Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dog Bones and a Birthday

Jan, my sister-in-law, was a home economics teacher before she married my brother (and for a several years afterwards, too). The summer after they married she patiently helped me improve my sewing skills, since home ec was not included in my courses in high school. I suspect she was a no nonsense teacher in the classroom, yet one who was compassionate and treated her students fairly.

When I grew older and married, she and I occasionally exchanged recipes. Not long ago I came upon two recipes she wrote out for me which I'm sharing below.

I always admired Jan's beautiful handwriting, written so perfectly whether she was in a hurry or not.

I think it's fun how she drew the outline of the bone over the recipe. And don't you think the dogs are so grateful for the real drippings from the roast?!

I'm sharing Jan's recipes today because it's her birthday. She would have been 73 this year if she were still alive. She passed away in June, 1995. We still miss her. Happy, happy birthday, Jan!
Dog Bones
2 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. nonfat dry milk
1 egg
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 beef bouillon cube dissolved in hot water (in 1/2 c. hot water) (since salt is not good for a dog, I use the drippings off roasts, hamburgers, etc.)
1 T. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring until well blended. Knead dough 2 minutes. On a floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough to 1/4" thickness. Use a 1 1/2" long bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out bones. Bake 30 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
Yield: about 4 dozen dog bones.

Watkins Lemony Chicken Nuggets
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. seasoning salt
1 t. paprika
1 t. onion powder granules
1 t. oregano
1/2 t. lemon pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder granules
16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 T. lemon juice
Cooking oil

Measure first seven ingredients into plastic bag; close tightly and shake to blend. Moisten chicken with lemon juice. Let stand 30 minutes. Place chicken chunks, a few at a time, into plastic bag; shake to coat thoroughly. Pour oil into heavy saucepan filling no more than 1/3 full; heat to 375 degrees. Carefully add chicken, a few pieces at a time. Fry, turning once, about 2 minutes or until tender. Drain on paper towels.

Makes 4 to 8 servings.


  1. Lovely handwriting, and those nuggets sound delicious.

  2. I once made 'dog bones' for a ladies dog and she was thrilled. In fact she never forget it. Fun Post!

  3. Nancy, it's fun to read this post. Thanks for these recipes! I've been thinking about my own Home Ec classes, going back to Junior High. I want to do a "formal" Home Ec class with Abigail this year and I wish I had such a sister-in-law to draw expertise from.

  4. Renée, the dogs seem to love the homemade bones and dog owners are, in some ways, like parents: very grateful for any attention show to dog and/or child.

    Kathleen, I wish my sister-in-law had lived closer when my daughters were young. We saw each other only occasionally and, during the last years of her life, very rarely. We were always afraid of carrying some germ that would endanger her lungs even further. When she was feeling well, she was willing to answer questions and was very helpful. I know you have a great wealth of information already, Kathleen.


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