Tail-wagging recipe for juice-pulp dog biscuits

In this week's Table Scraps column I wrote about what to do with the mountain of perfectly good juice-pulp that has no business going down the disposal. Well, here is another great idea. Why not use the juice-pulp to make dog biscuits?

Our "pack" loves them!

2 1/2 cups organic rolled oats
1 1/2 cups potato or corn starch
1/2 cup white or brown rice flour
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 cups juice pulp (I used carrots, kale and ginger)
Put 2 cups of the oats in food processor and grind to a fine powder. Combine with the remaining 1/2 cup oats, potato starch, rice flour, flaxseed meal and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the egg, olive oil and milk.
Stir pulp into the mixture. The dough should be firm, smooth and workable. If not, add more rice flour. Cover the bowl with a towel and let set for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Flour a work surface with rice flour and roll the dough our to 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch thickness, depending on the size of your dog. Cut into shapes, and then transfer to the prepared baking sheets. 
Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the biscuits are dry and firm. Cool before serving or storing in an airtight container.


The charming Lee Bros. brought their Charleston kitchen to Tampa

I'm a big fan of Matt and Ted Lee, aka The Lee Bros. Here are a few photos I took during their recent visit to Tampa. You can read more about it in this week's Table Scraps column on tbo.com

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen cookbook was recently released, and Matt and Ted were on hand to demonstrate some of the recipes in it and sign copies. 

Did  I mention how excited I was to finally get to meet them?

 Shrimp and Grits

Henry's Cheese Spread


3/4 pound medium (26 to 30) count wild-caught U.S. shell-on shrimp
1 small bay leaf
Kosher salt
1 dash of cayenne or paprika
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 ounces smoked pork sausage, Cajun adouille, or kielbasa, minced
1 cup minced celery, leaves reserved for garnish
1 ear sweet corn
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 ounces fresh U.S blue crab meat, picked clean of shell fragments
1/2 cup heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper

Peel and devein the shrimp, reserving the shells in a small saucepan. Chop each shrimp crosswise into 3 or 4 pieces and reserve. To the saucepan with the shrimp shells add 2 cups water, the bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the paprika, and bring to a simmer over high heat. Simmer on medium-low until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Strain the broth and discard the shells.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the sausage, and gently cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sausage has visibly shrunk, about 5 minutes. Tip the pan and with a slotted spoon, transfer all but 1 to 2 tablespoons of the sausage to a small bowl, and reserve for garnish. 

Add the onion and the celery and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pan, and cook over low heat until soft and translucent but not browning, 8 to 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, cut the kernels from the corn cob. You should have about 2/3 cup. Scrape the cob with the back of a spoon and add the juice to the pan along with the corn kernels. Cook for 4 minutes, then turn the heat to medium and add 1 1/2 cups shrimp broth, 1 1/2 cups water, and the white wine, and simmer for 5 minutes. Season the soup to taste with salt.

Let the soup cool for about 10 minutes, and then process the soup carefully, in batches if necessary, in a food processor until mostly smooth (some corn kernels may remain recognizable) 1 to 2 minutes. Return the soup to the saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add the crab and shrimp, and simmer until the shrimp are firm and just cooked through, about 2 minutes. 

Stir in the cream, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and serve immediately, ladling the soup into serving bowls. Make sure to include some crab and shrimp in each bowl, and garnish with a pinch or two of reserved sausage bits and some torn celery leaves. 


It's tomato time again!

Artesian Farms U-Pick Tomatoes is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2710 College Ave. E., behind the Circle K, in Ruskin.