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Man's Best Friend 
Apr. 17, 2012 11:50 pm 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2012 5:38 pm
I've had friends over the years... some come, and some go, and others stay around for "the duration."  Sure, many of my "buds" love it when they're on the guest list for one of my soiree's!  One of my greatest "fans" is Denise, as she and I began talking food long before I became interested (or obsessed?) with cooking.  She's seen me grow from opening a box of "mac & cheese" to serve with boiled hot dogs, to setting the table for a group of 12, serving lasagne from (almost) scratch...  Don't get me wrong, I have no objection to the concepts of "pot luck" and "buffet style," but once in a while, I do enjoy having a group of close friends over, for a "family style" meal - that is, when there's enough empty table top for all of the serving dishes! 

I have discovered, however, that my greatest fans have four legs, and hover near me no matter what's on the menu...  With hopeful eyes, they sit rather impatiently, praying that I'll do more than drop a crumb on the floor.  They both would surely love it (or do they expect?) for me to fix my plate, and simply put it on the floor for them to fight over!  Anything from pb&j to filet mignon...!  Near each elbow they sit, watching every move, willing me to drop half of the steak on the floor for them!  Frankly, I don't think they care "what" the food is, as long as it comes from my plate, they're in heaven!  Real people food!  (UMMM, that cracker crumb was great!  "May I have more, Please?") 

Come time for their lunch though, you'd think that I had indeed laid down a plate for each of them!  Kibble and canned food is gobbled up faster than I can say "rip van winkle," but then, they still come back, one at each elbow...   Kenyon especially is entertaining... first he raises one eyebrow, then the other, and back again.  Razzle is content to stand with his "bat ears" at full attention.  Frequently, I will end up with a piece of bread crust that I don't wish to eat... it might even have a taste of peanut butter, or mustard...  While Raz gently takes it from my fingers, Kenyon would just as soon, "take my fingers" along with his bite. 

My "boys..." they never complain if the recipe doesn't turn out "right," or if it's burnt or undercooked!  Even when there's only a crumb or two on the floor, they believe they're being treated as royalty!

So, the next time you're feeling down... simply sit on the floor, and HOPE that a crumb will be dropped!  That alone, should make your day!
kenyon as Veronica Lake!
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Apr. 18, 2012 3:13 am
I enjoyed this blog immensely! Thank you. I just recently lost my best "kitchen dog", Missy. She turned 13 in January and we had to put her down March 21. We always said when Missy quit begging or eating we knew it would be time. My kitchen is a very empty place right now - even with Suzy, the black lab; she just doesn't beg quite like my Missy did. Your dogs are beautiful, Stevie!
Apr. 18, 2012 5:38 am
oh Stevie your kids are so pretty,and how could you not luv those faces...thats one of the good things about the four legged kids they never complain to luv that,later friend....Judy
Apr. 18, 2012 7:07 am
Hello Stevie-your dogs look happy. My dog Misha bumps my elbow with her nose, if nothing falls on the floor. If I cook chicken or turkey she is right there waiting. Now, Misha loves my granddaughter because there is usually more on the floor than on my granddaughter's plate.
Apr. 18, 2012 10:11 am
Mother Ann, the word "sorry" simply isn't enough... Missy will live on with fond memories, I'm sure. Be well, and hug Suzy for me!
Apr. 18, 2012 10:13 am
Judy,you're right... it's never too hot,or cold, or too spicey! Do they even have taste buds? I wonder, sometimes - lol! Be well!
Apr. 18, 2012 10:15 am
Lela! I love the picture in my mind of your grand-daugeter, plate overturned... and Misha gobbling up the "meal!" Those pesky noses can be a problem, specially when they're cold as ice and it's 100 degrees outside! Be well - thanks for a morning chuckle (a great way to start the day!)
Apr. 18, 2012 10:40 am
First I have to tell you what gorgeous dogs you have. I have always thought Afghans are so regal looking. When we had the house we also had Willy, a Sheltie mix, and Bentley a Black Lab and Golden mix, my father's dog was Willy and Bentley was Willy's pet LOL! Willy would just sit and gaze at you with such faith in his eyes, while Bentley would rest his chin on your thigh. The longer he waited the heavier that chin got. Even my cats will do it. BigShot will fight me for a piece of mango any day. Animals make such a warmth in our lives, don't they? Lovely blog, hug both those beauties and Pye for me.
Apr. 18, 2012 5:45 pm
BigShotsMom... you're right. However you look at it, 4 legged friends are a JOY! I certainly will give them a hug for you, but so nobody gets jealous, I'll hug Mitts, and scratch both Rusty and Spice! Be well, friend, and hugs to yours also!
Apr. 18, 2012 5:46 pm
Well written and fun post, Stevie! ... We don't have dogs but I have a lot of fun spoiling my granddogs and the neighbors dogs. The kids and the neighbors are rather put off at what their dogs will do to get a treat from me! ... Your pals are great looking, Stevie. They don't look like they want for anything- except that one extra crumb that might fall from your plate!
Apr. 18, 2012 9:05 pm
Mike, what's the point in having "kids" if they're not spoiled rotten! And, yes... there's always a crumb to be found, if they simply look hard enough! Be well!
Apr. 21, 2012 8:30 am
I enjoyed your post immensely, Stevie. I have tears running down my face because I can feel the love you have for your two precious ones. I'm laughing and crying all at the same time! I too have 2 "kids" and they too sit at my elbows. Daisy, the most beautiful and sweet natured white lab, sits patiently for awhile, but when nothing is forthcoming, she gently but forcefully nudges her way under my arm in an effort to reach my hands and finally get her treat. Taladro (Spanish for jackhammer, or some such thing) we took from someone on the street who was trying to abandon him....he barely fit in the palm of my hand but now stands abouit 2 feet or so. He sits with his head cocked sideways gazing at me with this intense stare. They; eventually get what they are waiting for and just as they love unconditionally, they devour unconditionally. I'm just happy they don't complain like my husband does!
Apr. 21, 2012 5:38 pm
Mamabing... thnaks for the comment! Sometimes my "babble" just seems silly, but to me, (most of the time) there's a point! I can see your precious ones! Ours get a "cookie" after dinner each night... you'd think I'd tossed a couple of raw steaks on the floor! BUT, I can't help but save them each a bite of my lunch, lol! Tonight, they're also getting some l/o chuck roast that I didn't care for... (Is it a doggy holiday?) Be well!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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