Human Food That Dogs Can Eat and Some Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Is there human food that dogs CAN eat?

There are some human foods that are safe to share with your four legged friends.

Remember to keep snacks to 10{ccdfc561878e9246e1a18999d5a21dd519dc1b039f0564ab04c9b3978134babb} of your dog’s overall calorie intake to ensure that they’re getting the nutrition they need from their high quality dog food.

Some human food that dogs can eat:

Air Popped Popcorn – popcorn is OK as long as it’s air popped and salt and butter free.

Fruits – apples, pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew

Fresh as well as frozen berries are fine. Watch out for seeds in melons and apples.

Lean Meat – chicken, turkey (no skin), fish, lean pork (no ham)

These are all safe for dogs as long as they’re boneless and cooked. Avoid excess fat.

Oatmeal – Duke loves steel cut oats with blueberries for breakfast. He shares just about 1/2 tablespoon with me most mornings.

Peanut Butter – Dogs do not appear to be sensitive to peanuts. You should watch out for peanut butter that is high in sugar and/or salt though.

Sunflower Seeds – Shelled sunflower seeds, preferably without salt and only in small amounts.

Rice – boiled rice is bland but it’s easy on your pooches stomach. Salt free rice cakes are OK too.

Vegetables – broccoli, carrots, green beans, peas, squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes (no green skin, sprouts or flesh)

My dogs LOVE tomatoes. Some people say that you shouldn’t feed your dog tomatoes but my research tells me that they’re OK in small amounts. It’s the actual tomato plants themselves that are poisonous so watch out for the stems.

Of course there are some foods you should never feed your dog. Some you may be aware of and some you may not. In doing my research I was surprised by some of them myself.



Cooked Bones

Excessive Fat

Grapes and Raisins


Macadamia Nuts

Milk and Dairy products


Onions and Garlic

Green Potatoes

Raw Egg Whites


Keep in mind this is only a partial list, there are other potentially dangerous substances you should keep out of your dog’s reach, including these…



Ibuprofen (Advil and other brands)

Excessive salt, sugar and sugar substitutes such as Xylitol

What you choose to feed your own dog is entirely up to you. If you have any questions or concerns you should always consult with your Vet.…

Making Rock Candy at Home Is Easy

If you are considering making candy at home, you will be hard-pressed to find one as trouble-free as rock candy. Lollipops are fun, and truffles and bonbons are possible, but they are all increasingly more demanding to make, so try rock candy first and get the utmost gratification for the least effort!

Here’s a simple and foolproof recipe how to make rock candy at home

Rock candy is so simple, it is the best possible choice of the many available options you have for making candy at home.

Start by attaching a light weight, even a paper clip will do (avoid the temptation to use “split shot” from the tackle box as these are made from lead), to the bottom of a piece of cotton string to weight it down and ensure it hangs straight when suspended. Tie one end of the string to the center of a pencil, so that when placed over the opening of a jar, the thread ends about an inch from the bottom. Prepare the string by wetting it and rolling it in some granulated sugar then setting it apart to dry. This procedure prepares a base layer for the sugar crystals to form upon when next we add the sugar solution.

Now, cook the sugar syrup. You can create sugar syrup by adding 2 cups granulated sugar for each 1 cup of water and bringing the solution to a boil. If you have a candy thermometer make sure the temperature reads 265 degrees Fahrenheit, if you don’t, boil for about two or three minutes for all the sugar to fully dissolved.

Careful! Hot sugar syrup requires care and cautious handling as it will burn badly if touched.

At this stage transfer the pot from the burner and add flavoring such as peppermint or lemon extract and a little food coloring if you wish. Stir them in with the minimum number of strokes. When the syrup is ready, pour it into the jar.

Now, lower the string you prepared earlier into the jar and cover it all with a towel. Within 2 to 4 hours you will start to see sugar crystals forming. Keep an eye on it and remove your rock candy from the jar before it is too big to clear the opening! That’s all there is to it! Pretty easy, right?

Another hard candy that is uncomplicated to create at home is lollipops. Use 1 cup of water, 3-1/2 cups granulated sugar, and 1-1/2 cups corn syrup. With these ingredients combined in a saucepan over medium heat (never high heat!), watch for the sugar to start dissolving. Bring to a boil and at this stage discontinue stirring until the temperature rises to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. A candy thermometer is indispensable for this process. Now, withdraw from the heat and add your flavor and color. Stir quickly using the fewer strokes the better to avoid undesirable grain in the completed candy.

