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Bonefish Grill Menu:Bacon wrapped scallop Yassy’s version II

 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.

One of the restaurants I like to go to is Bonefish Grill. Some of the reasons I go there are for their bang bang shrimp (spicy shrimp tempura in chili flavored sauce), Crab chowder, Bacon wrapped sea scallop, and more.

 I like their seafood dishes because they do pretty good with fish dish. Many restaurants has fish dishes on the menu but,they tend to overcook the fish and, I do not care for as much as the fish dishes from this Bonefish restaurants.

 In the past, I have attempted to recreate the bacon wrapped scallops with spicy mango salsa (You can see the recipe here), but I could not figure out how they wrap the bacon around the scallops so, I have left it out for the dish.

However,this time around, as second attempt, I think I came to a little closer to what it is served at the restaurant although since I wanted to explore the other kind of great sauce, I have made up the different sauce to go with the dish.

My suspicion as to why their bacon wrapped around the scallops comes out so crispy and scallops stay so tender and juicy is that, I think the key is in the thickness of the bacon (very thin bacon strip) ,and deep frying them.

 To make the crispiest bacon you have ever tasted, you should deep frying the bacon strip.It never comes out greasy at all and, very very crunchy. If you make burger next time, try deep frying the bacon and see how it comes out.You will be surprised the bacon is really,really crispy.

In this entry, I would like to share the recipe of Bacon wrapped scallops with garlic sweet chili lime sauce as my second version of their dish. With my version, I will use the marinade that I normally use for shrimp preparation because it makes super tender in its texture and they are tasty.

 Bacon wrapped scallop with garlic sweet chili lime sauce

Bacon wrapped scallops with garlic sweet chili lime sauce..

Ingredients for scallop marinade;

1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1 tbs corn starch
1 tsp sake
1/4tsp Baking soda
3 tbs water 

Ingredients for bacon wrapped scallops;

8 scallops (3-4 scallops per person as side dish)
4 strips of bacon (1 bacon strip per 2 scallops)
vegetable oil
Butcher’s twine to tie the scallops

Ingredients for Garlic Sweet chili lime sauce;

extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic grated
3 tbs sweet chili sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
fresh lime juice from 1/2 lime (about 1.5 tbs)
1/2 tsp chopped cilantro

<How to make tender scallops>

1. In the small container, mix 1/4 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tbs corn starch, 1 tsp sake, 1/4tsp Baking soda,3 tbs water well.

2. Add cleaned scallops (trim off the scallop ducts;the rectangle muscle that is attached to its side) and stir and put the lid on and keep in the fridge for 4-6 hours

3. Rinse the scallops well under cold running water and pat them dry with paper towel and follow the recipe.

 <Cooking tips for scallops>

** When you cook scallop, pick the sea scallops, not bay scallop.

** When you purchase scallops on the fish counter, you may sometimes see rose pink colored scallops and pale white scallops. Do you know the difference between the two?

It is the difference between if the scallops are treated with STP (sodium triphostate),  sulfite or not.

STP or Sulfite is sodium preservatives to keep the moisture in the seafood products such as scallops, shrimps and makes the shelf life longer.

Often times, STP treated scallops are pale white and if you test with microwave; place a scallop on the paper towel and microwave it for 15 seconds and you will see a lot of water will be coming out from the scallops.

Rose pink scallop is not treated with STP and it would not give out as much water as STP treated scallops if you do the microwave test.

This is something I learned from America’s Test kitchen TV shows. I think this is good thing to keep in mind.

Therefore, I personally prefer to have food preservative free so, I pick the rosey pink scallops over pale white scallops.

** When you cook scallop, a few things to consider.

1. Make sure scallop is fully thawed, marinaded in the recipe above and be at the room temperature. This same rule applies to cook steaks too.

2. Make sure scallop is not wet.

When I cook scallop, I usually place a paper towel over the plate and place scallop on top and place another piece of paper towel to take moisture out from the scallop.

By cooking moisture free scallop, you can cook scallop with nice seared mark on it.If the scallop was wet,you would not get any seared mark.

3.Season the scallops right before you place the scallops on the skillet.

4. Make sure the skillet is hot enough.

<Bacon wrapped scallops>

0. Marinade the scallops (recipe above)

1.Cut one strip of bacon into half per scallop you use. I usually make 3 -4 scallops per serving.

