Hooray!!  THE Dog’Cruces Winter 2014 Edition is out and on newsstands now!  Better get your copy quick before they disappear.  Or, you can check it out online here: http://dogcruces.com/dog-cruces-news.html


This edition has one of my favorite winter recipes in it, Droolin’ Good Gruel!

Mom makes this with a homemade bone broth from big game that she or dad harvest on hunts.  They keep the shanks of the animal, in this case an Oryx.  The shank is the lower leg, like the calf or forearm, that has a lot of meat but it also has a lot of fascia, tendon, and cartilage surrounding the meat.  It is not the most desirable cut for cooking with but Mom learned from a friend that you can cook the whole shank in the crock pot all day with some water and by the end of the day that yummy meat separates easily from that chewy fascia, leaving shredded meat perfect for stews like Posole.  What Mom also found is that by straining the remaining juices in the crockpot and skimming off the fat you have a great tasting broth for serving alone over my kibble, freezing into PUPcicles in the summer, or for cooking stew with.

Droolin’ Good Gruel is a great ‘stick to your ribs and warm your belly’ kind of meal full of protein and nutrients.  Mom serves it to me warm as a midday snack or as a topping to my regular kibble at meal time.IMG_20131124_163213



1 lb Oryx, or other red meat (ground);

3 C bone broth (or all natural low sodium beef broth);

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced;

2 C frozen peas;

1 Tbs coconut oil;

1 C brown rice, uncooked;

How To:

On stove top, heat oil in large stock pot over medium heat.  Add diced sweet potato…IMG_20131124_140518

Add ground meat and cook until meat is browned…  IMG_20131124_140951

Add bone broth and frozen peas, cover, and bring to a boil…IMG_20131124_144735

Add rice, cover, and bring to a boil again.  Reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked through and sauce thickens…IMG_20131124_162905

Allow to cool before serving.  Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

NOTE:  ALWAYS consult with your pet’s veterinarian regarding ingredients, serving sizes, & special dietary requirements prior to changing your pet’s diet.

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