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Chinese/American cooking;Sloppy Joe’s with plum sauce

 There are many things that I have tried for the first time here in the states.

One of them is “Soppy Joes”. I thought it was very easy to cook and quite flavorful and, I really liked it when I tried one.

Then, when we visited Chinese restaurant here in the states, there were “lettuce wrap” I had never had at Chinese restaurants in Japan.  I do not know if it is westernized Chinese food, but it was new concept to me.

Just recently, I was looking through our freezer, and I thought why not making Sloppy Joe with Asian twist.

Then I thought that using the Plum sauce,which often times served as dipping sauce for egg rolls, might be a good base in the sauce.

If you were not familiar with plum sauce, it is the sauce made from plum puree, ginger, sugar, and vinegar. Kind of like sweet sour sauce with plum flavor.

You can find them at the International foods aisle.

I was not sure how it would come out but I think it comes out nice. It goes well with burger bun but also, simply eating it with hot steamy Japanese rice or eat it as lettuce wraps works well.

It is a little different from traditional American style Sloppy Joe’s but we liked it.

In this entry, I would share the recipe of “Sloppy Joe’s with Plum sauce” with you. It got various veggies in it and I think, it is one way you can eat a lot of vegetable of.

Also, if you simply make sauce in the small sauce pan, and bring it to boil, then simmer, you can use the sauce to drizzle over grilled meat too.

Sloppy Joe’s with plum sauce

Ingredients for sloppy Joe;

10 oz ground beef (80-20)
1/8 sweet onion chopped
1/2 stalk of celery chopped
1/4 red pepper chopped
1 Roma Plum tomato seeded,chopped to 1/4″ dice
1/2 plum (purple) seeded and chopped to 1/4″ dice
Morton’s Natures Seasons
2 tsp chopped garlic chives

Ingredients for Plum sauce;

1/3C plum sauce
1 tbs rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp spicy bean sauce (available at International foods aisle) 

<Sloppy Joe>

1. In the skillet, add 80-20 ground beef 10 oz, and cook to almost brown

** Since ground beef got good amount of fat already, I do not add oil to cook with it.

2. Add 1/8 sweet onion chopped, 1/2 celery chopped and season it with Morton’s Natures Seasons

3. Add 1/4 red pepper chopped

4. Add 1 plum tomato seeded and diced to about 1/4″

5. Season it with Morton’s Natures Seasons

6. Add purple plum seeded,peeled,and chopped to 1/4″ dice

7.  When plum got soften, pour Plum sauce * (Recipe follows) and stir

8. Add 2 tsp of garlic chives

** You can find garlic chives at Asian store,but you can also swap it with chopped green onions

Serve over burger bun, over hot steamy rice, or serve as lettuce wrap filling

<Plum sauce>

1.  In the small container, add 1/3C plum sauce, 1 tbs rice vinegar, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp spicy bean sauce (available at International foods aisle)  and mix well

** If you cannot find spicy bean sauce, you can swap it with fresh thai chili or jalapeno, or sriracha , or sambal or kochujun or.. crushed red pepper etc.. Add small amount to adjust the heat level.

14. Enjoy!

Makes: 4-6 Sloppy Joe filling for burger

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Apr 27, 2014 | Comments are off | Asian cooking 911

Raw feeding 911 Part 25:HPP (High Pressure Pasteurisation) processing on raw frozen dog food

 In the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 13: Raw diet specific policy vote on AVMA“, I wrote that AVMA had a voting for the policy against the raw meat pet food feeding; discouraging the feeding to cats and dogs any animal
protein source that has not been processed to eliminate pathogens due to
the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans.

 The AVMA has approved the policy (you can read their policy on raw diet from their point of view here), and since then, many companies that offer premade raw frozen patties mix from Nature’s Variety, Stewart, Stella&Chewy, Primal pet foods etc.. have started adding the additional processing to their raw frozen food called “HPP (High Pressure Pasteurization)” to eliminate pathogen in their products, which AVMA pointed out as the reason why they vote against the raw diet for cats and dogs for the first place.

 All of those companies state this processing step is all natural and no change in product color,texture, nutrient, except change in eliminating the pathogen in the product, would that be true to their statement?

 Besides HPP treatment processing step, to eliminate pathogen in the products, authorities can look into “irradiation” processing but, to me personally, all of these extra step of choice did not sound healthy choice.

