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Okay, hopefully some of your remember the post entitled “This Dog.” It was about our dog, Fenway, eating about a dozen of our favorite Blueberry Bran Muffins. He survived both the bran and our wrath.

Well, he has done it again. Except this time he has done it with some hand-rolled sugar plums. I would guess he consumed around 40 of the 80 that I spent an hour hand rolling. The other forty were spread over the counter and looking quite log-licked.

Again, I wanted to kill him. And it was, of course my fault, which made me even angrier. I even thought, I should put these in a Rubbermaid. But nope. I made a nice little sugar plumb pyramid. Festive! And apparently it makes it easy to stick your long black nose onto the counter and curl your pink tongue around like a furry black giraffe.

Well, I mentioned it on the Facebook and a couple of people wanted the recipe, so here it is. I tasted two of them. And they were really very good. A little Middle-Eastern flavor, which I really liked.

It is, as per usual, an Alton Brown recipe.


6 ounces slivered almonds, toasted
4 ounces dried plums (which is a nice way of saying “prunes” I used cranberries and it added a little tart to it)
4 ounces dried apricots
4 ounces dried figs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon anise seeds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch kosher salt
1/4 cup honey (I used a basswood honey that adds a slight minty flavor to it)
1 cup coarse sugar (although I used vanilla sugar)


Put the almonds, prunes (or cranberries), apricots, and figs into the bowl of a food processor and pulse 20 to 25 times or until the fruit and nuts are chopped into small pieces, but before the mixture becomes a ball.

Combine the powdered sugar, toasted anise seeds, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, ground cardamom, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add the nut and fruit mixture and the honey and mix using gloved hands until well combined.

Scoop the mixture into 1/4-ounce portions and roll into balls. If serving immediately, roll in the coarse sugar and serve. If not serving immediately, put the balls on a cooling rack and leave uncovered until ready to serve. Roll in the coarse sugar prior to serving.

The Sugarplums may be stored on the cooling rack for up to a week. After a week, store in an airtight container for up to a month.

But I highly suggest that you immediately secure them in a closed container.

Sorry about missing the post last Friday. It was a good and a bad day.

I’m going to write about the bad.

I remember when we decided to get Fenway, our second dog. We felt that our only dog, Wrigley, could use a companion. She was pretty high strung. My wife’s long illness did not help in that, either. She had become more skittish and was starting to really concern us. So we decided to find another dog.

We were back in Des Moines visiting our parents and someone had suggested that we go the Animal Rescue League branch in, of all places, Southridge Mall. We saw a couple of dogs that really didn’t’ do anything for us.

Then there he was, this meek, medium-sized, black, long-haired and beautiful dog with a white patch on his chest and toe length white socks. He nosed around the edges of the large brightly colored pen. My wife and I sat down, I think. He eventually came over and nosed around my feet.

“His name is Max,” said the lady who was showing him. “He lived with an elderly lady who simply could not take care of him. And he’s fully house-trained.”

I’m not sure if he started peeing on my shoes before she finished that last statement, or just after. But it was an oddly endearing moment for us.

“Will he get any larger?” I asked.

“Oh, no,” said he kindly lady. “He’s done growing”

“Does he shed?” asked my wife.

“Oh, not much,” said the kindly lady again. “Just a normal shedder, you know.”

The kindly lady lied.

He became a huge high-volume shedder. But he’s probably the best dog I have ever had.

His main problem is that he eats everything. By everything I mean grass, kick ass blueberry muffins, panties, and finally a small stuffed monkey with magnets in its hands and feet.

This offending simian lodged in his small intestines causing a blockage that had him vomiting for three full days.

The vet had to remove three and a half feet of his intestines. There were some other complications.

But he’s back home. And it’s killing us. Emotionally.

He’s not eating. He can barely get up, like his back legs just aren’t doing what he wants them to do. He vomited a couple of times. And he has to wear one of those ridiculous cone collars.

My son loves to climb on him and lay on him. But that can’t happen.

I don’t’ know where this is going. I of course mean this both as a piece of writing and a piece of the future.

Fenway has only eaten about five small pieces of chicken since he came home Friday. He goes back to the vet today. So, I guess like most things, we just have to wait and see.

Last week I wrote about and gave you the recipe for my favorite muffins, the delectable Blueberry Bran Muffins. I love these muffins. I find that they fill some deep, heretofore unknown hole in my life. I bite into one of these delicious muffins and my tongue dissolves in puerile joy and it nearly brings me to muffled, mouth-filled giggling.

This dog — the one to your left — that dog — has, over the last two weeks, eaten more of my beloved Blueberry Bran Muffins than my wife and I combined.

Were I a violent man…

But alas, I am not. The dog still lives.

Bran muffins.



I mow my lawn on Saturdays. And before I do so, I “flush” the lawn by hand. I put on vinyl gloves, grab a plastic bag, and walk the lawn bent at the waist.

Bran muffins.

Look at him. He is a border collie /borzoi mix. He is taller than my fourteen-month-old son. He weighs eighty pounds. He has long thin hair. Everywhere. It flares out at his buttocks.

Bran muffins.

My son loves to chase this dog. He giggles gleefully while chasing after this doggie’s exceptionally furry tail until the doggie stops suddenly and my son’s face plows right into the doggie’s back-side.

Long, long hair. Everywhere.

Bran muffins.

What makes it worse is that … well, actually a couple of things make it worse. First of all, by the time we discover this caninial treachery, he has long forgotten what he’s done. So when we get home and begin the conniption, when we yell of his gluttonous perfidy and betrayal he has no idea what the commotion is over. All he knows is that cowering seems to be the right thing to do. In fact, I’m guessing when we send him into the yard amidst our half-uttered curses, he is probably relieved to be outside, so he can do things to make his tummy stop gurgling.

The second, more painful reason is this: It’s my fault. It’s true. If I just didn’t make the most delectable, moistiest, nummy-nummy muffins! That’s not true. Well, it is true, but it’s not the reason.

He is a dog. It is his nature to eat nummy-nummy muffins if they are made available to him. I am angrier at myself. I must remember to put the delectable muffins up, off of my tall — what I thought was out of his reach — kitchen cabinets.

Damn me for my stupidity. But alas, as he is a dog, I am a human, and that is my nature.

I must go now, as I hear him pawing at the door, begging to be let out into the yard that I must mow tomorrow.

Perhaps I shall start leaving large chunks of cheese on the counters.