Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Doggie Treats for Xmas - and Cookbooklette Winners!

As promised, I bring you Snoopy in his Santa outfit! He doesn't like the hat at all, but he loves wearing his little Santa jacket. (Don't worry, I only make him wear the hat for pictures.) I'm not sure why, but he is oddly crazy about wearing jackets. My only guess is that whoever had him before we adopted him made him wear lots of jackets. Whenever he has his Santa outfit on, his name officially becomes "Santa," and it is against the law to call him Snoopy again until he takes off his outfit.

In fact, I got Snoopy a new raincoat from Lands End, because he really doesn't like getting wet. It doesn't quite cover his rear end, but I hope it's better than nothing.

It even says "Snoopy" on it! Squee! You know you are in trouble when you start buying doggie jackets with their names embroidered on them. God help me.

Speaking of doggies, we have three excellent doggies and everyone knows that doggies need christmas presents too. At least, that's what "Santa" told me! So, I decided to try my hand at homemade sweet potato chews. I looked around online and found some easy guidelines:
Cut a bunch of sweet potatoes into scant 1/4" slices (excellent time to use your mandoline!). Put them in the oven straight onto the racks (not on baking sheets), preheated to 250 F, and cook for 3 hours. Easy! They are crunchy and the doggies love them so much! Merry Holidays to all our Doggie Friends.

Lastly! Santa wants to send out Holiday Cookbooklettes to all the winners of my annual cookbooklette giveaway!
Congratulations to:
Celyn, Tahinitoo, Caitlin, Kirsten, Lauren Lowe, John P, Catherine Denis, Amber Shea, Kaycee, Nichole, Emily, Rebecca, Ela, Hannah, Fanny, Hannah, Kaite, Meg, Luciana, Molly G., Becca, Lizzie Bordello, Agati, Eat Me Delicious, Jared, Kirsten, MizzBzVegan, Jolca, and Bean!
Merry Holidays to You All!
I'll email you for your address, so go check your inbox!


  1. Anonymous5:07 PM

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much!!! I am mighty excited to receive your cookbooklette!!! And, Snoopy is cute as heck.

  2. I'm guessing the people before you never let Snoopy wear jackets... he's got the good life now. And he is quite the fashionable dog.

  3. Amey <3 Snoopy <3

  4. Snoopy is so cute! Also um, I just got a package in the mail today- a green Land's End dog coat with my beagle's name embroidered on it. Ha! I wondered if I was getting weird. :)

  5. Agh, the Santa outfit is so cute! I love the hat. I am going to go add sweet potatoes to my shopping list right now and make some of those for my Greyhound - I got him some store-bought dried sweet potato slices once and he really dug them, but they were just too expensive to buy on a regular basis. These will be perfect for in his stocking (yes, he has a stocking - it is in the shape of a paw).

    p.s. I emailed you my info earlier this morning. :)

  6. Snoopy/Santa is so adorable! He looks so much like a Snoopy too. My dog has that same raincoat in black. But no name embroidered. I feel like a bad dog mom now.

    Love the treat ideas. I've done it in the dehydrator with sweet potatoes but the oven is a god alternative too.

  7. For 2012 lets make a commitment to post recipes that are truly healthy for us healthy foods, no more "Vegan Junk FOOD
    This article was found on vegsource.
    you (amey) must feel everything vegan in moderation is okay
    I criticized you for making a chocolate cake for someones birthday.
    I was excused of being hateful.
    No I was not being hateful, I was just stating the facts, something you and you followers don't want to hear.
    with that said
    Happy Healthy New Year to everyone.
    ps the post may be to big form the rest of the article go here
    Sarah Taylor
    Posted December 22, 2011
    Heroin and Chocolate
    We are often told that “all things are okay in moderation.” A little bit of chocolate, a couple of glasses of wine, a small piece of cake… As long as we eat and drink in moderation, all is well. But is it really?

    Heroin comes from a plant – hey, it’s vegan! – yet would we argue that heroin, in moderation, is okay? Of course not. Heroin is addictive, and people who get addicted to heroin have a heck of a time getting off it. Many never do, and die from their heroin addiction.

    What does this have to do with chocolate? Chocolate, indeed many other foods as well, like cheese, sugar and meat, is also addictive. I don’t mean that in a trite way. I mean they are totally addictive, like heroin is. Studies show that when we eat these foods, receptors in our brains start firing off, giving us strong feelings of pleasure, just like heroin. We start craving these foods, eat them when we aren’t even hungry, and go to great lengths to get them. As Neal Barnard, MD, points out in his new book, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, “No one ever went to a convenience store at 9:00 at night to buy cauliflower.” (page 37) Why? Because cauliflower is not addictive. Broccoli, lentils, carrots, spinach, chickpeas … they are not addictive. We don’t have unnatural cravings for them and we don’t overeat them when they are in their natural, wholesome states.
    But let’s get back to chocolate and heroin. Heroin snatches people into its deathly grip by firing off pleasure receptors in the brain every time a person takes heroin. When you don’t take it, the brain starts having massive cravings, and the person will go crazy trying to get a hit so that they’re pleasure receptors will once again be satiated. The need is so strong that they will steal from their own mother, alienate themselves from family and friends, and put themselves in danger to get the money to buy more heroin.

    And isn’t that true, to a lesser extent admittedly, with chocolate and other addictive foods? I have, and know many who have also, snuck away with chocolate, sugar or other treats and scarfed them down alone in a secret place where they couldn’t get caught. I know people who have passed up an opportunity to go out with friends so they could stay at home with a gallon of ice cream. A good friend ate her husband’s birthday pie – the entire pie – before he got home from work to have any himself. Another person I know sat alone in her car in the driveway and ate a large bag of Doritos before her husband came out, knocked on the window, and said, “What the F*%& are you doing???” Hmmm. Sounds vaguely familiar. In fact, sounds just like the behaviors of an addict.
    Still not convinced that food can be truly addictive? Then let me hit you over the head with this study: Researchers at the University of Michigan did a study in chocolate bingers using the drug Naloxone[1]. Naloxone is a drug used to treat heroin addicts, and it works by blocking the receptors in the brain that heroin stimulates.
    For the rest of the please go to Vegsource

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  9. Good Morning Amey!
    It ws so wonderful to see you this week. These are super cute pictures of Snoopy. He's such a ham. So sweet! Love you...


  10. The booklet is lovely, thank you so much, Amey! Snoopy is really patient. Our dog doesn't mind coats, but we have about 3 seconds to take a photo before she pushes a hat off with her paws. I hope your holidays were wonderful!


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