Emma’s school has its very own version of the Westinghouse Science Fair, and it’s a big deal for the kids every year. I can attest to the fact that they spend months thinking of an idea (I really wish you could see what some of them come up with!), and many have to do with food. There’s a lot of candy making going on, and I suppose a lot of tasting during the testing. The kids are required to follow detailed guidelines, describe the scientific process they used to develop their inventions, create a three-part display board, and build/make/create the actual invention. Everyone’s a winner, and Emma felt so proud of her first project—Emma’s Doggie Treats—she stuck to the same general theme, building on the doggie-treat dough. Her Pupparoni Pizza—for guess who?—was fantastic! She called it Mama Emma’s, in keeping with the Italian flavor. (See her main display poster, left.) When you look over the ingredients, and the combinations, remember this is for dogs, not for you. It’s the tried-and-true dog-biscuit dough, with a tomato sauce made of pureed strawberries, real cheese (Guthrie’s favorite is mozzarella), and dried chicken-flavored discs, available at pet stores, standing in for pepperoni. Guthrie, who is a passionate though not necessarily objective critic, gave a rave review: a million stars!
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup flour, or as needed
Stir together all ingredients, form a ball (refrigerate if it’s too soft) and then roll into a pizza round, using extra flour as needed.
1 pint strawberries, put in a blender and mushed so it looks like tomato sauce
Mozzarella, sliced or grated (or your dog’s favorite cheese)
“Pepperoni” pieces (dried saucer-shaped chicken treats from your pet store)
Top dough with “tomato” sauce (pureed strawberries), cheese and “pepperoni.” Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until dough is cooked and cheese is melted.