Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"And They Call It Puppy Love"


Going to the Dogs on Valentine's Day

Boy friends (and often husbands) come and go but your dog will never leave you.

No matter what you do or how you feel, your best friend is right there offering encouragement, kisses and emotional support.

Dogs don't ask for much.
You don't have to make them gourmet meals or work through their drama. 
All they want is an occasional pat on the head.

Bake up a batch of scrumptious, home made biscotti for your true blue pal this Valentine's Day.

Fancy enough for the purest pedigree but so dog gone good that any shelter pooch will wag a tail for a bag full.


William and Mary
At Cheesecake Farms, we let sleeping dogs lie
Healthy, too! 
Whole grains, parsley, yeast and milk - what more could any buddy want?


Bow Wow Biscotti
Just like the biscotti you dip into your lattes - only healthier.

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Makes about 2 dozen
Keeps indefinitely
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3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rye flour
1/4 cup corn meal (corn flour - not grits)
1/2 cup uncooked cracked wheat cereal (like Wheatena - not instant)
1/4 cup milk powder (dry)
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast (any type)
1/4 cup fresh (finely chopped) or dried parsley
1 cup water or salt free broth (beef, chicken or vegetable) - approximately

Position oven rack so biscotti will bake in center.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cover a cookie sheet with baking parchment.

Mix together everything but the water (or broth).

Stir in the water by hand forming a stiff dough.
Work dough with your hands until it all comes together.
Add a drop or two more water or broth, if necessary.

In the center of the cookie sheet, form the dough into a log 1 inch high X 9 inches long.
Bake in the preheated oven until set but not brown - about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven (leave oven on).
Cool 3 to 5 minutes (on the pan) so dough can set a bit.

Remove log to a cutting surface and, beginning at one of the 1 inch ends, cut the log into thin (1/8 inch - 1/4 inch) slices. A serrated bread knife works well.
If the log is too hot to hold, use a clean towel as a pot holder to hold the log during cutting.

Return the slices to the pan, placing them close together with one of the cut sides down. 

Place pan of slices into the oven for a few minutes to lightly toast.
Flip over the slices and let them lightly toast on the other side. 
Watch carefully so they don't burn. 

Remove from oven and transfer toasted biscotti to a rack to cool completely.




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