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Super Mike & Paw Treats

April 13, 2011
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Last year, almost a year ago in fact, the Nashville, TN area was devastated by a flood we call the May Day Flood. Never in the recorded history of this area has so much rain fallen, water been so high and the devastation so wide spread. We pulled together as a community, jumped in to help without waiting for any government types & got the mess cleaned up in a relatively short time considering.

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My neighbor Carole’s daughter found a puppy during this time – scared, starving, even a bit waterlogged. If he had belonged to someone they must have thought him drowned; no collar, no ID chip, just a Boxer & oh no, Pit Bull mix. She adopted him on the spot, had him checked out at the vet & named him Mike. You see, Mike has on one white glove. (You know, like Michael Jackson.)

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Mike has grown into a beautiful, well-mannered (when visiting next door) super dog. I say super dog because he can leap tall gates in a single bound, hence the heavy wire atop the gate to the driveway. He is faster than a speeding bullet running the perimeter of the backyard in 4.2 seconds & I assure you he is more powerful than a locomotive having been taken down when he pushes past me to get to the stick I have just thrown. Look, out in the yard, it’s a bird, it’s a plane – no, it’s super Mike!
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Paw Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose Flour, plus more for rolling out
  • 1/2 cup Wheat Germ
  • 1/2 cup Brewer’s Yeast
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium Chicken Stock

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  3. Combine flour, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, & salt in a large bowl.
  4. Place olive oil in a large bowl.
  5. Add flour mixture to oil in 3 additions, alternating with 1 cup stock; mix until combined.
  6. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes (dough will be sticky).
  7. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
  8. Cut out rounds using a 2-inch cutter.
  9. Transfer to baking sheets.
  10. Make an indentation toward the bottom of 1 circle using your thumb, then press dough to make an arch of 4 small circles on top of the thumbprint using the tip of your pinky – to look like a dog paw.
  11. Repeat with remaining rounds.
  12. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating sheets & lightly brushing with remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock halfway through.
  14. Turn oven off; let stand in oven for 40 minutes.
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