Wednesday, November 25, 2009

leaking turkeys and pumpkin dog biscuits

My night owl son woke me in the wee hours to inform me that the turkey was leaking. I asked how much, hoping that in fact he was mistaken, and the double-bagged fresh turkey was doing nothing of the kind.

But he said "a lot" and I sighed and got up, knowing that my warm spot in the bed would soon be taken over by whichever cat bodies could make it there first.

Indeed, the turkey was leaking. I spent about a minute fussing at self for not putting the turkey in the roasting pan so at least if it leaked it would be contained. And then the next hour and a half cleaning the entire lower half of the refrigerator, to a degree Martha Stewart and my mother would smile upon.

I woke up expecting sunshine but it's not here yet. Today I'm making the afore-mentioned cheesecake, the cranberry sauce, the mashed potatoes, (which shockingly can be made ahead without losing one bit of goodness) and getting the dinner rolls made up and put in the pan.

And meanwhile, here is the pumpkin dog biscuit recipe just for Dougie Donk, who I believe not only races ex-racing horses and wears kilts, but does a bit of baking on the side:

Cleo's Pumpkin Dog Biscuits:

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (I'm using freshly made puree)
2 tbsp. dry milk
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour (gives the biscuits crunch and offers better dog digestion than wheat)
1 tsp. dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin 'til smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and parsley if using. Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead if still rough, then roll out to desired thickness. (1/4 - 1/2 inch)

Use cookie cutters to punch out shapes, and rework leftover dough until it's gone. Place on baking sheet - no greasing necessary. Bake 20 minutes, remove from oven, turn, and bake 20 more minutes. Let cool completely before serving!

Enjoy feeding these healthy, yummy treats to the resident canines!

And let me know as the day progresses what you're baking and cooking - we can all share in the feasting today!


Enchanted Forrest said...

Thanks for sharing the pumpkin dog cookie recipe. They sounds good enough for human consumption I'll have to make up a batch for Forrest & Morgan.

I just found a recipe for crustless gluten-free pumpkin pie that I'm looking forward to trying. The two recipes share many ingredients in common.

I'm also making a fruit salad to take to dinner at my sister's and am contemplating making some Bacon & Green Onion Cornbread Dressing (w/gluten free cornbread) from an Emeril Lagasse recipe featured on Good Morning America this morning.
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billie said...

Sue, I have a feeling your Corgis will love the biscuits!

You have me contemplating a grocery store run for ingredients to make the cornbread dressing... hmmmm.

Thanks for sharing your holiday cooking menu - it sounds wonderful!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Bummer about the leaking turkey. The dog biscuits sound wonderful, I'll bet my guys would love them. Have a great day tomorrow.

billie said...

You too, Arlene - a very happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family.

Victoria Cummings said...

Billie - I like the sound of that pumpkin cheesecake. I'm making one too and I think I'll try using some of my ginger spice cookies in the crust. One tradition in our house is to add some raspberries and orange zest to the cranberries when we cook them. I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner - and reading how you are doing yours - sorry about the leaking turkey but I know it will be delicious- have a great relaxing day!

Dougie Donk said...

Dougie's canine friends have asked me to pass on their thanks for the cookie recipie.

I'm not so sure that I fancy baking for the hounds, but know my place in the order of things! Thankfully, we don't do Thanksgiving in the UK, so I may try & fit it in this weekend... I wonder where I get canned pumpkin?

Haven't forgotten about the Dougie blog either - just waiting for some gaps in the rain to take piccies of His Majesty. Maybe for Xmas & Sheaffer's calendar, but please don't hold me to that :))

Matthew said...

That fridge looked so spotless you could have eaten dinner off it. Thank you for the things you do that brighten our lives!

billie said...

Victoria, adding raspberries sounds intriguing - thanks for stopping by and I hope your day was lovely.

billie said...

Dougie, anytime you like will be just fine. The guest blogger spot awaits!

billie said...

Matthew, I would probably not go THAT far, but thank you for noticing!

Michelle said...

Billie, hope you had a fantastic day! Sounds like a tasty dinner. Thanks for the doggie biscuits, I'll definitely have to give those a try! I've made liver cookies before, but pumpkin sounds much less nasty to work with!

billie said...

I highly recommend the pumpkin biscuits - Kyra is still loving them. (although I suspect your liver ones would go over BIG with her!)