Tasty Tuesday – Collard Green Cigars

Hey It’s Jet Here.

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

I’m not sure what made Mom give Koko *OTRB*and I collard green stems from her garden a few years back.  Maybe it was Miss Margie, from Bee Heaven Farm, who told Mom how much her dogs loved zucchini and ate them like cigars.  Anyway, Mom was preparing the dish below one day and gave it a try.  We LOVED them.  Mom loved the crunch, crunch, crunch sounds we made as we smoked devoured the stems.  From then on, she set aside stems for us as treats.

When Mom shopped for her UMiami class at the new Publix this weekend, the Organic veggie section looked vibrant.  She selected a bunch of organic collard greens along with her grocery list items for class.

I’ll have her list the ingredients now and you’ll see how JJ liked her first exposure to collard green stems!  Click here to see the full series of recipe photos.

Mom’s Collard Greens with Grains & Turkey Bacon

  • 1 bunch collard greens, stems removed, sliced into ribbons* (otherwise what’s the point of the recipe I ask!)
  • 1 package of turkey bacon (an extra for her faithful Kitchen K-9s would be thoughtful)
  • 1 onion, chopped**
  • Garlic, grated, diced, or sliced***
  • Ginger, grated, diced, or sliced (optional)
  • Grains****
  • Olive oil
  •  *You can substitute kale, chard, dandelion greens, mustard greens or any combination of same.
  • **Use the size which coordinates to how much you enjoy onions!  You can substitute shallot or scallion if you wish.
  • ***Same rule as onion or you can omit.
  • **** Mom used oat groats, a bit of rye berries and kamut this time already cooked in the rice cooker.  She placed 1 ½ c. grain with 3 cups low sodium chicken stock, with a quarter size circle of olive oil.  She added about 1 cup of cooked grains and used the rest in another recipe.  Feel free to substitute rice, pasta, potatoes – experiment!

Heat a smidge of oil in sauté pan.  Place as many slices of turkey bacon as fit comfortably in pan.  Cook according to package directions.  Remove onto paper towels or straight on to cutting board if not too greasy.  Cut into small pieces when cool enough to handle.

As the turkey bacon cools, heat another tablespoon or so of olive oil in the same pan over medium heat.
(Adjust the amount of oil depending on how much grease your turkey bacon left in the pan.)  Add onion and sauté until softened and translucent.  Feel free to keep going to carmelized!   Add garlic if using, then ginger if using.  Add collard ribbons and stir until they turn kelly green, about 2 minutes.  Add grain and stir to warm.  (Add a little chicken stock or water if the pan is dry.) Add turkey bacon back to mix in.  Add any herbs and spices you enjoy.  Mom used fennel with her onions this time. Sometimes she add sweet red pepper.

Another great collard green stem day.



Mischief Monday – Crazy Contraption

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Look at this contraption…

This thingie is vital for the transcriptionist (MOM!) to convey my:

  • Innermost thoughts,
  • Musings,
  • Comments to my blogpals,
  • Rapier wit,
  • Negotiations skills when required,
  • Expert detecting process and conclusions,
  • Comedic repartee,
  • Well wishes,
  • Condolences,
  • Daily adventures,
  • Family interactions,
  • Pack experiences etc…

For the last week or two, our keyboard has:

  • Frozen for seconds to minutes,
  • Typed gobbledygook when Mom swears she pressed certain letters,
  • Changed lower case to upper case and vice versa,
  • Required Mom to pound on each letter (not helpful for repetitive strain),
  • Required mom to switch programs, cut and paste or close down and reopen stuff to kickstart the thingie.

I watched Mom problem solve by:

  • changing the batteries,
  • cleaning the keyboard,
  • shaking the keyboard (when she felt like throwing it!),
  • and checking the tower all to no avail.

Since biscuit money is a bit scarce, she’s trying to make do.  She told me that commenting can take up to 5 minutes per post, her newsletter required about an extra hour (5-7 instead of 4-6), and let’s not begin to discuss her regular word processing or recipe inputting.

For all these reasons, I call MISCHIEF on the crazy contraption!

Another great except for the keyboard, day.

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.

Our Eleventh Black & White Sunday – Racing Stripes

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As requested, here are the best photos we have of my racing stripes.  Here’s my left stripe…

Here’s my right stripe…  (Sometimes Miss Mary Ann calls me Grease Lightning!)

Another great racing stripe day.

Thanks to My Life in Blog Years ​and Dachshund Nola for hosting the Black and White Sunday blog hop.

A View From Above

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Ever since Fluffy crossed *OTRB* this past August, Puffy shied away from their personal water fountain, aka Mom’s sink!  For over a decade, the pair would jump up to Mom’s sink several times a day expecting a deluge (VBP – vocab builder project) of running water from the once novel Kohler bird bath style sink.  This week, apparently, the appropriate amount of grieving time passed and Puff returned to his spot, demanding fresh running water.  Mom gladly reprised (VBP) the ritual.

A new dimension of the ritual occurred with the arrival of JJ last December.  She would go right up to the edge of the counter-top and sniff Puffy and Fluffy.  The Puffster would have no part of that and thwap her with his front paw, hissing all the while.  You would think after almost a year, Little Miss Felines Still Look Like Toys would get the hint.  No Sirree  Bob!  It happened yet again each night this week as the Puffer returned to his perch.

When Little Miss Curiosity gets thwapped and hissed at, she thinks that’s the starting sign for a fresh game of wrestle with ‘ol Jetty Boy.  Mom caught the Puffmeister tonight looking with disdain (VBP) at our evening Wrestlemania match.

Notice the relocated sneaker, Little Miss Interior Designer felt the need to shift the footwear from the kitchen to the bathroom.  Get ready for my masterful “Disappearing Jetty” move…

Another great return to the sink day.

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

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Follow Up Friday – Weighty Issue Edition

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Our 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 recently turned her wonderful idea into a new blog hop!

Oh, Mom and I have a Hurricane Sandy donation follow-up to share before we begin our weekly roundup.  Remember Mom and I decided to donate to Best Friends Sandy Relief Fund?  Well, a few nights later, Mom’s minding the kitchen making her dinner when the phone rings.  Out of the blue, one of the founders of Best Friends says hello and tells her he wants to thank her for her donation.  Now, we wish we could share that the donation was monumental in size; however, truthfully, it was modest.  (Tough times at Casa Jet, like in many other homes.)

Mom shared why she selected Best Friends, that she and my human sister had volunteered there, and that I interviewed Miss Ledy Vankavage about BSL in the spring.  Mom offered my interviewing skills anytime he thought my blog could help.  Go Mom!  Mr. Best Friends thanked Mom and I for the offer, thanked us again for the donation and wished us a good evening.  Wow.

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop – DIY Houses

Mom found an article describing really cool, modern, unusual DIY K9 houses.  Unfortunately, we realized they mainly served more petite heritages than ‘ol Jetty boy!  We appreciated the creativity of our feline friends who thought some of the offerings would suit them just fine.  Our petite heritage pals shared which designs resonated (VBP – vocab builder project) with them best.  Finally, K9 pals considered part of the mid-size to extra large breeds like Little Miss Golden Girl and I, communicated that they, too, considered their human’s entire abode (VBP) their DIY K9 home!

Sunday – Black & White Blog Hop – Foreshadowing

We left you with a mystery, a clue in fact, to the subject of our upcoming Monday post.  While a few pals guessed, no one deduced (VBP – I’m on a roll!) the answer.  One reader said it looked like I was at the dentist instead of the doctor!!!

Mischief Monday Blog Hop – Sliding Scale

So many readers sent in supportive words about my need for a small amount of daily medicine for my hypothyroidism.  Many of my K9 blogpals said they live with the same condition or some of their fursiblings *OTRB* and present had this issue as well. A few of my human friends wrote that they have the same thingie, too!  Who knew?    I’m A-OK and deeply appreciated your kind words of support… and agreement about the whole weight taking in public!

Tasty Tuesday – Holiday String Beans

JJ and I, Mom’s faithful Kitchen K9s, appreciate your positive feedback about our recipe selections this week.  We do have a mindfulness apology though.  You see, our friend, Bacon, from Piglove, mentioned he would enjoy one of the recipes MINUS THE BACON.  Whoops, not very PC of Casa Jet.  We suggested that veggie bacon or turkey bacon could serve as proper substitutes.  A  few K9 responses mentioned the continued distaste for green veggies.  We threw in a hint; try a dab of peanut butter to get you started!

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop – Maggie, finally!

After many years, Mom finally met Mr. David’s fur family member, Maggie.  When she downloaded the photo from her phone, we were amazed that the photo looked like a painting!  Among many complimentary comments, we had a few requests for a play date/date with the beautiful Maggie!  We’ll share your requests with Mr. David upon his return from that Honeymoon thingie!

Thankful Thursday – Frosty Paws!

We finally celebrated my Gotcha Day with the Frosty Paws gift certificate we won (first EVER win) from Adventures of a Dog Mom.  So many of you enjoyed our photos and said how much you love the delectable ice cream, too.  My buddy, Gizmo, gave me a pawesome present, his homemade recipe for Frosty Paws!  Mom entered the recipe into her Kitchen Counselor data base with Gizmo as the author of course.  We shared the recipe with Gizmo (for his recipe collection) and some pals in other countries that may not have access to the product.  Let us know if you want Mom to email you as well!  Thank you again for your Gotcha Day wishes.

Another yummy FUF day!



Thankful Thursday – It Finally Happened

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Remember Mom spent my Gotcha Day in Cleveland at her Summer Camp Reunion?  Well, this week most of the elements for a little family celebration fell into place.  You see, the week before Mom went to Cleveland, Good ‘Ol Jetty Boy won his first EVER raffle.  Boomer, Dottie and Miss Emily from Adventures of a Dog Mom raffled off gifts from Frosty Paws and I WON one of them! We love Boomer, Dottie and Miss Emily’s adventures and Miss Emily’s restaurant reviews as well.

Miss Emily kindly sent our gift in the mail.

Mom explained we would celebrate when she returned, then stuff happened, (like we couldn’t find a store that carried Frosty Paws, hmpf),  and FINALLY, this week, we celebrated!  Here’s what it looked like.

At this point, JJ and I, always at the ready for some Kitchen K9 QC (quality control), realized something special was happening.  Then, Mom peeled off the top.

Mom contemplated (VBP – vocab builder project) how best to serve our swanky treat… she didn’t want the cups used as hockey pucks!

Oh, *lick*, the stuff, *lick*, *slurp*, delectable, (robo licking continues), love this stuff, *lick*, *sniff*, where did it all go?  Must work off calories… (only saying that because of Monday’s post

Little Miss Chewminator went for the stuffie… I let her know that this time, I would at least like a moment with Mr. Frosty Paws.

Here’s how long that lasted…

Another great Gotcha Day, Raffle win celebration!

We recently joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog (formerly by Cokie the Cat!)

Wordless Wednesday: Mom FINALLY meets Maggie

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After several years of practicing advanced patience, Mom finally met Mr. David’s King Charles Cavalier, Maggie.  Yes, Maggie:

  • adorned (VBP – vocab builder project) the screen saver on Mr. David’s computer,
  • won various contests in Mr. David’s county,
  • and provided Mr. David with wonderful stories to share.

Yet, somehow, years passed and Mom never had the pleasure of giving Maggie her proper due. Until… a week and a half ago…

Looks like a painting rather than a photo, right?

Another great Maggie day.

Thanks to BlogPaws for sponsoring the Wordless Wednesday Hop.

Tasty Tuesday – String Beans for the Holidays

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

With Thanksgiving around the corner (for our blogpals in the USA like us), we thought you might like a few new ideas for the classic green bean.  Mom steamed hers this week to go along with a new version of turkey meatloaf with fennel and veggies.  (Remember we tried fennel last week?)

Little Miss I’m Getting into the Veggie Thing snapped up her raw string bean tidbit, while I enjoyed mine in repose (VBP – vocab builder project).  BTW, you can get a glimpse of my racing stripes (requested by Daisy yesterday) in the photo.

Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Bacon

  • 1/4 pound bacon, roughly chopped (Mom says you can substitute turkey bacon or vegetarian bacon as you wish)
  • 1 1/2 pound green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (no fussing, Mom says use whatever vinegar you have on hand…)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 (4 ounces) log goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a papertowel-lined plate to let drain.  Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and transfer to a large platter. Scatter bacon, cranberries, goat cheese and parsley over the top and serve.

Would you like to try a modern/vegan version of the traditional “Green Bean Casserole?”

Green Bean and Wild Mushroom Casserole

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced into thin moons
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 ounces wild mushrooms (chanterelle, morel or porcini), wiped clean and
  • thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh shiitake or button mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 4 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 3 cups Silk Unsweetened Soymilk (Mom would use almond milk!)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • Additional sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Two 10-ounce bags of frozen cut green beans thawed or 1&1/2 pounds of  fresh green beans cooked in salted water for 5 minutes, then drained.
  • 1. Preheat oven to 30°F. Lightly oil a 2-quart baking or casserole dish.
  • 2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil or butter in a large heavy saucepan,  over medium heat. Add the onions, season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and  cook the onions until slightly browned and soft, about 10-12 minutes.  Remove the onions with a spoon and set aside.
  • 3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the large heavy saucepan and then add the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms over medium high heat, stirring often, until they begin to brown and there is very little liquid, about 5 minutes.  Add the red wine and cook for about 1 minute or until completely evaporated.
  • 4. Sift the flour into the mushrooms and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon over medium heat until the flour is browned slightly in color, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 2 minutes.
  • 5. In a small saucepan, heat the soymilk with the bay leaf to just below the boiling point and turn off heat. Remove the bay leaf and slowly whisk the hot soymilk into the mushrooms, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Return the saucepan to the heat, bring the sauce to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring often and cook for about 8-10 minutes until it reaches the consistency of a thick cream soup.
  • 6. Stir in the tamari, salt and some freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • 7. Add the green beans and 1/2 cup of the onions. Place in the buttered casserole dish, top with remaining onions and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes.

Another great green bean/string bean day.



Mischief Monday – The Sliding Scale

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Yesterday, we left you with a question, boy did we pique (VBP – vocab builder project) your curiosity.

Every time I celebrate my Gotcha Day, I have to visit Dr. Schaffer.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the attention Miss Judy gives me in the waiting area, along with the vet techs.  Sometimes, other families inquire about my heritage and want to give me lovies, too.  The downside, I know those pokes and prods are going to happen.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  Atypically (VBP – vocab builder project), JJ joined Mom and I this go round because Little Miss Itchy Ears needed yet another double ear check.

After our initial greeting, form signing and such, Dr. Schaffer came out to say hello.  Of course, Little Miss Professional Paw Shaker gave her usual enthusiastic shake infinitum!  I offered my manly man to manly man hello.  And then Miss Judy requested the weight checks for our charts. Mom rounded me onto the scale first and after two attempts, that nasty piece of machinery finalized at 82 lbs of Jettiness.  JJ, clocked in at her usual svelte 56. whatever lbs.

Miss Judy pointed out that last year, I weighed 75!  Mom concurred, stating that my harness had become a bit snug.  Ladies!  Really? In front of Dr. Schaffer and the vet tech?  Have a heart, weight is a sensitive issue for K9s, too.  Mom looked at Dr. Schaffer and told him that I eat less than Little Miss Scale Show Off unless someone is doing something she is unaware of.  Dr. Schaffer said he would see how my exam went and discuss the issue more.

Here’s JJ pretending to be invisible so as not to have her ears checked!  Dr. Schaffer, nimble and kind, met her in her hiding spot and declared her ears “on the right track!”  Now she’s on maintenance, whoo hoo!

Mom peeked through the window and snapped some photos of Dr. Schaffer doing the unmentionables and paying close attention to my cool racing stripes on my front paws.  When we returned to Mom and JJ, Mom mentioned that my stripes appeared over the last year.

Well, turns out that the stripes contain my PUPPY FUR!  We learned that puppy fur (when you’re older) can be a sign of hypothyroidism.  Dr. Schaffer asked Mom if it seemed like I gained weight on air.  Mom replied yes.  Tick off another symptom box.  Dr. Schaffer said he would run a blood test (already extracted, thank heaven) and let Mom know.  He said hypothyroidism is fairly common in middle age K9s with retriever heritage.

Well, it turns out my case is mild and I can take medicine to help.  I knew that scale thingie played Mischief on ‘ol Jetty boy!

Another great, weights and measures day.

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.

Our Tenth Black & White Sunday – Foreshadowing

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Something in Dr. Schaffer’s office below will be the subject of mischief tomorrow.  Any ideas?

Another great (minus the pokes and prods) visit with Dr. Schaffer.

Thanks to My Life in Blog Years ​and Dachshund Nola for hosting the Black and White Sunday blog hop.