Tasty Tuesday – We Love Kale Too!

Hey It’s Jet Here.

One of the silver linings from Mom’s new food playbook is the fact that the woman has gone cooking crazy!  She’s scoured Paw-Jet  her data base to see what draws her attention based on ingredients that will hopefully play nice in her intestines.  Little Miss QC (Quality Control) and I relish this turn of events.  JJ and I have stashed some photos from Mom’s recent cooking sessions.

Shitake Kale Soup 2-9-13 009Remember our collard greens, post?  Well, when Mom waved a bunch of delicate red kale (should carry the name purple really) over the colander to drain the rinse water, Little Miss Hopeful and I shimmied Paw-Jet our tushies toward the sink.  Mom quarter-turned to the cutting board and began removing the leaves, tearing them into bite sized pieces.  And then…

Bliss… she broke the first stem in half and …

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Little Miss Double the Recipe and I showed our gratitude for Mom’s choice to make twice the Shitake and Kale Soup with Sweet Potato by keeping up with the kale stems.  Here’s the recipe:

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Kale Shiitake Sweet Potato Soup 

  • 4 cups water or low-sodium vegetable stock (Mom used 1 box of low sodium veggie stock and 1 box of chicken low sodium because she thought she had 2 veggies and did not.  She would stick to the veggie stock next time and possibly use mushroom stock!)
  • Shitake Kale Soup 2-9-13 0021 cup fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled, chopped into 1/4 inch cubes (Mom thinks that she might use a regular potato or malanga next time, the sweet potato left the soup too sweet.)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh kale, washed and stems removed
  • 1 teaspoon Mellow white miso, per cup (Mom bought Mellow Yellow by mistake, no biggie!)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (Mom left this out for tummy reasons, she thinks the seeds would be delicious.)

Directions:

  • Shitake Kale Soup 2-9-13 013In a saucepan combine the water/broth, shitake mushrooms and sweet potato and bring to a boil. (At Casa Jetty, this takes forever, so, our times were longer…)
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the kale into bite size pieces and add to the soup.
  • Cook until tender, another 8 minutes.
  • Dissolve a teaspoon of light miso in a bowl with a small amount of broth.
  • Ladle in the soup and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Another great back to Tasty Tuesday day.

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our forty-first participating post!

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Follow Up Friday – Dear Blogville Edition

Hey It’s Jet Here.

follow-up-fridayOur friend, Miss Jodi, Heart Like a Dog, initiated this great idea to update readers on previous posts.  She created a lovely badge to go with her idea and has successfully turned her wonderful idea into a robust blog hop!

Saturday – Dear Blogville

dog chasing catWe appreciated the amount of time and care so many blogpals took to think about the difficult situation we faced last week.  Ruby let go of JJ, who saw and then zoomed after a feral cat while the homeowner had a very strong reaction.  Most of you had perspectives that resonated with Mom’s.  We have passed that way four times this week without incident.  No Mr. Homeowner sighting, though.

Sunday – Neve Makes Tracks

neve in packed car bwOur pack mate, Neve (we forgot to clarify she is a female!), stayed comfy cozy as Mr. Giovanni and Miss Beverly crossed either 8 states in 12 days or 12 states in 8 days, we forget!  Miss Beverly generously sent in this photo, which we thought had a cool composition.  Whoops, we still owe a bunch of comments from this day (Mom travels and spends very little time home on Sundays lately.)

Monday – Just Thinking About Mischief Potential

rachels rm door openA sliver of open door to a teenage room can really get your nose twitching!  Many of you wanted to know if Little Miss Curiosity and I went into Rachel’s room.  I, Gentleman Jetty, refrained from invading my human sister’s privacy.  Little Miss Can’t Resist did a fast investigation locating and delivering a wrapper of some sort to Mom.  Mom realized the source of the wrapper and quickly put a kibosh on further snooping.

Tuesday – Mom and JJ Finished the Book

SONY DSCGuess what? A few humans said they also read The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry.  Mom selected one of the recipes from author, Kathleen Flinn’s website.  She chose the Salad Nicoise because Little Miss Bon Appetit and I like almost every ingredient you see in the picture.  Lots of readers enjoyed the recipe, too!  Yippee!  Coincidentally, Mom’s Kitchen Counselor Newsletter eblasted Tuesday to some of our blogpals; Mom had a special thank you to them in this edition!

Wednesday – OCEARCH – Making Shark Tracks

amy sharkI would say the opinions were unanimous – great photos, great project, glad we live on land and do not encounter these 3,500 lb. creatures!  Several of you acknowledged and agreed the program creates a win/win for humans and sharks, whose populations have greatly declined.

