Savory Redemption

After spending five fantastic days on the slopes in Park City, Utah, over Christmas, I managed to find myself one of the millions stranded at various locations around the country at the mercy of the weather in the Northeast. A full thirty-six hours after embarking upon my return (a trip that included multiple planes, a shuttle bus, a subway, a night sleeping on a chair in a train station, and finally a slow moving Acela), I practically crawled through the door of my apartment.

Greeting me at the door was my six-month-old monster kitten, Sidney, who was clearly pissed at me. I had hired a sitter, but she refuses to eat when I’m gone and was clearly not pleased at how long I’d been gone. After all, I did promise her a Monday return, not Tuesday night.

After a few days of snubbing me, she started to show signs of bouncing back. But I still felt awful and was racking my brain for something to surprise her with. Luckily I found something great. In her new book Family Affair (a delightful tale of unexpected love, second chances, and a heroine cat named Cleo), #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber offers up a few cat treat recipes that I figure will be my ticket out of purgatory.

Now, the only problem is that I haven’t consumed or touched any meat or fish product in eleven years, thus limiting my options. I love Sidney, but I’m not about to end that impressive streak for her. But Debbie was nice enough to include a vegetarian-friendly recipe, so we’re good to go. A quick stop at the store tonight and I’m on the road to redemption.

Savory Cheese Cat Treats*
Makes 2 dozen

  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a baking sheet. Combine the cheeses and yogurt and stir in the flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a nice dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll it to 1/4 inch. Cut the dough into 1-inch-square pieces and place on the baking sheet. Back for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

*Courtesy of

One Response to “Savory Redemption”
  1. Seale says:

    Lucky Sidney…homemade veggie snack treets to make amends! Shawn…you are a good dad!

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