Tasty Tuesday – Tail-gating

Hey It’s Jet Here.

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

The NBA Championship begins tonight between our Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Here at Casa Jet, we will tail-gate… RIGHT MOM?  In case Mom needed some K9 inspiration, I shared the following link from Rodale for 5 healthy treats.  HINT, HINT!   What?  These require a dehydrator? Hmpf… this will not do… at least for tonight…

What Mom? … Mom asked me, one of her Kitchen K9s,  to share a human recipe capturing the Miami Heat theme as well as the backyard mangos which have started to drop. Then she requested a K9 recipe capturing the Miami Heat theme, however, with different fruit, since mangos are not the best for K9s. Scooby Doo Academy trained Investigator Jetty on the job!

Pineapple-Mango Chili Popsicles

Makes 6 popsicles

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Start off by making simple syrup – bring water to a boil, add sugar and stir until completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool.
  • Add mango and pineapple to a blender or food processor and puree.  Mix in simple syrup, chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Pass the mixture through a strainer, and discard all solids.
  • Pour into Popsicle molds, and wait patiently while the freezer works its magic.  (Mom, The Kitchen Counselor, says you can make a granita if you do not have molds!)

Smoothie Dog Treat

  • 1 cup melon (no seeds) – (Jet: must be cantaloupe for Heat colors, unless you find a deep reddish color watermelon!)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana


  • Puree the fruit together in a blender to make a smoothie.
  • Once you have made the smoothie, you can either serve it straight away, (freeze in ice cube trays – our idea!) or freeze in containers to make a special fruit Popsicle. .
  • Don’t forget that you can stir in applesauce instead of pureeing apples for your smoothie.

Another, Let’s Go Heat, Let’s Feed Jetty, day!


28 thoughts on “Tasty Tuesday – Tail-gating

    • Hey Sampson, Hey Delilah, Jet here. Hi Miss Jodi.

      Miss Jodi, they are not toxic like citrus and grapes, however, because they have some citrus-like properties, we should not eat a lot. Now, that being said, because we’re medium sized K9s, Mom gives us a tidbit or 2 whenever she cuts a mango. I just LOVE them. Not sure about JJ yet.

  1. Sound tasty. There is a really cool fancy popsickle place with a truck and a few pop up shops in NYC its called peoples pops. They have everything including a chili lime, but I never tried that one

    urban hounds

    • Hey Urban Hounds, Jet here. Hi Miss Kate.

      Popsicles on wheels? Say it isn’t so… MOMMMMMMMMM!!!! Mom said we have them here, too, however haven’t caught up with one yet.

      Uh Miss Kate? Would you find us bold if we told you we read that you enjoy cooking and we think you would enjoy Mom’s 2x/month newsletter (free) called Servings??? If you want to sign up, go to http://www.thekitchencounselor.com.

  2. These sound so yummy! We are finally gettting some warmer weather after weeks of dreary rain, maybe I’ll get a chance to try this out. I love the idea of adding chilli powder. A little bit of heat makes everything better. Thanks for sharing this! I hope your team wins!

    • Hey Shiva, Jet here. Hi Miss Kristine.

      Mom asked me to share that she’s a bit new to the “heat”, she was raised with very mild foods. A little heat is also quite healthy she said. When Mom visited Montreal a few years back, she found mangos fairly easy to find. Do you experience the same in Calgary? (which Mom visited and enjoyed as well on another trip years and years ago.)

      Oh you are most kind to send good luck wishes for our HEATers… 🙂

      Glad you’re weather is improving, blue skies can do a great deal to lift the spirits we find.

    • Hey Savvy, Jet here.

      Gonna go in a minute… Mom insisted we take an afternoon snooze together so we had the stamina to stay up late for the HEAT/THUNDER game!

      Already you’ve said the kindest words, we are licking our chops (JJ and I) waiting for Mom to hurry up and go over to your post and read it to us!!!

      Paw pats to you, cutie pie.

      • Hey Savvy, Jetty here.

        Thanks for the support from the west coast cutie pie! If you don’t mind me saying… you’re already adorned in Heat colors… BOL!

      • Hey Savvy, Jetty here.

        We have red and also black away jerseys and white for home of course. Our logo has red, orange, and yellow, like flames! So, you and I both have the black and white covered! JJ is reddish/golden so she has that part covered! Mom wears her Heat shirts…

      • guys, remember…I am Russian Blue which means my fur is a totally fab dark rich blue gray color…but I saw the uniforms and I think I could pass if I wear my WLF beret 🙂 Sorry about the game last night 😦

      • Hey Savvy, Jetty here.

        Uh Oh… whoops, so… we have 2 excuses… 1. I’m colorblind, NOT MY FAULT… 2. Mom has ooolllddd computers both at work and at home. 😦 and 2 1/2… Mom needs distance glasses now…

        Thanks Savvy, they tried really hard… the OKC crowd was amazing and loud (you and I would freak out kinda loud…) it’s gonna be a tough series for my guys…

  3. Hi sweet Jetty – your Mom is so awesome – I love those recipes! Both Rex and Cassie love melons of any kind and coming running in when i start cutting them! Thanks for the info about the mangos I didn’t know that

    Guess what – Cassie went in the pool today and swam! When my BIL was here visiting in Feb he got her to go in and retrieve the tennis ball and she seemed to like it, but I’ve been lazy and haven’t tried it with her since then (it creates a mountain of wet towels) but today was so warm and the sky was so blue I just put down my ironing and said come on Cassie lets do it! She was so happy – she has a great doggy paddle! She seemed very proud of herself! filled my heart with joy to see her acting like a carefree silly Golden!

    Hope JJ is feeling better and doing ok –

    Sending GOOD LUCK HEAT goodnight wishes to you, JJ, Mom, Rachel and Pluffy xoxoxox

    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Wendy.

      Thanks for the Heat wishes, they really tried hard… OKC was amazing at the end though… boy do they have great fans!

      Mom asked me to share that she so appreciates your compliments, she’s still smiling. We can have small amounts of mango, just not bunches… especially the bigger K9s… We LOVE melons, too and love when Mom makes little melon balls just for us!

      OMD, that’s GREAT news about Cassie. Whoo hoo. Please send her paw pats from us! (paw pats borrowed from our friend, Savvy the cat!) See, she taught you about being in the moment, kudos all around.

      Not sure about the inner workings, however, you’d never know anything was amiss with Little Miss I’m so Darn Happy. 🙂

      Sending good morning wishes to you, Mr. David, Jacob, Cassie, Rex and Barkley xoxoxoxoxo

    • Hey Flo, Jet here.

      Mom asked me to share that she’s curious what varieties you grow there. We have mango festival here each July at our botanical gardens and they select a mangos from certain countries or parts of the world to celebrate and taste test!

      • Hi J

        A mango festival sounds like fun. I’m sure we’d never be able to do anything like that here – quarantine wouldn’t allow it. Australian fruit and farming industries are fiercely protected from any incoming diseases. The main varieties available in the shops are Kensington Pride and Calypso, and more recently one with a series of number and letters… somethine like R2E2 (not to be confused with R2D2, who is slightly more metallic). I’m not sure what the ones are which just grow all over the place, in people’s gardens and the parks. I’m fairly certain they’re not Kensington Pride because they are a diff. colour. 🙂 Our season starts in about October. Can’t wait. I never get bored of mango season!

      • Hey Flo, Jet here.

        Wow, we didn’t know that about the strict importing rules, makes sense though. Mom will look up those varieties to see if we have them here. She asked me to share that she thinks we have Kensington’s but not sure about the others. At the mango festival, they have an auction with about 50 varieties. She always wanted to attend, however has not had the opportunity.

        BOL about the R2D2… Maybe you can send us a photo of the backyard varieties when they are ready for harvest. Oh Mom asked me to ask you to ask your Mom if she wants a recipe for mango ketchup which ROCKS!

        Thanks for sharing Flo… 🙂

    • Hey brown dawgs, Jet here. Hi Miss Linda.

      OH NO, sorry to hear about mango allergy… folks down here have that too, some are only allergic to the skin/sap, so if others prepare, they can eat the flesh… some are allergic to the whole enchilada!

      Mom asked me to share that you might substitute peaches/nectarines???

  4. Those sound delicious! Mama is definitely trying these!

    Koly and Fe love Mango. While we don’t give it in huge qualities, it’s generally the pits and leaves stems that are actually dangerous. The fruit itself (along with most other citrus fruits) are just likely to have a mild laxative effect. Koly and his “guts of steel” have never proven this, though Felix has been known to have some issue that one time he ate half a mango himself!

    • Hey Kol, Hey Felix, Jet here. Hi Miss Jodi.

      Ah, thanks for the specifics on the mango and citrus… we never knew that. 🙂

      Dude, “guts of steel?” wow… we have sensitive kishkas! (yiddush term for insides)… BOL!

      We’re hoping for the first mango to fall in our yard soon… (or from the rabbi’s tree into our yard, he he he!!!)

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