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Amazing Black Labrador using toilet and flushes

 If you follow my blog entries, you will notice that I love teaching Palette fun tricks besides basic obedience tricks such as sit-stay etc.

I enjoy training her because she is very eager to learn the new thing, and she gets so excited when she gets it right.

 She gives me huge Corgi smile on her with her tongue hanging out as if she is very proud of herself.

Palette has been trained with clicker since the puppyhood.

 When we enrolled into puppy training class, we were introduced to the clicker training and, I found it very effective way to teach her many things and she seems to have fun learning new things as much as I do.

 Therefore,I have been sticking with the clicker training ever since.

 Just recently, I came across the youtube video of black Labrador,who uses toilet and flushes them.

 I was amazed to see that not only she does her potty on the toilet but remember to flushes them…

 I do not know if the dog was trained via clicker but I thought the Black Labrador was amazing!

 Therefore,I thought I would share the youtube video with you. What do you think of this black Labrador flushing toilet?Isn’t it amazing?

Black Labrador uses toilet and flushes..

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May 30, 2013 | Comments are off | Amazing Animals

Yassy’s Japan Trip Diary November 2012; Day 6 Part 1

 The 5th day in Japan, we decided to go to Hattasan Soneiji temple located in Shizuoka prefecture.

 One of the reasons we decided to go there was because I had not had a chance to dine my favorite broiled eel dish,and Shizuoka prefecture is famous for the eel. Plus, for my husband, visiting historical place was interesting to him.

 Shizuoka prefecture is
in the main island “Honshu”,and it is famous for green tea, mandarin orange, eel, gyoza dumplings etc.

 You can find the Japan map at website here. Look for number 16. That is Shizuoka prefecture,where we took a short drive to.

 Look number 23.That is Aichi prefecture,where I grew up and where my parents live.By car, it was about 1 hour- 1.5 hours long drive one way.

 Hattasan Soneiji temple is located in the city called “Fukuroi city“,which is in south western part of Shizuoka prefecture.

 On the way to Fukuroi city in Shizuoka prefecture, we passed by very beautiful ocean views,and green tea field.

Green tea field, Shizuoka, Japan..

Ocean view in Shizuolka, Japan..

 The temple is Buddhist temple,known to get rid of bad luck and it was built in 725.

 According to Inhamatsu website, Japanese tea from the region is prized throughout the country,and they have popular “yakuyoke dango” to offer.

 The dango is another kind of sweet Japanese desert dumpling made from mochiko (rice flour). You can often find soy basted round shaped dango at festivals called “Mitarashi dango”.  Also you will find them at the historic place such as shrine,temple, and castle.

 The dango at Hattasan Soneiji temple is a different one.

 Their dango is covered with sweet azuki bean paste,and there are 5 sticks skewed to the each rectangle shape dango on one side, and you are supposed to tear the little bit off from the big piece and eat them.

 The 5 stick represent head, neck, body, legs and hands, and the dango has a meaning of getting rid of bad luck from you.

 My husband loves both variety of dango. When we go to temples,castle etc.. they are one thing he would be looking forward to having one on the way home or as a snack at the spot.

 The Hattasan Soneiji temple’s dango is called “yakuyoke dango” just because the temple provide them to get rid of bad luck by eating  them.

 “Yaku” means “evil/bad luck” in Japanese. “Yoke” means “to avoid”. Thus, the dango is to get rid of/ avoid bad luck coming in your way.

 You can see the “Yakuyoke dango picture” at Hattasan soneiji temple’s official website here. It is in Japanese but, you can browse through the pictures there.

 According to the Hattasan soneiji temple official website, the origin of the Yakuyoke dango’s story goes..

 In Edo era, every new year, there was a custom to bring food that are known for the region to the shogunate to wish for the better harvest for the next year.

 In 1854;13th Shogun Tokugawa  Iesada era, this area’s famous dango was given to the shogunate, and he named the dango “spitted dumplings”.

 Since then, for more than 150 years, the kushi dango was loved by temple visitors very much and they are now known as “Yakuyoke dango”.

 This temple is wheelchair accessible, and they also let you borrow the walking stick.

 When you walk up to the temple, you will see views like these.. It makes you feel like you are surrounded by nature and history.

Hattasan Soneiji temple gate..

 When you pass the gate, there is a long walk to get to the main building.. really,long walk..

 I did not cross the bridge, but I wondered where that bridge lead to..

 It said “water walk” if you cross the bridge. I do not know what it is..

 Still a long way ahead of us..

 More to go.. My grandmother is walking with the walking stick..

 When you look up the sky, this is what you see..

Just for fun..

 I thought we walked quite a distance by then, but my parents said we were not even close the the half point!

 I think visiting this temple gives you a lot of exercise.

 It is still not even half way point.. My father passed me..

 When you look at side, you will find the small gate..

 I asked my father if we pass this gate and get to the main building. He said it was not the one. We still keep walking toward the main building..long,long way to go..

 The long,long walking with many number of steps to go to get to the main building really gave us everyone a lot of exercise,but I enjoyed the scenery on the way to the main building.

 I would like to share more scenery we saw there next time.

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May 28, 2013 | Comments are off | Japan

Fresh food in the bowl: Palette’s Beef menu

 If you follow my blog entries, you would notice that our Corgi “Palette” is on fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet, and she eats all kinds of stuff.

 She loves the fresh food menu very much. She always start her day by trotting to the kitchen,nose up in the air to sniff out what is for breakfast today. Then, when she knows it is her meal time, she waits “nice sit” at the spot where I normally place her food mat on.

 She already learned her meal routine very well and, I do not need to call her for the meal time.

 I, on the other hand, enjoy watching how much she loves her meal and I feel great knowing that I am providing the best menu possible for her for healthy,long,happy life.

 It has been 6 years since her first raw diet menu.

 I started off by introducing chicken menu without organ and then, introduced another protein one at a time.

 She did pretty good on the menu except a few learning curves,where I learned that she has sensitive tummy for fat % in one sitting and I need to trim some fat from fatty protein source such as Duck or limit the amount of food served due to higher fat content in the menu such as lamb tongue.

 Once I learned that, feeding became second nature to me and, I am being able to adjust to my own personal preferable way of feeding.

 Personally, I Prefer to provide variety of protein source in shorter period of times as opposed to buying single protein source meat in bulk and feed through over a month or two months or more, and then switch to other protein source.

 Therefore, you would find more than 10 variety of protein source in Palette’s freezer.

 For that personal purpose, what I did during the introductory phase of the diet was that, I wrote down I like to feed to her, and let her get used to the protein source one by one.

 Then, after about 2-3 round of feeding following the list of items I wanted to feed, I started feeding mixed/match menu.

 Therefore, sometimes, her meal is not just one protein source such as beef menu at AM, Turkey Menu for PM, and  sometimes both breakfast and dinner are the same protein source but different menu. It all depends.

 As I have been writing in many entries in the past, after switching her diet to the  fresh food diet, I started learning more about overall health topics such as over vaccination, nutrition, along with dog treats,dog food matters and more..

 One of my goals for this blog has always been trying to focus on educating readers by passing all of those information that I have learned over the years and, at the same time, I wanted to raise the awareness of healthy, nutritious fresh food diet for dogs, and encourage people to start trying to add fresh food diet menu in their doggy bowl, or start switching training treats or chews to healthier ones to start with; start  switching what they get throughout the day via a small steps at a time for the sake of dog’s health.

 Since I have started the series titled “Decoding kibble”, I am hoping that the series help people to understand what are in the kibble, how you can pick the better brands of kibble if fresh food diet was not their option.

 If one was trying to switch their diet to fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet like I did for Palette’s, then, I wanted to provide information how I feed her as fresh food diet guide so they can see what it is like to feed fresh food diet to dogs.

 As you know,the good diet is the base of overall health.

 When you go to human doctor, not many doctors would discourage you to
eat fresh food, and they would not push you to include processed food in
our diet. They do not have canned soup or frozen food for you to purchase to bring home to enjoy.They are more likely to tell you to eat fresh food for your over
all health.

 Processed food is convenient and quick and easy for you, but if you were on total processed food diet without fresh food, will you be healthy? Imagine your diet consists of canned soup, frozen food etc only,day in, day out.

 Now, I cannot wrap my head around why so called “Medical expert” for animals should be pushing you or recommending you to feed the process food as opposed to encouraging you to feed fresh food for the overall health.

 Even Rachael Ray,who is very passionate about bringing fresh food menu for school lunch is having her own line of kibble, pre-made wet food and I find there is a little discrepancy in the message she is sending to the public. I am sad about that.

 If she were real passionate about dog diet as much as she does for kids’ lunch menu at school, then, she could have worked on freezer dried/dehydrated food instead of kibble or wet dog food; much simpler, less processed food, and she could promote healthy diet for dogs and cats as well.

 I feel that medical expert on  animal field is moving backward in stead of moving  forward focusing more on dog’s health.

 I strongly feel that vet is moving backward on the diet issue for animals especially because all of my cousins and neighbors who I grew up with fed fresh food all the time and, I had an impression back then that it was what dogs eat until I came to the states.

 Raw diet menu for dogs, for example, is unique in a
way that each menu is served fresh, without fillers, and offer quality
of food and, it will leads to good overall health.

 Ultimately, you can tweak the diet menu if problems arise accordingly. That is the virtue of this raw diet method.

As you have noticed, I have started the new series on raw diet titled “Fresh food in the bowl”, where you get to sneak peek what Palette is eating.

 Generally, Palette’s regular meal is consists of one meal with bone, and the other meal without bones.

 Meal with bone can be portion cut poultry, 4 leg animal’s ribs, whole fish with poultry feet etc..

 Other half of the meal is whatever planned to feed in the menu list in order,and it is boneless meat along with organ such as liver with or without miscellaneous items such as a whole Egg.

 I usually feed the same menu item two times per week and move on to the other menu except organ such as liver or poultry giblet such as gizzard.

 The amount of food served is roughly around 10 oz to 12 oz per day. I consider her ideal weight is 30 lb since she is a tall corgi (14″ tall; 2″ taller than average Corgi).

 Then,I go by 2 % of ideal weight to calculate her daily amount.

 Calculation goes like this.

 30 x 16 x 0.02= daily feeding amount 9.6 oz (roughly 10 oz)

 With some menu items, it is not likely to be able to cut to the piece into exact amount that I would like to feed as her portion, so her daily amount can vary some.

 Generally, dogs’ feeding amount guideline starts with 2% of ideal adult weight. If that daily feeding amount was too little, you would up the % to 3% , 4% ideal adult weight as needed.

 To calculate your dog’s daily feeding amount fill the blank below

 ideal weight of dog x 16 x 0.02 for 2 % = daily feeding amount

 If you go by 3% of ideal weight,then fill the blank below

 ideal weight of dog x 16 x 0.03 for 3% = daily feeding amount

 By observing how your dogs do, up and down the percentage of ideal weight.
 Palette’s menu detail goes about 80% meat,10% bone, 10% organ.

 When I have organ other than liver such as kidney, I feed 5% liver, 5% kidney a day but when I have only liver,I feed 10% liver a day.

 I feed her 2 times a day on regular feeding time,and I feed 1 time a day when I feed her big meal once a month.

