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!

Kung Pao for Pekingese by Suzie Snow Peas! Book 5 from by John Morris: Enter to Win!!

Anyone hungry? Oh, you are going to be after you read my book review of Book 5 in the Real Dogs Cook series of:

Click to visit the website and to order!

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If you missed the other books in the series, just click on the titles below to read all about them!

Pastry for Poodles-Chef Fifi LeFay
Barbeque for BulldogsChef Butch Waddles
Spaghetti for SheepdogsMona Lassie Buonarroti
Tex Mex for TerriersChef Terry Scraps

Young Chef Suzie would like to re-energize your repertoire by introducing you to some delicious (and some might say exotic) dishes you can cook up in a single wok. Sure, they’ll look and taste marvelous when you set them out for your guests, but you won’t have to find a specialty Chinese food store or spend all day in a hot kitchen to prepare these fun-tasting (and even fun-sounding) masterpieces of the ancient art of the Orient.

And one of the things she’ll teach you is: When you’re traveling in a strange country, one of the best ways to make new friends is to cook them dinner!

Being a HUGE fan of Asian food, I decided to do something different this time! Reading the recipes in Kung Pao for Pekingese made me sooo hungry, so I decided to make a dish from the book! Here are some of the recipes you will find in Kung Pao for Pekingese:

  • Mongolian Beef Fire Pot
  • Kung Pao Shrimp

and more!

I did change a few things but the end product came out DELICIOUS!

Here is the recipe that is in the book, the photo below is of THEIR end result! (my “tweaks are listed next to the ingredient where I changed it)

Their finished product! photo courtesy of Real Dogs Cook

Their finished product! photo courtesy of Real Dogs Cook

Logs Gliding Down River of Happiness

Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauces

1 scoop shrimp-shelled, deveined, julienned (I was lazy and bought FROZEN COOKED shrimp! I translated 1 scoop as being one cup)

1 scoop lean boneless pork, shredded (I love pork but husband doesn’t eat it, so I left it out)

1 scoop liver (or lamb) dog chow, chopped (I left that out too!)

1 bowl peanut oil (I used 2 tablespoons because I BAKED my egg rolls, I didn’t fry them!)

1 can mung bean sprouts ends removed (bought a can, who knows if they were “mung” and I never removed the ends)

1 egg white beaten (I skipped that)

Salt, sugar, soy sauce (skipped salt because everything is already salty!)

12 spring roll wrappers (I used Nasoya, fewer calories than normal ones!)

(Because this post will be too long, I am NOT posting the entire recipe instructions, if you want to read the details you can purchase the book or enter to win our give-away at the end of this blog post). But here are some photos of my preparation and MY FINISHED PRODUCT!!

Kung Pao for Pekingese collage

I have to say, even with my “tweaks” they were delicious!!!!! I made one of the dipping sauces too, but it came out a little to “ketchupy” for me, that could have easily been my fault!

As is the case with all of the books in this series, it is fun, humorous and the recipes DO work!! NOTE: obviously do NOT feed these recipes to your dog, it wouldn’t be good for them!

Another FUN feature of Kung Pao for Pekingese is that it has a section on Table Manners!!!  Some suggestions are:

  • Always wash your paws before you sit down
  • No bullying little dogs and puppies. Everyone is equal around the dinner table.
  • Drooling IS acceptable. (What better way to flatter your host?)

And a few more super fun ones!!

Before I tell you about our give-away, Chef Suzie wanted me to share this fortune from a fortune cookie that she opened up for you!

Your future will be as bright as the shining sun, and your table will be laden with treasures beyond counting

I couldn’t agree more! Especially when you order this FUN book! I give it 4-paws up!

$9.99 (or less) paperback — $2.99 Kindle

To order the paperback or Kindle version from Amazon, click here:

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ENTER TO WIN!!! Once again our generous friends at are offering FIVE of my readers who reside ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD to enter to win a copy of Kung Pao for Pekingese !