 There are some dog treats irradiated for human/dogs on the market but, would you give those to your dog? Do you think there is no health risk for dogs consuming irradiated dog treats? 

I get fresh food all da time.

Today,I will be getting sardine and a duck foot for da breakfast.

I am patiently waiting for mom to say “OK” to dig in!

  In this entry, I would like to look into what HPP is, What it does to the raw food. 

What is HPP (high pressure pasteurization)?

 HPP is the food processing step that use pressure to preserving/sterilizing food (kill the pathogen and inactivate the enzyme in the foods).

 According to wkipedia website, first, products will be sealed tight and placed into steel compartment containing a liquid,and pumps are used for the pressure.

 The pressure is applied uniformly applied, and after certain period of set time, pressure is released.

HPP effects on food…

 During this HPP process, according to PDF document written by , N. K. RASTOGI, and K. S. M. S. RAGHAVARAO
(Department of Food Engineering, Central Food Technological Research Institute), VM. BALASUBRAMANIAM
(Department of Food Science & Technology, The Ohio State University),
(School of Food Biosciences),U.K.
KNORR , it states that
the protein will be denatured when the pressure exceeds 300MPa (Page 5 out of 45 page documents).

 At 700 MPa, protein structure changes.

 At page 18, specific to animal protein that were treated with HPP, it says that pressure changes in muscle enzyme “meat proteolysis”, and “myofibriller protein”.

 Therefore, as a result, it changes its structure and texture, and it influences the tenderrization, gelatin process of the meat (color) and the extent of Lipid peroxidation,which leads to poor taste and health benefit.

 This denaturation  is due to the destruction of hydrophobic and ion pair bonds,and unfolding the molecules.

 The PDF documents here from University of Queensland in Australia shows how the raw meat can change its color with various pressure strength on page 24 out of 43 pages documents.

 If you look at cooked meat picture to compare, you can see that “cooked” meat is not effected by the pressure for the color change.

 When I looked at the pictures,I wonder if the companies that implement the process of HPP processing did not realize that it is the “cooked” meat that does not change its color with pressure.

 The HPP processing does inactivate the bacteria but bacterial spores are resistant to the pressure unless this process is done with heat close to 100 degree Celsius (212F).

 The denaturation of protein with HPP processing can be found at pmc website here as well.

 Besides denaturation in the food, according to Wiley online library article written by
 H. Simonin,
F. Duranton and
M. de Lamballerie
, HPP process accelerate lipid oxidation, color,texture change and sensory acceptability.

 In the PDF document published online at Wiley Online library and written by DianeM.Barrett , and Beate Lloyd, here, you can find the nutrient loss in the vegetables and fruits when they were treated with HPP process. Some are minor but some are more than small amount.

 Even FDA website here states HPP process will denature the protein and, even if heat was not use with HPP processing.

 When the pressure is applied, the temperature rises (rise larger especially if the food was high in fat). In average, 3 degree Celsius (37F)  per 100 MPa , and its temperature backs down when it got decompressed.
 Answers Raw Pet Food company here has a good document on HPP processing as their Word document file as well.
 In conclusion, HPP does change some things in the food; structure, text,color,and in some cases, nutrient content even though all the raw frozen pet food companies say they would not change its texture, color, nutrient except inactivating the bacterias in the food.

 Even if they do not use the heat when they do the processing of HPP treatment, if the protein source was high fat content items, from what I read through all of these studies and documentations, it looks like it should raises more temperature when they were applied pressure.

 I wonder if it is the reason why HPP treated vegetables loses its nutrient; because of the heat coming through from pressure even if the temperature gets back down when pressure is released.

 With common sense, if vegetables does lose some nutrient content, I would think that meat also lose its nutrient content to some extent and would not be zero changes. I also think that HPP processing would effect more on especially the one with high fat content overall.

HPP processing at 3rd party facility..

 I was curious whether the raw frozen dog food company does the HPP processing on their own at their facility so they can overseen the whole process from the start to the finish.

 Therefore, I have picked Stella&Chewy company and asked about it.

 Nature’s variety does say their food gets treated with HPP by 3rd party company, and Stella & Chewy also responded me that all of their products that include frozen dinner, freeze dried treats, everything they offer undergo the HPP processing at 3rd party facility place.