 If you go by 80 % -10 % -10 % guideline exactly with Palette’s feeding amount, you will get 8 oz boneless meat, 1 oz bone, 1 oz organ, but as you can see, I feed her 2 times a day and when I portion cut her menu, often times, boneless meat is cut to about 4 oz wt, meat with bone such as portion cut chicken etc will be cut to about weighing  around 5 oz to 7 oz, and organ portion gets chopped to about half an ounce and then I bag them in the zip bag and put those in the freezer bag to freeze them.

 With my way, the amount of bone gets up and down depending on what you will feed. When fish meal day, the amount of bones are very low and when I feed neck or ribs as part of her daily menu, the amount of bones in the meal gets higher than fish meal day.

 The week I took the picture of her meal was Beef meal day.

 What she got? Here is what she got on beef meal day.

AM: Beef short ribs;bone was traded with chicken feet

PM: Green beef Tripe, chicken liver

 As you can see, her meal is very simple.

 In this entry, I would like to share Palette’s “Fresh food in the bowl; Beef menu”.

 I think if you already feeding your dogs raw diet for a while and if
you know your dogs do good on each items that you see in this entry,
then, you can use Palette’s sample meal as example for the feeding.

 However, if you were new to the raw diet, please do not feed variety of things all
at once. During the introductory phase, each protein source menu must be introduced to your dogs one at a time,and keep the dogs on the protein source until your dogs do good on, and then, you can
move on to the next protein source and as they get used to the menu,
keep introducing new stuff slowly one at a time to be able to feed
variety of items.

 In the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 7: Raw food Source and Green tripe“, I wrote about what the Green tripe is and its benefit of feeding them to your dogs.

 If you have fed tripe to your dogs already, you know how much dogs loves them.

 If you were not familiar with Green tripe, One
thing you would not find at regular grocery stores is green tripe, which
is unwashed stomach from ruminants such as cow and lamb. Ruminants
animals have 4 stomachs; rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum.

to website, when animals swallow grass, the grass goes
to rumen and reticulum, and grass gets regurgitated,chewed,and
regurgitated grass goes down to 3rd,4th chamber,namely, omasum and
abomasum. There,grass gets broke down with gastric juice,enzyme,and
amino acid.

 To read more on green tripe at website,please click here.

may find the scalded,deodorized white colored tripe at grocery store,
but it is not what we raw feeders would feed to our dogs.

 The one we feed is unwashed,unprocessed tripe, and it cannot be sold as
human consumption. You would never find those at grocery stores near

 The color of the tripe is brown/grey and sometimes it has green tint from grass cow has eaten.

thing about green tripe is that it still has enzyme in the tripe and it
helps your dogs to digest their food. It also has essential fatty acids, and good bacteria for
guts (lactic acid bacteria),which you would often find in yogurt or

 When I first introduced green tripe, all the form I could find back
then was simply ground form, so, I have purchased ground tripe and fed
it as her side dish about size of ice cube.

 It was just
my preference. When you feed the small sized green tripe, its smell is
minimized. I heard a lot about green tripe has its specific smell to it
before I start feeding the green tripe. And, I was wondering how it
smells and I know now.

 It smells like .. barn in hot humid summer. Since I fed small sized
tripe, I barely smelled the tripe. I usually cut to ice cube size when I
got them and then, bag them up to freeze.

 Current tripe I have is not a ground tripe, but a whole Tripe cut to Palette’s portion.

 Palette loves it.
 Interesting thing that I found is that whole tripe cut to Palette’s portion has less odor compared to the ground one and, I can tolerate the smell.

the feeding form is different, hunk of tripe gives more chewing;
actually,I have found that the portion cut tripe is really chewy and Palette chews zillions of times before swallowing or making it into smaller pieces by chewing off.

a portion cut whole tripe has a texture of well used old rug and, it
looks funky, but I Prefer unground green tripe because of less odor if I
could pick one over the other.

 Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen carry Dehydrated Grass-fed Beef tripe strip, and Grass-fed Moo! Angus beef tripe twists, and PetKind (Dehydrated Beef tripe treats).

 If you would like to try tripe as treats at first, or you have hard time locating tripe to feed your dogs, you can try them and see how your dogs love them.

 Generally, raw green beef tripe can be sold through raw food suppliers or raw food companies such as Oma’s pride.

 Oma’s pride has distributors across the country (here is the distributors list on their website.Click on your state to find the distributors in your area.) and you may be able to find someone who can offer green tripe to your dogs.

 Palette really loves the tripe treats as well,and I think your dogs would too.

When I feed beef short ribs, she sometimes eat the rib bones, she sometimes stop eating the bone and stand still and stare at me asking for trading the bone with her favorite chicken or duck foot.

 If Palette sees Chicken or Duck foot to trade with, she can leave behind big hunk of meat. I usually use it to trade the bone, or trade the big meal day menu, and pick it up.

 Good thing about poultry feet is that poultry feet is great natural source of glucosamine/chondroitin, and considering Palette’s past limping history, it is a good choice. I usually have Chicken feet or Duck feet to trade with.

Beef short ribs is so meaty and I love them!

What was that??


Now, I am going to work on my beef  ribs using my paws..

Think I am done.. Should I ask for trade or…

Maybe I should nibble some and then,trade..

Mom was very impressive with my rib cleaning work:-)

I traded my beef rib bone with chicken foot.

So good!

Green beef tripe with chicken liver on the bottom..

Tttripe dinner?? YES!!

I really,really want to ignore mom’s “wait” cue but I am being patient…

I love Beef Tripe din din!

See? My wet nose?

Now eating chicken liver and making sure nothing left behind..

Very important!

 What fresh food does your dog get in their bowls?

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May 26, 2013 | Comments are off | Dog Diet

Bonefish Grill menu: Bang Bang Shrimp Yassy’s version

 As you already
know, I like re-creating meals from restaurants or eatery places that I
have visited. It is fun to brain storming what is in the dishes I like.

 It is also fun to order the same dish at different restaurants to compare, and find their own personality in the each dish served.
 One of the restaurants I like to go to is Bonefish Grill.

 This restaurant would have been one of the first restaurants I was taken to when I came to the states.

 If you ask me what they do best, I think they probably do great on sauce that goes with dish they serve,along with seafood dishes.

 If I had to pick the type of dish they do good on, then, probably salmon, shrimp,and scallops dishes.

 Just recently,I have visited the restaurant and, I have ordered Grilled Arctic char topped with sauteed spinach and lump crab meat served with Lime Tomato garlic sauce.

 It was on special menu, and even though I was not sure if I like the Arctic char or not,I tried them.

 The dish was great. The server explained that the fish “Arctic Char is mild fish with taste cross between trout and salmon.”.

 The color of the fish was pink/orange color like salmon and, to me, it tasted sweet,mild,very tender flaky salmon. Wikipedia site says the fish “Arctic char” is salmon family, and has close fat content to sock eye salmon.

 I loved them. If you love salmon, you would love the fish. I hope they will keep the menu in the regular menu.I loved them that much.

 Palette the Corgi had a little bit of Arctic char nibble and she went crazy for it too.

 She loves seafood, just like me.

 When you visit the restaurant, and look around, many table has their famous shrimp dish called “bang bang shrimp”.

 I like their bang bang shrimp,too.

 Only problem that I find is  that they plate the hot shrimp over lettuce and, the bed of lettuce gets wilted by the time we get close to them.

 Therefore,while I think lettuce has great color to use as garnish to make the shrimp stand out, I think it would have bee better if the lettuce was plated on side instead of being plated as bed for the star of the dish.

 That way, diners can enjoy lettuce with the same tasty dish without removing wilted warm lettuce from the plate.

 If you are not familiar with bang bang shrimp, “Bang Bang shrimp” is the shrimp dish where tender shrimps are deep fried and coated with spicy creamy sauce.

 Recently, I tried re-creating their bang bang shrimp to see if I can make it as close as theirs taste wise, and possibly can make it as main meal by adding vegetables to it.

 I wanted to use the flavor but wanted more healthier,substantial meal people can enjoy for dinner.

 Overall,I think I came to close although maybe breading is different. Maybe if you tone it down a notch of sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha, the sauce I made might be close enough to Outback steakhouse’s seared Ahi Tuna dipping sauce “Creamy soy- ginger sauce” as well.

 My husband thinks that their breading might be ground rice puff,but we will see. We will try his idea next time.

Unfried Shrimp with creamy sweet chili sauce..

Ingredients for shrimp marinade;

1 tbs     sake
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tbs  corn starch
10 shrimp (I usually use 10 shrimp for this)
3 tbs water

1. In the small container, add 1
tbs  sake,1/4 tsp kosher salt,1 tbs  corn starch and 3 tbs water, and mix well.Then, add
peeled,divined shrimp and massage shrimp with your hand and marinade
them in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

** Marinading shrimp make shrimp crisp tender

Wash the shrimp very well under running water, pat them dry,and season
it as your recipe instructs you for the dish you will be making.

Ingredients for Unfried Shrimp with creamy sweet chili sauce;

12 medium shrimps, peeled and divined
1 tbs mayonnaise
2 tbs plus 6.5 tsp sweet chili sauce
1/2 tsp Sriracha* (recommend Huy Fong Foods brand)
1/4 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 tsp lemon zest
1.4 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp cornstarch plus some more for dredging shrimp
Morton’s Natures Seasons
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 sweet onion sliced
1 carrot diagonally sliced
1 clove garlic chopped
1/8 tsp grated ginger
1/4 red pepper sliced
1/4 green pepper sliced
1 tsp frozen green peas
2 tbs ketchup
1/2 tsp sesame oil* (Optional)
1 tbs chopped green onion

1. Marinade shrimp* (recipe above)

In the small container, mix 1 tbs mayonnaise, 6.5 tsp sweet chili sauce,1/2 tsp Sriracha, 1/4 tsp grated ginger, 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice,1/8 tsp lemon zest, and 1.4 tsp soy sauce

What is Sriracha sauce?

 Sriracha is a Thai version of hot chili sauce. It is a little thicker
consistency than regular American hot sauce, and it has much different
flavor to it. With consistency wise,it is more like a consistency of
tomato paste if you will.

 You can get the Sriracha chili sauce at
International food aisle at the local grocery store or at Target. If you live near
Asian stores, they should carry the condiment as well.

favorite brand for Sriracha chili sauce is by Huy Fong Foods. You can
look for green top squeeze bottle with white letters on. Below is a
picture of Sriracha.

Sriracha sauce..

3. Wash the marinaded shrimp under cold running water very good, and pat them dry, season them with Morton’s Nature’s seasons, and dredge them in the cornstarch

Drizzle Extra virgin olive oil in the skillet, and add shrimp that was coated with cornstarch

** Cook shrimp only single layer at a time, so you can get the crisp outside,and not steaming them

When one side got brown/crisp, flip them over to cook the other side

6. When shrimp got cooked through take them all out on the plate

7. Add 1 clove of garlic chopped, 1/8 tsp grated ginger,and stir and let it get fragrant

8. Add 1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced, 1 carrot diagonally cut. When carrot started to tender, add 1/4 red pepper thinly sliced, 1/4 green pepper sliced, and stir

9. When vegetables are almost cooked, add 1 tsp frozen green peas and stir

10. Add 2 tbs ketchup, 2 tbs sweet chili sauce and stir

11. In the small measuring cup, add 1 tsp corn starch, 1 tbs water and stir. Then, pour it over the vegetables in the skillet and stir. Let the sauce thicken

12. Add mixture of mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce that you have made at step 2, and stir

13. Add cooked shrimp back in to the skillet and gently toss to coat the shrimp with the sauce

14. Add 1 tbs chopped green onion, and gently stir and plate them up

** If you like, at the very end, you can add a drip of sesame oil as well.This is optional.

Makes about 2-3 serving


My husband suggested that this dish may go well with coconut rice. I agree with that.

 If you like to make coconut rice, here is how you make it.

<Coconut rice>

Ingredients for Coconut rice:

1C Jasmine rice (recommends dynasty Jasmine rice)
2/3C water
1 C unsweetened coconut milk
pinch of kosher salt

1. In a sauce pan, add 1C Jasmine rice,2/3C water,1C unsweetened coconut
milk,pinch of kosher salt and put it on medium high heat

2.Once the rice started boiling,turn the heat down to medium low heat
and cover the pan with lid and cook for 10 minutes,and lower the heat to
simmer and cook another 10 minutes

Makes; 3 servings

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May 21, 2013 | Comments are off | Restaurant Challenge

Palette’s note: Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully Sticks Junior

When you pick up treats for your
dogs, what would you look at?

 Ingredients? Fancy looking
pictures?Description of the products?

 Have you ever wondered if you
could actually see how other dogs are enjoying them? Not pictures, but in
the video so that you can actually HEAR and feel the treats’ textures?

 Some of you may have already
recognized I have been putting up treats’ video on youtube so that
people can hear the sound, see Palette in action and get more detail on
products we offer through Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen.

 With “Palette’s Note” series, I would like to put Palette’s taste test videos.

 This time, “Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks Junior 12 oz.”

Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully Sticks Junior 6″..

Grass-fed Moo! Odor free bully sticks Junior
is Moo! Odor Free line products, and they are made in Argentina. It is made from
beef that received no antibiotic or growth hormone in their life.

 Our K9 executive chef “Palette” the Corgi, loves this bully sticks, and she gets so excited and chew on them very enthusiastically with very wet nose and some drool bubbles around her mouth.

 The Grass-fed Moo! Odor free Bully sticks Junior comes with 12 oz bag, and number of bully sticks in the bag can vary.

 However, in average, 6″ bag 12 oz bag contains approx 35 – 40 bully sticks, 12″ bag 12 oz contains approx 12 – 20 bully sticks.

 Many dogs adore bully sticks.

 Palette is one
of them, but don’t underestimate her. She actually is a tough judge. She
gave me nosed up, paws down on some of bully sticks I gave her to try out to decide whether we carry at Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen or not.

 Paws down bully sticks did not make it to the store to offer others.

 After all, she is k9 executive chef who control the quality of menu to
be served to others, along side with me. And, only Palette’s approved
menu is served to others.

 What I like about this bully sticks, and
what separate this bully sticks from other bully sticks is that, it does
not emit stinky odor when dogs chew on these.

 I can sit right next to
our dog while she is working on her bully sticks.

 Before giving this
bully sticks to our dog as taste test, I sniffed at it, and I feel it has a little smell
to it, but to me, it is not stinky bully sticks.

 People smell
things differently but, if you compare this bully sticks and other brand of bully
sticks from pet supply store, you would find the difference in the smell.

 Especially when your dogs start chewing on it.

 Some brands’ bully sticks stink up the room so badly.

 My sister in – law family has 2 Huskies and, they love to chew,and they offer bully sticks too, but they complained that the ones they get at the pet store emit offensive odor when the dogs start chewing the bully sticks, and they cannot stand it.

 I told them about the bully sticks; Moo brand bully sticks, we like and, I also told them that all the bully sticks we carry whether it is beef or lamb or buffalo ones at our store are not stinky ones because I personally do not like bully sticks that stink up the room either, and stinky bully sticks would not make it to the store to be able to offer to others.

 I gave them a few Moo! Bully sticks as small sample. We will see how they like the Moo! Bully sticks.

 If you have read the previous entry titled “Long lasting chew/recreational bones for dogs“, you would already know that what makes the bully sticks less odor.

 For those, who haven’t, not all bully sticks are made same way. Some are made vertical, some are made horizontal.

 The one made flat tend to have stronger smell to it. Reason why is that, by hanging and making
the bully sticks vertical, the fluid in the bully sticks drain more, and
the longer baked bully sticks has less odor than the one made flat.

 In the past, I personally purchased bully sticks of other brand,beef and buffalo ones,  to try out. It was awful. Both bully sticks were free range bully sticks, but the smell.. even before being chewed by Palette, it stunk!

 The smell was so offensive that I even did not try with Palette and tossed it to the outside trash bin. It was that bad.

 I think, in dog’s opinion, stinkier the better – case in point; dog loves stinky green tripe treats. However,it was just too strong smell and I did not like it.

 Although I generally do not give bully sticks daily,
I give her this bully sticks as occasional jackpot treat, or quick snack.

 She really loves these bully sticks, and she whine, and she gets so excited for this.

 What usually happen is that, she does something good, and she comes to claim these bully sticks Junior 6″ and,I hand it to her saying “On the bed”.

 Then,she grabs it with her mouth, and trot to her doggy bed designated for her to use as “chew bed”; the bed placed outside the crate and the bed is used for her to chew treats on, and she flops down on her chew bed and start chewing the bully stick treats.

 For her, these bully stick Junior is more of snack than chew, but she loves them.

 She is a moderate chewer,
and in average, she spend about a few minutes per bully sticks junior 6″ stick to finish up.

 How long it would last will be
depending on each dog’s jaw strength.

 Among the Moo! line bully stick products, Junior bully sticks is thinnest of the bunch. The thickest one is called Super Monster. We carry both 6″ and 12″ Super Monster.

 I think these are great bully sticks for those who have small to medium dogs. If you would like to give quick bully sticks snack daily, I think these are perfect fit to that purpose.

 If you were specifically looking for long lasting chew, then, I would recommend Deer Antlers.

 With our Corgi “Palette”- moderate chewer, with L size Deer Antler, it
is with her for more than one year with the same Antler.

 She religiously
spend about 15-20 min 2 sessions per day but still gnawing the same
one. Antlers are more economical overall and one Antler lasts much

 Since she now got variety of Antlers:Regular Antlers, Antler with some velvet left on, Moose Antlers, Caribou Antlers etc..,
the time she spend on regular one is less than before (she seems to
gnaw one by one alternating among the three Antlers) , but she enjoys
her gnawing time.

 Often times, she decides to chew on Antlers while we are having dinner.

 No matter how long/thick the bully stick is, one bully
stick will be gone much faster than Deer Antlers would. Therefore, Deer Antlers will be more economical in the long run for long lasting chews for your dogs.

 Ingredients: Beef

 Let’s watch Palette in action with Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks Junior taste test.If you are a blog subscriber, please click here to watch the video.

 Palette and Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks Junior

Can you see how much she is excited for the Grass-fed Moo! Bully sticks Junior? You could hear her whining.

 With this taste test video, the bully sticks Junior she was munching on is 6″ long one.

 She worked on this bully sticks for
about a couple of minutes or so and then, she gave me a big approval of licking her chops. She really loves these bully sticks!

I am being patient,mom…

Waiting for you to say my magic word “OK”

Now, is serious chew time..nom,nom,nom…

Mom,privacy please…

If you were thinking I would share this with you, you are wrong.

This tweats is mine, Pal mark all over it

Hmm…. Pawsome tweats!

Look at my wet nose! And drool..

Look, I being serious look…

Almost done..

I look cool with bully stick cigar,lol.

This is da most important part; making sure nothing is left behind..

Woof,woof, smize…

Translation; I know you got more of woofy sticks.

One more,please!

I being a good,mom…

How can you resist my cuteness?

 Please note that due to natural products,
thickness of the bully sticks can vary.

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May 19, 2013 | Comments are off | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s Japan Trip Diary November 2012; Day 5

 The 5th day in Japan, since we came back from Nagano trip a little late at night, we all slept in the next day.

 When I come back to my parents’ house, one thing we always do is to visit my grandfather. When you live in another country, you cannot simply hop on to the car and go see your family members at the hospital before they passes away.

 I like living in the states and,learn so many things here and, I enjoy my life with my husband but I hate to live in another country when things like this happens. 14 hours flight away to home under this circumstances seems very far to me.

 It was cloudy,chilly day and, all of our family went to visit my grandfather in the commentary. However, when we back to the car and ready to back home, it started raining very hard.

 We did not have specific plan to go anywhere so, we decided to spend the day for resting at home.

 For me it was time for organizing and looking through my old stuff that I left at their house to see if there were anything that I did not need anymore.

 By the time we were about to leaving the cemetery,it was already noon.

 Therefore, we decided to stop by McDonald.

 If you travel around the world, you would know that there are McDonald everywhere in many countries. You would also notice that each country has their unique version of burgers on the menu.

 I think our McDonald has probably much more wider protein source variety.

 Japanese McDonald menu you would not find at American McDonald are..

** Teriyaki burger

** Shrimp burger

** Pork cutlet burger

** Fresh salad with sesame oil base dressing

** a cup of sweet corn

** Fish base morning menu;fish fillet or tuna salad on the biscuits or English muffin

 My favorite is Ebi Katsu burger (shrimp burger) and,I crave them sometimes. My husband always get Teriyaki burger whenever we back to Japan.It is his favorite.

 Therefore, I make those here in the states occasionally.

 Japanese McDonald also has their seasonal burgers throughout the year.

 If you visit Japan this month, you can have your familiar BBQ Beef or chicken burger,plus French fries with Japanese twists; French fries coated with Nori (seaweed) and salt,and Green tea Oreo milkshake.

 If you visit around end of September,the month of moon viewing day, you may be able to find the Tsukimi burger;fried egg (used as Moon) and bacon on the burger.

 They are very popular limited time seasonal menu.

 The McDonald USA menu Japanese ones do not carry is McWrap,and cookies.

 With McWrap things, it is probably because many people in Japan never had Mexican food.

 I personally never had Chili, Quesadilla or any other Mexican food until I come here in the states. I never had Burritos either.

 Funny thing is that, Japanese McDonald carry hot dog as breakfast menu while American ones do not carry them on their menu. I definitely see wider variety in especially milkshake for the American McDonald.

 McDonald is not the daily eatery place for us, but once in a blue moon, we like to go to especially Japanese McDonald since they carry our favorite burgers there.

 Other than menu, I find that first thing you would notice when you enter into Japanese McDonald is the loud greeting “Welcome!” with big smile on,and the lively staff communicate each other a lot while front staff is taking customers’ orders.

 I notice that they use a lot of hand gesture, and bowing as well.

 You would not find quiet McDonald in Japan.

 I think their customer service is really good; polite,speedy and simply plain good.

 Just like any other Japanese companies, they spend a lot of time training staff for the importance of customer service.

 All my life so far, I have been in the customer relation related jobs from travel agent to Airline staff works at the Airport..and many companies spent time training us on the customer related service.

 You would probably feel the difference when you visit Japan through staff at the grocery stores,any retail store staff, hair salon staff, flight attendants etc..

 The customer service in general,whether it is business to customers, business to business, it is something I feel different from American one.

 Recently,I came across the youtube videos showing how McDonald Japan staff is trained to improve the quality of customer service.

 It is in Japanese and you may not understand what it says, but you can see what they do behind the scene.

 I noticed that the video contains Japanese TV commercial, too

McDonald Japan AJCC contest Part I

 If you are a blog subscriber,please click here to watch the video.

 What the host is saying regarding “100-1=0” is that, whether you are professional or amateur or part time job, customer service is the most important thing in the business because the better the service becomes, the customers’ satisfaction will be higher.

 Therefore,if you made any single mistake, then,the customer to business relationship can break. This is what he says “100-1=0”.

 Because of that, he emphasize the team work at work and, each staff should work responsively to offer the better customer service to customers.

 What they are showing at Tokyo McDonald is national competition between the crew (McDonald part timer).

 Does American McDonald have the similar thing,I wonder?

 The crew showed up at the Tokyo McDonald are the ones who won in the regional competition.

 The lady explains that they have this competition in the hope to improve the operation technique, service, and motivation.

 According to her, 170,000 crew participate in the contest all across the country,and the contest has started since 1977.

 AJCC contest has competition in the order cashier department, french fried potato department, initiator department, front counter runner department, assembler department, and shift management department.

 The winner in the each category will have the right to wear the special uniform as champion crew.

 Order cashier taker means, the staff who takes order at the front counter at the cashier and communicate with customers.

 The judge would check followings.

** If the crew greet the customer with smile,and giving them a friendly customer service

** If the crew is using the clear gestures such as raising his/her hands

** If the staff is giving good eye contact between the crew

** If the crew can describe menu clearly, or can carry good recommendation talk

 Overall, the category would look for the good friendly customer service with smile.

 After the contest, each crew gets the feedback time from the judge and,use that to improve their customer service quality in the future.

 French Fried potato department means the staff who will deep fries the potato and package them into a box.

 The judge would check as followings.

** After the potatoes are fried, whether the crew is draining the oil correctly

** Whether crew can scoop up the correct portion into the container at once

** Whether crew is salting the potato correct ways,as well as the amount of salt they sprinkle on

** Whether the crew is communicating with other staff well

 Initiator crew is the one who will toast the buns.

 The judge would check the following.

** How they take care of stock of buns

** Whether crew can grab the 2 buns at the same time and place the buns into the toaster within 3 seconds

 Front counter runner crew is the staff who will pack the products into a bag,and the one who will make the drink for customers

 The judge would check the following.

** Whether the crew is checking the monitor,and can pack the correct products into a bag

** Whether crew is giving the final check for the products

** Speedy movement

** Whether the crew is communicating with other position crew well

 Assembler crew means the one who build your burgers

 The judge would check the followings.

** Whether crew is washing their hands more than once in one hour

** Whether crew is putting the correct portion of correct ingredients on the buns in the correct order

**  Raw materials quality control

** Kitchen maintenance

** Whether the crew can build the beautiful burger speedy

 Shift management crew means the one who will position crew,and support the each position

 The judge would check the following.

** Whether the crew thinks about goal for the team and positioning the crew at the right position

** Whether the crew is supervising each staff at the different position, and support them if the help is necessary.

** Be the model for other crew

 When you browse through how the crew compete each other to improve the quality of customer service, it is clear that why they communicate each other a lot at the store and give you a great customer service with smile.

 Here is what you would see if you enter into a Japanese McDonald. Very lively crew at the counter and you can see they communicate each other very well.

 As you may have noticed, Japanese McDonald staff have uniform to wear.

Japanese McDonald

 If you are a blog subscriber,please click here to watch the video.

 One thing unique about Japanese McDonald is that,there is menu #0: Smile

 I have never been brave to order #0 (smile),plus they are giving us the service with smile already, but here is what happen if you order#0.

Japanese McDonald menu#0; Smile

 If you are a blog subscriber,please click here to watch the video.

 I think Japanese burger bun is a little smaller than American ones. Drink size, Fries size “large” both look equivalent to “medium” drink & fries here in the states.

 After satisfying my craving for shrimp burger at McDonald, we went to home and spend time relaxing.

 I could hear the pouring rain outside.

 We were hopimg the rain stops next day because we were planning to visit temple  “Hatta san” in Shizuoka prefecture, the same prefecture we visited for the Unagi pie factory tour in the day 1 next day. Plus, we were also planning to go eat “eel” on our way back.

 Shizuoka prefecture is famous for green tea, mandarin orange, and eel and, “broiled eel dish” is something I cannot find at so called Japanese restaurant easily here in the states. Therefore, when we go back there,I really crave for them.

 Since my family knows I love broiled eel dish so much that they wanted to take me to the area where eel was famous for.

 The restaurant was very interesting  because I got to see how the eel is cooked, and everything through the glass.

 Recently,my father sent me an e-mail telling me that they have found another restaurant specialize in eel but the place offer more than eel dish and maybe it will be a good place for my husband to enjoy other Japanese specialty food.

 Next time we go back to Japan, we would try the eatery place and see if we like.

 There was one Japanese restaurant in Woodbridge, VA near the mall where I liked to have broiled dish from. However, last time we visited, we were lead to the booth with menu, but nobody came to take an order for 45 minutes!

 I was very interested in “broiled eel” dish and, I wanted to see if the server would come to take our order if we waited 5 more minutes, but that 5 more minutes became more than 45 minutes and we gave it up.

 They never came to take an order even njust for a drink even. We were sure that the server looked at us from far side, and recognized we were there waiting for them to come, but they kept ignoring us and chatting each other.

 It was our very first experience walking out the restaurant without ordering anything. I was very disappointed. Since then,we have never been back there. It is such a shame.Their broiled dish was very tasty one.

 Not just restaurant service, sometimes, when I inquire something to companies via e-mail, some companies never replies back. If they did, and if I ask them follow up questions, sometimes,I never get reply back from them.

 It is such a shame.. They should know that customer satisfaction is part of how they do their business, and it would effects them one way or the other.

 I am now on one side to provide healthy dog treats and chews through Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen, and customer service is important to me.

 I hope that I am communicating with customers well,and they are happy with the customer service that I offer to them.

 Thinking back now, if one lady in the puppy training class did not say “Why don’t you start your dog bakery shop?” when I baked and brought itty bitty sugar free salt free banana mini muffin on their graduation day, I would not be what I am today.

 For many, doggy muffin would be another doggy treats for furriends, but to me, it means a lot to me and it is the start of what I am doing, and I never forget the moment I found myself flocked by tail wagging itty bitty puppies for my banana muffin.

 They really liked it and, I could spot Palette in the crowd trying to get the muffin from me too

 Each day, I feel happy knowing that I am offering good quality,healthy treats I know Palette loves, and putting big smiles on many furriends in the states.

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May 16, 2013 | Comments are off | Japan

Palette’s spring treats diary;May 14th,2013

 For Palette, last month was another eventful month.

 For one thing, beside biscuits/Jerky making for Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen, I have made homemade pasta (tortellini) for Palette’s to work on the entry in the series “decoding kibble”, and for human, I made Molasses bread, Oatmeal cookies, Apple cinnamon maple oatmeal etc.. and Palette saw a lot of activity in the kitchen.

 If you follow my blog entries, you would see how much I enjoy cooking/baking and,I love to be creative about the dish that I make. It is one of most fun process in the cooking.

 My husband’s recent morning routine is to have my Apple cinnamon maple steel cut oatmeal. He says it is very tasty and he loves them.

 Having oatmeal as breakfast or sweet breakfast is not popular in Japan, but it looks like having oatmeal as breakfast seems to be popular here in the states.

 When you go to grocery store and shop for oatmeal, you will find various kind of oatmeal,but what kind would you pick up?

 The least processed of all kinds is steel cut oatmeal,which is simply cut with steel blade and packaged up.

 The another oatmeal is rolled oat that was steamed to soft, and rolled out flat.

 The last one is instant oatmeal,which is cut into smaller piece, rolled flat, and  pre-cooked and dried. This is the most processed oatmeal with added sugar,salt and other ingredients.

 For example, one brand’s ingredient list goes; Whole grain rolled oatmeal, evaporated cane juice (sugar!), dried apple, chicory root fiber,cinnamon, guar gum, pottasium chloride, salt, natural flavors, decaffeinated green tea extract, calcium carbonate, decaffeinated white tea extract,alpha tocopherols (vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), grape seed extract, Pyridoxine  hydrochloride (B6), zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate (Iron) ,Beta carotene (Vitamin A), Folic acid,Vitamin B12

 As any ingredients list for food, ingredients are listed by weight of the ingredient; 1st ingredints weigh more than ingredients that follow.

 This means, this brand of oatmeal has more sugar than dried apple or anything else that comes after the evaporated cane juice.

 I also find that dried fruits tend to be sugar coated and, I do not know if the dried apple used is sugar coated dried apple that was dehydrated, or they are non sugar coated dried apple.

 Ingredient ‘Natural Flavor” also appear in many food both for human and for dogs.

 Whether it is for human food or for dog treats/food, “natural flavor” appear in the label quite often.

 Under FDA’s Code of federal regulations title 21, “natural flavoring
means” the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein
hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or
enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a
spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast,
herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood,
poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose
significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional”

 Artificial flavor includes the substances listed in 172.515(b) and
182.60 of this chapter except where these are derived from natural

 Therefore, since it is not named flavor such as “Natural Apple flavor”, we never know what was used to flavor the food.

 You can read definition on “Natural flavoring” at FDA website here.

 I personally think that if they add non sugar coated dehydrated apple for flavor, the maker of the company should not need any more “apple” flavor or any unnamed flavor enhancer.

 Another brand of instant oatmeal ingredients list goes; Whole grain rolled oats (with oat bran),sugar, natural and artificial flavor, salt,calcium carbonate,guar gum, oat flour,caramel color, niacinamide, Vitamin A Palmitate, reduced iron,pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin, thiamin mononitrate,floic acid

 I personally prefer the products made with simple ingredient both for human or for dogs, and my choice is good old steel cut oat.

 The Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oat meal ingredient is simply “Whole grain oats”.

 Also, steel cut oatmeal is not pre-cooked before packaging, and it gives you nice texture in the oatmeal. My husband loves them!

 However, for many, time is the money and, many people do not have time to cook the steel cut oatmeal for 30-40 minutes every time.

 The other day,I was watching America’s Test kitchen TV show and, they were talking about how you can make traditional steel cut oatmeal in 10 minutes.

 Then, I have tried their recipe, mastered the method and, modified the recipe while basic technique is still used in the recipe.

 If you like oatmeal for breakfast, give this a try and you would like it.

<Apple cinnamon 10 minutes maple oatmeal>

Ingredients for Apple cinnamon maple oatmeal;

1C steel cut oat* (recommends Bob’s red mill’s)
1/2 tsp table salt

1/12 Grainy smith apple peeled,cored,chopped to 1/4″ chunks
1.5 tsp maple syrup
1 tbs toasted chopped walnut
3 tbs Apple cider
pinch of ground cinnamon

1. Bring 3C water bring to boil. Then,remove the pan from the heat.

2. Add 1C Steel cut oatmeal into the sauce pan,and stir

3. Add 1/2 tsp salt,and stir again

4. Cover the pan with lid,let it stand for overnight

5. Since I like to have single serving freshly made, I like to portion them.

I pour 1C pre soaked oatmeal into each freezer bag,flatten it up and freeze them for later. 1C pre-soaked oatmeal would be good for about 3 serving worth for my husband’s light meal size.

6. To 1/3C pre-soaked oatmeal, add 1/12 Green apple chopped to about 1/4″ chunks, 3 tbs Apple cider,1.5 tsp maple syrup,and bring them to boil,and reduce the heat to simmer and let it cook for 4-6 minutes.

7. Stir occasionally and remove the pan from heat. Taste it and adjust the sweetness and add about 1 tbs toasted chopped walnut into the oatmeal and stir

8. Sprinkle pinch of ground cinnamon on top and, let it stand for 5 minutes.

9. Enjoy!

** Make sure to keep the rest of the green apple in the salted water to avoid browning.

 When my husband eats this oatmeal, Palette is always around him,and tries to impress him with good “sit”.

 If she were lucky, she gets one piece of apple then. She loves them.

 Weather wise, we had nice spring days perfect for walkie, and she had fun more than March, but we also had severe thunderstorm.

 One night, we had tornado watch. It started windy day,turned to heavy raining day and as it got darker, we started hearing the big boom,and light out for the rest of the day.

 Palette and I spent the day with flashlight.

 Palette was panting hard and looked so stressed with the weather that we slept next each other. Luckily, we survived the storm,and we did not have damage to our house,but it was one scary night to remember.

 The next day,our neighbor was cutting the tree in the yard,and got us scared with big boom.. They might have felt unsafe with dead tree in their yard after experiencing the storm the day before.

 One of highlights of Palette’s walk last month would be meeting with Scottish Terrier puppy.

 Palette and I had a great walkie one day.

 On the way back home, we met 2 little kids with Scottish Terrier puppy.It was Mr Jasper with black colored fur, and he was such a tiny fur ball.

 Jasper made the move to Palette who was having her ears fold back,low to the ground and butt wagging..

 She was welcoming the puppy to greet her and happy to meet him

 They did cute nose to nose greeting and interacted each other a bit..

 It is nice to see Palette enjoying time with other dog (especially the dog she has never met before) and did well with him.

 I called the puppy “Hi, Jasper” and the puppy turned to me, and I let him sniff my hands.After that, he started putting his paws on my knee trying to get on to my laps as I was squatting, making myself small and interacted with him

 He loved petting a lot

 He was so cute!

 Palette got lots of petting from kids as well, and she was happy too.

 When she stands next to the cute little Scottish terrier puppy, she looked like a giant dog,lol.

 We had nice start of the day,then. After claiming her favorite cool down treats,she headed to her cool bed to rest.

 It is nice to have it around as the weather gets warmer. If you do not have one,I highly recommend it. I have tried 2 brands,but I prefer the one we currently using; Canine cooler III. We have been using for many years now. No water leaking accident happen yet.


 Now I will pass a pen to Palette to write a dairy here.

 May 14th,2013

 Last month was super yummy month. I got to taste test mom’s Baguette biscuits, Greek biscuits, Surf Turf Jerky,and Down Under Roo Jerky as k9 executive chef as always.

 Then, she made me really yummy chicken and lamb tortellini dinner one night. You have seen the recipe here already,but it was real good!

 It was so good with pink sauce!

 My dad looked at it and went .. “WTF??”

 BUT, my reaction was like “Hmm,smell so good! I want one,I want one!”

 He does not know what yummy he is missing,but I won’t tell.

 It was beet yogurt sauce. I loved them.

 Ah,and she also baked molasses bread that I made both my dad and mom laugh because when my dad was cutting his leftover steak and mom was cutting molasses bread, I was torn between the two;which one to beg for the nibble..

 I thought about it really hard and,I kept going back and forth but decided to stay with mom,who was slicing molasses bread she baked in the oven.

 I love steak, but I get fresh meat as my din din or breakfast, and I have less chance of getting fresh baked bread.

 Therefore,this time, molasses bread won,and I got itty bitty nibble but wow,it got different taste to it and I do love them! I followed whoever got piece of molasses bread after that. I found my new like.Molasses bread!

 Another one she made.. the Coconut cranberry Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I did not get any nibble. Mom said it is not good for me.

 It smelled so good that I really wanted one! It is unfair that she can eat it and I can’t. Maybe next time when she is making cookies and not watching, I would grab the green tripe din din from the my freezer (Yes, I have my own freezer), and drop it in so only I can eat them!

 Green tripe cookie.. Just thinking about it makes me drool…

 However, I can forgive my mom because I got another super special meal.

 You know that when my mom use scallops, she leaves me scallop ducts (side muscle attached to the scallop) to enjoy.

 One night, mom made crab bisque. It smelled so good  because I love anything tomato and I love seafood and what not to like?

 My din din that day was grouper. So, mom decided to make me a grouper soup but,made it extra special by garnishing my din din with my favorite egg, itty bitty snow crab meat, and scallop duct.. I felt so special!

 Mom’s fish soup is simply fish fillet of choice is gently simmered in the bit of water and you can add in egg,liver etc.. Palette loves fish soup day

  When mom is doing something with my dinner bowl,I have to be serious. Even if my dad talks to me then, I just say “Please talk to my paws” and keep staring at my special din din.

 I like to observe what mom is doing. Mom thought it funny because I looked such an intense look on my face.

 I knew it was something super special so, I started licking chops while mom was still preparing the dish for me

 Look,my super special grouper fish soup! Looks yummy!

Palette’s grouper soup delight..

I talk a lot about food (because food is my life), but I had really nice walkie too. I met Scottish Terrier puppy. He was so tiny and, it was strange to look at him.

 He was very polite and greeted me with nose to nose and I gave him butt wagging with my big ears fold against my foxy head.

 It was nice meeting him and yes,it was great to meet little kids too. They petted me a lot. I love to be petted!

 Then, I get to enjoy mom’s cool down treats too!I love them very much!

 It is
something mom made me since I was a puppy . It is basically a frozen
yogurt treats without fillers and,she gave me after walkie,after bathing
time,after workout that makes me woofy hot.

 Mom has been introducing variety of frozen yogurt treats for furriends here,but have you tried any of those?

 It is very yummy and highly recommend it!

 Anyhow, the cool down treats mom made this time is frozen banana maroon carrot yogurt treats.

 Some of you may not know what maroon carrot is. It is something mom found the other day at local grocery store, but it is basically a purple carrots.

 It is odd to look at but tasty.

 It looks like this.

Maroon carrot..

 Here is the cool down treats mom made..

Frozen banana maroon carrot yogurt treats..

 Here is how you can make Frozen Banana Maroon carrot yogurt treats.

1. To the mixer, add 5 oz peeled, rough chopped maroon carrot steamed, 5 oz banana, and 10 oz of
Stonyfield organic
plain yogurt and puree them.

2. Pour those onto ice cube tray and freeze them

yield; 14 block of frozen treats

** Frozen Banana Maroon carrot yogurt treats whole amount is roughly
about 391 kcal (you can see more detail at
website here ).So, each ice cube given is about 28 kcal.

**Mom wanted rough kcal to be as close to real one, and she used
Nutrition fact food label on the back of yogurt she used. She typed in
the information provided in the nutrition label on the yogurt.

 I know that some moms like to fill da Kong with peanut butter, but did
you know that small size kong can hold approx 5 tsp of peanut butter?

creamy peanut butter 1 tbs is 90 kcal, so it means you are giving
158kcal (out of the 158kcal, 117 kcal comes from fat) just by filling
the small size kong for your dogs to lick them each time.

 I think it is way too much kcal from treats.

 This frozen yogurt is much healthier to fill in the kong and, dog love them.

 My cool down treats usually is ice cube
size, and it is around 15 kcal to 30 kcal depending on what I will be
using but, they are much low calorie cool down treats, and they do not
contains added sugar or high calorie ingredients such as peanut butter.

 If you were not familiar with kong,
it is a non toxic dish wash safe rubber chew toy that you can fill the
hole in the center with food.

 Dogs are to chew/lick the Kong toy to get
to the treats inside the hole and, it is popular classic interactive

I am waiting….


I am busy, talk to my paws..

Hmm… so good!

Really,literally “drool worthy” treats!


Got more? Pretty please??

May 14, 2013 | Comments are off | Dog Diet

Molasses bread

 It has been a while since I have posted yeast bread recipe.

 In this entry, I would like to show you how to make very tasty Molasses bread.

 It was a huge hit with my husband and Palette the Corgi,and I was satisfied with how it came out.

 Every time I make bread, I hear Palette’s trotting to the kitchen;her favorite room in the house.

 She peeks from corner of the room, and see what I am doing. As I move around, occasionally she starts sniffing the floor to see if any imaginary bread is dropped on the floor.

 Palette usually is a quiet dog who loves to chew her Antlers while we eat.

 When homemade bread/pizza night though, it is a different story.

 She whines,whines,whines and being restless around the table and pops her head up at far side of the table once in a while, signaling us “Hey,I am here. I want nibbles, please!”.

 If you have been reading food/cooking entries from the past, you would notice that I love to cook/bake and, I make pizza/bread now and then.

 I love bread baking. I was helping my mother making yeast bread as a kid,too but making the bread from scratch on my own was something new and learned more about bread baking right here in the states.

 I love fresh baked bread right out from the oven.

 There is something about it. Fresh baked bread tastes way better than commercially made bread and, I enjoy the process of the bread making.

 It maybe because once I learn the basic of recipes, I tend to not following how the recipes says and create the new flavor,using different method of baking/cooking, different ratio of flour etc.. etc.. to experiment.

 Therefore, the process of baking/cooking might be even more interesting to me.

 For me, bread baking is like comforting in many ways as well, from kneading the dough, aroma while bread is being proofed or being baked, sound of crust when you slice into the bread if it were Artisan bread. There is something about bread baking that makes the whole experience special.

 When I started baking bread,I got myself a book for bread baking,and I tried one type of recipe for French bread (Baguette) over and over until I get satisfied result from making one. I made so many French bread to learn the basic technique,and get to know more about bread baking in general.

 I find that making especially artisan bread has depth in learning and more technique,and I have got a lot more to learn about it.

 Anyway, how do you make Molasses bread? Here is how.

Molasses bread…

Ingredients for Molasses bread;

1.5 tsp active dry yeast
1/6C Dark Molasses plus 1/2 tsp
2C Unbleached bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs butter melted
1 tbs milk
Extra virgin olive oil

0. Preheat the oven at 200F and when it reached to 200F,turn the oven off

1. To a microwave safe bowl, pour 3/4 C water, microwave about 20-30 seconds or so 

2.Take a temperature of the water. If the temperature was at
110F-115F, add 1.5 tsp of dry yeast, 1/2 tsp Dark Molasses, and mix well and let it sit a
while (about 5-10 minutes)

** If you use jar of dry yeast, make sure the yeast is at room temperature. Cold yeast would not make your dough rise properly.

