie (water bath) and place in a 350 degree preheated oven for 60 minutes.

5. Let cool completely and carefully invert on a serving platter.

Mikey and Robbie and Marinated Steak (by Brian)

March 27, 2010

Mikey and Robbie (Rescue Dogs)

Marinated Steak

(This recipe was passed down through the generations of my family, and it produces the finest steak in all the existential lands.)


Rib-Eye Steaks (or whatever is on sale)
One bottle or can of beer (Domestic if you love America as much as I do)
1/3 cup of Soy Sauce per pound
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar per pound (more or less to taste)
1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder per pound (more or less to taste)
A Pinch of Salt

You have many choices as to begin.


First, kill and butcher a cow or just go to Vons.

Second, throw a pot or just use one from the cupboard.

Third, brew some beer or just use the market brand of your choice–I recommend Miller Lite.

Fourth, pour the beer in the new or old pot and mix in some soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic powder with a dash of salt.

Fifth, tenderize your meat (I think we all know how painful that can be), by pounding it with your hands or stabbing it with a fork several times.

Sixth, place the meat in the marinade and either completely submerge it or remember to turn it every 15 minutes. Leave it in the marinade for at least an hour.

When the steak is fully saturated with the marinade either hold it over an open fire or just place it on the grill and cook to your desired level of taste, texture, and pleasure.

Serving Suggestions:

Now either enjoy with your bare hands (I call this Barbarian Style) or set a table and use your finest silverware (I call this Victorian Style). Either way you have yourself a steak that even the most discriminating connoisseurs will enjoy. Hell, even the Vegans will eat this in the privacy of their own homes.

Ginger Crinkles and Poe (by Tim)

March 17, 2010


(Here is one for one of my favorite cookies of all time that my parents used to make and now I do. They kick ASS!)



2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon (more or less to taste)
1 tsp ground ginger (more or less to taste)
1 tsp ground cloves (more or less to taste)
3/4 cup soft shortening (I prefer using non-hydrogenated shortening…more expensive than Crisco, but your heart will thank you)
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup light or dark molasses
granulated sugar for rolling dough balls in


1. Sift flour together with baking soda, salt, and spices and set aside.
2. Beat shortening, brown sugar, and egg together until light and fluffy. A mixer makes this easier, but do it by hand if you’ve got endurance!
3. Add molasses to the shortening, brown sugar, and egg mix, and beat further until smooth.
4. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until well combined.
5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or foil and chill for at least one hour.
6. Once dough is thoroughly chilled, heat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease cookie sheets.
7. Roll dough into 1 1/2″ to 2″ balls, and roll the balls in the granulated sugar.
8. Place dough balls on cookie sheets about 4″ apart, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.
9. Cool cookies on wire racks and devour.

Best. Cookies. Ever.

Chester and Pork with Sauerkraut (by Don)

March 14, 2010


Pork with Sauerkraut

Two jars of Sauerkraut
Three Pounds Pork Shoulder


1) Boil the pork for 40 minutes in enough water to cover the meat
2) Drain, cut up pork and remove bones
3) Add sauerkraut and simmer for 20 minutes

Optional Ingredients: Bacon, Apples and Onions

Serving Suggestions:
Serve over baked or mashed potatoes

Max & Mia and Chile Verde (by Monica)

March 6, 2010

Max & Mia

Max Solo

Chile Verde


2 pounds of meat cut into 1-inch chunks(chicken or pork)
1 large Bell Pepper (Roasted)
Tomatillos (boiled whole with a little water)
3 Jalapenos (Roasted)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil

1) Roast chiles and place in bag to sweat; remove stems, seeds, and skin
2) Season meat with salt and pepper and brown in a heavy-bottom skillet
3) Remove excess fat and set aside
4)Pulse together in a blender chopped bell pepper, tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, salt, adding a little water from the boiled tomatillos or stock
5) If your skillet is large enough, add everything or remove to a larger skillet combining all ingredients
6) Bring to a boil and simmer all ingredients for about an hour to an hour and a half.