 To prevent contamination by surface or air-born pathogen, during the processing, they use series of devices that omits low level of pathogen fighting gasses such as ozone and hydrogen peroxide.

 Do you think that the raw frozen dog food that are HPP treated this way vs untreated raw meat are still exactly the same except pathogen level and still good raw meat to feed your dog?

 To me personally, I feel that they are the unnecessary processing step with more product cost added with less quality of raw meat as a finished products.

 Would this application of HPP processing is for the authorities like AVMA to make the cost of frozen raw diet cost to increase and hoping that someone would change their mind and start purchasing kibbles again because of the cost difference?

 Dogs eat poop, which I think has lots of bacterias in it, but they do not get sick.

 Tiger and Lion (big cat) eats raw meat and they do not get sick.

 I have seen cats catches the mice and eat them raw and he did not get sick.

 Otter enjoys raw fish and they do not get sick.

 We human also enjoy sashimi, steak tartar, tuna tartar and we are fine.

 Dogs have different digestive system and,their intestine is much shorter than ours. This is why, dogs can digest the raw meat without getting sick from salmonella.

 When it comes to raw meat, humans are more susceptible to salmonella than to dogs because of our long intestine.

 Of course, whether you are
preparing raw meat that are not treated with HPP for family,friends or for your dogs/cats, or whether you are handling HPP treated raw meat dog food or not, we should take the
same precaution and we should wash hands well before and after handling
meats so we would not cross contaminate the food.

 To me, it also sounds like this processing step is more for human than dog’s.

 For me, for our dog’s health, I would still believe that pure raw meat menu is better than HPP treated raw meat even if pathogen is inactivated. Pressure does not kill all of the bacteria and it denature the protein structure.

 Besides, the processing is done at the 3rd party facility, not at the maker’s facility.

 If I had to choose the HPP treated food for us human or for pets, I would be more comfortable having it done at the same facility,rather than at the 3rd part facility for the reasons of re-contamination possibility and the maker of the products being blindfolded and not observing how their products are handled at the 3rd party facility.

 If you feed raw frozen dog food, you should be informed that some frozen dog food is HPP treated, and some aren’t.

 If you would like to have more information on the products you feed, contact the maker of the products.

 HPP treated raw frozen dog food vs non HPP treated raw frozen dog food, which would you feed to your dog?

 Would you feel more comfortable if the food you feed to your dogs are HPP treated?

 Share your opinion in the comments below.

Apr 23, 2014 | Comments are off | Dog Diet

Asian cooking:Slow cooker Beef short ribs with Asian style BBQ sauce

 These days, I noticed that the more people seem to have interests in cooking with the slow cooker. I find more segments featuring slow cooker recipes in the TV shows as well.

 Good thing about the slow cooker is that, it is a great time saver cooking tool especially for those who does not have much time to spend in the kitchen. Also, if you have a recipes that you normally use oven for braising the dish, you can also turn the recipe into slow cooker recipes to save the time in the kitchen.

 For a slow cooker, low setting is oven’s 200F, HI is about 300F and you can use that as a guideline for the recipe normally cooked in the oven for the time in the slow cooker.

 If you were in the hurry and you cannot wait for 8-9 hours, then, you can set the slow cooker at HI for half the time you normally do with low setting.
 One thing you should NOT do is to open the lid every so often to check the progress because every time you open the lid, the temperature in the slow cooker ges down and to bring back to the temperature it was before, it would take for about 30 minutes or so, which means, the more you lift the lid open, the longer it takes for the dinner to be done.

 In this entry, I would share the recipe of Beef short rib with Asian style BBQ sauce made in the slow cooker.

 You can certainly use pork country style ribs if you prefer but my husband prefer the beef short ribs over pork ribs so, I tend to use the beef short ribs more for the BBQ.

Slow cooker Beef short rib with Asian style BBQ sauce..

Ingredients for Slow cooker Beef short rib with Asian style BBQ sauce;

4 beef short ribs
1 cloves of garlic grated
C ketchup
1 C soy sauce
1C  Worcester sauce
1C  sake
kosher salt
ground black pepper
1/2 tsp fresh ground ginger
Extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for Asian style BBQ sauce;

1 cloves of garlic grated
6 tbs ketchup
6 tbs  soy sauce
6 tbs  Worcester sauce
6 tbs  sake
6 tbs dark brown sugar
1/8 tsp fresh ground ginger

<Slow cooker Beef short rib with Asian style BBQ sauce>

1. Trim excess fat if any

2. Prick the rib with fork and rub it with pinch of kosher salt, pinch of ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp fresh ground ginger, 1 cloves of garlic grated, and let it sit for about 3-4 hours in the fridge.

