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[sticky post] Community Design Photo Contest

Before the holidays, I was contacted by LiveJournal about working with them to create a new (professional!) design for cooking that was more user-friendly, organized and attractive. They'd also like to help us promote the community on LJ in other communities and sites (including promotional placement on the LJ homepage).

On the topic of the design, though; we'd like to hold a photo contest here so that the community is represented in the design as well! Photos will be arranged in a collage for the header of the community. We will need at least five photos for this, and the exact number will be based on how many submissions (and therefore placements) we receive.

  1. Submitted photos must be photos you took yourself.

  2. Submitted photos must be cooking/food-related and not have a promotion or advertisement of any kind.

  3. Each person may submit up to two (2) photos in a comment to this post. All comments are screened.

  4. Photos should be at least 800px wide.

  5. Retouching is permitted for things like contrast, brightening, etc. but try not to go overboard with it.

  6. Photos must be submitted before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 Tuesday, February 24th 2015 @ 11:59PM EST (will extend if needed).

The top 3 entrants will receive a free paid account that lasts a year! \o/

Submission form for submitting one photo:

Submission form for submitting two photos:

Homemade Kitty Kibble!

I'll be honest -- I don't have kitties, so I've never tried making this. It sounds wonderful, though!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1 tsp. catnip (this aids in digestion)
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. wheat germ
1/3 cup powdered milk (you can find it in the baking aisle in the supermarket -- it's on the bottom shelf at mine)
1 tbsp. unsulphured molasses
2 tbsp. canola oil

Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix dry ingredients together.
Add molasses, egg, oil and milk.
Roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small, cat bite-sized pieces.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Let cool and store in tightly sealed container.

MEOW! :)


Doggie Biscuits!

OK, so this isn't "people food" I'm talking about here...but my girl dogs love these! They're easy too!

2 cups unbleached whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
pinch salt
1 egg
3 tbsp. canola (or vegetable) oil
3/4 cup chicken or beef broth
2 tsp. chopped parsley (dried is OK)

In one bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl whisk together the egg, oil, broth, and parsley until blended.

Gradually mix the flour mixture into the egg mixture until you have a soft dough. Knead it in the bowl until the stickiness is minimal (it's going to stick -- don't expect to have something like bread dough). Flatten into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for a 1/2 hour or so.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Unwrap dough and roll out to around 1/2" thickness. Cut with a doggie biscuit or other cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie tin about 1/2" apart and bake for 15-18 minutes or until dry but not burnt. Cool on a wire rack and store in a non-plastic container.

One recipe of this using my doggie biscuit cutter yielded 15 biscuits with a little left over...

Doggie rating: 4 WOOFS! :)


Homemade Doggie Biscuits!

OOH! The girlz are going nuts over these! The "girlz" are our 10-year old Missy the Alaskan Malamute and 2-year old Ember of unknown parentage...although I suspect she's got some shepherd in her...

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
6 tbsp margarine or bacon fat (I used margarine)
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 small jar strained beef (I used Gerber's baby food)
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp water
1 egg

Mix the above and knead for 2-3 minutes. You might have to add a little more water, as the mixture is somewhat dry. Once it's kneaded, let it rest for 15-20 minutes so the dough can "relax" and you'll be able to roll it out easier...

Roll out to about a 1/4-1/2" and cut into whatever shape(s) you want. There are dog bone cookie cutters out there. I don't have one, so I used a @" star cutter. Place cutouts on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Gather up the scraps, re-roll, and cut until there are none left.

Before baking, beat lightly:

1 beef bouillon cube or 1/2 tsp. beef bouillon granules dissolved in 1-2tbsp HOT water
(you want more of a concentrate rather than an actual broth)
1 egg

Let the concentrated bouillon cool a bit before adding egg. Brush this mixture atop the biscuits.

Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes, checking to make sure the tops don't singe. I baked my first batch for 12-14 minutes, and the insides were a little damp. The second batch I baked for the 18-20 minutes. They came out beautiful, except for the couple that were singed...eeek!

My batch made 48 stars...your yield might be more or less depending on what kind of cutter you use.

Beware...your pooches may clamor around your legs begging like ours did!




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