Faced with a very mild winter (so far), Oliver has been a very busy dalmatian. He has to take his master on two long walks each day, keep the yard free of squirrels, keep an eye on the front walkway so he can greet passersby and still work in numerous naps per day. Alas, he hasn't had any time to bake for Valentine's day.
Casey is Oliver's best girl. She's a field bred English springer spaniel. Casey has been trying to teach Oliver to "retrieve" his stuffed squeaky toys instead of ripping them to shreds. She's also trying to teach him to play "hide and seek" indoors to keep him entertained when it's too cold to be outside for a run.
His other best friend is Sam the farm dog. Sam is a big sweetie of mixed breed who is the head (and only) dog at Diamond Farm. He sees to acres and acres of corn and soybeans every year. It's a big job but he still finds time for long walks and languid days by the fire.
Oliver is hoping that Casey and Sam will direct their mistresses and masters to this recipe so they won't entirely miss out this year.
Here's our recipe.
Oliver's Heart and Bone Valentine Cookies
1 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1 clove minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
5 to 6 cups whole wheat flour
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the parsley, oregano, garlic, chicken broth, honey and egg. Blend in enough flour to form a stiff dough.
2. Turn out onto a lightly oiled board and knead until smooth.
3. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes. Turn over and bake an additional 30 minutes. Turn oven off and leave the cookies in the oven for at least two hours to overnight. They should be very hard.
5. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Box them up and add a red ribbon.
Oliver is pleased.