Showing posts with label Kneading to Die. Show all posts
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Liz Mugavero's Strawberry Bites for Dogs

Please welcome our guest today, Liz Mugavero!

Hello again! What a thrill to be back in the Mystery Lover’s Kitchen talking about my favorite subject - treats for my four-legged friends. 

I love trying new things for the pups (and kitties, although they’re harder to please). My dogs - well, one of them at least - will eat pretty much anything I offer. So I can’t really go by her opinion on a new recipe. It’s when the other two dogs eat it that I know it stands a chance of being a hit. 

Such was the case with the strawberry bites. With spring in the air and summer berries right around the corner, I wanted to find something the dogs could enjoy while I’m drinking a natural, organic berry smoothie on the deck. Strawberry bites are a simple drop cookie that are easy to make and dogs love the fruity flavor. And yes - all three of the dogs ate these, so I know it’s a true hit. 

I’m very lucky to have a gourmet pet food store, The Big Biscuit, that I work with on treats. I can ask for treats of any flavor, shape, texture, you name it, and they’ll give me something yummy and healthy to try. Since I like to go with organic ingredients, I usually deviate from the basic recipes a bit and hunt around for my own flours and such. I love coconut flour for dog treats. Since going wheat and gluten-free myself, I’ve moved away from using the inexpensive, less healthy flours for my animals. The health benefits for them are just as positive.

I also like to buy local ingredients whenever possible. The honey in this recipe is even better if it’s local and organic. Same with your berries. Your babies will thank you for taking their health so seriously, and your local farms will be happy too!

2 cups flour (I use organic coconut flour)
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp local honey
3 tbsp butter (or dairy-free, soy-free alternative) or vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 & 1/4 cup of finely chopped strawberries (can use fresh or frozen)
Mix all wet ingredients and then add flour & baking powder. Mix in strawberries. Drop tablespoon size amounts of batter onto a cookie sheet and bake at 300F for 15-20 minutes. Can be dehydrated for about 10 hours for a longer lasting freshness.
Liz will give away a copy of her new book, A BISCUIT, A CASKET to one lucky commenter today!
Liz Mugavero is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. The first book in the series, Kneading to Die, is an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. A Biscuit, A Casket, is available now. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Nutty's Pumpkin Purrs from Guest Author Liz Mugavero

LUCY BURDETTE: Today I'm thrilled to introduce guest author Liz Mugavero, the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, set in the small (fictional) Connecticut town of Frog Ledge. The first in the series, Kneading to Die, is due out May 7. 

Welcome Liz, and please tell us a little about the books!

LIZ MUGAVERO: The series stars Kristan “Stan” Connor, a corporate PR bigshot who finds herself jobless after a scandal she can’t spin, and her Maine coon cat Nutty. Instead of jumping right back into the rat race, Stan finds her bliss in small town life and focuses on baking healthy, organic treats for Nutty and the neighborhood animals.

I love feeding my dogs and cats healthy treats and food. Before Stan, Nutty and their adventures, I always bought high quality treats but never made my own. So this has been a great opportunity to learn more about what’s really good for animals, test it out and help spread the word to people who have the same interests. You might be surprised to find out that delicious, nutritious pet treats are fit for you and me to eat, (albeit a bit mushier than we’re used to). That’s part of the reason pets love them! They can taste high quality. I tend to use organic ingredients from my local food co-op, and I buy my eggs from a Chinese doctor who feeds his chickens with special herbs. I’ve also found great organic spices at Whole Foods. Use whatever you feel comfortable with - and whatever your furbaby likes!These treats are good for dogs and cats. It’s a simple recipe so you can get an idea of what it takes to bake for your pet. There are plenty of recipes out there, and Stan is always trying new things, so you’ll never run out of ideas!

Nutty’s Pumpkin Purrs

    •    2 cups almond flour
    •    2 tsp. baking powder
    •    1/2 tsp vanilla
    •    2 tsp. cinnamon
    •    1/2 tsp. ground cloves
    •    3 eggs
    •    3/4 cup honey
    •    1/4 cup canola oil
    •    1 15 oz. can organic pumpkin puree

    1.    Preheat oven to 350° F
    2.    Mix all ingredients in large bowl.
    3.    Lightly spray muffin cups or line with cupcake papers.
    4.    Spoon mixture into each cup.
    5.    Bake for 15 minutes in a mini muffin pan or 25 minutes in a regular muffin pan.
    6.    Cool completely on a wire rack.

**News flash: Liz has a copy of Kneading to Die to give away to a lucky commenter today.**

When she’s not writing mysteries, Liz works in corporate communications in Hartford. Find her at, on Facebook  and Twitter.