Thursday – Mom Requests a Post of Her Own

blogpaws_conf_300x250Boy of boy, thank you for your kind words of understanding, empathy (VBP) and support for Mom.  I love you guys for that!  She worked on about 40 comments yesterday and hopefully will have some dig out time tomorrow, after her BlogTalk Radio show segment, too!  She promised to represent the Tropics as well as help me report when she attends BlogPaws.  What a leap of financial faith I tell ya!  She’s doing some of that nervous finger tapping stuff; however, I know she will figure it out.  (Coincidentally, she procured (VBP) a small, new, exciting part time job yesterday!)

Another great hats off to Blogville, week.



Tasty Tuesday: Mom and JJ Finished the Book

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Remember Little Miss Book Club’s recent literary/culinary mischief?

Well, they finally finished the book on Sunday night… or was it Monday in the very early morning after a manly man might have woken Mom up at 4 ish… can’t recall…

SONY DSCAnyway, the book offers a full roster of French recipes author, Kathleen Flinn, made during her experience at Le Cordon Bleu.  The ladies fetched the following recipe from Miss Kathleen’s website because it features many of my favorite ingredients.

Salade Niçoise

6Thyme-lemon vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Coarse salt, ground black pepper

3Potato Salad

  • 1 lb. Yukon gold or new potatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot

2 tomatoesSalad components

  • 1 cup, about 6 ounces, cooked green beans
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces butter lettuce, arugula or other simple greens
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, such as kalamata or Niçoise
  • 3 or 4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped or quartered
  • 12 anchovy fillets
  • 7 oz. can tuna, packed in olive oil 

Prepare the vinaigrette:
In a small bowl or jar, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, two pinches of salt, coarse ground pepper and shake or whisk together until emulsified. Set aside until needed.

Prepare the potato salad:
Steam or boil the potatoes just until tender. Cut into bite-sized pieces while still warm and toss gently with the white wine and stock. After a few minutes, toss again. Toss half the vinaigrette with the potatoes, chopped parsley and shallots.

Finish the salad:
SONY DSCArrange the cooked green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, hard-boiled eggs and olives in a bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette. Arrange the elements onto four plates, top each with the anchovies and tuna.

French Tip: To keep the green beans crisp and retain bright color, boil briefly just until tender, then plunge into an ice bath.

Another great bon appetit day!

P.S. Thanks for checking on me, my Nana & Poppi, and Mom… everyone’s about the same…

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our fortieth participating post!

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Follow Up Friday: Festival of Lights Edition

Hey It’s Jet Here.

We’re participating in the Channukah Crawl this year, whoo hoo! Today, Catself along with PerPetually Speaking are up.  Tomorrow, share the last Hannukah (I know, I spell it differently!) post with Cat Wisdom 101.

follow-up-fridayOur friend, Miss Jodi, Heart Like a Dog, initiated this great idea to update readers on previous posts.  She created a lovely badge to go with her idea and has successfully turned her wonderful idea into a robust blog hop!

We ordered our Dogs of Blogville Calendar this week.  Miss Jodi, Sampson and Delilah worked their fingers/paws to the bone creating this fabulous project.  The proceeds will divide evenly between two of our fellow bloggers who suffered severe damage in Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy.

Saturday: A+ Customer Service 

3Thanks to all of you who admired the color of JJ’s new leash/harness.  You appreciated the less than frequent experience of great customer service.  Update: Mom does not feel secure with the handle of the EZYdog Cujo leash and wrote to Mr. Brady again.  She told him she read the return instructions AFTER throwing the tags away.  He said we could send that segment of the leash back and exchange it for the Mutley, which has a handle Mom feels confident with.  Double A+ EZYdog!

Black & White Sunday: Hannukah with Friends 

hannukah 2012 2 bwWe enjoyed receiving so many comments appreciating the Channukah Crawl, since many blogpals were curious about our holiday’s history and customs.   You expressed how fun it was to have Miss Mary Ann and Dixie celebrate with us.  They generously gave us two gifts: super yummy (dried sweet potato) treats and super fun toys.  Mom’s still holding out because she knows Little Miss Chewminator will extinguish their sweet lives in less than 3 minutes!

Mischief Monday: Borrowed Mischief

sonomaOh did we receive fun captions and comments about Sonoma’s antics in the dishwasher!  Mom shared with Miss Jennifer, since she thoughtfully shared Sonoma’s mischief anticipating (I’m sure of it!) that Little Miss Festival of Lights and I would be on our best behavior!  OH! OH!  The paperback of Snoopy’s Master Mischief Class arrived… our copy crossed the Casa Jet threshold on Wednesday night!  Yippee, Yahoo… a MUST READ (BIAS ADMITTED!)  Great for the holidays, remember half of the proceeds helps Therapy Dog Programs!

Tasty Tuesday: Latkes for K9s or Lassie Latkes 

7For those unfamiliar with latkes, you enjoyed learning about the history and modern interpretations.  Many of you shared your family’s preferences regarding toppings: applesauce (Casa Jetty) and/or sour cream!  Little Miss Latke and I did the major happy dance when Mom prepared such beautiful samples for us.  She barely had time to snap pictures!  Mom posted step-by-step photos on her Kitchen Counselor FB page for your review!

Wordless Wednesday: Bandannas and Babushkas 

5Thank you for admiring the pawesome Hannukah bandannas made by Mollie, Alfie and Miss Stella and gifted to us by Savannah and Miss Linda.  You complimented our modeling style and got a kick out of our Mom’s goofing around changing the bandannas to babushkas!  Yes, I rocked a babushka… I’m just manly man enough to do it!

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Wednesday and a Half: Knotted (An Adaptation of Rapunzel Starring Princess Zena)

When preparing our Thursday post, we popped over to our pal PZ (Princess Zena) and coincidentally found one of our favorite styles of her posts – her story posts… as we read on… it featured… ME as the Handsome Prince!  Wowee wow wow… we just HAD to reblog it… if you didn’t have a chance to read it… besides having a starring role, yippee yahoo… PZ and her Producer created an amazing rendition of the timeless tale.  Thank you ever so much, PZ… you gave us a wonderfully unexpected gift.

knotted with PZ

Thankful Thursday: Awards and Appreciation 

boty-1starWe felt deeply fortunate to receive the Blog of the Year Award from Miss Ann of My Pawsitvely Pets.  Thanks for understanding we could only share the award with a few of the endlessly deserving blogs.  We explained what made us choose each blog we bestowed the award on.

hannukahGlad you thought the toys Mom gave to Austin for Hannukah rocked as much as Austin did.  Mr. Andy reports that Austin continues to tote the two new toys all over the house!  When Miss Judy mentioned that Austin likes all the toys Mom picks out, Mom replied that’s because they’re JJ tested and approved!

Another great Festival of Lights week.



Tasty Tuesday: Latkes for K9s or Lassie Latkes*

Hey It’s Jet Here.

tasty tuesdaysHave you enjoyed the Channukah Crawl as much as we have?  Boy oh boy, every post is so informative, interesting and uplifting.  Bet you’re not surprised that we selected to post on Tasty Tuesday!  Have to keep the cred as Mom’s Kitchen K9s you know.  Visit Meandering Moodys for another super Hannukah post.  Head over to Pumpkinpuddy and Spike the Cat tomorrow for more Hannukah celebrations.

We’re sending you to our feline pals Ateret, Livia and Abbi who posted the historical background of Hannukah so beautifully, including the detailed version of why we make latkes or potato pancakes.  (Speed version: the oil was expected to last one night and lasted eight, so, culturally, potato pancakes and donuts are featured.)

4Health concerns have entered the picture over the years, so, now, you can find baked latke recipes in place of fried.  Foodies, chefs and creative cooks have put their spin on ingredients, so, now, you can find: sweet potato latkes, parsnip latkes, spaghetti squash latkes, celery root latkes, beet and carrot latkes, zucchini latkes and Lassie Latkes*! (click here to see the varieties offered at this year’s Latke Festival.)

15Since traditional potato latkes contain onions, Mom knew she would make onion free sweet potato latkes.  Knowing that we enjoy parsnips, too, she thought she would search for a combo recipe.  When she found one that also included a chunky applesauce component, she printed and headed for the grocery store! (fever and all… gotta love Mom!)  Mom will share the recipe below, post photos on her Kitchen Counselor Facebook tomorrow with step-by-step pics and show you the experience from our eyes below.

Sweet Potato and Parsnip Latkes with Chunky 5-Spice Applesauce

For the Chunky 5-spice Applesauce:

  • 6 MacIntosh or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks (Mom used Fujis! See us testing below!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (Mom loved including this!)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Latkes:

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 pound parsnips, peeled
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup flour (Mom used whole wheat pastry flour, because she couldn’t find the spelt!)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

To finish:

Directions

For the applesauce: In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples, lemon juice, apple cider,lemon zest, 5-spice powder and sugar and stir to mix well. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until apples begin to break down, but are still chunky. Remove from heat and cool.

6For the latkes: On a box grater, grate the sweet potatoes and the parsnips. Combine potatoes and parsnip in a large bowl. Season with salt and toss to combine. Add flour and stir to distribute evenly. Add eggs and stir well. In a large saute pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil (Mom used about 1/4 inch in her cast iron pan). Form the potato mixture into 3-inch latkes that are about 1/2-inch thick. Add to oil and fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and season with salt. Repeat this procedure with all of the potato/parsnip mixture, adding more oil as necessary.

