Cooking and Baking
If you have been following Raising Healthy Dog posts, you know that I love to cook and bake for my pups. The following products are some of my must haves.
To make dog cookies, you may want some cookie cutters. This cookie cutter set comes with three different sizes. What I like best is that the cookie cutters come in its own adorable case. That way I always have the perfect cutter ready for the perfect dog!
Fox Run Dog Bone Cookie Cutter Set
With Valentine’s Day coming up, these cookie cutters are always a big hit. With various sizes you can get really creative with the cookies you make. I like to make a peanut butter sandwich cookie with the larger cutter.
Kaiser Bakeware Heart Cookie Cutter, Set of 6
I saw a product review several years ago on America’s Test Kitchen (Now Cook’s County). They tested all sorts of cookie sheets and this one was a clear winner. I bought a few and have been using them ever since. They are the perfect weight and although they are not “non-stick”, I have never had a problem with things sticking. As a matter of fact, that is why I bought them in the first place. My non-stick pans were peeling off and stuck to the bottom of the cookies. (That can’t be good!)
Lincoln Wear-Ever® Standard Duty Half-Size Sheet Pan 18 GUAGE
The CIA Master’s wire cooling rack fits perfectly in the Lincoln Half-sized sheet pan and was again recommended by America’s Test Kitchen. I have been using this too for several years and it has held up nicely over the years. It is also super easy to clean.
CIA 23304 Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel
The next three items are from the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) Master’s Collection. I have been taking classes at the CIA for a few years now and have really gotten to like the look and the feel of the stainless steel cooking implements. They are a little pricey but these will be the last measuring cups and spoons you will ever need to buy. One of my dogs (Chester) is a chewer who loves cooking implements so sadly I did have to re-buy the silicon spatula. Product sales benefit The Culinary Institute of America Scholarship Fund so I do not mind that I pay a little more. The world needs more good chefs and cooks!
CIA Masters Collection Stainless Steel 4-Piece Measuring Cup Set
CIA Masters Collection Measuring Spoon Set
CIA Masters Collection Heat Resistant Silicone Chef’s Spatula
And this last item is my favorite item…The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer. For years I would watch the cooking shows and everyone had a KitchenAid. I would watch the shows and dream of owning one but just never did. Then one day I got a catalog in the mail and they had the mixer in a beautiful shade of blue and I just could not resist any longer. I have had it about three years now and just can’t say enough good things about it.
KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, White
For rolling out the dough to make cookies I like to use a non-stick silicone baking mat. It can also be used to make any pan “non-stick” by placing it in the bottom of the cookie sheet. I just use it to roll dough. Because of its not-stick properties, it make cookie cutting very easy without adding additional flour.
DeMarle 2409 Silpat 11-5/8-by-16-1/2-Inch Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat
Rolling pins come in various shapes and sizes but this is the one I like the best. It is plain, simple and beautiful to the touch. It is also easy to clean and rolls the dough as it should.
Vic Firth French Rolling Pin
Another handy tool for working with dough it a dough scraper. I like this one from Oxo Good Grips because it has measurements on the blade which comes in handy for shaping and cutting.
Oxo 73281 OXO Good Grips Pastry Scraper
KitchenAid KSB560ER 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar, Empire Red
Now Foods Liver Powder, 12-Ounce
Spinach Powder Organic – Spinacia oleracea, 1 lb,(Starwest Botanicals)