I have two dogs, and both are ridiculously fussy eaters. The not-so-miniature schnauzer won't touch canned food and will even give the most expensive canned product a withering once-over that borders on revulsion — it's like watching one of our snobbier local "foodies" painfully examining the offerings at the buffet tables at the Golden Corral.
The lab mix won't eat anything suggested by the vet and once actually tipped over a bowl of Science Diet dry food with her paw and stalked out of the kitchen in a snit. What's a parent to do? So I cook for my dogs: real ingredients from the grocery store and farmers market. There are times when these mutts eat better than I do!
This Saturday, the Dog Food Dude — author Rick Woodford — teaches a culinary canine class, "Making Healthy Dog Food" at the Whole Foods Cooking Studio (inside the Whole Foods store at 7401 West 91st Street, Overland Park, 913-652-9633) from 10 a.m. to noon.
Rick Woodford's book, Feed Your Best Friend Better was published by Kansas City-based Andrews McMeel, His Saturday class offers pet cooking ideas and recipes, including his Mutt Loaf, a special dog cookie and his recipe for salmon cakes (he'll serve the human version at the class). The class is priced at $20. To make a reservation, click here.
On a different doggie dish note, celebrity bartender Susan Avery, currently mixing cocktails at Cafe Europa in Crestwood, has been baking her own gourmet dog treats made with buckwheat or quinoa flour, fresh herbs and Romano-pecorino cheese. Lately, she puts the treats into small designer bags and gives them to her regular customers, but she's planning to get into full production, now that she has found a commercial kitchen to use.