The Gallivanting Gourmand
Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan
is a freelance writer based in the Montreal region. He is particularly keen about good food. In his day job, Greg is the executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

His previous columns are archived HERE.

Posted 12.15.03


Down, Fang, down!

This column is going to the dogs. Recently, I made a suggestion for a holiday cookie exchange and provided a recipe for human consumption. Then I thought it might be nice to give readers an opportunity to make something for those other members of the family who deserve holiday treats too.

It goes without saying that four-legged critters will beg until the cows come home for Christmas cookies, squares, and the dreaded fruitcake. While it may be appropriate to slip a little dry fruitcake to man's best friend while grandma isn't looking, you would never want to spoil a canine with expensive cheese balls and angels on horseback. We all put on a few extra pounds over the holiday season and puppy will too -- if fed too many party platters.

I think Santa would approve of giving our family pets something good to eat on Christmas Eve and I know most families set out stockings for Rover and Minou. I have witnessed kitty cats rolling in catnip with wide- eyed abandon at 7 a.m. on a Christmas morning while Mom and Dad sip special coffee. Dogs growl and bark at junior's new remote control fire truck while coveting kitty's treat and inevitably the tree falls down.

This year. at least, I'll be baking these dog biscuits so as to provide a little sanity to what is always a flurry of activity at too early an hour. Puppy will get to unwrap her own bag of goodies this Christmas. Now, where is that bottle of Baileys, dear?

Good Dog Goodies

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
3/4-cup nonfat dry milk
1 egg
1/2-cup vegetable oil
2 beef bouillon cubes that have been dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring until well blended. Knead dough for about 1 minute. On a floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4" thickness. Cut out bones and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool before placing in a jar.