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Name: Rylee
Location: Madcity, Wisconsin, United States is a blog that chronicles the people, places, and things I find interesting all around me. I write about home improvements, gardening, orchids, dogs, recipes, family and other good stuff. Stop by for visit!

December 15, 2008

Hungarian Wursts for dinner

Last night, we had hand-made hungarian wurst (sausage) that Todd and his dad, Frank cranked out yesterday. The flavor was great and the freshness of same day wurst was a joy. In addition, we made potatoes au gratin and served our only harvest of brussels sprouts from this year's garden. I learned from the 2009 Farmer's Almanac that as the sprouts grow on the stalk to strip the leaves under the sprouts to force them to grow bigger. We'll have to try that next year.

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January 16, 2008

Pumpkin skins are good for the pups

My dogs love to eat. And one of the funniest things my dogs like is pumpkin skins. They can be fresh, baked and even roasted - the pups love 'em. And pumpkin is very good for occasional intestinal issues, if you know what I I regularly cook up pumpkin when I have it
for a special treat. Here's a little photo of Cita chowing down on some pumpkin skin, while Teiko waits for more.
P.S. Another favorite of Teiko's is shrimp skins - he can't eat enough. And did you know that shrimp skins are a great source for Glucosamine - the wonder mineral for dog's bones and joints?

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May 17, 2007

Puppy Gumbo Recipe

Since that horrible outbreak of death food for animals, I've taken extra precautions on what I feed my dogs. While I don't raw feed I do choose carefully what my dogs eat. I called the dry food company, Nutrisource, out of Minnesota to ensure its safety. Secondly any "wet" food that my dogs scarf down is made by me!

...Gotta love me some of dat puppy gumbo...Teiko

Puppy Gumbo is what I call cleaning out the refridgerator of left-overs. My dogs love the "real" food and I like that I know what my pups are eating. Puppy Gumbo contains any of the following items and is different everytime, depending on what I have available.
  • Bones: from what ever you have handy (chicken, duck, beef, deer)
  • Meat: I use fish, venison, beef, bison, pork, turkey, chicken and even shrimp skins. Really, it's whatever's sitting in the refridge.
  • Vegetables: potatoes, pumpkin, squash, carrots, garlic, celery, brocoli, mushrooms - whatever you want to clean out of the drawer.
  • Grains: rice, barley, couscou, pasta, again whatever is sitting around.

Directions: Assemble any or all of the above ingredients, depending on what your pups like and what's laying around. Start the gumbo by cooking the bones and hearty vegetables with a 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a two hours. When the stock is rich in color, add the soft veggies and grains and simmer until veggies are soft. Discard the bones. I will keep one container in the fridge while the others go to the freezer or to my family. To serve: add 1 or 2 tablespoons of gumbo to each cup of dry kibble for extra deliciousness.

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