After you pour the lollipop mixture into the molds, tuck the lollipop …

How To Make Colored French Fries

Everyone loves French fries. However, it is the kids, who are thrilled to eat French fries all day long. However, the fries that are available in fast food outlets are not very healthy, as they contain a lot of unsaturated fat and sodium. So, it is best to make fries as home. However, then you may face another problem with your kids complaining that these fries are not as delicious as the ones available at the local fast food outlet. You can get your kids to eat the healthy fries by being a little creative.

Making colored French fries is not that difficult, as most people have all the necessary ingredients at home. Also, this dish is great for a kid’s party when all kids want to do is gorge themselves on junk food.

Wash six russet potatoes and dry them well using kitchen towel. Peel the potatoes and then cut them into 1/2-inch sticks. This width ensures that the fries cook faster.

Squeeze fresh lemons to get about half a cup of fresh lemon juice. Add the food coloring of your choice into the lemon juice. About 2 tablespoons of the coloring should suffice. Mix the lemon juice well to ensure that the coloring dissolves completely.

Transfer the colored lemon juice into a large container and place the cut potato slices into it. Place the slices in a single layer and ensure that all of them are covered with the lemon juice. Allow the potatoes to stand for about three hours. Thereafter, place the slices on some paper towels to get dry. While you are getting the potatoes ready, preheat the oven to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

You will be baking the French fries to give your kids a healthier treat. Now prepare the roasting pan by spraying with some non-stick spray. Check whether the colored potato slices are dry. Toss the dried potato slices in some olive oil and add salt to taste.

Place a single layer of the slices onto the roasting pan. Do not place a second layer, as the bottom one will not cook. Place the tray into the preheated oven for around 30 minutes. Make sure to turn over the fries after 15 minutes to ensure that the other side also gets cooked. Allow the fries to cool a bit before serving them.

Serve the colored French fries to your kids and watch them looking amazed and delighted. You can be certain that after making this dish, your kids will always ask you these French fries at home constantly; and most probably you will not mind if your kids enjoyed themselves.…

Cooking With the Electric Teppanyaki Grill – How to Get the Best From Your Teppanyaki Grill Plate

Originating in Japan Teppanyaki is a style of cooking that has become particularly appreciated in the wider world, more so even than in Japan itself. The word ‘Teppanyaki’ is an amalgam of two words, ‘Teppan’, meaning an iron plate, and ‘Yaki’ which translates as ‘pan fried’, ‘broiled’ or ‘grilled’. Foods typically cooked in this style would include various meats, poultry and sea foods.

This method of cooking lends itself to outdoor use, possibly fired with charcoal or gas, or, more importantly when heated with electricity, it allows us to bring the grill indoors. The purpose of this article is to concentrate on the Teppanyaki cooking method inside the house.

Almost everyone I know loves either hosting, or being invited to someone else’s barbecue. This is an excellent way to meet up with friends whilst enjoying good food and great company. These are the times that we look back on with fond memories. Of course there are times when these occasions have to be postponed because of inclement weather and for some of us; the winters can be long and dark. This is electric Teppanyaki grill time!

Electric Teppanyaki Grills are incredibly cheap to buy, take a look, you’ll be surprised. They are cheap to run, very reliable and easy to clean. They are also incredibly easy to use. Anyone who can cook an egg can use a Teppanyaki grill. Unlike many charcoal and gas grills they do not produce a raging inferno. Many of us have seen the novice with a new charcoal BBQ sharing soot blackened meat that is raw inside. This does not happen with Teppanyaki.

You can have confidence that when you turn on your electric Teppanyaki grill it is not going to attack you or your food! Most models generally on sale have thermostatic temperature control and you’ll soon realise that meats that need searing will require the grill to be turned onto maximum and allowed to heat up. Use tongs to place your (previously oiled) meat onto the grill, sear and turn the meat. Once this is done turn the temperature down. Once the meat has been sealed by searing, it needs to cook through and you can do this gently.

A general tip, if this is new to you, is to ensure that you know which steaks or burgers are to be well done. You can ‘cheat’ by putting a small cut in the meat to see how the cooking is coming along and serve your rare and medium cooked meats based on your observations of someone else’s food! Naughty but forgivable.

More experienced cooks can really shine. What might otherwise have been a barbecue in different weather can now become an informal dinner party. The host or hostess can cook food in front of their friends just as might be seen in a Japanese steak house. Salad or vegetables can be pre-prepared and eaten on a serve yourself basis. This takes the concept of the stodgy old dinner party to a whole new …

Stock Pot – A Brief History

The history of the stock pot is not nearly as ancient as one would think. Cooking vessels were a very slow but necessary part of the evolution of humanity. While early man used reeds, turtle sheets, mollusks and the stomach from animals to heat their food, the evolution to pottery was a slow process. Pottery allowed the containment of the food substances over a slow and low fire. Pottery cracks when it is super heated. Even modern pottery is reserved for slow cooking. No Open fires please! It was not until the development of bronze and iron that pots made of metal became another choice. Found in Medieval kitchen was a cauldron similar to modern stock pots. A cauldron had a rounded bottom and a curved handle which hung over an open fire. Cauldrons or kettles were used for cooking or boiling liquids. Cauldrons’ fell out of favor when they became a symbol of witch craft and the requirement of an open fire.

Stock pots are round, with a flat bottom and handles on either side. A lid is a helpful accessory. Rounded handles become hot when cooking making them less useful then the side top handles sported on modern stock pots. Stock pots are made from a small range of modern metals. Metals useful for pots conduct heat well and are chemically not reactive. Food should not taste like the pan, nor should the qualities of the metal become a part of your diet. Metals that have been used over time is aluminum, copper, cast iron, stainless steel, carbon steel, enamel cast iron, enamel over steel, clad iron or copper, and metal featuring nonstick interiors.

While stainless steel has many great qualities heat conduction is not one of them. A good stainless steel pot should have another more heat conducting metal on the base of the pot.

In construction a stock pot is similar to a large sauce pot. A sauce pot is as tall vertically as the diameter of the bottom. Saucepots are measured by volume. The smaller the sauce pot the more likely it will have just one handle, much longer handle. Stock pots are much larger with two handles on either side in order to use both hands to balance the weight of the pot. Stock pots are also measured by volume usually 6 to 36 liters. A stock pot sides are at least as large as its diameter allowing for stock to simmer for long periods of time. Stock is created by placing vegetables or meats in a large quantity of water and simmering over a long period of time. The reduction of the liquid creates a rich stock (vegetable or meat) to be used as a base for soups, stews, pot pies, and sauces. Some meats do not lend themselves well to stock like pork because of the greasy quality.

Some recommendations for good stock is to start with cold water, add meat at a ratio of one part meet to two parts water, …

How Long Does It Take For No Bake Cookies To Set?

I made a batch of no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and they didn’t set. I ended up with lumps of gooey mess.

Does this sound familiar?

Although most no bake cookie recipes are fairly easy, it is important to follow the recipe, specifically for the amounts of ingredients and the cooking time. When a recipe says ‘boil’ it means that the mixture should have rolling bubbles for the recommended time. Because we are so used to bringing food to the boil and then simmering it, many no bake cookies fail if you turn the heat to simmer before it has boiled long enough.

Another reason for the failure of no bake recipes occurs when ingredients are left out yet other ingredients are not increased. It’s all about volume. For example, if a recipe calls for 8 ounces of milk, but you only have 4, your mix will be to dry to set and may end up being a crumbled mess. The missing 4 ounces of liquid needs to be made up with another liquid, such as water, or, juice.

It’s perfectly acceptable to reduce, or, avoid, ingredients you don’t like, but unless you also cut down the same proportions with the other ingredients, you may run into problems. So, if you want to reduce the amount of oats by 1/2 cup, try making up the volume with 1/2 cup of cereal and your cookies will turn out just fine.

Not letting your cookies set for the recommended time can also lead to failure. Even though you have made a fabulous batch of cookies, if they don’t get enough time to set firmly, they will fall apart. Some cookies can be ready to eat in as little as 30 minutes while others require an hour or two before they are ready to eat. It’s hard to leave cookies to sit when they look good enough to eat, however, it’s the difference between eating a perfect cookie and having a handful of goo or crumbs.…

Official Boston Baked Bean Recipe

Throughout its history, Boston has been linked to beans. Surely the lowly legume is not the sort of association city forefathers would have sought when striving to cast their city’s mark in the New World. But find each other they did — as evidenced by the names Beantown, Boston baked beans, Beanpot Hockey Tourney and the Boston bean pot, among others.

It hasn’t been until the 1900s, however, with its emphasis on healthy eating, that the homey image of a bubbling pot of beans has gained cache. Beans are of the moment, the very definition of what our food should be about — carbohydrate and fiber rich.

As anyone who’s ever done the cooking for a Boston ham-and-bean church supper will tell you: the ideal method for cooking beans is in a bean pot in the oven – to make Boston Baked Beans in the authentic old fashioned way. For that deliciously slow, sweetly fragrant baking, you want traditional pots and sturdy stoneware protecting your beans from burning or overcooking, while keeping them moist and tasty. This recipe embraces the traditional way of cooking authentic Boston baked beans.


Serves 8

2-1/2 Quart Bean Pot Version

1 package (1 pound) navy or pea beans

1/4 pound salt pork, cut in 2 pieces

1 small whole onion, peeled

1 teaspoon dry mustard

8 cups water

1/3 cup molasses

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1) Soak beans overnight in a large sauce pan in 6 cups of water. Add baking soda. Heat to boiling and simmer 10 minutes. Drain in colander over a large bowl. Save liquid.

2) Place beans, salt pork and onion in the bean pot. Add molasses, salt, sugar, dry mustard, pepper and a cup of water. Stir thoroughly. Add enough water to cover the beans. Cover the bean pot.

3) Bake 2 hours at 300 degrees. Add the rest of the water and stir again. Bake additional 1-1/2 hours (or until beans are tender). Uncover last 1/2 hour.…

Durability Difference Between Beech Wood And Rubber Wood For Restaurant Chairs

Durability is the ability of any product or thing to survive for longer period of time and not to wear out quickly. When we think of buying wooden chairs for restaurants, we need to get serious on the durability factor. These days, there are lots of cheap restaurant chairs being influx into the market. Their construction and style are similar; however, the quality of raw material is different. Historically, European Beech Wood is the industry standard and has been for the past 30 years. Beech wood offers numerous benefits for wood workers: it’s a heavier and dense wood, it’s easier to work with and it’s color and stain are relatively consistent. Only in the recent few years, rubber wood has made its way into the commercial market. Primarily used in economical home furniture, rubber wood has become increasingly common in the commercial furniture industry because of its lower pricing.

However, rubber wood restaurant chairs fall apart. This is not baloney. Once taken out of its native sub-tropical environment and exported to the US, the wood expands and contracts because of its innate absorption properties, thereby causing the frame to swell and contract and eventually break. Also, much like pine, rubber wood likes to move quite a bit. By moving, it refers to the way the wood likes to bend and twist. Chairs joints are susceptible to this problem.

The way you can tell the difference between rubber wood and beech wood is by its wood grain. Rubber wood has a complete absence of any grain whereas beech wood will have some wood grain. Rubber wood is not a very clear color wood and attempts to color it will result in some yellowish tints. Most of the time you will see rubber wood in some dark color that can mask the coloring. Lastly, wood rubber is lighter than beech wood. On a standard chair, it is about 2 lbs lighter. When you knock on wood, it sounds like your knocking on rubber.

If you are going into the furniture market, you need to give your special attention on the durability factor and should not forget to the furniture seller about the about the materials used to make the chair before purchasing. It is nothing but the material used in making furniture that always matters the most.

Many large restaurant chains use laminate tables because they are cheaper and more durable than solid wood tables. Solid wood tends to warp or level water rings, and will wear down after continuous chemical wears down the top coat.…

How to Naturally Treat Diarrhea in Dogs

It’s important to know that diarrhea is not an illness but a symptom of any number of problems that are interrupting the function of the large intestine.It is also important to identify the cause as trying to just suppress this symptom will only bring about short lived, temporary relief which may cause long term health implications. Once identified, different causes will require different treatments.

Diarrhea can be mild and self limiting, or very debilitating and even fatal. It may or may not be accompanied by gas and abdominal discomfort. If your dog is still happy, with good energy level, and doesn’t refuse water an acute episode of diarrhea may be the body’s attempt at internal cleansing and purging. If however the diarrhea persists for more than a few days, contains blood, if there is associated vomiting, your dog is becoming increasingly lethargic, and refuses to drink, please seek the advice from your veterinarian as soon as possible. With each passing day of chronic diarrhea nutrients are lost in the stool, which lowers your dog’s general vitality. Your dog may need to go on an IV for loss of fluids immediately if this is the case.

