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Monday, August 3, 2015

Circus Poodles Then and Now Plus Two Awesome Recipes

Many  people know of the poodles reputation as a circus dog.  Their friendly personalities, agility, intelligence, biddability, and easily styled hair make them perfect performers.  Shortly after Tuvok joined our family I saw this charming photo on Pinterest of Tommy Bentley's Poodle Review.  A Mid century poodle circus troupe!

I wish I could find out more about them, but alas no luck. The picture did lead me to Tuvok's leash and collar.  After seeing it I decided on the circus print leash and collar from Day Dog Designs

I think it suits him very well (even if he can't perform any circus tricks) 

Now for the recipes. I love to cook but I haven't shared any of my cooking on the blog in a long time.  This weekend I made two things from other bloggers that were so good I have to share  recipes. 

The first is the Everything Bagel Strata from Yes to Yolks

For the Strata:
4 everything bagels, cut into 1-in cubes
2 tablespoons butter, divided
8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 sprigs thyme, stemmed and chopped
2 cups of half-and-half
6 large eggs
6 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese ( I used 8) 
3 oz grated gruyere cheese
2-3 tablespoons of the “everything bagel” spice (below)
For the “Everything Bagel” Spice:
2 tablespoons dried minced onion (I used minced dried shallot) 
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic (I used 1/8 tsp go garlic powder) 
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F and spread out bagel cubes in an even layer. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and then pour it over the bagel cubes. Toast the bagel cubes in the oven, tossing occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden and crunchy. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Transfer to a large baking dish.
Meanwhile, crisp the bacon in the skillet.  Remove and crumble. Set aside 1/4 cup and then add the rest to the bagel cubes.  Pour off the fat in the skillet and melt the remaining tbsp of butter. Sauté the onion until it is transculuscent and add to the bagel cubes and bacon. Whisk the half half eggs, thyme,  and 2/3 of the grated cheese together in a large bowl and pour over the bagel cubes, pressing on them to submerge.  Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
In the morning preheat the oven to 350. Stir together the ingredients for the everything bagel spice. Remove the casserole from the fridge and top with the remaining cheese, bacon, and some of the spice mix. Bake for about 1 hour.  
The second recipe is for Salted Caramel Crack(ers) from Smitten Kitchen

About 35 saltines 
2 sticks butter 
1/2 cup light brown sugar 
Pinch of sea salt 
1 tsp vanilla 
12 ounces semisweet chips 
Sliced Almonds 

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and top with a single layer of saltines, no gaps! Melt the butter, and sugar over medium heat stirring to combine. Bring to boil then turn down to a simmer and cook 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla.  Pour over the crackers and bake for 15 minutes watching closely so it doesn't burn. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the chocolate chips.  Let sit 5 min and spread evenly. Sprinkle over the almonds and cool completely. 



  1. We are suddenly hungry! Love the old poodle pictures. And the collar is fab!
    Lily & Edward

  2. German Shepherds are good at obedience and performing, but they don't look like they are having any fun. Poodles look like they live to be cute and entertain people.

  3. The leash and collar are very cute and Tuvok looks super handsome!
    Your dishes look so yummy. Especially the bagel strata...oh I'm getting hungry :-)

  4. Tuvok looks great with his new collar and leash
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  5. I finks Tuvok looks very handsome in his new collar and lead
    Live long and prosper Tuvok
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. You should look for a Tricks class in your area for Tuvak. I am sure you would both have a lot of fun! And it would be something easy to practice at home.

  7. Those poodles are ridiculously (in every sense of the word) adorable!

  8. What a fabulously adorable leash!!! I love the bright, cheerful colours as much as I do the uber cute design. You find the loveliest, sweetest items for all of your pets.

    Big hugs & happy start of August wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  9. OMD....that collar and leash are too cute (and I just love the LLaP tag!)!!

  10. Poodles AND food-you're killing me here- love it. I need try both of them.

  11. That is the perfect collar for Tuvok!
    Lynne x

  12. poodle pictures like those make me want one so bad! i love their little costumes! and tuvok looks so cute with his new collar!

  13. Tuvok looks adorable in his new duds. (Did you by any chance see the performing dogs a couple of seasons ago on Amer's Got Talent. SO damn cute! Some of them looked like poodle mixes.)

  14. How cuuute!! Your doggie is adorable!
    Thank you for sharing those delicious recipes too, gotta try 'em out!

  15. Such a cute dog and I love his leash and collar! If only he were a circus poodle! I always wanted to have my cat be a circus cat!


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