Archive for March, 2012

Have A Quiche With Your Dog For Mother’s Day

Friday, March 30th, 2012

quiche

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and while traditionally this holiday may be celebrated for women who have daughters and sons, it’s quite often celebrated for those who have pets, and why shouldn’t it be? It’s quite often that we hear dog owners referring to their four legged friends as furbabies, the kids or my babies. This Mother’s Day, let pets tell their Moms just how much they love her, by spending quality time together with a great meal. Lucy Postins, the founder of The Honest Kitchen – a family owned company that makes healthy, dehydrated pet foods, would like to help you do just that. She’s created a variety of nutritious recipes, some for dogs and humans alike, for her recipe book Made out of Love. Canine Quiche, is a lovely recipe for brunch with family, friends and Fido on the patio.

This dish was a huge hit with the office pups who were lucky enough to try it. You may substitute light cream for the kefir for a tastier human version.

Here are the Ingredients:
1 frozen pie crust
3 cups plain kefir
1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ cup shredded fresh spinach
4 free range eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp salt
A few grinds of black pepper
â…“ cup of parmesan cheese
¼ cup of ground or diced beef or chicken, finely chopped
what to do
1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
2. Warm the basil and kefir in a small saucepan over low heat for about 10 minutes
and set aside.
3. Heat the oil gently in a medium skillet.
4. Add in the spinach and cook until it until it just begins to stick to the pan, and then
turn off the heat.
5. Whisk together the warmed kefir, eggs, salt, pepper and cheese.
6. Add all these to the spinach, stirring gently so that everything is thoroughly combined.
7. Sprinkle the meat onto the bottom of the pie crust and cover with the whisked mixture.
8. Bake on the bottom rack for 15 minutes.
9. Transfer the dish to the middle rack of your oven, turn down the heat and bake for
another 30 minutes at 350°F (or until it feels firm on top).
This recipe is quite rich and should be served in
moderation. Eggs are a cooling, Yin tonic. They are
also one of the best sources of vitamin D and contain
the highest amounts of lutein and zeazanthin
when compared to 35 fruits and vegetables. These
caroteinoids can help to reduce the occurrence
of cataracts and other eye disorders.

Dogs are Pampered At the Hotel Hanford in Costa Mesa

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The Hotel Hanford, Costa Mesa’s newest boutique hotel, today announced that pets are welcome to indulge with their families in the hotel’s distinctive amenities and charm when visiting Orange County.

Pets receive special treatment under the “Smooch the Pooch” package, which is designed for the traveling pet lover who simply can’t depart from his/her dog during vacation or a business trip. Pooches and their owners will especially enjoy The Hotel Hanford’s convenient location near the Costa Mesa Bark Park and popular Dog Beach in Huntington Beach. According to a 2011 survey by PetRelocation.com, 60 percent of the 10,000 summer individuals surveyed traveled at least one time with their pet in 2010 and 93 percent were planning to take at least one trip with their pet.

“Our thinking is for our guests to enjoy our stylish, modern offerings, while at the same time, give them the freedom to enjoy their pets while staying in Orange County,” said Eric Grimm, general manager of The Hotel Hanford. “It is another way of breaking the mold of predictable, chain hotels by providing a uniquely boutique experience for both travelers and their pets.”

The Hotel Hanford’s “Smooch the Pooch” package includes a room for two people and two pets (up to 50 pounds each) for one night. Pets receive their own bed along with complimentary food, water bowl, treats and toy. This unique and pet friendly package is based on availability. Human complementary amenities include rainwater showerheads, free wired and wireless Wi-Fi, complementary parking and free shuttle to John Wayne Airport. Rates include sales tax and gratuity but do not include occupancy tax or a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee per pet. For more information, please call (714) 557-3000 or visit www.thehotelhanford.com.

San Diego: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day Helps Animals in Need

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Donations From Annual Ice Cream Give-Away Benefit San Diego Humane Society

WHAT: Join Ben & Jerry’s and the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA for the 33rd annual Free Cone Day! This annual event dishes out free cones to thank customers and encourage giving back to the community. On Free Cone Day, all donations received at the Horton Plaza Ben & Jerry’s location will go directly to support the programs and services of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

The San Diego Humane Society will also be on-site with pets that are available for adoption during the event.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 3

Event hours: 12 to 8 p.m.

Mobile Adoption hours: 12 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza

Plaza Level 4, near the United Artist 14 Theatres

For more information, please contact Kelli Herwehe at kherwehe@sdhumane.org or (619) 250-6801.

About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA: As the longest running non-profit in San Diego County, the San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.