3. Meanwhile, slice 1/2 sweet onion

4. Prepare the crockpot on counter top, and place the sweet onion on the bottom, and pour 1C ketchup, 1C sake, 1C soy sauce, 1C Worcester sauce

5. Take out the drained beef short ribs and sear the all side of the Beef short rib with screaming hot skillet drizzled with Extra virgin olive oil

6. place the seared Beef short ribs on top of the onions

7. Set the crockpot to “HIGH” and cook for 4-5 hours

Do not open lids often.Leave it alone.Keeping the lid on make the food
moist,and every time you open the lid, it looses the steam and also the
temperature would drops.

** If you do not have crockpot, you could use the Le creuset
(enameled cast iron cookware) and use the oven to cook the ribs.
Crockpot temperature “HIGH” is said to be around 300F with oven. So, you
could preheat the oven at about 300F-325F and check the ribs and adjust
the cooking time as you go.


While ribs are cooking, make the Asian style BBQ sauce in the sauce pan * (recipe follows)

9. Plate ribs on the plate (Take the bone off for easy eating), pour sauce
from the sauce pan over and done

<Asian style BBQ sauce>

1. In the sauce pan, add 6 tbs ketchup, 6 tbs Worcester sauce, 6 tbs dark brown sugar, 1 clove of garlic grated, 1/8 tsp fresh grated ginger and mix and cook till it gets thicken a bit

Makes: 2-4 servings

** If
you made more than you want, you can shred the ribs and add the sauce
to the shredded beef ribs and make the beef rib sandwich.

** You can also freeze the leftover beef ribs and use them in the fried rice recipe.

 On the day I made this, I have served with Smoked gouda mashed potato my husband loves.

 Here is how you make them.

Ingredients for smoked gouda mashed potato;

24 oz Yukon gold potato (About 4-5 potatoes)
2 tbs butter
1tbs sour cream
3/4C milk
3 oz shredded smoked gouda cheese
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of ground black pepper
1 tsp Italian flat leaf parsley *optional

<Smoked Gouda mashed potato>

1. Wash the 24 oz yukon gold potatoes, and wrap them
in plastic wrap and put it on microwaveable plate and cook them.

*** 1 potatoes
needs 3 minutes plus one minute.

 If you use 3 potatoes, 3 potatoes x 3
minutes+1 minutes=10 minutes. It depends on size of the potatoes
but,usually I use 3-5 medium size potatoes for 2 adult serving.

 It yield probably 3
adult serving worth, but my husband likes it so much that he eats it a
lot so,it is usually a good amount for us to make.

2. With oven mitten,grab the plate and toss the potatoes onto bowl, and carefully remove the plastic wrap

3. Peel off potato skin

*** I use chopstick to peel off the potato skin

4. To the hot steamy potatoes in the bowl, add 2 tbs butter, pinch of Kosher salt,pinch of ground black pepper, 1 tbs sour cream, and mash them

** Heat from the potato will help butter melt easily

** My choice of cheese is imported Smoked Gouda cheese from Holland.
American Gouda cheese lacks flavor a little compared to the one from
Holland. You can find the Smoked Gouda cheese at specialty cheese area
in local grocery store.

5.  Add about 3/4C milk,3 oz shredded smoked gouda cheese and

** Don’t over whip mashed potato. Over whipped mashed potato let more
starch out from potato and,it turns gloppy mashed potatoes.

6. Serve

Makes; 2-4 serving



Apr 20, 2014 | Comments are off | Asian cooking 911

How to intoroduce the newborn baby to your dog

 “O-ha-yo-u! Ge-n-ki Ka-na..(Translation: Good morning! How are you?” )

 Looking at my belly,I rub my belly with my hands, I talk to my little son every morning like this.

 I am currently in 24th week and, since 21st week, I have started feeling his movement. Since then, me and my husband started talking to them; me in Japanese, he in English.

 Every time we feel his little kick as if responding to what we talk to him, we smile ear to ear and, it makes us very happy.

 For me and my husband, it was emotionally, physically hard road to get to the point we can have and carry our own baby and, each and every little kick means a lot to us.

