Cook Book:Risky Dishes for Rescue Dogs by Howie “Homeboy” MacScruff Book 8 From The Canine Cuisine Team! Enter to Win!

Food Lovin’ Friends!

Today I am happy to present to you

Book Number 8

Okay we are out of sequence

 on the last two books

in the series

Look for Book Number 7 next Monday!!!

From the Canine Cuisine Team:

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Real Dogs Cook is a series of fun, fictional short stories packed with dog developed recipes created by celebrity doggie chefs.

From Real Dogs Cook:

You may have had “The List” posted on the wall above your food bowl when you were a puppy. (We did.) All the things you weren’t supposed to eat. And there’s good reason to trust vets when they worry about our health. (Heck, we’ve posted the same “List” in some of our books, including this one.)

But Howie’s a reformed street dog himself, and he’s survived a lot in his young life, and he doesn’t want you to miss out on some of life’s truly wonderful foods, simply because eating too much of a good thing might hurt you.

So he’d like to introduce you to some “off-limits” delights, and show you how– with a little moderation– you can enjoy them, too. Just imagine once-upon-a-time totally “paws-off” offerings like this one:


“Philadelphia Freddy’s Quickie Cheese Steak.”

cheese steak

Prep time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

I specialize in foods that maybe aren’t the healthiest, but the way I look at it: All food is good food. Any meal with friends is even better. And great-tasting food with good friends can’t be as dangerous as all those “nutritionists” say. What’s really dangerous, to my mind, is not enjoying life.

So… This is my all-time favorite lunch idea, and I cook it up any time I’m lucky enough to have some pals to share it with.

  • A few points:
  • Feel free to substitute hoagie rolls or submarine rolls. Italian bread is better, but don’t pass up on this recipe simply because you can’t find a decent loaf of Italian (or French) bread.
  • Cooking with extra-virgin olive oil is a must. Don’t shortchange yourself with vegetable or canola oil.
  • And definitely, don’t use Cheez Whiz in place of good room-temperature Provolone. I admit: I used Cheez Whiz myself in my book, but I was pandering to the pack. If you want to do it right (and why go to the trouble if you aren’t willing to?), stick with a good-quality Provolone. (And save the Cheez Whiz for those late-night snacks.)
  • This recipe makes 2 good-sized sandwiches. For more, simply multiply.

    1 loaf Italian bread or French bread
    1/2 pound deli roast beef, very rare, sliced wafer-thin
    1 cu white onion
    1 cu green bell pepper, thinly sliced
    2 tsp. minced garlic
    1/2 pound provolone cheese, thinly sliced
    extra-virgin olive oil
    salt and black pepper
    bottled marinara sauce or ketchup (optional)

    • Heat a griddle or large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, coat bottom with olive oil.
    • Add the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until carmelized, approximately 6-8 minutes.
    • Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for 30 seconds.
    • Push the mixture off to the side of the griddle.
    • Add the meat to the hot part of the griddle.
    • Cook, continuously flipping the meat over and chopping it into slightly smaller pieces with 2 spatulas, until the meat is no longer pink, approximately 2 minutes.
    • Mix the meat and the carmelized onions and green pepper together.
    • Divide into 2 portions, then top both portions with the cheese to melt.
    • If using Italian or French bread, cut the bread in half, crosswise, then slice the 2 pieces lengthwise to open up for 2 sandwiches.
    • Hollow out some of the soft white bread from inside and discard. Place the sandwich bread face down on top of the meat and cheese.
    • When the cheese is melted, using 1 or both spatulas, flip the sandwiches over and place on plates. Add warm marinara sauce or ketchup, if desired. Serve immediately.

    The cheese should be gooey and inviting, the beef steaming and smelling like nothing else on this planet! Whatever side dishes you decide on (french fries, potato salad or chips, onion rings, cole slaw), you’re guaranteed to have the lunch of a lifetime!

  • Accept no substitutes! There’s only one authentic classic Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, and this is it!

    Tell your friends! Tell the neighbors! Better yet, invite them all over tomorrow for a sizzling hot time around the backyard grill! What better way to tell folks: You’re welcome! You’re home!

    After all, life’s meant to be savored. Life’s meant to be shared.

    And don’t forget this old rescue dog’s motto: Don’t be timid! Try it! You’ll like it! You only live twice!


    Howie ~ HOWIE

Did you like this recipe? There are A LOT MORE!. Stuff you’ve been trained to be afraid of, but Howie will show you how to enjoy them sensibly.

You don’t have to run away from home, just to run with the right crowd. Pick up Howie’s scent, pick up a copy of this wonderful cookbook, and join the “in crowd.” The “in-the-know” crowd. You’ll love every sinful bite!

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN:With the football season upon us (in the U.S.), this would make a GREAT meal to serve to your screaming and yelling guests! The website even has recipes geared to DOGS!!! We have made some of the recipes and have featured them on Dakota’s blog….we give these clever, tongue-in-cheek books FOUR PAWS UP!!

As always, there is a list of dangerous foods for dogs, a list of table manners (for dogs!) and some cute tips on How To Be the Perfect Guest such as:

Arrive on time and make sure you RSVP soon enough (we know some HUMANS who really need to learn this!)

Don’t show up dirty or stinky

Never bring along a friend, uninvited

Try not to barge into the bathroom if someone else is already drinking from the toilet!! 

And more!!!

If you missed our reviews of the other books in the series, here you go:

Pastry for Poodles-Chef Fifi LeFay
Barbeque for BulldogsChef Butch Waddles
Spaghetti for SheepdogsMona Lassie Buonarroti
Tex Mex for TerriersChef Terry Scraps
Kung Pao for Pekingese– by Suzie Snow Peas
Seafood for Schnauzersby Barnacle Bill Barker
ENTER OUR GIVE-AWAY!! Howie has generously offered FIVE of our readers LOCATED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD the chance to win a copy of Risky Dishes for Rescue Dogs (an approx. $10 value). Want to be entered? Just leave a comment below stating that you wish to be entered!!! Happy Eating!!
In full disclosure: we were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent a complimentary copy of Risky Dishes for Rescue Dogs in exchange for our honest review!


  1. We loved the other cookbook that we won from you! Some lovely recipes for my dogs. If UK residents can win again, we’ll be entered into this one too, please!
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  2. Monika says:

    Another great review, Dakota! And yes, we’d love to be entered in the contest. Nom, nom, nom…
    Your fur-iend,
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  3. We know these books. They are written especially for us doggies!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
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  4. KateV says:

    I wish to be entered!

  5. Anything and everything about food is Pawsome to me! High Paw Dakota

  6. Jan K says:

    These are such fun books! We have the whole set now, so we won’t enter the giveaway, but good luck to everyone that does!
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  7. Shelley P says:

    I love this book series of cookbooks for dogs and their owners 🙂 They are so much fun and the recipes are pawsome! Please count me in!

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