2. Cut the butcher’s twin to about 7″ or so per scallop

3. Pre cook the bacon strips in the skillet to render some fat;to the stage the bacon is still floppy but not cooked through. About 70-80% doneness

4. Take the bacon strips out from the skillet and set them aside on the paper towel to drain the oil

5. Wrap the scallop with bacon and secure it with butcher’s twine

6. In the skillet that are deep enough to shallow frying the scallops, pour the vegetable oil just enough to cover the scallops (about 3/4″-1″ depth of oil )

7. Drop the scallops and cook about 2 minutes and flip and cook about 3-4 minutes in the oil

8. When the scallops are cooked, bacon is fully cooked, take the scallops out from the oil and place them on the paper towel to drain the oil

<Garlic Sweet chili lime sauce >

1. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil in the skillet

2. Add 1 clove of garlic grated, and let it come to fragrant

3. When it got fragrant, add about 3 tbs sweet chili sauce and stir

4. Add 1 tsp Dijon mustard

5. Add fresh lime juice from 1/2 lime (about 1.5 tbs)

6. Add about 1/2 tsp chopped cilantro in the skillet and stir

7. taste the sauce and adjust the flavor

<How to assemble >

1. Pour the sauce in the center of the plate

2. Take off the twine from bacon wrapped scallops and place the bacon wrapped scallops around the sauce

3. drop some of the sauce on top of the each scallop

4. Serve

Makes;2-3 servings


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May 25, 2014 | 0 | Restaurant Challenge

Dog Training methods vs Dog’s behavior

As you already know, our dog “Palette” has been clicker trained all of her life. She knows she did right when she hears the click sound and she gets super excited. 

 During the training time, her body does not get tense up, does not look anxious, and her response to the each click is tail wagging with huge Corgi smile,and I can feel that she is eager to learn the new thing and she enjoys that.

balancing squeaky egg

Palette balancing the squeaky egg toy..

 One thing I noticed during the clicker training is that, since clicker’s click sound can capture the exact moment you like, it seems that communication between us got better and that lead to the faster learning for each behavior.

 For example, ringing the bell for the potty seemed to be complicated at first but fear not. Palette learned what the bell means, what she needs to do to go to potty in less than half a day! I was surprised to see she understands what I would like her to do.

 However, depending on what to teach, sometimes, it takes time to get it complete. Training is not an over night fix,and rather continuous work throughout their life and, we need to be patient,be calm, and be consistent to make it work.

People has their own method to teach things to their canine family members. Some use electric collars,some uses water spray, some uses the philosophy ” you are the leader of the pack and let the dog be submissive to you”, and some uses more gentle effective approach-clicker training.

Have you ever wondered what impact would each method make in terms of dog’s behavior/dog’s mind?

Just recently, I came across interesting articles on the training method and dog’s behavior after the specific training method and I thought I would share with you here.

How your dog training technique influences your dog’s behavior…

According to science daily article written by University of Bristol in UK, using misplaced ideas about dog behavior and dog training is likely to cause the unwanted behavior rather than phasing it out.

The new study shows that despite the popular belief told by the popular TV dog trainer, the aggressive dog is not trying to be assertive over the canine furriends or human packs,according to the research published by University of Bristol Department of Clinical veterinary science in the Journal of veterinary behavior .

The researchers spent 6 months studying dogs and reanalyzing the data from the feral dogs and concluded that the individual relationships between the dogs are learnt through the experience, rather than not maintaining the place in their pecking order in their pack.

They think that training targeted at “dominance reduction” are far from helpful and rather, it can be dangerous and worsen the behavior.

The training technique; pinning the dog on the floor, grabbing the muzzle, blasting noise maker (idea was coming from the theory that we must become the assertive leader of the pack as it would have been in the wolf pack) , would make dogs anxious about the owner, and escalate the level of the aggression  of the dog in the question.

In the article, Dr Rachael Casey says that dogs often learn to show aggression when such technique is used to avoid the punishment. Some dogs are fearful and show aggression towards people.

The article says that many technique used to train dogs his owner is the leader of the pack will either end up with a dog so fearful that it surpass all the natural dog behaviors or the one so aggressive that it is dangerous to be around.

You can read the full article at science daily website here.

Another interesting fact how the technique;being assertive over the dog, influences dog’s behavior is that, another researchers in UK claims that each series of the technique put back the dog’s behavior by 10 years.

From the study done in University of Bristol, experts there says that it was far more effective to train the dogs with reward rather than punishment.

You can read the full article at telegraph news paper article here.

Dr Sophia yin DVM has a great article on what does “dominance” mean, what behavior response you would see in dogs when punishment/force based training techniques are used as well as how you can teach your dogs what to do under certain situation without relying on the old training technique.