Our little son’s foot..

 Now we know that we will be having a son around summer, I have started thinking more about life with our little son, especially how we manage our little son and princess Palette the Corgi.

 Palette does great with people, old and new. She does good with screaming,running, touchy kids, but she has never had a chance to meet a baby,who makes sound she would not have heard of before.

 At this moment, I do not know how she would react to the baby but, I wanted to learn and practice for the arrival of our little son.

  I love watching dog
related TV shows such as dog training show like Victoria Stilwell’s “Its
Me Or The Dog”, and I love reading dog magazines. Through those
materials, I knew somewhat what is good thing to do when you introduce
the newborn baby to the dog such as “bringing the baby’s blanket from
hospital to home and let your dog to sniff at it and let them familiarize the baby’s scent.

 However, I did  not know much in depth.

 Therefore, I thought I would like to spend time to learn more about how you can introduce your newborn baby to your dog in the house.

 Then, if there were something we can practice before our little son will come join us, I thought, it will be great to have practice time with Palette.

Dogs need adjustment for the new routine..

 Right now, Palette gets all the attention, and she lives great life.

 However, from dog’s point of view, that full attention will be divided between her and our little son when he comes to our house in summer.

 Not only that, her regular routine from meal time, walk time, potty time, play time, and training time etc.. might get shifted due to new routines surround around our little son. Especially, he is our very first son and, I am sure, it would take time to get used to everything we do with him.

 Plus, she will find new tools she has never seen. She would hear the sound she has never heard. She would smell the scent she has never smelled before…

 Because of all the new changes, she may get stressed out.

 Because of the stress, she might have potty accident in the house even if she was well potty trained.

 When baby arrives home, everybody in the house needs adjustment. However, often times, new parent’s focus is set on the  new baby. What about the dog in the house?

 What can you do to help them adjust to the new environment/routine etc..?

 I have asked around to those who has had experience with introducing a baby to the dog, and I have got plenty of good suggestions and, I have certainly have good time to learn and practice.

 Of course, as with any dog training issue, we need patient,consistency and commitment.

 Before anything, I think no matter how stressed I might be with new things to do with baby, I think that Palette could sense my emotion just like the time she can sense I am not feeling so great. Therefore, I should learn to be relaxed and calm.

 One suggestion I got was to reward the dog every time he/she shows interests to the baby; good thing happens when they are around the baby.This is to create the positive association with the baby.

 I thought it makes sense because if you were removing the dog every time the baby is around, dog could think that baby equal bad.

 Another suggestion I thought is good is that introducing the baby tool such as cribs, stroller, changing station, and more even before the baby is born.

 Someone suggested to take Palette for a walk with empty stroller before our little son is born.

 Desensitizing dogs to baby stuff from early on will be good idea.

 One other suggestion that I got from experienced moms on the topic was to make one area baby free zone so dog can have rest and relax there.

 This suggestion comes from positive dog trainer “Amber Walker” from Animal institutions.

 When I read the suggestion, I remembered one occasion,where my in law brother’s 2 kids were playing with Palette but one point time, Palette got enough of it and while the kids were away for a second, she excused herself to the room where we were staying at my mother-in law house.

 For her, that room was that kids free zone and, she felt relaxed.

 I thought it is the great suggestion and we can certainly work on that for Palette to be rest well, and relaxed;stress free.

 Amber wrote a great article on the very topic;baby and a dog for e-magazine here.

 In it, she writes ..

** to keep the routine as closely as possible.

** to keep treats in every room so you can rewar your dog every time they were doing good thing to the baby (praise the positive reaction to the baby)

 Then, I thought of.. dogs loves stinky stuff like.. Palette find kitty poop delicacy although she does not show any interests in dog’s poop.

 That got me thinking that, we need to make sure that she cannot get into the diaper,and put them out of reach that include the time when we are changing diapers in front of her.

 For other expecting moms living with dogs, I was introduced to the website where many baby-dog resource can be found on the web called “Family paws“. You can find article regarding topic on the website as well.

 The blog section here has interesting topics to read.

 When babies can move around..

 Once baby can move around, of course, as always, supervision is important but also it is important to teach your baby how to interact with/approach to your dog.

 Not only dog needs to learn to interact with baby, baby also needs to learn how to interact/approach to the dog.

