Something a bit light this week. I am definitely looking forward to autumn with its chilly mornings and warm sunny days, not to mention football and the brilliant turning of the leaves. Honestly, it makes me just a little homesick for good old New England. One of my favorite things about the cooling off of the season is the warming up of my oven. Apple pies, Brunswick stew, roasted turkey…. Yes well you can see where I’m going with this. Obviously I love to cook and it’s not just for the two legged members of my family. I also like to cook for my pets. I have a few recipes that I use just about every year, beginning in the fall and right on through the holidays. Sometimes I even give my baked goods as gifts. Believe me they’re always received with appreciative barks and purrs. If your dog and cat are feeling a little left out this season here are a couple of healthy recipes you can prepare for them. Just remember, if your pet has any underlying health problems or requires a special diet talk to your veterinarian first. Fancy’s Favorite Treats 1 cup of rolled oats ¼ cup of olive oil 2 tbsp. butter 1 cup water 1 ½ tbsp. dark brown sugar 2 tsp. chicken broth ½ cup skim milk ¾ cup cornmeal 1 large brown egg (beaten) 1 cup of low fat cheddar (shredded) 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour Extra flour for kneading/rolling Heat 1 cup of water to a slow boil. Combine oats, butter/oil and the hot water. Once combined allow to rest for about 12 minutes. Add in remaining ingredients in small batches and mixing thoroughly between, until well combined. Lightly flour a cutting board and knead out the dough until smooth and consistent. This should take about 5 minutes. Roll the dough out and cut into small “dog friendly” shapes. Fancy suggests cats and mailmen! Bake the shapes on a greased cookie sheet at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes or until slightly brown on the edges. Cool thoroughly before serving. Zippy’s Tuna-licious Cat Bites 4 oz. of canned light chunk tuna in oil (drained) 2 oz. of unsalted sardines in oil (drained) 4 oz. of canned salmon 3 tbsp. low fat cheddar (shredded) 1.5 tsp. brewer's yeast ¼ cup steamed/mashed carrot (baby food mashed carrots work just fine) 2 tbsp. whole rolled oats 2 tbsp. canned tomato paste 1 large brown egg (beaten) 1 tsp. dried catnip Mash together all the fish with your food processor then slowly add in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Roll the mixture into small “meatballs” and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees on the center oven rack for about 18 minutes, but watch carefully! Treats should be golden brown in color when done. Cool thoroughly before serving. Happy baking!