ENTERING IS EASY!! Just leave a comment below telling me WHY you want to win! That’s it!! The give-away is open NOW and will end on Wednesday, July 22nd at 5pm EST. Winners will be announced on or around Friday, July 24th. GOOD LUCK!!!


In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review/give-away, I received a copy of Kung Pao for Pekingese in exchange for my honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Cooking for Dogs (New Recipes from Dog’s Deli) by Friederike Friedel

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota! Mom was excited when she heard that November 1st is National Cook For  Your Pets Day a day where pet pawrents make the pledge to focus on our health and nutrition by making us tasty meals and/or treats!

Anyone that knows my Mom knows that she LOVES to cook! She not only loves to cook but she collects cookbooks…TONS of ’em!  Does she cook for me? HA! That’s a joke! Rarely. She will make me the occasional burger or turkey burger, but cook a full-fledged meal? NO! Hopefully that now that she took the pledge on the National Cook For Your Pets Day website AND received the book: Cooking For Dogs (New Recipes From Dog’s Deli) which was published by, things might just change!

Mom was  thrilled as she was going through this book! The photos are beautiful, the recipes seem to be not only nutritious but easy to make!!

As is often the case with Mom, she is reviewing this book out-of-order. It is the second of TWO books, the first, Baking For Dogs will be featured here Friday, November 9th! Mom chose to feature the “cooking” book first since she considers herself to be more of a cook than a baker.

Meet “Billy!!” Photo provided by

Now, let’s get to the book! Meet Billy! Billy is not only an incredibly handsome Labrador, he is a food taster for Dog’s Deli!! Billy supervised the recipes that his people first developed at home in their kitchen in 2005.  He supervised the cutting of vegetables and fruit and various other duties from his spot right in front of the oven and always ate the first finished biscuits.  If for some reason Billy didn’t approve of the recipe then it had to be changed until he would gobble it up!

Dog’s Deli opened in 2006 and they have developed over 40 recipes! According to Billy, Banana is the biscuit that his doggy buddies love the most! It is a top-secret recipe and guess what? It is the first recipe featured in this new book!

This book is a human “foodies” and “dog foodies”” dream!  One of the first blogging doggies who popped into my mind while reading this was Easy! Since his Mom is always making him delectable meals, we are thinking that Easy and all of you, will LOVE THIS BOOK!

From Treat your pooch to healthy, all natural snacks and meals that are easy to make and even easier to watch disappear. Detailed ingredients, tips, and instructions provide the essentials for mastering a well-balanced diet. There’s even a section on nutrition for older dogs. Become the alpha chef as you prepare muffins, biscuits, elaborate feasts, and much more.

There are six chapters and each chapter features recipes from various stages of Billy’s life.

An example of this is Chapter 3 , Billy’s Puppyhood, here we find a recipe for the Fitness Biscuit

“Fitness Biscuit” Photo courtesy of

Mom knew immediately that this is a “good for me” biscuit just by looking at some of the ingredients such as:

  • wheat flour
  • apple
  • low-fat yogurt
  • honey

Ha!! I’m not giving you the entire recipe! You will have to pawchase the book to get it for yourself!

To tease you further,  there is a recipe for Chicken Feast which would be a super easy, nutritious and tasty go-to for your daily fare

“Chicken Feast” Photo courtesy of

This recipe consists of chicken breast, rice, carrot and water. Carrots are a great, non-fat alternative to sometimes fattening bones and treats.

One of many things that Mom loves about this book is at the bottom of each recipe there is a box that says “Made for the first time on” where your Mom can write notes about when she made it and about how much you liked it! There are also training tips, etc. peppered throughout.

A  “Notes” section is in the back of the book, it is 78 pages and is made beautifully on glossy, high-quality paper. Also in the back of the book is a “Glossary for a Healthy Life-Style” 

So? What do you think? I think this book is just great and I am certain you will think so too! Mom hasn’t made anything yet, but she assures me that she will soon!  After reading this book I am quite hungry! Maybe I can convince her to cook something for me today?

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Friederike Friedel is the owner of Germany’s first bakery for dogs. DOG’S DELI.


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