You can read her full article at her website here. I find it very informative and I think you would too.

I think whichever training method you would use for your dogs, you would need to set up the rules and need to teach them what they should do on the certain situation. Question rises when how you teach the rules to them.

I find that teaching your dog  “what to do” ,rather than “what not to do” is much easier and, using force free training technique is more effective and dogs enjoys them because they think it is the game and fun.

Next time you train your dogs, you can review yourself, and see how your approach is making an impact on your dog’s behavior.

The training should not have to be the doggie boot camp.



May 19, 2014 | 0 | Dog Training

Bonefish Grill Menu; Lemon Kissed Quinoa Yassy’s version

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

 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.

So far, the best dish I have eaten there would be “Rhea’s Icelandic Arctic char; wood grilled and topped with sauteed spinach,lump crab,and lime tomato garlic sauce”,which is on May special menu.

 I think it is a seasonal dish and,I cannot get it all the time but when they have one, it is the dish I would order.

Arctic char is meaty fish with mild taste of.. cross between salmon and trout and, I really like them. Even my husband,who is not a big fan of fish said he could eat it because it was not tasting fishy at all.

 I love salmon, and Arctic char dishes served there. Many restaurants have Grilled fish on the menu but, many of them tend to serve over cooked dry fish or under or over seasoned fish.

 However, their fish is beautifully cooked without over cooked, and they are juicy and moist with a bit of char on the fish. They really do good on seafood menu.

 If you like to taste best salmon dish from restaurant, I think Bonefish Grill comes top on the list and, 2nd would be Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.

 When it comes to steak battle, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill wins over Bonefish Grill hands down, but both great restaurants to check out if you have never visited them.

Anyway, the Bonefish Grill has interesting side dish (cold dish) on the menu called “Lemon kissed Quinoa”. It got red quinoa,lemon, olive oil,tomato etc.. and, when my husband ordered it, I got to taste test some of their Quinoa dish and I thought it was tasty.

Also, my husband who does not like raw tomato, raw cucumber could eat it without any problems and loved the dish.Therefore, I thought I would recreating the dish so we can serve at home as well.

Then,recently, I have tried recreating the Quinoa dish from Bonefish Grill restaurant and I think it came out pretty close.

 Since I like more lemon taste in mine, mine is has more citrus flavor to it,but it came out great and my husband ate it all.Nothing left on his plate:-) He loved it.

Therefore,I thought I would share the recipe with you.

Lemon kissed quinoa yassy's version

Lemon kissed Quinoa “Yassy’s version”..

Ingredients for Lemon Kissed Quinoa Yassy’s version:

1/2C Red quinoa
1/2C frozen edamame
1/4C chopped vine tomato (chopped to 1/4″ dice)
1/8C chopped red pepper (chopped to 1/4″ dice)
1/4C chopped cucumber(chopped to 1/4″ dice)
2 tbs fresh lime juice
5 tsp fresh lemon juice
3/8tsp kosher salt
1 tbs chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil

<Lemon Kissed Quinoa Yassy’s version>

1.  Rinse 1/2C red quinoa in fine meshed kitchen sieve

2. Add 1 1/4C water in the sauce pan and let it come to boil

3. Once water is boiled, add red quinoa, pinch of kosher salt, and put the lid on and cook the quinoa at medium low heat for about 10 minutes

4. Lower the heat to simmer and cook about 5 more minutes

5. While quinoa is cooking, prepare another sauce pan with bit of water enough to cover 1/2C frozen edamame

6. Bring the water in the pan with edamame to boil and cook for 3 minutes and drain

7. Once red quinoa is cooked, take it off from the heat, stir and add 1/4C vine tomato chopped to 1/4″ dice, cooked edamame, 1/8C raw red pepper chopped to 1/4″, and put the lid on and let it sit for another 10 minutes

8. While waiting for the 10 minutes is up, cut the cucumber into 1/4″ for 1/4C worth

9. Once 10 minutes is up, add 2 tbs fresh lime juice, 5 tsp fresh lemon juice, 3/8tsp kosher salt 1 tbs chopped cilantro and 1/4C chopped cucumber, 1/2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil and stir

10. Taste and adjust the seasoning

Makes; 4-6 servings



May 14, 2014 | 0 | Restaurant Challenge

Amazing Japanese dog circus “Super Wan wan Circus”

  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.

  I like the clicker training because dogs are much more eager to learn things,and clicker’s unique sound can deliver the exact moment dogs did right, and it has no miscommunication between us as to what behavior got rewarded. Thus, it results in fast learning.

  I also like the that the training is not like a doggy boot camp.

  With clicker training, you can teach them wide variety of things.

  Even if you will take only 5 minutes training session daily with your dogs, it is worth it. The key for the good training is to be consistent and be patient. Clicker training is fun for both of you,and it is good for your dogs too.

  Training is a great mental exercise for your dogs because especially with the clicker training, the dogs “think” and try act accordingly to see if any of their behavior gets us to click the clicker to earn the reward. In a way, clicker training is a thinking game for them.

  Just recently, I came across the youtube video from Tsukuba, Chiba prefecture in Japan about Dog circus called “Super Wan wan Circus”.

  Chiba prefecture is where the Tokyo Narita Airport, Tokyo Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney sea are located at and, right next to Tokyo.

  “Wan wan” is the sound we describe dog’s barking sound.

  In the state, people say “Bow wow” to describe dog’s barking sound but it is different to our ears.

  The Dog Circus has been in the business for over 50 years and,they have been rescuing the shelter dogs and trains them to perform amazing tricks, and trying to send the message to people around the world not to give up on these talented amazing dogs.

  Interesting fact about the Wan wan circus is that, they have 3 Guinness world records;. jumping ropes,  how many times dogs can walk around trainer’s neck within 30 seconds, and jumping trainer’s spinning legs.

 I like the fact that they seem to be using the positive training method rather than boot camp style training and all dogs seems to be eager to perform with the trainers with big smile on them. Both trainers and dogs seem to be having a great bonding time via training session.

Japanese dog circus “Super wan wan circus”

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May 11, 2014 | 0 | Amazing Animals

Japanese Unique Pottery; Arita yaki (Porcelain products in Arita,Saga prefecture)

There are many locally manufactured traditional Japanese products that use local materials and natural environment.

Each prefecture has something that are famous/known for and, locally manufactured traditional Japanese products are often times hand crafted products with long history behind it and, its techniques have been passed down from generation to the generation.

In this entry, I would like to introduce one of famous pottery;Arita pottery.

What is Arita pottery?

The Arita pottery is a porcelain products that has been handed down for many generations in Arita,Saga prefecture.

For the product, the local stone called “Touseki” is used. The touseki is the stone that becomes clay.

History behind the Arita yaki…

According to the Japanese tourisum association in Arita area website, in 1616, The shogun Huideyoshi Toyotomi era, Korean pottery was brought to Japan.

The Korean potter “Ri Sampei” found the Kaolin clay in the Izumi mountain in Arita area, and he made the very first fine white porcelain in Japan.

The pottery he made was called “Imari ware” at the time, because it was shipped from the Imari port.

Then, when Imari ware becomes popular, there were 3 styles available.

One was called “Ko Imari” (Early Imari),which vessel was thick with rough design and they only used blue and white.

Later in 1600, these Imari ware was shipped to Europe and it was traded with the same value to the gold in those days.

Another one was called “Kakiemon”,which got thin outline with red or black and it featured the design with red, green,yellow over the milky white background.

The last style is called “Kinrande”(gold painted porcelain),and with this style, you could find lots of red and gold colors to draw floral patterns and it was loved by many Europeans.

You can read more on the history on Arita ware at the Japanese tourism association in Arita website here.

How Arita yaki is made..

To make Arita yaki, here is the step to make them.

1. First, the toseki stone (kaolin stone) is broke into pieces and they will be mixed with water

2. Then, it is kneaded to make the clay

3. Then, clay is put on the potter’s wheel and a shape is created

4. After the pottery is dried, shaped pottery goes into a klin that is very hot; 800-900 degree Celsius and being baked

This step is called “suyaki”

5. After the p;ottery is baked, the draft drawing is done, and the glaze is applied and this pottery goes into the klin again set at the temperature 1,300-1,400 degree Celsius

This step is called “Hon yaki”

6, After that, paint is applied and pottery is going to be baked again at the temperature set at 700-800 degree Celsius

7. Now you have the finished Arita yaki products.

You can see how they are made in the youtube video below.

Arita Yaki (Imari yaki)

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May 07, 2014 | 0 | Japan

Decoding Frozen raw dog food:Stella & Chewy Chicken dinner

 In the previous entry titled “Decoding kibble:Nutrish Real beef with brown rice recipe“, I have explained what each term means in the ingredients list and convert the kibble into improved raw diet menu and homemade diet menu.

This time, I would like to do the make over recipe for the raw premade frozen diet patties into simple raw diet menu you can prepare, and also the homemade diet version for those who are not just yet ready to feed raw diet but would like to feed fresh food.