Serve with applesauce, sour cream and green onions.

As my BFF, Savannah, says… click on my pics to bigify!

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Among and within Jewish families, there can be a customs debate… do you eat applesauce or sour cream with your latkes?  Mom’s family was STRICTLY an applesauce family, although after asking her Aunt and my  Nana, they could not tell her why.  Mom’s heritage is predominantly (VBP) Lithuanian, although she’s not sure that contributes any insight.  After some research, Mom came up with two thoughts:

  • The history may be one of whether a family following Kosher Dietary rules wanted a dairy meal (sour cream) or a meat meal (applesauce).
  • Does the family prefer savory (sour cream) or sweet (applesauce)?

We agree and echo all the wishes written by our pals so far and wish to add that Little Miss Festival of Lights, Mom and I hope that all creatures have enough safe food and water to keep them healthy.

Another great sweet potato parsnip with chunky applesauce day!

Borrowed Mischief

Hey It’s Jet Here.

We’re participating in the Channukah Crawl this year, whoo hoo!  Visit our good feline friends, FaRaDaY, Maxwell and Allie from A Tonk’s Tail.  Tomorrow, we’re up (Tasty Tuesday of course!) along with Meandering Moodys (@danapixie) for more cool Hannukah (I know, I spell it differently!) info.

Since Little Miss Festival of Lights and I decided to exhibit Hannukah worthy behavior, Mom searched high and low for a contribution.

Well, last Friday, Mom’s biscuit earning place colleague and blog mentor, Miss Jennifer, coincidentally showed Mom the following photo of Sonoma:

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Welcome to the Monday Mischief crew, Sonoma!

Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life…for sponsoring the hop!  Click on any of the sponsors to join the hop.

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P.S.  Thanks for your continued pawesome support of Snoopy’s Master Mischief Class book… blogville ROCKS!  (The paperback is out, YIPPEE)…

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A+ Customer Service

Hey It’s Jet Here.

crawlbadge1Happy Hannukah for those who will celebrate at sundown.  We’re participating in the Channukah Crawl this year, whoo hoo!  Visit our feline friends, Ateret, Livia and Abbi and Miss Stephanie today over at Musings of a Cat Lady to learn about the Festival of Lights.  Tomorrow,  visit Gromek the Cat, for more cool Hannukah (I know, I spell it differently!) info.

top of leash 2You won’t believe what EZYDog did for Little Miss What Happened to My New Leash.  Because of a series of rather serious stuff landing atop Mom’s never ending “To-Do” list over the last year, she never took proactive steps to let Ms. EZYDog know that Little Miss Welcome to Casa Jet’s swanky pink camo Mutley leash shredded in two places within the first two to three weeks of usage.

where the 2 foot section connects with the 4 foot sectionFINALLY, Mom got it together and decided to deal with it over the Thanksgiving long weekend.  She wanted to call Ms. EZYDog, however, that option was not available.  Mom hmpfed a little.  She wrote the required email (she politely made her points) and poof… almost instantly she received a response from Mr. Brady.

Mr. Brady asked for some data and photos.  Mom took them speedy quick and sent them.  She showed Mr. Brady the difference from her interpretation of normal wear and tear and the original unraveling/shredding.  She wrote that she LOVED the handle, the color, the concept (Mom bought the extension) and explained a few reasons for her inappropriate delay in communication.

Mr. Brady acknowledged Mom’s photos and said he would replace the leash.  Immediately, Mom began bragging to everyone she encountered how well EZYDog handled our situation.  Mom told Mr. Brady she would accept the credit under the following conditions:

  • Mom and Mr. Brady would decide what would be the right items for JJ…
  • Mom would pay the difference if there was any…
  • Mom would write (well actually I would dictate, she would transcribe) a review for my blog…
  • Mom would write a review on the EZYDog site. (She told Mr. Brady she may need technical guidance.)

5Mom shared with Mr. Brady, that one of our blogpals had written a post on the harness with chest plate and would he recommend that for Little Miss I Learned to Pull from My Brother.  He guided Mom through her options and told Mom how to measure Little Miss Svelte (VBP – vocab builder project) for her harness.  Mom said it might take her a few days to get that done.  Mr. Brady said he input a credit for Mom and set up and ID and password.

Mom ordered Monday and the package arrived Thursday.  Mom unwrapped it today when she returned from the biscuit earning place and Little Miss Flaunt Her Pink Camo wore most of it tonight.  (more on that later…)

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Another great customer service day.

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

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