Dog Food

Yup. You read it right.

My mother got extremely ill very suddenly. We’re talking hearing from relatives for the first time in 20-years extreme. We’re talking year-long minimum recovery-time ill.

In her week in the hospital, being my mother, her primary concern was: the dog. People have always joked that if reincarnation were a “thing”, then they’d want to come back as one of my mother’s dogs. The woman had never been away from the dog for more than a day. And I’ve seen her day-long schedule for dog sitters: it runs over three pages typed. Just in food alone, the dog gets:

  • Breakfast (which consists of a banana and Fiber One bar)
  • Cheese time (a slice of American…great for the one day a month she needs pills)
  • Lunch (rice cake covered in creamy peanut butter)
  • “Din din” (this recipe)
  • A “cocktail” (dried cereal and a –preferably cold–Granny Smith apple)

And, of course, she also gets:

  • Good girl treats (like if she doesn’t chew up the house while you’re gone)
  • Scraps from the table.

I’m probably forgetting something (actually, I’m definitely forgetting something. Though she said the dog looked good, when she got home from the hospital my mother immediately said, “She lost weight!” Rut roh.).

So, in part because it’s all I feel I’ve been cooking lately, and in part because I need the humor, here is my mother’s recipe for “din din”. It will make five days worth of dog food.



  • One bag frozen carrot and pea mix
  • Shredded roasted chicken (which should be a separate recipe…)
  • Two tablespoons butter
  • Three cups water
  • One cup soy milk
  • One package dried mashed potatoes


  1. Quit laughing and rolling your eyes. This. Is. SERIOUS. Business.
  2. In a large bowl, empty the entire frozen bag of veggies. Cover with water and cook for 4 minutes on high in the microwave. Strain when done.
  3. In five containers, distribute the veggies equally. Place shredded chicken meat on top of the veggies.
  4. In the same large bowl, add the butter and the water. Heat in the microwave until the butter has melted.
  5. When you have hot butter-water, add the package of instant mashed potatoes, and the cup of soy milk. Stir until thick.
  6. Distribute the potato mix equally on top of the chicken/veggie mixes.
  7. Remember that kids like to lick the batter bowl:

3 thoughts on “Dog Food

  1. It is more common than you think after all the recalls in store bought dog food. My sister makes hers with rice.

  2. I feel compelled to clarify. We do NOT feed her “scraps from the table.” The food she gets from our plates is what we would otherwise eat. She gets neither fat nor gristle, just steak. And, the only plate she gets no steak from is yours 🙂

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