 Kids sometimes do what dogs do not appreciate;pulling fur, step on the tail, hugging etc and no matter how calm,gentle dog you have, there will be a threshold and dog could snap at the kids and it may end up with injury.

 If the dog was old dog, then, kids might touch where they feel pain and it could cause the dog to snap at the kid.

 Sometimes, parents blame dogs for snapping at the kid but, it is not always the dogs that were bad.

 What are your tips and suggestions for new/expecting moms with dogs in the house?

Apr 16, 2014 | Comments are off | Dog Training

Japanese/Chinese cooking: Sesame chicken with vegetables

 In the previous entry titled “Japanese/Chinese cooking: Balsamin Teriyaki Sesame chicken“, I have introduced you one version of sesame chicken that I make.

 Sesame chicken can be found at various restaurants in the states but, most of the time, it is simply the deep fried chicken with sauce on it and not many vegetables are in the dish.

 Therefore, when I make stir fry, I tend to pan fry the protein source (chicken,pork,beef etc..) and to that, I add whatever vegetables that I can find in the fridge and then add the sauce of favorite dishes such as Orange chicken, Sesame chicken, sweet sour sauce etc… and make the dish more nutrient packed and serve them to our family.

 I rarely do deep frying the meat because pan frying is more healthier, and it gives nice moist,tender meat you have ever eaten and you can cook the dish in no time.

 Stir fry dish is versatile dish and,you can enjoy it in many ways by simply switching the sauce to add on. They are especially great for those who are busy and cannot spend long time in the kitchen.

 Just recently, I made one other version of Sesame chicken by using Japanese and Chinese dish technique and I think it came out quite good and my husband gave me thumbs up so, I decided to share the recipe with you.

 There are list of vegetables I have used in the ingredient list but you can add in baby corn, water chestnut, beansprout etc too.

Sesame chicken with vegetables..

Ingredients for Sesame Chicken sauce;

1 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs Sake
tbs water
2 tbs soy sauce
1/8 tsp ground red cayenne pepper
3 tbs dark brown sugar
1/2 tbs corn starch

Ingredients for Sesame chicken;

2 chicken breast cutlet, cut to bite size pieces
1  chicken thigh cut to bite size pieces
1 tbs soy sauce
1/8 tsp fresh grated ginger
1.5 tbs corn starch
3 tbs unbleached all purpose flour
Extra virgin olive oil
sesame oil
1/4 sweet onion rough chopped
1 stick carrot diagonally thinly sliced
1/2 stick celery diagonally sliced
1/8 red pepper sliced
1/8 Green pepper sliced

Morton’s Natures Seasons
3 baby bokchoy leaf; stem part sliced thin, leaf part rough chopped
10 snow peas, string removed
Toasted sesame seed, grind fresh over the plate

<Sesame chicken sauce>

 1. In the small container, add 1 tbs tomato paste, 1 tbs Sake, 1
tbs water, 2 tbs soy sauce, 1/8 tsp ground red cayenne pepper, 3tbs dark brown sugar,
and 1/2 tbs corn starch and stir and set it aside

<Sesame chicken>

1. Cut 2 boneless chicken breast cutlet and 1 boneless chicken though into small bite size, and put them into a small bowl

2. Add 1 tbs soy sauce, 1/8 tsp freshly grated ginger to the chicken pieces in the bowl and stir

3. Let the chicken marinade at least 20 minutes

4. Add 1.5 tbs Corn starch,3 tbs unbleached all purpose flour to the marinaded chicken and mix well.

5. Heat the skillet, drizzle Extra virgin olive oil and cook the marinaded chicken

** Once you put the marinaded chicken into single layer in the skillet,do not touch to make the chicken nice sear

** When you shake the skillet and chicken got released, it is time to be flipped to cook the other side

6. Once chicken is cooked through, take them out, set them aside in the small plate

7. Add drizzle extra virgin olive oil and add 1/4 sweet onion rough chopped, 1 stick
carrot diagonally thinly sliced, 1/2 celery stick diagonally sliced and season it with Morton’s Natures Season and stir, cook a bit till it gets softer

8. Add 3 baby bokchoy stem part thinly sliced, 1/8 red pepper sliced, 1/8 green pepper sliced,
and 10 snow peas string removed, and season the vegetable with Morton’s Nature’s Seasons,and cook the
vegetable to about done

