For several years, I have enjoyed watching Top Chef on BRAVO. Every week contestants vie to overcome challenges while preparing tasty dishes that will get the nod from Tom Colicchio and elite guest chefs.  And, of course, Padma – a regular who tastes, critiques, and announces who will pack up their knives and leave.

But why should excellent taste (and mouth-watering presentations) be limited to humans?

So here is our version – PUP CHEF with our retriever of refined taste: PAWdma.


PAWdma has proclaimed this recipe for Pumpkin Dog Biscuits attractive, healthy, and certainly something to bark about.

Pup Chef cookies

Pup Chef cookies 2


2 eggs

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons dry milk

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 1/2 cups brown rice flour

1 teaspoon dried parsley, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin until smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt and dried parsley, if using. Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough.  If the dough is too crumbly, add about a 1/4 cup of water and blend thoroughly. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour to flour surface and rolling pin) and if dough is still rough, knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick and use cookie cutters to create shapes. Gather and re-roll scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, with or without parchment paper. If desired, press fork patterns on biscuits before baking, lightly pressing in a quick up-and-down movement, halfway through dough.

Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake an additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before letting your pup try them.

Yield: depends on the size of the cookie cutters, I got about 3 dozen with medium sized cookie cutters.

But you don’t have to, simply, take PAWdma’s woof for it.  Lucy tasted the biscuits as well, which earned her tail-wag of approval.  And, looking at the picture, you can see the visions seconds, thirds, and more dancing in her head.

lucy napping


(According to Simmer Till Done, brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes good dog digestion. See …        http://simmertilldone.com/2009/10/07/retriever-retriever-pumpkin-eater)

And a special thanks to Naomi Gruer for the recipe.  For more delicious treats and tips on how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, visit  Naomi’s blog:  https://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com