I’m joining Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.
“He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance…but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn’t even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.
Suddenly Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was…all the while feeling that somehow he isn’t really gone. And what if he isn’t? Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein. But is Einstein’s seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past? Can he help her find a future-even after she meets a new man?”
This book received 4 stars from me and a 5 bone rating from Chloe & Gracie~ happy to play along for Food for Thought!
After the death of her husband, Emily turns to food and begins baking~ cupcakes & cookies. After my chocolate-fest, I decided I’d cut some calories and whip up some Dog Gone Good Treats.
I fetched my Three Dog Bakery Cookbook for some Chloe & Gracie-approved cookies that even Einstein, “a wiry little dog who acts like a snob of a man,” would enjoy. These smelled SO good baking, my husband came home and asked what was on the menu for dinner that smelled so good. . .
Oops~ Uhmmm. . . dog treats?
The recipe stated it would make 30 cookies, but I got closer to 6 dozen~ more than I bargained for & enough to share with ALL the other dogs in Central Park where Emily & Einstein go running :)
~ ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
~ 1 egg
~ ½ cup natural peanut butter
~ 1 teaspoon vanilla
~ 1 ¼ cups water
~ 4 cups whole-wheat flour
~ ½ cup cornmeal
~ ½ cup quick cook oats
~ ¼ cup chopped peanuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce, egg, peanut butter, vanilla & water.
In a second bowl, combine dry ingredients and peanuts.
Add dry to wet ingredients and mix well. (I used the food processor to pulse everything together since the 5 cups of dry ingredients makes this challenging to mix.)
Turn dough onto floured surface and knead. Roll out to ¼ inch thick and cut into shapes.
Place on parchment or greased cookie sheet and bake. The recipe called for 45 minutes of baking time~ mine were done closer to 25 minutes~ watch and remove when slightly browned. Cool on a rack and store in sealed container.
We had some Einstein-inspiration & fun from The Lucky Charms Episode for Food for Thought:
“That day the primal part took over when my wretchedly overactive nose caught a whiff of something. I scrambled into the kitchen to investigate and found a box of Lucky Charms…”
“Much like Pavlov’s dog, I started salivating, the need for more of those horrid Lucky Charm suffusing my body. So I did the only thing I could. I upended the box, cereal spilling across my fine wood table. I could hardly contain myself as I scarfed up every last puffy marshmallow and crunchy nugget.”
“I scrambled to my feet on the kitchen tabletop, lost to the unwieldy darkness. I swung my head, unable to see a thing as I tried to remove what I only half understood was the box. I barked and whimpered, dancing over the table, mindless of my hard, curving nails clawing into the wood, certain the damned cartoon leprechaun was attacking me.”
Chloe says these cookies are magically delicious :)
Einstein attracts the attention of an overly amorous poodle which prompted me to mix up some Valentine’s Day cupcake-esque-muffins, perfect for a frisky feast~