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Kitchen Ingredient Home Remedies To Remove Skunk Odor From Dogs; Plus A Carrot Salad Recipe

Yesterday Dr. Sandra Sawchuk of the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Teaching Hospital gave me a home remedy recipe for removing skunk odor from dogs. The recipe calls for ordinary kitchen ingredients, is easy to mix, and highly explosive (if stored improperly). Precisely because it is so explosive when sealed in a closed container it is not easily marketed in pet stores. But Dr. Sawchuk swears it works. Her assisting resident questioned if the peroxide ingredient would bleach the pet’s hair. Dr. Sawchuk wasn’t sure but didn’t think so. And what’s worse, skunk odor or bleach blond hair? Here’s the recipe:

Mix: 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid soap (hand or dish soap). Instructions: Bathe animal in ordinary pet shampoo and rinse. Pour on skunk-off mixture and leave to air dry.

I haven’t tried this skunk odor remedy yet. In the past I’ve fallen back on the traditional recipe for removing skunk spray. If you’re curious about this older recipe, why I used it and want a cold carrot salad recipe that smells a whole lot better than skunk and wet dog, click on “Continue reading…”.

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Healthy Eating With Garden Vegetables In A Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad From the Madison, WI CSAC

The backyard garden is over-flowing with fresh vegetables! Now what to do with all the squash?  Best to ask the folks who garden for a living: The Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (CSAC). For a healthy recipe that uses zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, and red pepper, I consulted the Madison Area’s CSAC cookbook, From Asparagus to Zucchini: A guide to cooking farm-fresh seasonal produce. The cookbook is organized alphabetically by vegetable and additionally by season. For any vegetable that could possibly be growing in a Wisconsin garden, the CSAC has a recipe for it. CSAC supporters and CSAC farmers contributed their recipes to this cookbook, and they also tell how to preserve vegetables for winter consumption. These folks understand the impossibility of eating a whole garden’s worth of vegetables in late summer.

These CSAC gardeners are also dedicated to healthy eating. After a year and a half of cooking with this cookbook, I have yet to find a recipe that causes heart disease. That’s one of the reasons I chose this recipe for grilled summer vegetable pasta salad for my contribution to Saturday night’s potluck dinner at the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival at Madison, WI’s State Farm Park. I was attending the festival with some doctors and nurses. On duty at Madison hospitals they routinely advise people about healthy eating. And I know they practice what they preach. So to this potluck I figured I best not show up with my Wisconsin-potluck favorites, deviled eggs and bacon-wrapped wieners stuffed with cheese. Click on “Continue reading…” for the recipe and more of the story.

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Outdoor Party Food That Won’t Spoil At A Picnic – Recipe for Sweet Potato Salad

Sunday, August 2, is Friendship Day. An outdoor party with friends is the best recipe for fun. But even in a group of best friends, all is not fair. Here’s a brief account of how on this friendship outing to a picnic I got the short end of the straw and lengthened it.

“Let’s go for a picnic at the lake! We’ll go hiking and swimming!” my friends rallied. “We’ll have a pot-luck picnic at the park!” went the cheer. “We’ll bring brats and buns,” one couple volunteered.”

“We’ll bring dessert and sodas!” other friends added.

I was slow and left to offer, “I’ll bring the sides.” Yes, I was to bring some Herculean, vegetable side-dish that could hold up in flavor and appearance while keeping bacteria at bay for the length of a summer day. What picnic food can be driven for an hour, stay in a car for 3 hours, sit on a picnic table for 4 hours and still be edible? Isn’t this asking a lot of a vegetable? – at least one that tastes good? How about potato chips? Everybody likes them. Definitely bring the potato chips.

But I know these adults. They like “healthy food”, which means to say that on the picnic plate beside the brat on a fluffy white roll has to be a healthy, vegetable side-dish that does not pour from a bag, – a deli carton okay, but not from a bag. But at a picnic I’d have to nix the traditional coleslaws and potato salads – they have mayonnaise in them. Nix the oil and vinegar lettuce salads, they get limp and soggy, and my kids don’t like them anyway. – Oh yes, there’s that hidden requirement, – kids have to like the food too.

So for this all-day, outdoor party I chose a recipe for sweet potato salad. My kids like sweet potatoes and this potato salad is sweetened with honey, – definitely a kid-friendly substance. And as sweeteners go, honey is healthy. Honey contains natural anti-bacterial compounds; that’s why honey doesn’t spoil in the hive. If those picnic table germs aren’t scared off by the honey, the acids from the vinegar and lemon juice in this potato salad will pickle them! Yes, folks, here’s a delicious, kid-friendly potato salad without mayonnaise! It can travel to a distant park, hang out on a picnic table and not spoil for the rest of the day. (Three days may be pushing it.) This potato salad even looks pretty. The dressing turns the sweet potatoes vibrant orange, and the green onions and diced red pepper add colorful accents. Click on “Continue reading…” for the recipe.