Causes and Contributing factors to diarrhea

A dog with chronic diarrhea and gas, and accompanying skin problems may be suffering from a food allergy. Frequent offenders are preservatives (ethoxyquin, propylene glycol), artificial flavouring and coloring, dyes, salt, sugar, fungi, bacteria, germs all found in commercial dog foods (read more about What’s Really in Your Dogs Food article). Most common foods that may cause allergy include: beef, beef by-products, corn and corn oil, fish, turkey, pork, ham, cows milk (lactose intolerance), yeast, eggs, wheat or any food containing these. Please note that all commercial tinned food and biscuits, treats all contain sugar, salt, corn and wheat. Unless diet is strictly addressed, ongoing diarrhea may continue presenting.

Consider also the following contributing factors diarrhea may be due to:

• stress and anxiety

• over eating

• high fat diet

• vaccinations (due to meat extract that certain vaccines are grown in, thus long term leading to sensitivities and autoimmune disorders)

• undiagnosed IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

• leaky gut syndrome (intestinal dysbiosis/ hyper permeability)

• a foreign body ingestion

• gastritis, colitis (intestinal inflammation)

• the pancreas and/or liver failing to produce enzymes properly or sufficiently

• food poisoning

• excess vitamin C

• bacteria, virus (i.e. parvovirus, distemper)

• parasites i.e. worms

• drug related complication (most drugs are residual and are never completely eliminated as in the waste from food but are stored up in the body)

• side effect of certain drugs (i.e. antibiotics)

• liver disease

• pancreatitis,

• stomach ulcer

• cancer

• could also indicate that the liver and kidneys are overwhelmed with toxins that they are unable to process which leads to purging i.e. diarrhea.

Helpful suggestions to relieve diarrhea

The most beneficial initial step is to put your dog on a liquid fast. Withhold all solid food and only …

Best Birthday Party Ideas: A Birthday Idea Generator? How Cool!

The Party Planning was going nowhere.

In sheer exasperation the hostess yelled:

“I don’t need your help, your money, or your advice.

Just give me an IDEA!!”

Smiling, you handed her your Birthday Idea Generator. The tears of joy were instant.

A Birthday Idea Generator…what an idea.

An idea on its own will not guarantee you a cool birthday. We find people simply think that the idea will solve all their headaches. Or that the idea comes with a how to manual, unlimited budget and an army of workers at your command! Some do, it’s true. They usually cost a bomb and take months to get together. Is that you? Read on it will be of use. If it’s not you, then READ ON WITH EXTREME INTEREST.

“Where did you get that idea from??”

It’s a great question! The answer is equally great,

maybe a touch cheeky.

I farm them.


Seriously. And by the time you have read this article

you will be farming as well. Got your plough ready? Giddy-up!

In no order I think the following 10 methods of Farming

Ideas work the best. I do this every week, so that when it’s time I’m ready.

Create an Idea Finder

This could be a ring folder, a journal, a blog or a brain dump page on a web

site. The more 3D it is I find the better it is to show others and scratch

additional info on. You can scribble, glue cut-outs, sketch, alter ads in

papers, play with words, brainstorm gift ideas…and on and on. Whatever you

need to help you remember that spark!. My favorite way is to have an artists

sketch book 120pages, thick paper, spiral bound, $5. Every thought, idea,

cartoon, concept, whatever!, goes in it. I’ll chew threw about 6 per year!

Personalize it and make it part of your daily life.


They are everywhere and the pages are full of ads or content done — usually —

by professionals who get paid huge money to do this. Surf off their creativity

and ability to put their ideas in graphic or text. Think about when you are

killing time at the doctors waiting for an appointment, or at the mall in the

food court. Down time is a goldmine!

Junk Mail.

Yep, you heard me correctly. Before it gets binned, scan it, consider it and

file it. Total time: a minute or two tops! And you’ll get faster as your

birthday idea generator brain recognizes what’s valuable.

Look in the mirror!

How easy. Right there in your bathroom. You are full of experiences. Look at you

and look around you. Your hopes, dreams, aspirations. You are SO MUCH MORE THAN

WHAT LOOKS BACK AT YOU IN THE MIRROR. Visits your internal world for priceless


Movies, Books, TV, Anything..

Imagine this.. the re-creation of a scene from a Jeffery Archer (UK) novel : two

champion snooker players play-off for a $50,000 dollar prize necklace. True

Story from …