Life Lessons from the Dog

I am sorry (yet again) for such a long absence! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that we have gone through quite a few changes recently (new house, new job being some of the big ones)!

Boca chasing the Ball in one of her last days on her feet

Boca chasing the Ball in one of her last days on her feet

Sunday night September 7, 2014 Boca refused food and was just laying around way more than normal. If you are a frequent reader here, you are familiar with Boca (who was featured by Huffington Post as they talked about my amazing Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats) and know that her refusing food is about as shocking as Mr. Teacher-Chef turning down food! I knew something was really wrong when her stomach was rock hard, she refused food, and then yelped jumping into the car. We rushed to the animal hospital where they saw something disturbing on her tummy x-ray. Exploratory Stomach Surgery and they found no blockage, but did find non-functional intestines. Fast-Forward a day or two and the Doctor thinks she strained to poop (sorry, I know this is a food blog and we shouldn’t be talking poop – but, ya know) and lost function of her hind quarters. A few days of Laser Therapy and Chiropractic and no improvement and we pulled her from the 1st Vet and brought her to a specialist (at the same office where Boca had her TPLO two years ago – we love Valley Central).

2013 Boca Dog Bone

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Molecular Gastronomy Kit from Uncommon Goods

…and a giveaway

When I have a chance to combine learning and food – I get quite happy!

Molecular Gastronomy kit collage

The amazing folks at Uncommon Goods recently got in touch with me and offered to send me a product for me to review. After doing a little happy dance that they thought I (me, seriously!?) was worthy of getting one of their amazing gift ideas, I started searching. You know how some websites you start browsing and adding items to your cart to review and narrow down your choices later – and when you go to review you have like $1,000 of goodies in your cart? Yeah – well that was me on Uncommon Goods as I searched for gifts for women here. I had dozens of things in my cart – I mean how can you not love things like this or this or this! But then I had to narrow it down, I got it down to only gifts for cooks, and finally settled on this amazing Molecular Gastronomy Kit by -mostly because it was something I would never buy for myself and thought it would be amazing to cook and learn and play with!!! Continue reading

Baked Zucchini Crisps

When summer produce is in it’s prime, you have no excuse not to cram as much of the summer goodness into your face as possible! It is healthy, it is easily adaptable, it is fresh, and it is cost effective (especially if you or your neighbors/friends have a garden).

Baked Zucchini Chips | via 9865

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t – you probably should) then you saw a teaser photo of me doing some recipe testing of these things! Continue reading

Healthy Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Bites

Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Yogurt with Chocolate Drizzle | via teacher-chef 7330

Frozen Bananas covered in Chocolate are a classic summer dessert. The big companies have even caught on and you can buy chocolate covered bananas in the frozen food aisle – but this is so easy, I have no idea why you wouldn’t just make it at home for a fraction of the price. Peanut Butter & Banana AND Peanut Butter & Chocolate are both classic combinations which I just can’t seem to get enough of! Too much peanut butter or chocolate tend to not be so great for my waist though…

The addition of low-fat Yogurt to your Peanut Butter Coating really ups the health factor of these (you could pretty much eat them for breakfast with all that yogurt and banana – maybe top with some granola instead of chocolate and it is totally a frozen breakfast treat!). Continue reading

Banana Split Cupcake

I love a good Food Combination! Spaghetti & Meatballs, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Bacon & Eggs, Peaches & Cream, Spinach and Artichoke [Dip], Chips & Salsa, Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Ice Cream & Cake… you get the idea. This recipe combines two of everyone’s favorites – CUPCAKES and a BANANA SPLIT!

Banana Split Cupcakes |via teacher-chef 5150

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Dole Whip

If you have ever been to Disney World, there is a high chance that you have heard all about the Dole Whip. There is nearly a cult-like following for these frozen treats. People wait in lines nearly as long as the ride lines just to get one of these. This recipe is your Fast Pass to a Dole Whip. No need to buy a plane ticket. No need to purchase Park Passes or plan your whole day around Character Visits and the shortest lines for the top rides.

Pineapple Dole Whip | via teacher-chef 5347

This Dole Whip is a perfect way to cool down this summer! Whipped up from fresh and wholesome ingredients, it tastes like you really are indulging. In reality, your taste-buds are indulging and you are a frozen flash of fresh fruits and fabulous flavors!

Pineapple Dole Whip | via teacher-chef 5338

There are a LOT of versions of Dole Whip floating around the internet. Continue reading