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Free-range Chicken Cooks In Crock Pot Then Flavors Salad; 2 Fast Easy Meals

5:30 am: Awake. Day’s schedule rolls out in mind’s eye. Every minute planned: Kids to camp; me to work; kids from camp; errands; eat dinner; kids to little league; everybody to bed. That part about ‘eat dinner’ is the day’s joke. How will that nutritious, healthy, kid-friendly dinner appear on the table when we return from errands? Magic? I need a fast, easy meal, preferably one I can prepare ahead of time.

5:31 am: Cupboard’s contents march across mind’s view. Meager; it’s a short parade. But there is that chicken. Days earlier Linda at Wisconsinmade.com gave me a frozen chicken to cook and sample. A new artisan has joined Wisconsinmade.com. She raises hormone-free, all natural, free-range chickens on her small, Wisconsin farm, and we’ve begun offering them for sale in our gourmet food store. The chicken has been thawing in the ‘fridge and should be ready to cook now. The artisan suggested I cook it with few seasonings so that we will taste the chicken’s own sweet, delicious flavor. In a household that is seasoning adverse, this request is easy to honor.

5:32 am: Decide to cook the whole chicken in the crock pot. Crock pots are not only for winter stews. In a hot summer, crock pot cooking is a great way to cook a family dinner of meat and vegetables without also heating the kitchen.

8:00 am: Leave the house while chicken cooks in crock pot with red and green sweet peppers, onion, garlic, and thyme. Now I’ve got time to get everything else done in the day. Even the dinner’s rice is on standby in the rice cooker set to deliver cooked rice at 6:00 pm.

Fast forward: 6:00 pm. Delicious, healthy dinner of chicken, vegetables, and rice magically appears on table. The chicken is outstanding; sweet and flavorful, just as the artisan promised. Will use left-overs for chicken salad dinner. Click on “Continue reading…” for the recipes for crock pot chicken and apple, walnut, chicken salad.

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Easy Recipes For Summer Cooking In A Wisconsin North Woods Cottage, Camp, or Cabin

A favorite Wisconsin vacation destination is “the Wisconsin North Woods”. From what I can figure out, “the North Woods of Wisconsin” simply refers to anywhere in the northern half of the state which is forested and has a lake in close proximity.sunset  Each summer folks load up their cars with kids, recreational gear, a few clothes, and boxes of food staples. They drive north for hours until they arrive at a small, rustic house which they affectionately call their “cottage” or “camp” or “cabin”. It is in this smaller version of home that they will pack a year’s worth of outdoor recreation into three months of long weekends. They’ll flitter like mosquitoes among swimming, boating, water-skiing, hiking, camping, sleeping, reading, card-playing, mini-golf, and horse-shoes. In their urgency to relax, there’s definitely no time to work in the kitchen.

However, the perennial call of the stomach remains. We still gotta’ eat, and eventually chips and roasted wienies lose their allure. Somebody better make some real food because all that outdoor, fresh air is revving up appetites. And because we’re in the North Woods, there is no neighborhood restaurant just down the street, – that was the point of driving all those hours. So who will  be in the kitchen, – Mom? Dad? Grandma? teenage kids? Some families share the misery and cook every meal communally. In this case, the party moves inside to the kitchen, and, depending on the people, this could be a good thing, or not. Other families put kitchen duty on a rotational schedule, and meal prep is written on a chore list. This means that the person preparing the meal is not out on the lake, hiking in the woods, or sleeping in the hammock, but instead is alone in the kitchen. Sometimes that somebody in the kitchen is grumbling about it, but no one else is listening because they are all outside having fun. Perhaps that somebody begins to dream of a vacation in which the ravenously hungry family is left back home in the city. Perhaps that somebody left behind in the kitchen is you.

Well, in that case, I’ve written this post for you and better yet, Jerry Minnich has written a whole cookbook filled with North Woods cottage recipes that are fast, easy, and guaranteed to get you out of the kitchen and back on the lake. Click on “Continue reading … for more about Jerry’s ideas on easy cooking in a cottage, camp, or cabin, and for his delicious ham salad recipe which uses up left-over ham and can be made to feed a crowd.

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