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May 5, 2009 10:07 PM

My dog says "Damn you Chowhound!"

OK, I've been hanging out here at Chowhound for about 2 months now. And it's changing the way I cook and make the most of the food I buy. Tonight I was tearing apart a rotisserie chicken for chicken enchiladas. My husky, Sasha, and one of my cats were waiting, expecting the usual pieces of skin and fat tossed to them as I worked.

I used to divide up my rotisserie chicken into 3 piles -- usable chicken meat, waste to be given to the animals, and a pile destined for the garbage.

Well, I'd just read a recipe on Chowhound for chicken and stuffing and was planning to use half the chicken for that. And, thanks to the Hounds influence, I'd also started using the chicken carcass and the messy bits for stock. So Sasha and her kitty accomplice didn't get their usual share --They work together -- the two of them last week had pushed a baggie of dried porcini mushrooms off the kitchen counter (cat) and eaten it (dog).

Anyway, I used almost the whole rotisserie chicken for the humans in the house and the poor animals were left to curse the day I started hanging out with you all on Chowhound.


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  1. You can still let them help with the dishwashing :)

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    1. re: paulj

      If they lick the plates clean, it saves time.

    2. Awww... you could still save them a couple of yummy bites!!! My dogs have to compete with hubby & me for the skin, though! ;-)

      1. Buy two chickens. Problem solved.

        1. On the evenings when I make stock, my dog doesn't settle down until I strain it and put it away in the fridge, knowing that he'll get some scraps and maybe a bowl to lick. He doesn't seem to mind whether the bits of skin and meat have given their all to the stock or not.

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          1. re: paulj

            paulj- I could have written your post. I do mine in the crockpot so the pup smells it all night. The meat has given up everything but he still likes it. I usually get several baggies of meat bits that I label "dog" and stash in the freezer.

            1. re: torty

              I want to be a fly on the wall the day someone who doesn't live in your house decides to get some ice and spies the meat baggies labeled "dog" in the freezer. ;)

          2. Awww... give them a few scraps anyway. They don't need a whole chicken but I always feel mean if the cats don't get at least a taste...