9. Add baby bokchoy leaf part, rough chopped,and cooked chicken back in the skillet, and pour the prepared sauce over the dish and stir to thicken

10. Adjust the seasoning if needed

11. Turn off the heat when sauce got almost absorbed, but it got some small amount of sauce on the bottom

12. Drizzle dash of sesame oil over the dish and stir

13. Plate them up, and sprinkle ground toasted sesame seed over the plate and serve it with hot steamy white rice

14. Enjoy!

Makes: 3-4 servings

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Apr 13, 2014 | Comments are off | Asian cooking 911

Palette’s note: Grass-fed Angus beef bully roll

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

 Ingredients? Fancy looking pictures?Description of the products?

you ever wondered if you could actually see how other dogs are enjoying
them? Not pictures,but in 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.

 With “Palette’s Note” series,I like to put taste test videos. This time, “Grass-fed Angus Beef Bully Roll.

Grass-fed Angus beef Bully Roll 6″..

Grass-fed Angus beef Bully rolls are stuffed gullet treats,and they are available in 6″ , 10″-12″, and knotted 6″-7″ , and they are made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Bully Roll is the weasand (gullet) treat stuffed with ground bully
sticks and Achilles tendons. They are soft,almost like wafer like
texture treats and, it is very unique treats.

She loves this treats so
much that she gets impatient and woof at me as if to say “Hurry up”. I
think that these are great alternative to regular bully sticks.

If you are following my blog entries, you already know that she has limping history.

 In case you missed it, Palette used to limp years ago and,now she is
limp free and runs like wind.

 When she was limping, ortho vet thought it was due to ligament tore from the X-ray and manipulation of her hind legs.

 However, her ligament was perfectly fine and no tore.

leg surgery was simply cut-close surgery, but she had to go through the
same recovery process like the ones whom ortho vet operated surgery on
damaged ligaments, and she could not go for walk for 2 months due to
restricted activity.

 Palette was still limping after surgery and ortho vet was scratching
their head because they were not sure what caused the limping.

 What made her limp free after all?

 It was Glucosamine/Chondroitin/NZ Green lipped muscle joint care tablet.

 It was something I started giving her after reading about joint health
and benefit of Glucosamine/Chondroitin. She was on it for 1 week or so,
and voilà,she was limp free.

 Now,she is not on the tablet at

 However,I make sure I give her natural source of Glucosamine such as
poultry feet (chicken feet,duck feet etc),Gullet, Trachea regularly through her diet menu and also via form of treats.

 I also give her
fish body oil capsule (not the one that has omega 6 fatty acids along
with omega 3 fatty acids) to bump up her omega3 fatty acids level she

 If you would like to give your furriends treats that are natural source
of glucosamine/chondroitin great for joint health, we have ..


Buffalo trachea, Buffalo cartilage


Free range Brazilian beef gullet strip, Free range Brazilian beef braided gullet stick 12″, Free Range Brazilian beef gullet stick 6″, Grass-fed Angus beef trachea, Grass-fed Angus Beef Moo Taffy stick 10″-12″, Grass-fed Angus Beef Moo Taffy sticks 8 oz 10″-12″, Grass-fed Moo!Angus Beef Trachea chips 3″-4″ 5 oz, USA Beef trachea 6″ and 12″Grass-fed Angus Beef 3″-4″ Open Moo Taffy chips 3 oz, Angus beef Scapula (Cartilage) 3 oz


Dehydrated Chicken feet


 Free Range American Lamb trachea, Free Range American Lamb Weasand (gullet) twists , Lamb Hiccups (Gullet), Lamb Cartilage,


Dehydrated Duck feet.


Venison Whistle (Trachea), Venison Hiccups (Gullet)

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

Ingredients: Angus beef bully sticks,Angus beef achilles tendon, and Angus Beef gullet (weasand)
 Let’s watch how much Palette enjoy her Angus beef bully roll below.

Palette and Angus beef Bully roll 6 inch..

Palette and Angus beef bully rolls knotted bone 6″-7″.

you hear the sound of Palette chewing the Bully roll, and see
the treat is soft texture yet gnaw worthy level of softness?

you see how much she likes the bully rolls? She gets very
excited for this treats and,
her nose gets wet in a second. She really likes it!

I am chewing da bully roll 6″, paw free style

Look! My nose is very wet!

