Lucky Friday! It’s A Vita Bone® Give-Away!

Hi All! It’s Dakota! Today might be Friday the 13th but today, is YOUR LUCKY DAY! I have been eagerly awaiting telling you about some tasty new treats that I was lucky to try!

One day, my Mom and I were pawing around the internet reading blogs, and we read about  Vita Bone®. I tapped my Mom’s arm and told her that I wanted to try them. Mom and I  were lucky when our comment was seen on Facebook and we were contacted asking if we would like to try some Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks. It was my lucky day!

When my package arrived I couldn’t believe how generous my new friends were! I was sent a box of VITA BONE® Flavors Biscuits,  a box of Vita Bone® Biscuits, (Original),  VITA BONE® Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks  and VITA BONE® Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.

Vita Bone® Biscuits

 FROM Vita Bone® Vita Bone® Biscuits are made with natural ingredients and fortified with 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Our nutritious recipe also includes omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and glucosamine from natural sources like salmon oil and chicken. These essential elements help promote healthy skin, a well-conditioned coat, and joint health in your dog. Plus, the crunchy texture helps clean teeth and freshen breath.

They come in sizes that are perfect for whatever size dog you have, (small, medium or large).  I received Medium because they are for dogs over 20 lbs and I am around 25 lbs.

 

I didn’t try the original biscuits  yet, but I will! I DID try the:

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits come in liver, beef, vegetable, cheese, chicken, and original flavors.  They are scrumptious!! As you can see in the photo below, even the medium-sized bones are generously sized so Mom breaks it up for me. It makes the tastiness last longer and makes them easier for me to eat.

Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks

As I mentioned, I received the Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks and the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.  I haven’t tried the Beef Flavored sticks yet but I DID try the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks, (of COURSE I went for those first since Shelties LOVE to “herd” lambs/sheep!). I got to experience the taste of real lamb in every bite!  The sticks are easy to break into smaller pieces, which make them great to use for training, and you could put them in your favorite treat dispenser too!

About Vita Bone®

Vita Bone®is a family-owned company through and through and have been making pet food and treats in Ogden, Utah since 1972. They are passionate about pets, which is why they craft their own recipes and carefully source each ingredient. You can find out more about their brands at americanpetnutrition.com

Vita Bone® Gives Back!

Proud Supporter of:

All of us at Vita Bone® have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of all pets because we know what joy they bring to families across the country.

We also know the joy and power pets have to change lives. That’s why we support Pet Partners, a non-profit dedicated to training and providing therapy animals to people in need.

Therapy animals give affection and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, disaster areas, and more.

Pet Partners teams interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and those approaching end of life.

 

I am certain you are going to love Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks as much as I do!  Check out their store locator to see where you can purchase them. You can also:

ENTER TO WIN!!

 Our friends at Vita Bone® are generously offering TWO of our readers who are 18 and over and who reside in the U.S. the chance to win ONE BOX OF VITA BONE BISCUITS and TWO PACKAGES OF VITA BONE CHEWY STICKS. Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!! 

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We were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent product to test in exchange for our always honest review.

 

 

#Sponsored: “The Boys of Summer” took over OUR FALL!!! #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my friends it’s Dakota! I just love Fall! Fall is a beautiful time of year, isn’t it? The colors of the leaves match my luxurious coat, there is a chill in the air….

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there is Halloween, football, baseball….”WAIT, WHAT??!! Baseball?” Yep my friends, BASEBALL! There was baseball in October! Imagine that!! My furry friends, my  home  was turned upside down this Fall,  since the first week of October, all because of BASEBALL!!! “The Boys of Summer” took over OUR FALL!!!

Why? Well, my Mom is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and her beloved Cleveland Indians were in the playoffs this year, and they made it all the way to the World Series!! For the one or two of you who live in the U.S. that don’t know, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, better known as the “underdogs” (whoever dreamed up THAT term is beyond me! Dogs aren’t beneath or “under” anything other than maybe resting under a table or something like that…but I digress….), were both battling with their hearts and souls because the Cubs hadn’t been to the World Series in over 100 years, and Mom’s Indians hadn’t WON a World Series since 1948. (Prior to 2016 the Cleveland Indians were in the World Series in ’95 and ’97 and lost both times). Mom was confident that the THIRD time would be “the charm”, or so she thought….

Let me tell you pals, it was HARD living in my house! My kitty brother didn’t feel the stress like I did because Mom kept saying that since we live in the Detroit area, and he is a feline,  (and kisses up to Daddy), that he is a Detroit Tigers fan. So,  Mom decided I was the logical choice to be HER  “baseball buddy!”

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What does that mean? It meant that I had to sit there and take part in some of my Mom’s “rituals” or should we say “superstitions?” Well, for those of you who love baseball like my Mom, you know that baseball players are some of the most superstitious in sports. They have their favorite “walk-on” songs, (songs that play when they come up to bat), they have their favorite bats, favorite necklaces, etc. They even eat food that they feel is LUCKY.  Food that will bring them good luck for a game!

Mom’s food of choice superstition, was that if she ate the same snack that she had eaten when the Indians won a game, if she ate it again, the winning streak would continue. During the World Series Mom’s food of choice was popcorn. Bowls (or I should say TROUGHS of it!!!) Mom makes popcorn with olive oil and parmesan cheese. I usually have a tiny bit with her, but then, I move on to   MY food of choice,  my Nutrish!!!

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My “food of choice” is no superstition, it is what I eat EVERY DAY and  is what I have eaten since 2008! Hey! “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!”

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My fave is:

Super Premium Food for Dogs

Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, combined with wholesome vegetables, plus vitamins & minerals.

U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

 

It is tasty and I LOVE IT!!!!!!  So friends, back to my story. All was right in my world while the Indians were winning….Mom had her popcorn and I had my Nutrish. This “ritual” was great! Every time Mom had her snack, I got extra Nutrish! I hit the Mother Lode! I wasn’t just having my Nutrish at meal times like I usually do, I was having my favorite food for  snacks too! I kept thinking, “Go Indians!!”

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But then, things took a turn for the worse. The Indians started losing, Mom was getting crabby, and there were TONS of HBO words being thrown around my house! Words not fit for ANY Sheltie to hear.

Then, the unthinkable happened. THE INDIANS LOST BY A SCORE OF 8-7, in the SEVENTH GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES,  in the 10th inning!!!

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The smile quickly left my face. Mom was crying, I was sad for Mom, but even sadder for myself. My extra servings of Nutrish would stop….but……I quickly realized, “Hey! I eat Nutrish EVERY day! That won’t change! I can be happy and let Mom be sad by herself!! Seasons change, baseball teams lose championships and rip my Mom’s heart out, but all is right in MY world because even though my extra snacks will end,  I will continue to eat Nutrish at my meal times TWICE A DAY, EVERY DAY!!” I am proud that Nutrish has:

No poultry by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten

No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

 “Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.”

Logo courtesy of Nutrish. Click to visit their website!

Logo courtesy of Nutrish. Click to visit their website!

A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. 

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.

Dakota and I hope that if you haven’t made the “switch to Nutrish” that you will make TODAY the day that you make that switch!!

(Oh and while Mom is still grieving over the Indians loss, we would like to Congratulate the Cubs and their fans on their epic accomplishment……(we think!)

 

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A Dog Treat Give-Away from Zuke’s® !!!

Hi all! It’s Dakota and I am just spinning with excitement about what I have to share with you today! Many of you who have been long time readers of my blog  know quite well that when I LOVE something I STICK with it! I am that way with the food that I eat, and I am the same with treats! Sure, I will show you treats here and there that strike my fancy, or that I think you will be interested in learning about, (or both!!), but my FAVORITE things to share with you are food and treats that Mom has pawed out the cash for from her OWN pocket that were staples in our household, LONG before we were presented with the opportunity, (as we have been with Zuke’s,) to tell YOU about them! It is a pleasure to review and share with you products THAT WE USE EVERY DAY!!

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Click the logo to visit the Zuke’s website!

Zuke’s treats, specifically Lil’ Links, have been a staple in our house for MONTHS AND MONTHS!!  (We purchase ours at Petco,  but they are available at many other places and online, check out their handy store locator.) We first discovered Zuke’s from reading blogs that we follow, (I honestly don’t remember whose it was,) but the more Mom and I read about Zuke’s the more we KNEW we had to try their treats. Once I tasted them, I was HOOKED! 

Why Zuke’s?

 

Photo and information courtesy of the Zuke’s website. Click on the photo to visit and learn more!!

Because  Zuke’s Loves Theirs and Our pets!

It started with a guy named Patrick and his dog named Zuke. Now two decades later, pets everywhere can live a healthy, happy, active lives thanks to Zuke’s.

Anyone who’s experienced an aha! moment can perfectly recollect the date, time and place that the proverbial light bulb went off. For Patrick Meiering, it was the Summer of 1995 on a hike in the Colorado Mountains outside Durango. Partrick’s trusty companion, a two-year-old chocolate lab named Zuke had become exhausted once they reached the summit. Patrick had an energy bar for himself, but nothing for Zuke so he broke off a piece of his energy bar and tossed it to him. Zuke perked right up and there it was, the moment Patrick realized that pets need healthy all-natural treats, just as much as people do. Patrick returned home full of inspiration and made the first Zuke’s treat, an energy bar called PowerBones. Now, 20 years later we have healthy, natural and nutritious treats for every dog, not just mountain climbers like Zuke.

 

The treats that Mom buys are shown below, I AM CRAZY about them!!! 

Zukes Lil Links Group

The treats in the photo are Lil’ Links and they are the treats that Mom uses to put in my treat dispenser when she and Dad leave the house. Mom says that the second she opens the bag, they smell SOOOOO good that SHE wants to eat them!!! Paws off Mom!!!

Zukes Dakota smiling by Lil Links

Why Lil’ Links?

  • real meat is the #1 ingredient
  • they contain healthy antioxidants
  • Every bite that is gobbled (and trust me, you WILL gobble these up!) includes antioxidant rich fruits, veggies, rosemary, turmeric and sage.

Zukes Dakota eyes on prize lil links

FLAVORS INCLUDE:

  • Duck & Apple Recipe
  • Rabbit & Apple Recipe
  • Pork & Apple Recipe
  • Chicken & Apple Recipe

Guess What? They are grain-free!

Never sourced from China!

Zuke’s treats contain only the highest quality, whole food ingredients they can find!!

They look like little sausages and are sooo aromatic!

Zukes Dakota Lil Links Love

They are great to use as a reward, or for putting in your treat dispenser like Mom does! (Mom breaks them in half and packs ’em in!!) The consistency is perfect because I have to work to get them out, and since I am a “working” dog, it is a way to make “work” FUN!!

There is even MORE FUN in store for you!!! Zuke’s has come out with a NEW line of treats, that are perfect to use for training and for small breeds!!! THEY ARE BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW and I am so excited to show them to you! They are super tasty too!

Zukes Tiny Naturals Group Photo

 

New Zuke’s® Tiny Naturals™ Grain-Free, Low-Calorie Treats are Perfect for Small Breeds

 Zuke’s® Mini Naturals™, the leading treat for dog trainers across the country, just got smaller… tiny in fact! At a new low-calorie count of less than 1 ½ calories per treat, Zuke’s® Tiny Naturals™ are designed for small breeds (but are also great for medium-sized dogs like me!!),  and are perfect for delivering rewards frequently when training. Little dogs have to be extra careful about the calories they consume, and these tiny treats are perfect for their tiny tummies!! Mom is going to be using these treats to encourage me to take more walks. She wanted something small that she wouldn’t feel bad about giving to me frequently while walking, because she doesn’t want me to get fat!

Zukes Dakota staring at Tiny Naturals in my hand

From Zuke’s® :  These highly palatable, moist dog bites come in an itsy bitsy size and are made with a mouth-watering formula that completely captivates dogs. Within seconds of catching a whiff of Zuke’s Tiny Naturals, Fido is focused, excited, and ready to learn. In addition, this naturally delicious treat is made in the USA and completely free of harsh additives, preservatives, and the common allergens grain, wheat, corn and soy.

 

 “Pet parents of small breed dogs have to be extra careful not to overdo calorie intake when training their four-legged friends. Zuke’s Tiny Naturals have the same delicious taste and high-quality nutrition of our popular Zuke’s Mini Naturals lineup but are designed specifically for the build of a small breed dog. Their tiny tummies need tiny treats, and that’s just what we set out to deliver.”

Zukes Dakota sitting by Tiny Naturals

 

Zuke’s Tiny Naturals  Are Available in Tasty Peanut Butter, Tasty Chicken, and Delightful Duck recipes.

 

About Zuke’s

Located in Durango, Colorado, Zuke’s is a leader in the natural pet treat category. Named after founder Patrick’s beloved Labrador Retriever, Zuke’s has been powered by passionate and adventurous pet lovers for over 20 years. Strong believers in being active and exploring the world with our dogs, the Zuke’s team has been creating trail-tested recipes from the earth’s best ingredients to fuel those adventures since day one. The company’s unwavering commitment to product quality has helped Zuke’s become a successful and philanthropic business. Zuke’s donates a portion of all sales to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCF). Visit www.zukes.com for more information and find @ZukesPets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Wait!!! Mom said I can’t eat my Zuke’s treats until I tell you about the most PAWESOME give-away that we have!! Our super nice friends at Zuke’s said we could have a GIVE-AWAY!!!

GIVE-AWAY!!!! ONE LUCKY READER WHO IS 18 AND OVER AND WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S IS GOING TO RECEIVE THE SAME VARIETY PACK OF LIL LINKS AND TINY NATURALS TREATS THAT I RECEIVED!!! (An Approx. $50 value) THAT’S A LOT OF TREATS!!!!!  ENTERING IS SUPER EASY!! JUST ENTER ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW, GOOD LUCK!!!

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In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated in cash for this review/give-away. I was sent a variety pack of Zuke’s Lil’ Links and a variety pack of Zuke’s Tiny Naturals in exchange for my always honest review!! The fact that we received product that we already  buy ourselves is a plus!!

Dr.Dalton’s NEW Premium Dog Treats! “Healthy & Doggy-Delicious!” Enter to Win!

 

I love  Dakota and Dakota loves me. Plain and simple. It’s an “uncomplicated” love, not like the love that exists between humans for each other.  There is no game playing or waffling. Just pure love.  Dakota’s loyal and loving companionship  brings me great joy as I am sure the love you have for YOUR dog brings to you. The love that dogs give to us so freely brings us many rewards, one of them is that love also helps to keep us healthy.

It makes me happy when I am introduced to companies that understand the love that we have for our dogs and the love that they have for us.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being contacted by Dr.Dalton’s Premium Treats, asking if Dakota would be interested in trying them.

Logo courtesy of drdaltons.com/

 

Dr. Dalton’s understands that “love travels in both directions”. They understand how dogs SHOW us love. A happily wagging tail, playing, doggy kisses are all ways that dogs show us they love us.  We, as pet parents,  show our love for them in a myriad of ways, such as providing nutritious food and treats, a secure and safe home, training and wellness visits to the Vet! When Dr. Dalton’s created their healthy treats for dogs, they kept these forms of love in mind.

Courtesy of the Dr.Dalton's Website

Courtesy of the Dr.Dalton’s Website

 

FROM THE DR.DALTON’S WEBSITE:Dr. Dalton’s treats are made from high-quality, low-fat meat loaded with healthy protein. They are a perfect training treat, motivating your dog toward good behavior. They contain no additives and are free from sugar, salt, coloring, flavoring, sweeteners, gluten, grain, chemicals or preservatives. Dr. Dalton’s provides you and your dog with a healthy alternative to other store-bought treats.”

The treats that Dakota received  were the 3 oz package of the Meat Medley.  Meat Medley is  “uncomplicated” and contains natural chicken, beef, pork (oh and of course, LOVE!!) They also are available in an 8 oz package.

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Once I opened the package, Dakota was all over them!

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All of the Dr. Dalton’s treats contain just one ingredient (not counting the love they mix in!)  “Nutritious, satisfying and high- quality cuts of chicken, beef and pork are gently dried for an irresistible, crunchy nugget of goodness your favorite four-legged friend will love.”

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“These delicious treats are

low in fat, and high in flavor”

 

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  dr dalton eye on the prize

All of Dr.Dalton’s Premium Pet treats are sourced, produced and packaged in the USA. For more information or to purchase Dr. Dalton’s Premium Treats,  (They come in three flavors! Simply Beef, Simply Chicken and Meat Medley—made from beef, chicken and pork).

 Visit The Dr. Dalton’s website 

 

 

Dakota LOVES them!!! As you can see, they had his full attention. He was eager to perform whatever command I asked of him, as long as I had those treats in my hand!

Dr. Dalton also offers her treats through a convenient, online subscription model offering monthly delivery of her unique treats right to your front door!!!

How’s THAT for SERVICE!!??

dr dalton dakota taking treat

 

About Dr. Susan Dalton,  CEO

Dr. Susan Dalton grew up surrounded by animals of all kinds – dogs, cats, chickens, snakes, and even salt water fish. After receiving her Ph.D., she worked with troubled adolescents, and served as both a university professor, and researcher.

Dr. Dalton began training dogs after adopting Cassie, a 10-week old Border Collie who had been rescued from under a car. Cassie was traumatized; fearful and aggressive. When Dr. Dalton consulted various ‘experts’ on how to best rehabilitate Cassie, all of the trainers she spoke to labeled the pup unworkable – a hopeless case.

Susan began reading everything she could about dog training, and personally developed a highly effective dog training plan based on positive reinforcement. Using this philosophy, she founded the California School for Dogs Inc. in 2009. Since then, Dr. Dalton has trained hundreds of dogs – specializing in frightened, aggressive and traumatized animals.

Although she began life as a very frightened and aggressive puppy, Cassie the Border Collie is now a happy and healthy 13-year old. She enjoys trips to the beach and off-leash parks and she loves both her old friends and meeting new people everywhere she goes. 

With healthy treats a cornerstone of her training program, Dr. Dalton wasn’t satisfied with the dog treat options available to her. She started making her own treats in 2012, using clean and simple ingredients like chicken, beef and pork. It was her clients who convinced her to make her treats available for purchase. Since then, Dr. Dalton has mastered the creation of a dog treat that is both healthy and doggy-delicious.

 

GIVE-AWAY!!!

Now YOU can try the same treats that Dakota received! Dr.Dalton’s has offered THREE of my readers who reside in the U.S. or Canada, and who are age 18 and over,  a chance to win a package of their own! (An approximate $12.50 value) Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, good luck!!!

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In full Disclosure: we received compensation for sharing this information with you. Compensation had NO influence over what we think of these treats. We only feature products that we have used, would use, or those that would be of interest to our readers.

Foodie Friday: Cookbook: EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray

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All of those orange post-its are TONS of pages I have saved for recipes that I want to make.

Hi every furry and human!! Before I turn today’s post over to my Mom, I wanted you to know that YES, I am once again proud to be an Ambassadog for Rachael Ray Nutrish, (stay tuned, my duties will resume SOON and I have some exciting things up my paw that I will be sharing with you), but this post that Mom is writing today was not sponsored by Nutrish.  My furiends at  Nutrish DID surprise Mom with the cookbook last Fall, however, Mom was under NO OBLIGATION to share it with you. Mom is so ecstatic about  EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray:

rachael ray cook book my cover  and because she is a “foodie” to beat the band, there is no way that she was not going to tell you about what in her opinion is, the FINEST, most COMPREHENSIVE, photographically beautiful, heartfelt  and “delish” cookbook that Rachael has penned thus far.

Why does Mom say this? Look below, the photo you will see is just a PARTIAL compilation of Mom’s cookbook collection written by  Rachael Ray.

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And now I will turn the post over to Mom!

Thanks Dakota! Dakota was correct that the above photo depicts only PART of my Rachael Ray cookbook collection. Also missing from the photo are the boxes upon boxes of magazines with Rachael’s recipes.

As I have stated many, many times on Dakota’s blog, authenticity is important to me. It is a pleasure to write about a person/brand that I have been following since many, many years before I ever began blogging.  I began my Rachael Ray cookbook collection so long ago, that I have no clue what year it was, but I recently found a slip from a book signing that I got up at 4:30 in the morning for, on a FREEZING December day back in 2007 (see slip in photo below), where I stood in line at 5:30 in the morning for at least an hour freezing my butt off,  to claim my wristband for Rachael’s book signing that took place that evening.

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I nearly died when I was face-to-face with Rachael as she was signing my book for my husband and I. Normally talkative me was beyond tongue-tied. I could say NOTHING intelligible. So much so that the staff at Borders hurried me through the line like the scene from A Christmas Story where Ralphie is pushed down the slide. My “quiet” husband, suddenly became animated and spoke with Rachael (and she responded!) as if they were the best of friends. Go figure….

So, when I tell you that EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY is what I consider to be the pinnacle of Rachael’s cookbooks  thus far, I KNOW what I am talking about!

FROM THE RACHAEL RAY STORE:

In Everyone Is Italian on Sunday, Rachael Ray brings you her long-awaited collection of Italian recipes. From traditional classics to her own twists on Italian-American cuisine, this new book is an essential guide of more than 500 recipes for anyone who wants to bring these favorite dishes into their own cucina.

The above description in NO WAY does this book justice. This hard-cover delight is nearly 400 pages. It is so visually stunning that I do not store mine away with my other cookbooks. I have it proudly displayed on my coffee table.

Inside you will find:

An Introduction

FROM RACHAEL RAY IN  EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY: “For me, this book is the single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.”

Recipes For:

Brunch

Starters, Salads, and Small Bites

Soups

RIBOLLITA from page 72. PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH. From Rachael Ray: " What makes my ribollita a bit different from the rest is that I always toast my torn, stale bread until it is deep golden brown, very nutty, and fragrant. Also, I add a rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the stock or the soup itself. I puree half the beans to give the broth some weight."

RIBOLLITA from page 72. PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH.

Pizza, Calzones and Focaccia

Pasta, Gnocchi, Polenta, and their Sauces

 

 

 

DRUNKEN SPAGHETTI WITH SWEET ROASTED BEETS AND RICOTTA SALATA PAGE 147 PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH

PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH

DRUNKEN SPAGHETTI WITH SWEET ROASTED BEETS AND RICOTTA SALATA PAGE 147 

Risotto and Grains

Seafood

Pork and Lamb

Beef and Veal

Chicken

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BAKED DEVIL’S CHICKEN 

(My photo, I made this from the book!) The recipe is on page 289 “This is a crispy, spicy chicken that can be served hot, cold or at room temperature” It is FABULOUS!!

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CACCIATORE (Hunter-Style Chicken) from page 292 PHOTO BY: FRANCES JANISCH

 (This chicken is the next one that I am planning on making!)

Vegetables

Desserts

Cocktails

HUNGRY?

 

 

Even Cody wanted to get in on the action!!

Even Cody wanted to get in on the action!!

FROM EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY “anyone can be an Italian on Sundays, and any day can be made to feel like a Sunday. The magic of an Italian Sunday is in human connections. Food is the great communicator, connecting generations and helping build memories and friendships. It gathers us together and teaches us the importance of sharing not just food, but the best of ourselves.”

“Italian food makes us smile.”

“The meaning of being Italian on Sunday is to prepare food with love, to savor it, and to share it with others, sometimes loudly, always with gusto. Being Italian on Sunday is about bringing out your lust for life and passion for all things:food, storytelling, wine, music, and each other. Being Italian on Sunday is about emotion and finding beauty in every delicious moment of our lives.”

EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray is no ordinary cookbook. There is so much information,  in the recipes themselves, and the tips and snippets that Rachael offers throughout the book,  that I encourage you to linger over it as you would a delicious meal. It’s THAT good!

 

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9781476766072

 

New from Rachael Ray Nutrish! #NutrishZeroGrain Beef with Bison! #sponsored

Hello my woofie friends! As you already know if you are a regular reader of my blog,  I spend a ton of time around my den barking. I especially enjoy  barking about  things that I LOVE! You also know that I am a huge fan of Rachael Ray Nutrish and have been eating it since 2008, that’s a whole THREE years before I ever had a blog!

A few weeks ago I was thinking about how I hadn’t heard from my furiends at Nutrish for what seemed like an awfully long dog nap, when suddenly there was a sound at the door! There was a package that was addressed to Mom but I knew it was for ME!

Nutrish October Box

I could not wait to get my paws on it because I knew the second I read the side of the box that this HAD to be good!

Nutrish October side of box

I wanted to open the box myself, but since I don’t have thumbs to do so, (and Mom wouldn’t let me chew the box), I was at HER mercy! Finally, she opened it and look at what was inside!

Nutrish October contents of box

There was delicious Zero Grain Beef, Potato and Bison Recipe Nutrish for me, an ADORABLE steak toy, (also for ME!). Mom received a pawtastic Rachael Ray cutting board (her second, Mom had pawchased the exact same cutting board about six months ago!) and steak knives!! (How did Rachael Ray know that Mom had been whining about needing new knives just a week before the package arrived and then voila they are here!?)  The cutting board and knives are from Rachael Ray’s Cucina Collection (which Mom also bought in the past year and loves!) To say that Mom is obsessed with all things Rachael Ray is an understatement, but I digress, back to ME and my FOOD!

Nutrish October Dakota with bag

Enough of the suspense I had to get my paws on it!!!

Now woofies, it is super impawtant that whenever your human introduces new food to you, you SHOULD ALWAYS be sure that you follow a proper transition plan. Because Rachael Ray Nutrish may offer different ingredients than your dog is used to, it may take up to ten days for your dog’s system to become acclimated to Nutrish. Slowly mix with his or her other food over a five- to ten-day period until your dog is solely eating Nutrish.

Guess what? Because I have been eating Nutrish since 2008, I didn’t have to do that. I just DOVE RIGHT IN! (Please excuse my crunching, I just couldn’t get enough of this food!)

My happiness is impawtant to Mom.  Along with seeing my vet regularly, taking me for walks, (I should say trying to get me to walk, I don’t like walks) and giving me playtime and kisses and lots of love,   feeding me Nutrish makes she (and me), smile! There are:

CAREFULLY SELECTED INGREDIENTS

NO EXTRA STUFF!

Nutrish October Dakota product description
You should see for yourself! Rachael Ray Nutrish is offering a super pawesome discount!  ($3 off Zero Grain pet food), just click here to get your coupon!

Now, I bet you are wondering what Mom was doing while I was enjoying my beef with bison. Of course you were! My furiends at Nutrish sent Mom a couple of recipes, and she just had to make one of them! Now, the photo below says “My Burger”, let’s set things straight, that was Mom’s burger! I was busy with my beef and bison!

Nutrish October my burger collage

Mom and Dad were going on and on about how fantastic those burgers tasted, you can get the entire recipe here. (Or just click on the photo!) The recipe states you can use either sirloin or bison. Mom wanted to make the bison, but Dad wanted sirloin, so on this one, Dad won. The folks at Nutrish even included handy tips for preparing bison and beef!

We were all licking our “CHOPS” afterward, that is for sure!!!! Me, because I had enjoyed my Zero Grain Beef Potato and Bison, Mom and Dad, cause they had their OWN burgers!! But…as they say……..there is someone  in EVERY CROWD who just HAS to be upset! 

Nutrish October Cody with box

  • About Rachael Ray Nutrish:
    • In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish ultra-premium food and treats for dogs. In 2014, they were very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple natural ingredients and do not contain meat or poultry by-product meal or fillers. Real meat is the #1 ingredient and all recipes were inspired by Rachael’s kitchen.
    • DID YOU KNOW THAT Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, a charity created to help shelter pets in need. To date they have donated over $9MM. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. Nutrish is proud to  bring pet specialty quality food to the masses. Rachael Ray Nutrish is the first premium brand that is only available in grocery/mass retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon. They are  very happy to say that they are the fastest growing dry dog food brand in the grocery/mass space. Contributing to the brand’s success is the approachability, accessibility and connection to Rachael Ray, who brings on-trend humanization of pet food and represents the charitable Rachael’s Rescue component.

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