** Water temperature to rise the dough (proof the dough) should be at 110F-115F.
Lower temperature water would not proof the dough properly, and higher
temperature water would kill the yeast and would not proof the dough

You should see the frothy stuff on top like this..

To a big bowl, add 2C Unbleached bread flour, 1/2 tsp salt and mix well

4. Add 1/6C Dark Molasses, 1 tbs salted butter melted, 1 tbs milk, and frothy yeast-water-molasses mixture to the flour-salt mixture and mix well

For Molasses, I recommend grandma’s Molasses with yellow cap.Their molasses is unsulphured. Sulphured Molasses is made from immature sugarcane,and is treated with sulfure fumes during the sugar extracting process.

5. When dough became to form a ball, toss
them onto lightly floured surface, and start kneading the dough until it becomes smooth surface.. about 6-8 minutes.

** Using silpat mat is easy to work with

6. You can test your dough to see if you knead it more. Do the Windowpane test.

What is windowpane test??

Windowpane test is the test the gluten development in the dough.

you do is to cut off small piece of dough,and gently stretch
out/pulling to see if it will hold a paper-thin membrane.If it tore
apart,you would knead a bit more and do the test again.

7. When dough comes together;smooth and elastic, drizzle
Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto empty bowl and smear it around side and
inside bottom to make easy for you to take the dough out later

8. Place the dough into the bowl,drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the dough and smear the olive oil all around the dough

9. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place the dough in the oven,set the timer for 90 minutes

10. 90 minutes later, dough will be larger size in volume

11. Once the dough gets nearly double in volume, take the dough out from the bowl onto the lightly floured surface

12. Roll the dough out to about 9″ x 12″ rectangle, and start folding from top edge about every 3″.

13. Every time you fold the top edge over to the dough, using your side of your hands, seal the bottom edge. Then,fold down another 3″ or so, and seal it with side of the hands and roll down again,and keep folding down to the bottom edge.

14. Line the bread pan with non stick foil,and dust it with yellow corn meal

15. Place the dough in the 9″ x 5″ bread pan, and press it down so the edge of the bread touches the edges of bread pan for even baking

16. Cover the bread pan with plastic wrap, put the dough into the turned off oven for another 60 minutes to proof

17. Preheat the oven at 350F

18. Bake them for 20 minutes and rotate the bread pan for even baking

19. Keep baking for another 10 minutes until bread becomes golden brown or the internal temperature of the bread reaches at 190F and when you tap the bottom of the bread and hear the hollow sound

20.  Take the bread out from the pan immediately and let it cool on the rack

Makes: 9″ x 5″ molasses bread

Sliced Molasses bread..

Since I have tortured her nose with yummy smell in the air for hours for bread making, I gave the small piece of bread to her.

She was very excited about it and while she was on “wait” cue, I saw the drool strings coming out from her mouth non stop.

She had one nice jackpot snack day



May 12, 2013 | Comments are off | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

Decoding kibble;Pedigree “Healthy Longevity for Dogs” menu makeover for dogs

In the previous entry titled “Decoding kibble:Addiction Salmon Bleu“, I have explained overview on various ways of feeding homemade diet, what terms in the kibble ingredients list means,and showed you some improved diet menu, both raw diet menu and homemade diet menu.

 Then, I wrote that the Japanese dog diet book encourage readers to feed different menu everyday. I think this was a great advice especially for those who makes a big batch of one recipe and feed it through, and then move on to the next recipe; one of popular ways to feed the dogs homemade diet in the states,

 The reason behind the advice in the Japanese homemade diet book was that,if you feed your dogs the same food day in day out,the same food tends to make them more susceptible to develop allergy issue against the food fed often.

Just like we raw feeding people learned, the authors of the book (1 holistic vet and 1 canine nutritionist) wrote that balance is over time.

 Their book says that the most important thing to focus on homemade diet is to feed the variety of foods/menu over time rather than fixating on trying to feed cookie cutter menu making sure each nutrient is met to requirement each day by supplementing synthetic vitamin and mineral pills.

 I think that idea behind the Japanese way’s home made diet is very similar to ideas behind the mainstream raw diet method popular here in the states.

 In this entry, we would look another brand of kibble ingredients list and learn what each term means and convert the kibble into improved raw diet menu and homemade diet menu.

 This time,with make over homemade diet menu, I would like to try another popular method in the states: divide the daily feeding amount into 30%-60% muscle meat,0%-50% grains & vegetables, 10-20% eggs, 5-20% dairy such as yogurt,cottage cheese,5-10% organ, 1-2% calcium.

 If you feed kibble, it is good time to think about rotating foods
possibly with different companies rather than the same company with
different protein source because often times, I find that base
ingredients are same,formula is similar and simply protein source is
swapped from one thing to the other.

 Therefore, if you rotate different
companies’ formula, base ingredients/formula will be different, and it
will be more beneficial to your dogs.

 Now and then, I see people asking others if XYZ brand dog food is better than ABC brand dog food, and often times, so called “good kibble brand” name comes up as suggested kibbles.It is because they find dog magazine’s approved kibble list published annually, which they are known for.

 Personally, no matter how premium, how high quality kibbles the companies say they offer, or how pretty packaging it got or maybe someone famous is having their own line of kibbles, the finished products are still process food.

 Even if there were better brand than the other, what they offer is convenience, not nutrition packed food for furriends.

 If we would like to provide best possible nutrient dense menu to our furry furriends, I think it should be via fresh food diet;homemade diet or raw diet.

 Advantage of feeding good homemade diet or raw diet are as followings.

1. You will be able to pick the ingredients goes into your dog’s food.Therefore, ingredients are always fresh and properly stored, and you know where they are coming from.

 Big pet food companies might use ingredients imported from outside the countries they cannot observe every step away on how they were grown/raised under different regulations in the countries.

 The countries might not have the same standards in growing/raising food to the states.

2. By observing how dogs do on food you provide, you can tweak the menu if necessary.

 If you feed kibbles, and if your dog did not good on, you cannot change the company’s formula yourself, and only option is to switch the kibble companies,meaning, you will buy another brand of kibble, to see if other formula can fit to your dog’s need.

 That being said, some of you may not be ready to move on to the fresh food diet yet and,  I thought I would give you the tool to decode the kibble terms so you know what you are getting and feeding to your dogs at least.

 Some people may simply be interested in getting better kibble companies products name from people they know or from dog magazines, but if you were simply choosing food based on the better kibble brand list result,then you would never be able to learn how to pick the better food by yourself.

 If you could understand what to look for, what the terms mean in your kibble label,you would understand how to pick the better food in general.

 So here it is. Another entry in the new series titled “Decoding kibble”.

 I will be picking one product at a time and explain what terms in the kibble ingredients list to understand what exactly are in the food,and learn what to look for at the same time.

Decoding : Pedigree Healthy Longevity Food For Dogs

 Ingredients as followings:

1. Ground Yellow Corn

 As many of you know, kibble’s ingredients are listed by weights. 1st ingredients weigh more than latter ingredients.

 In this case, this kibble is made up with mostly yellow corn.

 Lets say, corn was acceptable as vegetable.Even then, it is still a bad start of ingredients list because they are “ground“.

 With good kibble ingredients list, you would want to see the “whole” form of grains and vegetables, not “ground”.

 Therefore, as soon as you see the ingredients list starting from non protein source,plus ground form of vegetables, you should put this one back in the shelf and start looking for another.
With better kibble, you should find more than 1 animal protein source in the ingredients list close to the top in the ingredient list preferably within top 5 ingredients in the list.

 Lets see if this kibble has at least 1 protein source within 5 ingredients in the list.

The company states that ground yellow corn provides “Essential amino acids, carbohydrate source, linoleic acid, fiber”,and they are “Source of energy, lean muscles”, but there are other better source to provides those nutrient and we can offer much better quality food as source of energy.
2. Chicken by products meal
;Generally, definition by AAFCO means “consists of the ground, rendered, parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, organs and intestines, exclusive of feathers.”

  They state that this is a quality ingredients because it includesmuscle tissue as protein source, organ tissue such as liver,kidney to provide vitamins and minerals muscle tissue cannot offer,  plus, they also add cartilage and bones for glucosamine for healthy joint.

 However this term really does not describe what exactly used as “chicken by products meal”. It could be anything that can fit to the ingredient term definition.

 If they really wanted to offer muscle meat for protein source, they could simply use chicken,and list them “chicken” in the ingredient list.

 If they wanted to include organs, they could name “chicken liver”, “chicken kidney”,”chicken heart” etc.. in the ingredient list ;the clear term we all know what are in it, for example.

 Plus, I worry if they add bones cooked at very high heat in the food. You already know my ham bone story I wrote long time ago.

 If you do not know, before I switch Palette’s diet to raw diet, I did not know better so,I gave her ham bones by removing most of ham for family.

 She loved it very much but she pooped out really rock hard cement like golf ball size poop frequently and, it turned to diarrhea and she was miserable.

 Looking at those hard rock cement-like consistency poop,I was very scared thinking if the bone did not  get passed out,then, it could clog up her intestine like that.

 Don’t feed cooked bones.

3. Brewers rice; by AAFCO definition,it means “the dried extracted residue of rice resulting from the manufacture of wort (liquid portion of malted grain) or beer and may contain pulverized dried spent hops in an amount not to exceed 3 percent.”

 It seems like a by products from beer making. The term itself does not say “ground”, and this might be a tricky term to confuse people thinking they are whole form of rice when in reality,the term Brewers rice already describe it is “ground” residue of rice from beer making.

4. Ground whole wheat; ground whole kernel of wheat,a.k.a. whole wheat flour.


5. Corn gluten meal:the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.

6. Animal Fat; the fat from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting.

you are getting kibbles, then, ingredients should be named protein
source not vague ingredients; Not “animal fat” but “chicken fat”,for

 In this case, you do not know what animals were used to obtain the fat.

 Also, notice that the Animal fat is preserved with BHA and citric acid.

 BHA is known to be carcinogen in human health field.

 Would you feed the kibble knowing they are preserved with something we human is trying to be away from?

 Citric acid is another preservatives.

 With human food, ice cream,for example, manufacture include Citric acid as emulsifier so the fat would not get separated.

7.  lamb; flesh derived from slaughtered lamb

8. Plain Dried Beet Pulp; Dried residue from sugar beets

9. Vegetable oil

10. Natural Flavor

 Whether it is for human food or for dog treats/food, “natural flavor” appear in the label quite often.

 I always wondered why they need added flavor when chicken itself in this case has already has enough flavor.

 Palette gets portion cut chicken now and then, and I do not need to add
any kinds of added flavor to make the food interested for her.

 Under FDA’s Code of federal regulations title 21, “natural flavoring
means” the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein
hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or
enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a
spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast,
herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood,
poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose
significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional”

 Artificial flavor includes the substances listed in 172.515(b) and
182.60 of this chapter except where these are derived from natural

 Therefore, since it is not named flavor such as “Natural Chicken flavor”, we never know what was used to flavor the food.

 You can read definition on “Natural flavoring” at FDA website here.

11. Salt

12. Potassium Chloride

13. Calcium carbonate

14. Monocalcium Phosphate

15 Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E)

 Fish oil is probably what they explain “this product is formulated with leading levels of Omega 3s and antioxidant vitamins E & C to help support their hearts, minds and immune systems”.

 However, fish body oil is very fragile supplement and,heat,air, and light effects this.

 Therefore,I have to wonder how potent this fish body oil will be.

 If they really wanted to offer good quality food known to be good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, then, they could use oily fish such as sardine,herring,mackerel,salmon or grass-fed red meat protein source, but we did not find those in the ingredient list.

 I would not rely this kibble for the level/amount of Omega3 fatty acids.

 I am assuming that when they say “fish oil”,they means “fish body oil” but if they were using cod liver oil,which is high in both Vitamin A & D, it is something you must be careful of.

 As noted under the Vitamin A ingredient below, Vitamin A from
animal source is fat soluble vitamins and they get stored in the body if
it was not used by the body. Therefore,too much Vitamin A can lead to
toxicity level.

 In addition to that, Vitamin D is also Fat soluble vitamins and it does not get pee out in urine as well. Too much Vitamin D can be toxic to dogs.

dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E]

 Dl-alpha tocopherol is synthetic Vitamin,not natural form of vitamin.

17. Choline Chloride

18. L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source of Vitamin C*]

19. Vitamin A Acetate

If you like to provide Vitamin A, organ such as liver and animal heart are good source for this nutrient.

 That being said,Vitamin A from
animal source is fat soluble vitamins and they get stored in the body if
it was not used by the body. Therefore,too much Vitamin A can lead to
toxicity level.

 If you feed Turkey liver,be
careful how much you feed. Turkey liver has more than double amount of
Vitamin A compared to chicken or beef liver.

  As I understand it, optimum Vitamin A amount for dogs is 100 IU-200 IU per kg of body weight.

 Here is conversion website to convert pounds to kilograms,if you need one.

20. Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1]

21. Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate

22. Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2]

23. Vitamin D3 Supplement

 Vitamin D is one of those vitamins that not many food can deliver the nutrient. However, dogs can get Vitamin D from animal heart, oily fish such as
mackerel, salmon, sardine, and herrings, beef liver, egg, and sun light.

24. Vitamin B12 Supplement

25. Dried Vegetables (Peas, Carrots)

26. Zinc

27. Sulfate

28. Zinc Proteinate

29. Copper Sulfate

30. Copper Proteinate

31. Manganese Proteinate

32. Potassium Iodide

33. Added FD&C Colors (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 2)

  Artificial colorings are never be good for both human and animals!

How to read the kibble label..

 As noted above, many people know, pet food ingredients are listed by weight.

 1st ingredients weigh more than the latter ingredients.

 Another things to know to be able to read the kibble label are as following..

1. If you are getting kibbles, then, ingredients should be named protein source not vague ingredients; Not “animal fat” but “chicken fat”,for example.

2. Find more than 1 animal protein source in the ingredients list close to the top in the ingredient list,preferably within top 5 ingredients.

3. Find whole form of vegetables,grain etc and not “ground” form of grain/vegetables

4. Avoid “by- products” in the list

 If you find “chicken by products” for example in the ingredients list of the kibble, it means by definition “consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”

5. Avoid artificial colors,preservatives,and sweeteners etc..

6. Know the splitting system in the pet food market

 “Splitting” is the way to make one ingredient into smaller category.

 Ingredients are listed in order by weights.

 With this method, even if rice was main ingredients (more weights than protein source), by splitting, it can make lamb or any other protein source look like most weight ingredients.

 For example, with above kibble, I have grouped them up by different colors

 Blue is protein related ingredients, purple is vegetables,Green is grain related ingredient,  dark brown is other miscellaneous ingredients.

 You can see that if you group up the food, this food is mostly vegetables and grain with a little bit of use of protein source even though some ingredients are vague term without named animal protein source.

  However,some things that stand out with this food is that, there are so many “ground” form of ingredients, and protein source we can find as good one is only “lamb” and that lamb is listed under 7th ingredient.

 Since majority of ingredients are grains and vegetables, you would find only small  amount of lamb in them.

 If you compare this food ingredients list with previous kibble we decoded;”Addiction”, you would find that ingredients can be very different from one brand to the other.

 Because of that, it becomes very important for you to take time to read the ingredients list, not simply picking up the food by price comparison.

 It also means that you cannot pick up the food just simply read the description of the products on the website or bags.

 When company says “good level of omega 3 fatty acids”, I would expect them to make the food using oily fish (salmon,mackerel,sardine,herring) or grass-fed red meat animal protein source as at least very first ingredient in the list, but where is the fish in this kibble?

 Why do they have corn as first ingredients in the list?

 Is the lamb grass-fed lamb? I doubt it.

 I believe that nothing can beat the wholesomeness, full of nutrient content with fresh food.

 When people are looking at more of fresh food on table, not processed food, why not for our furriends too?

 If I convert this “Pedigree:Healthy longevity Food for dogs” food into fresh food (raw diet) form, it can be like this.

***  Palette’s raw diet version of “Pedigree:Healthy Longevity Food for Dogs” ***

 Her daily intake amount is 10 oz – 12 oz

 To calculate daily feeding amount, fill the blank below.

 Guideline is to feed 2%-3% adult dog ideal weight.

Dog’s adult ideal weight x 16 x 0.02= daily feeding amount

Dog’s adult ideal weight x 16 x 0.03= daily feeding amount

 I follow 80% meat, 10% bone,10% organ guideline.

Divide the daily feeding amount into 80% meat -10% bone -10% organ

 With that being said, if we use chicken and lamb as it uses in their kibble,it should be fish based, her raw diet menu would look like this. If we aim at menu with good omega 3 fatty acids in them, then, the menu will be oily fish base such as sardine,salmon,mackerel,herring etc…

 AM; portion cut raw bone-in chicken 5 oz, 1 whole egg

 PM; portion cut raw boneless leg of lamb 4 oz, raw chicken liver 1 oz

With this menu, Palette will be getting about 625kcal plus.

 Depending on how she is fed on the week, she may get fish body oil capsule with Vitamin E capsule to bump up the level of omega 3 fatty acids in the diet.

 You can see nutrient detail at here.

Since the website is dedicated to human nutrition, I could not find bone-in chicken breast raw, but Palette is getting at least around 625kcal worth of food a day with this menu.

  The kibble itself contains 33 ingredients with lots of ground form/by products of ingredients, along with artificial coloring,and preservatives we try to avoid in our own human diet.

 What about Palette‘s?

 4 ingredients, without any added vitamins and minerals etc..

One thing I can say on feeding fresh food to your dogs/cats is that,you know the food source, and you know more about what you are feeding to your dogs.

 If it were kibble, how would you know where those ingredients were coming from, whether the meat or vegetable or any other ingredients were handled and refrigerated properly, and they are sourced from USDA approved meat etc..

 That is the difference between feeding kibble and fresh food.

 You can pick what goes into your dog’s bowl, and you can see the quality of the menu/ingredients.

 If this kibble is going to be converted into homemade diet, it will have more ingredients than raw diet menu since they use vegetables too, but less ingredients than kibble ingredients list without additives, vitamin/mineral spray mix to make up the lost nutrient during the processing the kibbles.

 If I am going to make something special for Palette, homemade diet style, American way with food volume based method,then, the makeover menu for Healthy Longevity for dog would look like this.

 However, because of the way I came up the recipe; pasta dish, which uses more than 1 egg in the pasta dough, if you give all the Tortellini made, overall kcal was much more than Palette’s usual regular kcal she gets via raw diet menu.

 Therefore, I ended up using the regular average kcal Palette gets a day to decide how many tortellini she can get a day, and served the number of Tortellini that would be equivalent to her daily intake.

 By doing so, since it was pasta dish, I think there was more pasta than meat per sitting because of the way Tortellini was made.

 I advise you to portion control this recipe, and serve this as “special meal” not “regular meal”.

 You can place Tortellini single layer on the baking sheet and, cover it with Plastic wrap and freeze it. Then, later, you can put those into a freezer bag for later.

 This way, tortellini would not get stick each other when frozen.

  Homemade diet style of Healthy Longevity for Dog..

K9 Chicken and Lamb Tortellini with Pink sauce..

<K9 Chicken and lamb Tortellini with Pink sauce>

Ingredients for K9 Chicken and Lamb Tortellini:

~ Pasta dough ~

1/2C Unbleached All purpose flour
1/2C Unbleached Whole wheat flour
1 large egg whole, and 3 large egg yolks
1 tbs Extra virgin olive oil
2tsp water

~ filling ~

1/2 oz roasted corn
3 oz chicken tender
3 oz boneless
leg of lamb
1 oz chicken liver
1 oz ricotta cheese
1 oz cooked kokho rose rice (Japanese rice)

Garnish; chopped Flat leaf Italian parsley

~Pink sauce ; Beet yogurt sauce ~

1 oz beet peeled,chopped and steamed
3 oz Stonyfield organic yogurt plain (whole milk)

 Her daily feeding amount is about 10-12 oz a day.

 Therefore, using that as daily feeding amount, I have divided them into American volume base homemade diet menu guideline ratio; meat 60%, grain 10%, organ such as liver 10%,
vegetables 10%, and yogurt 10% plus miscellaneous such as egg.

 This determined the each ingredients amount.

 However, because of pasta dish, the whole recipe has a lot more kcal than they  would get via raw diet menu.

 Therefore, consider this recipe as “special meal”, and make sure to portion out the serving so you would not over feeding your dogs.

1. In the food processor,add 1/2C Unbleached All purpose flour, 1/2C Unbleached Whole wheat flour,1 large egg whole, and 3 large egg yolks, and 1 tbs Extra virgin olive oil,and 2tsp water and mix for about 40-50 seconds or the  dough becomes cohesive

2. Knead the dough about 2 minutes and make the dough into log and wrap it with plastic wrap,and let it rest for at least 2 hours

3. When dough was rested, divide the dough into 3 section,and take 1 portion out and, make sure to keep 2 portion covered in the plastic wrap so they would not get dried out

4. Put the one portion on the lightly floured surface cut side down, and gently roll it out into long,thin rectangle shape

** The dough can be rolled with rolling pin easily. Make sure to roll until you can see your hand shadow behind the dough when you hold the dough up and place the hands behind them.

** For the pasta dough for human, all you need to do is to add pinch of salt to the dough

5. Cut the dough into 2″ x 2″ square

6. Fill the dough with filling* (recipe follows), and hold it over to shape them into a triangle

** Make sure the corner  edge is well sealed and no air trapped inside the filling

7. Wrap the bottom ends around your index finger, and seal the corner ends,and fold the top tip down backward

8. Place the Tortellini on the lightly floured plate and cover with Plastic wrap so they would not get dried out

9. In the boiling water, gently toss the tortellini one by one,and cook them for about 3 minutes or until it floats to the top

10. Drain the pasta and set it aside

11. In the small plate, drizzle the Pink sauce* (recipe follows), and plate the tortellini around them

12. Sprinkle the chopped Italian Flat leaf parsley and serve

Makes; 51 count Chicken and Lamb Tortellini

1 Tortellini is about 25 kcal

<Chicken and lamb Tortellini filling>

1. In the food processor, add 1/2 oz roasted corn (You can cut off the tip of the fresh corn after washing them under the water,and roast the corn with husk at 375F for 30 minutes. Let it cool down and take the kernels off), 3 oz chicken tender,3 oz boneless leg of lamb, 1 oz chicken liver, 1 oz ricotta cheese and puree them

2. pour chicken-lamb mixture into a bowl, and add 1 oz cooked kokuho rose rice (Japanese rice) and stir with wooden spoon

3. Fill the tortellini with about a  little less than 1/2 tsp worth of filling

** If you had leftover filling, you can still make baked meatball.Palette liked oven bake chicken and lamb meatball very much.

Bake the meatball at 425F for 12-14 minutes

<Pink sauce; Beet yogurt sauce>

1. In the mixer,add 1/2 oz steamed beet and 3 oz Stonyfield organic yogurt plain with whole milk and puree them

 The K9 chicken and lamb Tortellini whole recipe without pink sauce (beet yogurt sauce) is 1288kcal,and 1 Tortellini is 25 kcal. You can look up nutrition profile at website here.

The whole tortellini recipe offer 23% calcium (233 mg).

you were going to make this outside the regular feeding,
consider the kcal added to your dog’s regular menu.

As noted above, since whole recipe kcal came out much more than Palette’s daily intake kcal, I simply divided 625kcal she would have gotten with raw diet by 25 (one tortellini kcal) to figure out how many tortellini she can have.

 On the day I served this dish,Palette had raw diet breakfast menu earlier in the morning so, I counted about 300kcal worth of Tortellini (about 12 count) and cooked them up and served them.

Palette really loved the special menu made for her. She ate it like she had not been fed for ages,lol.

What is that? What is that?

Me trying to use you as ladder..

Almost there…

See my wet nose?

Attention to my mom so I go run to my din din as fast as I can…

Is it ok yet?

Hmm…. I don’t know what this is, but it is tasty.I love it!


That was gooood!

Still licking my chops!

 As you can see,Palette really liked it. I would still prefer to feed regular raw diet menu but,I think once in a while she can get super special meal like this

 I hope this entry has given you some insight of decoding kibble ingredients, and gave you the tool to understand what are in the food better.


May 07, 2013 | Comments are off | Dog Diet

Yassy’s Japan Trip Diary November 2012; Day 4 Part 4

 In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s Japan Trip Diary November, 2012; Day 4 Part 3” , I wrote that on the day we came back from Nagano prefecture, we decided to stop by one of local grocery stores
to pick up the bread.

 One of the bread that I picked up was “Melon Pan”

 They are my favorite
bread I can have them only in Japan if not homemade. My husband loves them too.

 “Me-lo-n” means
“cantaloupe”,”Pa-n” means “bread” in Japanese.

 It is a round shaped bread with crisp cookie dough on top.

 Under the crisp cookie dough,there is enriched dough.

 It got no cantaloupe in the dough. The bread is called “Melon pan” because the shape of the bread resembled to cantaloupe.

 However, if you visit region famous for cantaloupe such as Hokkaido prefecture,which is diamond shaped northern island, I think you may find Melon pan with cantaloupe flavored filling inside since they are known to have white chocolate bar with cantaloupe flavored chocolate underneath them as souvenir.

 You can find the Japan map at website here. Look for number 1. That is Hokkaido prefecture.

 Hokkaido is famous for white potatoes, crabs, sea urchin,squid, salmon roe,scallops, dairy products such as cheese, melons, ramen noodle, snow festival.

 I have never been to Hokkaido yet,but my father did and have seen beautiful pictures of snow sculpture at the festival. I would love to go there and see those stuff and enjoy all the popular food there too!

 The festival runs for a week in February,and you can read more on the festival at the official site here. It is in English.

 When you go to Sapporo Snow festival, you can see snow/ice sculpture of anime characters, famous buildings such as castle, famous sports players, animals etc..

 Here is the youtube video to show you what the Sapporo snow festival is like.

Sapporo snow festival No.1

Sapporo Snow festival No.2

 The melon pan looks like this.

Melon pan..

 Just recently, my husband told me that he has got a surprise hidden inside our fridge. Therefore, I started hunting for the mystery surprise.

 Well, I found a container with “Surprise!” written on the top lid.

 I thought it must be it! Then, I opened up and whoa! I was so happy!

 Can you guess what it was?

 It was chocolate cake with flan on top.

 In Japan, when people say “purin”,it describe what is called “flan” over here in the states, and I love them.

The flan he got me almost tasted like what we call “yaki purin”,which means baked flan. It was good. I do not like super sticky sweet cake or desert, but they were not overly sweet and light amount of sweetness to it and I loved them!

 This one got slight coconut flavor to it, also and it was interesting desert to taste.

 The Chocolate cake with flan on top looked like this. Pardon my nibble on the edge.I was super excited and,I wanted to taste it before taking picture

Chocolate cake with flan on top..

 This desert was from El Paso Mexican restaurant. You can find them in several location in VA. If you like to check this one out, here is their website to browse through what they got as menu.

 Because he got me this super surprise for me, I thought I would return the surprise to him and,I made Melon pan

 I thought making melon pan would be something he would be least expected, and I could give him a surprise

 I spent time baking melon pan and, I think it got good taste similar to commercially made one.Only difference will be thickness of the crust (the cookie dough). Texture wise,I think it is good.

 I really wanted to surprise him so,I did not say anything about it and then.. he found the “Melon pan”. He said “Melon pan? You made it?”

 The “melon pan” disappeared with quick pace

 He said he really liked them.

 In this entry, I thought I would share this Japanese bread recipe; Melon pan,which many people probably have never heard of,unless they have visited our country “Japan” in the past.

 It was a huge hit with my husband and Palette the Corgi,and I was satisfied with how it came out.

Homemade Melon pan

Ingredients for Melon pan;

1 tsp     active dry yeast
4.5 tsp white sugar
1C Unbleached bread flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 Egg lightly beaten
1/3C water

1 tbs butter melted
1/2 tsp milk
Extra virgin olive oil
yellow corn meal for dusting the baking sheet

Ingredients for the cookie dough crust;

2 tbs butter melted
1/8C plus 4 tsp white table sugar
1/2 Egg lightly beaten
1/2C plus 7 tsp Unbleached all purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

Extra white table sugar for coating the cookie dough with sugar

0. Preheat the oven at 200F and when it reached to 200F,turn the oven off

1. To a microwave safe bowl, pour 1/3 C water, microwave about 20 seconds or so 

2.Take a temperature of the water. If the temperature was at
110F-115F, add 1 tsp of active dry yeast, 4.5 tsp white sugar, and mix well and let it sit a
while (about 5-10 minutes)

** If you use jar of dry yeast, make sure the yeast is at room temperature. Cold yeast would not make your dough rise properly.

** Water temperature to rise the dough (proof the dough) should be at 110F-115F.
Lower temperature water would not proof the dough properly, and higher
temperature water would kill the yeast and would not proof the dough

You should see the frothy stuff on top like this..

To a big bowl, add 1C Unbleached bread flour, 1/4 tsp salt and mix well

4. Add 1/2 Egg lightly beaten,1 tbs butter melted, 1/2 tsp milk, and yeast-sugar-water mixture to the flour-salt mixture and mix well

5. When dough became to form a ball, toss
them onto lightly floured surface, and start kneading the dough until it becomes smooth surface.. about 6-8 minutes.

** Using silpat mat is easy to work with

** If the dough was sticky, add flour 1 tbs at a time and knead until not too sticky but not too dry

6. You can test your dough to see if you knead it more. Do the Windowpane test.

What is windowpane test??

Windowpane test is the test the gluten development in the dough.

you do is to cut off small piece of dough,and gently stretch
out/pulling to see if it will hold a paper-thin membrane.If it tore
apart,you would knead a bit more and do the test again.

7. When dough comes together;smooth and elastic, drizzle
Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto empty bowl and smear it around side and
inside bottom to make easy for you to take the dough out later

8. Place the dough into the bowl,drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the dough and smear the olive oil all around the dough

9. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place the dough in the oven,set the timer for 90 minutes

10. 90 minutes later, dough will be larger size in volume

11. Once the dough gets nearly double in volume, take the dough out from the bowl onto the lightly floured surface

12. Punch down the dough, and cut them into 4 portions,and form a nice ball 

13. Line the cookie sheet with non stick foil,and dust it with yellow corn meal,and place the ball of dough

14. Cover the dough with plastic wrap,and put it back into the oven for 2nd proofing

15. Let it rise for 30 minutes

16. Cut the cookie dough log* (recipe follows) into 4 section

17. Place the plastic wrap over the working surface, place cookie dough cut side down

18. Cover the cookie dough with another plastic wrap,and start rolling out the dough to circle,and remove the top plastic wrap

19. Place the bread dough on the center and wet your finger with water and wet the edge of the cookie dough and by using plastic wrap, cover the bread dough with the cookie dough

** The dough would not cover the entire dough. Just top and edges around the dough.

20. Score the cookie dough criss cross

21. Dip the bread top into table sugar

22. Place the sugar coasted and scored bread dough onto the baking sheet,mist the dough with water, and cover with plastic wrap

23. Let it rest about 40 minutes

24. Preheat the oven at 400F

25. Mist the dough with water spray,and bake them for 14-16 minutes.

** Make sure to rotate the bread pan half way through for the even baking

26. If the internal temperature was about 190F,the bread is done baking

27. Cool them down on the cooling rack

Makes: 4 Melon pan (about 4.5″ diameter)

<Cookie dough crust>

1. In the mixing bowl, add 2 tbs room temperature bread,1/8C plus 4 tsp white table sugar,and mix them until it gets whitish and texture becomes fluffy

2. Add 1/2 lightly beaten Egg,and mix well to combine

3. In one new bowl, add 1/2C plus 7 tsp unbleached all purpose flour shifted, and 1/4 tsp baking powder and mix well

4. Add flour-baking powder mix to egg-butter-sugar mixture a little bit at a time,

5. Roll the dough into round log and wrap them with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge

6. When 2nd proofing 30 minutes is passed, take the cookie dough log out and cut them into 4 sections

7. Follow the step # 17 and after

Palette was coming and going the kitchen as usual. Then when I was putting the Melon pan on the cooling rack, she was staring me like this..

Look,mom.I am being good..

I know good “down” brings yummies!

I tore tiny bit of Melon pan and let her taste test it.She was super excited!

I want one,I want one!


Mom: That’s my finger,Palette

Palette: Oops! Sorry,mom.

I know you got some more left!

3.2.1.. Jump!



See? My wet nose?

Here comes Palette!

Last bite..

 Palette really loved this bread,and you can see how wet her nose was

 She had one nice jackpot snack of the day

 After such an excitement, she came downstairs with me and,she was resting on her side but fell asleep.

 She was twitching in her sleep. Hmm,I see her mouse was moving.

 I wonder she was having a dream of having more of Melon pan



May 05, 2013 | Comments are off | Japan