Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mojo Munchies

*The inspiration for these treats comes from our dear Sheltie, Mojo, who passed away in 2006.  One of the best friends I ever had.

I've been sort of craving for oatmeal cookies lately.  For some reason, every time someone makes them they feel the need to add raisins.  I never cared for raisins much; I used to eat them as a kid from those little boxes they came in just so when it was empty I could make a whistle out of it.  Being a nerd, it never occured to me to just throw the raisins away and play with the box.  Damn.

Well today my  wonderful boyfriend made me some oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate chips and boy were they good!  So with my new paying it forward attitude, I decided to return the favor to The Boys who are, admittedly, terrible cooks.  (Note: This is my second installment of "Cooking With Bobby"--you foodies can get my Fabulous Cupcake recipe here.)  Here is my recipe for Mojo Munchies, a healthy and actually pretty tasty Labrador snack:

Mojo Munchies
1 cup uncooked oatmeal                          1 egg, beaten
1 tbl. boullion granules                               1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup powdered milk                              1 1/2 cups hot water
3/4 cup cornmeal                                       3 cups whole wheat flour
3 tbl. parsely (fresh if possible--for breath freshening)

Now the most important step in the entire process is this:

Once that's done, in a large mixing bowl combine the oatmeal, butter, and boullion and pour the hot water over them.  Let this sit for about 5 minutes to soften the butter and cook the oatmeal.  Mix.  Next, stir in the powdered milk, egg, and cornmeal.  Start the mixer.  Add the parsely.  Begin adding flour 1/2 cup at a time.  Once done, you may need to add either a little more flour or water to get the dough to a stiff consistancy.  Let the dough knead for about 3 minutes after that.  Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick, then cut into bone shapes with a cookie cutter.  (Oh yeah you should have already preheated your oven to 325 degrees--oops!)  Bake at 325 for 50 minutes; turn off the oven and let sit in there for about 30 more.  Remove cookies and let them harden and cool for about an hour before feeding to your salavating dog-beasts.

Since I've made these plenty of times before, The Boys know the scent.  Ripley feels the need to sit in front of the oven for an hour whining and drooling long strands of saliva all over the kitchen floor until they are done while I get annoyed and start yelling "Seriously Ripley?!" every ten minutes or so.  I guess that's an unsolicited endorsement from a satisfied customer.

We miss you would have loved the girl!


Jill said...

Impressive post Bobby!
I laughed, I cried.
Then I laughed, and cried.
The laughter? The raisins and the dog saliva..too cute!!
The tears? Sweet girl stuck behind the gate with that 'please daddy' look, and the pic of your old pooch. RIP Mojo.

Gregg said...

did you call me YOUR BOYFRIEND!?

Gregg said...

did you also say how AWESOME Mojo was. What a boy! There will always be only ONE "The Moj". Often replicated, NEVER duplicated.

Bobby said...

I was being nice.

2momswithaplan said...

I'll have to give these treats a try. I'm sure my puppies thank you!

AJ's mommy said...

Your dogs are beautiful! I am going to have to try this recipe for my 4 pooches.

Sweepy said...

I made your labrador treat recipe for our lab Phinn today. He loves them!
I love reading your blog. My partner and I adopted a baby boy who is just a month older than your beautiful daughter. I enjoy hearing from others going through similar issues. Thanks for sharing.

Bobby said...

Hi Sweepy.
Glad your dog liked them. Do you have a blog?

Sweepy said...

No, I don't keep a blog. I mainly use f/b to keep intouch with family and friends. We're more into making videos to share and document our parenting adventure.
We just received our court order finalizing our adoption of our son. It was so wonderful to get his birth certificate with Todd and I listed as parents.

Michelle said...

Your pups are so cute! And so are those munchies!