 This time,with make over homemade diet menu, I would like to use the popular mainstream method for the homemade diet in the states: figuring out the kcal you would like to feed your dogs and then, adjust the amount/type of ingredients to their preferable ratio of protein, carbohydrate,fat percentage; 29% protein, 32% fat, 39% carbohydrate.

The 29%-32%-39% ratio was what I was recommended by homemade diet mentor when I was looking into feeding Palette homemade diet.

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 freshand 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 just yet and,  I thought I would give you the recipe you can try cooking for your dog on their special day.They would love the fresh food very much.

When you decided to feed your dog raw diet and start looking for the option, you would find two ways; you would make your own dog’s menu by purchasing meat,bone, and organs etc.. and make the custom diet menu that suits to your own dog OR, you would purchase premade raw frozen dog food patties.

Raw frozen premade patties are mainly for convenience for those who would like to feed raw diet but, not ready to start feeding on their own custom menu. They are not cheap either.

With frozen raw patties,although since ingredients are kept frozen, they tend to have mixture of protein source with vegetables and fruits with or without added synthetic form of vitamins. It is like raw food version of kibble,especially if you were to purchase the premade raw frozen dog food patties that has the statement that says “complete and balanced” since they must meet the nutrient level required by AAFCO. They contains various synthetic vitamin mix and added salt just like kibble would.

I find that many frozen raw formula starts with protein source with bone as top ingredients,and many are mixed with pre selected fruits and vegetables.

With raw diet, bone is what makes stool firmer and, each dog has different amount they need. Some dogs need more bone than others and, if you purchase pre mixed products, you would not know how much of bones are in the products and whether the amount of bones are more or less than what your dogs would need.

Some big raw food companies such as Oma’s pride that offer fresh cut products also carry frozen raw mixture but with them, you can choose with or without vegetables.

Often times, they are offered with meat,bones,and organ without vegetables, although ratio of each ingredients are pre selected and you cannot change the ratio of each ingredients when your dogs did not do well on them.

In this entry, I would closer look on frozen raw dog food patties from Stella & Chewy “Chicken dinner” in the series :  Decoding raw frozen dog food patties.

Just like the series “Decoding kibble”, I will be picking one product at a time and explain pro and con on the ingredients in the list to understand what to consider if you were to feed the same raw frozen dog food patties for the long period of times.

Decoding : Chewy’s Chicken Dinner (Stella & Chewy )

 Ingredients as followings:

1. Chicken Ground with bone

Raw, cage free chicken.

** Poultry is high in Omega 6 fatty acids (inflammatory) and, if the diet was heavy on poultry, you would need to add Omega 3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory).

** In the raw diet menu, bone is the calcium source

2. Chicken liver

** Liver is a good source of Vitamin A, and also great nutrient packed ingredient. However, vitamin A from animal protein source can be stored in the dog’s body when excess amount of liver is fed than the amount dog can utilize. Be very careful especially if you feed Turkey liver. 

** Turkey liver contains more than double the amount of chicken or beef liver in the same volume (weight). One ounce of raw Turkey liver deliver 20.264IU Vitamin A, and one ounce of chicken liver deliver roughly 3,102 IU Vitamin A.

3. Chicken gizzard

** with human perception, gizzard is organ but in raw feeding, gizzard are fed as “muscle meat”

4. Pumpkin seed

** I do not see the dog needs pumpkin seed, but the company told me that they include this pumpkin seed for the fiber

5. Potassium Chloride

6. Organic cranberries

** Cranberries are good for UTI to prevent the bacteria to adhere to the bladder wall

7. Organic spinach

It is leafy green and it sounds great one, but if it was fed excess, it could interfere the absorption of calcium, and if your dog were stone former, spinach and kale has high oxalate and you would probably do not want to feed it.

8. Organic broccoli

 Cruciferous family vegetable such as broccoli,cauliflower, kale, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts,turnips,mustard green etc.. can suppress thyroid function if fed in excess.

9. Organic beets

10. Sodium Phosphate Monobasic

11. Organic Carrots

12. Organic Squash

13. Organic Apples

14. Organic blueberries

15. Choline Chloride

16. Dried Pediococcus Acidilactici Fermentation Product

17. Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product,

18. Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product

19. Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product

20. Taurine

** In raw diet, animal heart like Beef heart is the great source of Taurine.

21. Tocopherols (Preservative);Vitamin E

Meat and eggs are good source for Vitamin E. Vitamin E gets destroyed by the heat.