As you can see, it gets crumbles as I eat it. I could call it “Wafer stick”,bol

I am now chewing da bully roll knotted bone…

I love these tweats!


Last bite.. or two..

Please note that due to natural treats,thickness of the each bully roll  can vary.

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Apr 09, 2014 | Comments are off | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Japanese unique painting; Ukiyoe (Woodblock painting)

 There are variety of methods to paint and show the beauty of the nature through the paintings in the world.

 In the previous entry titled ” Japanese Unique painting; suiboku ga (Ink brush painting) “,  I have explained how Suiboku ga is painted, and how different from modern paintings.

 In this entry, I would like to introduce one more unique painting called “U-ki-yo-e”.

 Ukiyoe is the woodblock printing (depicting the ways of the world). The print will be made using woodblock and colors , one color at a time and it is very different from the way you will paint with the paint brush.

 Interesting thing is that, when you google “Ukiyoe”, 99% of the website written in English including wikipedia page describe that Ukiyoe is “picture of the floating world”.

 I have no idea what “floating world” is, but I think all of those writers of the articles on Ukiyoe must have simply translated literally how each Chinese character means.Therefore, they have come up with strange description of the genre of the painting description

 Anyway, Ukiyoe was the popular painting genre among common people during Edo period (1600-1868); Samurai era with Tokugawa clan, Oda clan, toyotomi clan etc .

 “Ukiyo” in Japanese means “pleasure seeking”, “sensual” and this the subject of the paintings called “Ukiyoe”.

 Therefore, when you look around the Ukiyoe, you would most likely find “bi-ji-n-ga; Portraits of beauties” ,which you see a woman wearing the Kimono in various posture, or “ya-ku-sha-e; portrait of actors”,which you see kabuki actors or “-fu-u-ke-i-ga; landscape pictures”.

How Ukiyoe is made..

 Ukiyoe is made very differently and very interesting to watch the progress.

 First, you would have a woodblock. Then, painter draws a draft and a wood copy.

 Then, Carver pastes the block copy on the block, then start engraving the block and make prints using only ink.

 After that,painter decides which colors to be used where on the print.

 Then, carver carves a block per color.

 Then, printer applies paint over the carved block with brush.

 Then, printer carefully place a paper over the block and scrubs the back of the paper with baren to transfer the paint onto the paper.

 Printer prints color by color till he finishes the print.

 Here is the youtube vide I came across. It tells all about Ukiyoe

Ukiyoe making

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Apr 06, 2014 | Comments are off | Japan

Positive force free dog trainer’s “Click club”

 Are you a professional positive force free dog trainer?

 Positive dog training is one of the things that I am passionate about. I teach our k9 executive chef “Palette” with clicker and, I can see how much dogs get eager to learn new things and they are having fun during the doggy school.

 I would like to support the force free positive dog training and would like to offer the discount for all professional positive force free dog trainers out there,who work hard to teach others the power of the clicker.

 If you are a positive force free dog trainer, join the click club, and save 15% off on training treats, training tool and 10% off on all other items on our Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen website.

 ** GDK’s Positive force free dog trainers’ Click club **

What is Click club?

GDK’s “Click club” is the discount program for positive force free dog trainers, where you can save 15% on training treats, training tool, with the coupon code provided, and you will also get 10% off coupon code for your entire order on our website

You can share the 10% off coupon code with your students, and they can use your 10% off coupon code to save on their order as well.

Only restriction on the coupon code usage is that, you cannot combine the codes,and you must pick one code to use on one order.

How does GDK’s Click club program work?

1. If you are a professional force free positive dog trainer, please use the contact us form here, and please let us know the name of the facility,address, and website address if you have one along with the organization names you are belonging to such as “Pet professional guild”, or places we can verify you such as “Pat Miller certified dog trainers”.

2. When we could verify you being a professional force free dog trainers, we will send you the coupon codes to your e-mail address provided by you.

 To avoid self claim dog trainers to join in the club, we will take a verification process, and we will offer the discount only for those who are belonging to the organization known to be the group of positive dog trainers and graduates from known positive dog trainers’ academy such as Pat Miller’s Peaceable paws academy.

 If the group you are belonging to is not searchable, we are sorry, we would not offer the club discount to you.

 Please enjoy doggy school treat hunt for your furry friends!!

Mom,lets do da doggy school!

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Apr 02, 2014 | Comments are off | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen