Dakota’s Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats

Dakota waiting for treatsHi to all my mommy’s bloggie followers. It’s Dakota again. I hope everyone is having a great fall. I know I am. It’s so much fun to run through all of the fallen leaves on our walks.

This week, my mommy and daddy have orientation at my doggie school. I’m enrolled in a class called “Diamonds in the Ruff” at the MSPCA for eight weeks. I’m a little afraid of other dogs and some people, so this class — we hope — is going to get me more comfortable around some other four-legged friends.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love chasing after my daddy outside and he’s really good at tug ‘o war. But, my mommy likes fall a whole bunch, too. This is one of her favorite times of year to bake things. So, she made me some really awesome homemade baked doggie treats. Let’s see how she made ’em…

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Cupcake Camp Boston 2011

I attended Cupcake Camp Boston 2011 last night at the Armory in Somerville with my friend Stacey (of the new blog Boston Sweetie). It was a meeting of the cupcake extraordinaires from all around Boston. Amateur and professional bakers came together for this fabulous event. Here are some of the highlights:

Flower cupcake bouquetThis was one of my favorite presentations – a bouquet of cupcakes. I wish I thought of this for my wedding. I would’ve been nibbling in between vows.

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Food Wars Preview: AJ Bombers

It’s almost here. On Wednesday night, Travel Channel’s “Food Wars” pits two Milwaukee restaurants’ cheeseburgers head-to-head. AJ Bombers and Sobelman’s Pub & Grill will be featured in the new episode that was filmed a few months ago.

In anticipation of the show, I recently visited AJ Bombers for a taste of what they’re dishing out.

Inside AJ Bombers

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Food at Wisconsin State Fair

The Machine Shed's chocolate-covered bacon on a stick.You still have one more day to get ‘yer fill of foods-on-a-stick, fried foods, cotton candy and cream puffs at this year’s Wisconsin State Fair. I made my annual pilgrimage yesterday and had my fill! Surprisingly, I was able to eat dinner last night, too.

Each year, Wisconsin State Fair touts the latest and greatest food experiments on sticks or things that just blow your mind. This year’s great creation was a Krispy Kreme donut cheeseburger from The Machine Shed. No, I wasn’t brave enough to try it, and my heart and veins are thanking me right now. However, we did try one of last year’s new creations that made a sophomore stand. The chocolate-covered bacon on a stick.

I was a bit apprehensive at first. Sweet, dark chocolate coating. Savory, salty, hickory-smoked bacon. The combination is almost mind-blowing (or else that could have been the 90+ degree temperatures with 80% humidity…) I really enjoyed it. You start off with the sweet, thick chocolate coating. With yesterday’s heat, the chocolate covering was melting pretty fast so you had to make quick work. But you bite in and you’re greeted with the chocolate but then slowly you get a hint of the bacon. I would compare it to the combination of french fries and chocolate shakes. A good sweet and salty mixture to balance out your taste buds. The Machine Shed gives you two sticks for $3.

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