 You can also give Sardine, Halibut,Cod,Turkey,Beef liver,Egg etc as source of selenium (form of anti oxidant) as part of the diet.

Many Vitamin E (tocopherols) is delivered from soy bean oil.

22. Calcium carbonate

23. Zinc proteinate

24. Iron Sulfate

25. Iron Proteinate

** Your dog can get Iron from red meat, egg, liver, kidney etc..

26. Vitamin E Supplement

Meat and eggs are good source for Vitamin E. Vitamin E gets destroyed by the heat.

 You can also give Sardine, Halibut, Cod, Turkey,Beef liver,Egg etc as source of selenium (form of anti oxidant) as part of the diet.

Many Vitamin E (tocopherols) is delivered from soy bean oil.

27. Niacin

28. Copper sulfate

29.  Copper Proteinate

30.  Manganese sulfate

31. Sodium selenite

32. Manganese Proteinate

33. Thiamine Monohydrate

34. Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

35. 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.

36. Calcium Iodate

34. Vitamin B12 Supplement

** Vitamin B 12 can be provided by animal protein source such as liver,fish such as mackerel, red meat such as beef, and eggs.

** In chicken, raw breast with skin on, it has 0.1 mcg, 1 ounce raw beef chuck contains 0.5 mcg B12

As many people know, pet food 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 raw frozen dog food, I have grouped them up by different colors.

Blue is protein related ingredients, purple is vegetables,green is fruits ingredient, dark brown is other miscellaneous ingredients.

You can see that it looks “good” at glance knowing the ingredients list starts off with protein source, but when you group it up, you can see that you find more purple and green ingredients than dark blue ingredients. To me, it looked more vegetables and fruits than actual meat-bone-organ.

However,the company told me that their classic dinner is made up with 95% of meat-organ-bone (the break down of those are company’s secret and they did not tell me), and 5% is vegetables and fruits.

I am not certain whether percentage is via 95% meat weight vs 5% vegetable/fruits weight or 95% kcal meat vs 5% kcal vegetables/fruits.I have received the reply from the company saying that 95% of overall diet is meat-organ-bone, 5% of overall diet is fruits and vegetables” but this reply really does not specify whether “overall of the diet” means based on kcal or on the food volume (weight).

With so many kinds of vegetables and fruits in the food, I do not know how they manage to keep them under 5%. Especially if they meant “5% of total weight of the food”.

Even if trying to figure out with 10 oz food, of the 10 oz food, 5% means 0.5 oz and how do they put all of these fruits, vegetables: apple,blueberry,cranberry,beets,broccoli,carrot,spinach,squash,and carrot, into 0.5 oz allotment,

One thing I suspect is that, they may have 2 recipes;one for meat-organ-bone, one for vegetables and fruits. Both being ground separately and they will take 95% of the meat mix and 5% of vegetable and fruits mix. Otherwise, I do not know how they do 95%-5% ratio with so many vegetables and fruits.

If that was the case, it is more problem as to how much of the bones are in the products.

They say their formula is based on prey model raw diet but,  I know that many true prey model feeders do not feed vegetables and fruits in the dog’s diet and, to me, it sounded they are misunderstanding the difference between the BARF diet and prey model diet.

The Barf diet feeders believe that the dogs in the wild woulds eat the stomach contents. That is why, when they feed the raw diet, they tend to feed vegetables and fruits.

Personally, I can say that my way of feeding to Palette is modified prey model diet (since I feed parts by parts,rather than whole prey), and I don’t feed vegetables or fruits in her diet. I do use vegetables and fruits when I make her cool down treats so, she is getting small amount of vegetables and fruits but not the large amount.

My personal belief is that, raw meat-organ-bone can offer pretty much everything except fiber that vegetables can offer and dogs can digest animal protein source better. Therefore, I do not see much advantage in vegetables/fruits in dog’s diet.

On top of that, National Resarch Council,which publish nutrient requirement for cats and dogs states that they do not consider carbohydrate that include “fiber” as necessary nutrient in the cats and dogs diet.

That means, your dogs do not need to eat potato, green beans, rice etc.. They are not necessary part of their diet.

Because of that, cats and dogs cannot develop nutrient deficiency for the fiber/carbohydrate. In kibble, or homemade diet, fiber’s amount control visual poop consistency.

The more fiber/carbohydrate you feed to your dogs, the more volume you see in their poop (waste amount). When you switch your dog to raw diet without carbohydrate, you will be surprised how compact their poop becomes.

Palette goes poop once a day, and the poop volume is about 3rd or 4th of what it used to be when she was on kibble. About the size of pinky finger. With raw diet, it is such a digestible diet that there are not much waste to poop out.

To me, it looks like fiber is added in kibble especially for more of visual look than nutrient requirement. Plus, vegetables and fruits are much cheaper than meat and you can sell carbohydrate heavy food with much cheaper than meat protein source heavy products.

However, if you do feed vegetables and fruits, you should know vegetables/fruits pro and cons and plan the meal accordingly because some vegetables are not great to feed a lot to the dogs. Also, we should know that human and dogs have different digestive system and we are two separate species and what is good for us does not necessary means, it is good for dogs.

If you follow my blog entries, you would have read on new processing called “HPP;High pressure pasteurization”  here for raw frozen dog food patties.

Stella & Chewy company does HPP treatment for all of their products incluyding freeze dried treats.

They will send the products to the 3rd party company and, after receiving the products, they use a series of devices that emit low levels of pathogen-fighting gases such as ozone and hydrogen peroxide to prevent contamination by surface and airborne pathogen during the processing.

Therefore, things to consider when you feed frozen raw dog food patties are as followings

1. Food ingredients ratio is pre determined by company’s formula,which means, you do  not know if your dogs do well on the ratio the company has determined

2. HPP treated via 3rd party company

3. Contains lists of synthetic vitamins and minerals so the companies can say “complete and balanced”

4. Just like kibble ingredients list, they have long lists of ingredients; with Stella and Chewy chicken dinner, it has 37 ingredients

 I believe that nothing can beat the wholesomeness, full of nutrient content with fresh food. Not the commercially made fresh food but true fresh food you prepare at home.

If you prepare your dog’s menu by yourself, you know where your ingredients are coming from, how they look (quality), how they are process (from start to finish), and they will be synthetic vitamin and mineral free and also, it is more flexible when it comes to tweaking the diet menu when/if your dogs needed some tweaking the  diet menu so it will fit to their needs.

You do not have to waste the expensive commercially made raw frozen dog food then, just because the formula did not agree with your dog.

If I convert this “Stella & Chewy Chicken dinner” food into fresh food (raw diet) form, it can be like this.

***  Palette’s simple raw diet version of “Stella & Chewy Chicken dinner” ***

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 as main diet menu, her raw diet menu would look like this.

AM; Raw chicken drumstick with bone 6 oz

PM; Raw boneless chicken breast 5 oz, raw chicken liver 1 oz,raw chicken gizzard 1 oz

With this menu, Palette will be getting 614 kcal,which is equivalent kcal to stella & chewy chicken dinner recipe formula (but without vegetables and fruits) if I feed their food to Palette.

As you can see, it is that easy to prepare your dog’s raw diet menu. You would need only 4 ingredients! How simple is that.

You can see nutrient detail at here.

Of course, depending on what she is fed, with my way of feeding, the kcal can be different from one meal to the other and nutrient she gets via form of food can be different as well.

However, feeding variety is the great thing because each food provides different set and level of nutrient and it balances out over time.

If this Stella & Chewy Chicken dinner 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 food.

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

However, trying to meet the % of each protein,fat,and carbohydrate without grain or something starchy, using only the ingredients from the Stella and Chewy’s Chicken dinner was somewhat impossible to be able to feed everything on one sitting or two.

For one thing, vegetable is empty calorie ingredients but gives volume and cooperating it into the one meal,using everything was difficult.

Too many vegetables and too little meat… but I can give you the breakdown if you like to use the ingredients from Stella and chewy Chicken dinner and trying to come up with the way you can make into one meal.

The kcal with the ingredients list below is close enough to the stella’s meal and close enough for the homemade diet recommended breakdown of protein-fat-and carbohydrate %.

How I did to make the homemade diet dish based on this food is as following.

When you visit their website here, you can see that Palette’s weight 31lb feeding recommendation is instructed to  feed small 9.5 patties a day.

Then, it also says 1 small patty of their food is 65kcal each. So, 65 kcal x 9,5;617.5 kcal.

From there, I used recommended guideline protein  %,Fat %, carbohydrates % ratio guideline and using the ingredients Stella& chewy chicken dinner has, I came up with the dish below.

If you were to use everything in one recipe, the way you would like to cook with, you would need..

1 oz apple, 1 oz blueberry, 1 oz cranberry

3 oz Beets, 6 oz broccoli, 6 oz carrot, 6 oz spinach, 5 oz yellow squash

0.5 oz chicken breast, 5 oz chicken,  0.5 oz chicken liver, 0.5 oz gizzard

This one recipe makes 619kcal, with ratio of 34% protein-27% fat-39% carbohydrate. The nutrition breakdown is here.

My makeover dish for Stella & Chewy’s Chicken dinner is “K9 Spinach soup with chicken meatloaf”, and each chicken meatloaf gives 37kcal,and makes 10 of them.Therefore, if you give all 10 meatloaf, it will give 369kcal.

The nutrition breakdown is here.

Since you are adding bit of spinach soup plus berry beets sauce for the dish, technically, the dish is kcal from chicken meatloaf plus some added kcal.

This time’s homemade make over recipe is not complete makeover recipe but, this is something you can make on your dog’s special occasion. Palette loved them very much.

I had so much spinach soup left and, I will simply freeze it and give as cool down treats, or I can add a bit of flour and make the biscuits dough and bake them, or I also can add it to Palette’s favorite salmon soup to flavor it up.

One good thing I can tell you about Stella & Chewy’s  company is that, they are the transparent cmpany,and they will tell you what you ask and they are very responsive in timely manner.Their customer service staff is good one.

If you have more question on their products, ask away.They will tell you unless things are company’s secret.

K9 Spinach soup with Chicken meatloaf..

<K9 Spinach soup with Chicken meatloaf>

Ingredients for K9 Spinach soup:

5 oz carrot chopped

5 oz broccoli chopped

0.25 oz chicken liver chopped

1 oz apple chopped

5 oz yellow squash chopped

6 oz frozen spinach

Ingredients for K9 Chicken meatloaf:

0.5 oz chicken breast

0.5 oz chicken gizzard

0.25 oz chicken liver

5 oz chicken thigh

1 oz  carrot

1 oz broccoli

Ingredients for Berry beets sauce:

1 oz cranberries

1 oz blueberries

3 oz beet chopped

<K9 spinach soup>

1. In the skillet, add 1/8C water, and add 5 oz carrot chopped, 5 oz broccoli chopped, 5 oz yellow squash chopped, 1 oz apple chopped, and cook till soften

2. Add 0.25 oz chicken liver chopped, and add 1C water and cook through

3. In the blender, add 6 oz spinach, and some of the contents in the skillet, 1 C water and puree them

4. Pour it out into container and add rest of the skillet ingredients with 1/2C water and puree them

5. Pour it in the container and stir

Makes: 1Quart soup

<K9 Chicken meatloaf>

0. Preheat the oven at 425F

1. In the food processor, add chicken breast 0.5 oz, chicken gizzard 0.5 oz, chicken liver 0.25 oz, chicken thigh 5 oz, carrot 1 oz, broccoli 1 oz and puree them

2. Place the baking pan with non stick foil and, using the bone shaped cookie cutter, shape the meat-carrot-broccoli puree into the bone shape and drop them on the baking sheet

It should make 10 of them using 2″ bone shape cookie cutter.

3. Bake them in the 425F oven for 15 minutes

Makes; 10 2″ bone shaped meatloaf

<Berry Beet sauce>

1.In the skillet, add 1/4C water, and add 1 oz cranberry, 1 oz blueberry and cook trill thick and squishable

2. Using the kitchen sieve, strain the berry sauce over the small container

3. Using the same skillet, add 1/4C water,and add 3 oz beet and cook to tender

4. pour the beet over berry sauce and stir

*** How to assemble ***

1. In the plate, pour about 3-4 spoonful of Spinach soup, and place meatloaf on top

2. Drizzle Berry beet sauce around the meatloaf

3. Serve

** Since too much fiber can sometimes works opposite;diarrhea, give spinach soup with smaller amount.

 Since this recipe does not offer calcium source, you may want to add ground eggshell as source of calcium source (1/2 tsp per pound of food served) or feed bones to go with this meal.

Also, if you look at Omega 3 fatty acid amount recipe can offer, it got more omega6 fatty acids than Omega 3 fatty acids. Therefore, you would want to supplement the recipe with fish body oil. If you feed it as part of dog’s diet.

If you were going to have this recipe as staple menu,then,please talk to your vet.

Palette really loved the special menu for her.

Palette thought that it was super extra meal and she really loved them.

If you could come up with better meal ideas using everything in the Stella & Chewy Chicken dinner in one dish as homemade diet version not as part like I had to, I am interested.Please share the recipe.

I am waiting,mom..


Here is the video of her super whiny for the special meal. She returned me squeaky clean plate

Palette and K9 Spinach soup with chicken meatloaf..

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 raw frozen dog food patties, and gave you the tool to understand what are in the food,how they are made etc.. better.


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May 04, 2014 | 0 | Dog Diet