We are sharing this recipe as an extra or bonus recipe this week. It comes from a blog that Katie has been following: Use Real Butter.
We wanted to share this because we have been wanting to try to make some dog treats, and it shows our thinking behind a lot of the cooking we have been doing lately. The why of cooking and picking recipes has become a lot more thoughtful as we have been cooking and eating at home more often. Since there are only two of us, we often have to get creative and cut down quantities or plan on leftovers, so we don’t have to cook as often as others might, and stuff tends to hang around. That said, we have pared down our freezer and pantry items and now instead of having a bunch of pre-packaged foods, we now have more *fancy ingredients* on hand (capers and anchovies anyone?). This was a conscious decision, and it lets us make a much wider variety of things than we previously could. We try to keep staples like garlic, olives, white, red, cider vinegar and we are focusing on using things we have on hand rather than buying specifically for a recipe. This lets use what we have and focus on getting fresh ingredients for the meats and veggies. We are also using a lot of fresh ingredients from our garden, and making sure we don’t let anything there go to waste, as we have sometimes been guilty of in the past.
We chose this recipe for several reasons.
- Pumpkin: we had 2 pie pumpkins on the porch. YES, our Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years/Valentines (but no we didn’t have to hang colored eggs off of them this year) pumpkins. We’ve been wanting to try to process homemade pumpkin, and we didn’t get around to making holiday pies as you might have guessed. The dog is a winner here. Katie and I both cooked and pureed a pumpkin individually. I used the process featured by Alton Brown. Katie used the method described by Simple Bites. Both seemed to work equally well. Katie was a little more thorough at getting out the strings. I decided the dog wouldn’t mind some extra fiber (she doesn’t).
- Wheat Flour: We have some of this that has been in the pantry for awhile, which is a no-no for wheat flour. Here again, we didn’t think the dog would mind (she doesn’t).
- The Dog: We were given some fancy dog treats for Christmas, and Mattie absolutely loved them. We wanted to reproduce them since she was so enamored. This recipe is slightly different since it includes pumpkin, but it is definitely a winner. Here are some photos of our process, and the results.
Ultimately we are able to make the dog treats using items we already have on hand (flour, peanut butter, eggs, pumpkin) and they are much more tasty and interesting to our dog, Mattie. So there is a cost savings, a good feeling of doing something nice for the dog, and a better end product. All around this is a winner!
Here is the recipe: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats