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I have two adult adopted cats who tolerate each other (mostly) and a Yorkshire Terrier that gets along with both cats. I agreed to dog-sit a Dachshund who wants to chase the cats.

So now I have my house gated to separate parts for the cats and parts for the dogs. One of my cats has decided it is fun to lay on the floor within sight of the Dachshund. The Dachshund is using a very high-pitched shrill bark and won't stop. I guess she wants to be sure I know there is a dangerous cat within sight.

I am probably going to have a ton of craziness going on for the next couple weeks, so feel free if you have Cheap Eats! ideas to post them.

Tonight we had roasted potatoes and asparagus...

Slice small yukon gold potatoes into about 8 wedges (red or white potatoes work well too). Then pour a couple tablespoons of oil in the bottom of a shallow baking pan and coat the potatoes in the oil by rubbing them in it. If you are feeling really pushed for time, sprinkle seasoning salt over them. If you have a little more time, add pressed garlic to the oil before rubbing it on the potatoes and then hit them with Kosher salt and ground black pepper. I've also added fresh rosemary to the pan with a small onion sliced in rings spread around the potatoes... Makes the house smell great while they roast and the onions get sweet and crispy with caramelized edges.

I roasted them in a hot, 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes, turned them and added the asparagus to the pan. The whole thing was done in another 5-10 minutes and I served them with salmon cakes from the freezer.

I was stepping over dogs the whole time. They both know I am a sloppy cook and they need to be first in line to pick up the pieces!

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Submitted by votermom on

post about cheap home recipes for pet food when I started reading about your cats & dog(s). :)

Right now I am buying a lot from our local produce stall place (cheap) and getting everyone to eat lots of salads and veggies.

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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

A friend of mine makes cookies for dogs during the holidays. I should get the recipe because her cookie cutter is too big for my dog and it would be a fun post.

Yeah, I could probably do that!

There isn't much cheaper to feed a dog than dog food. When I was a kid, we had a Chesapeake and a poodle that both lived to very advanced ages for their breeds and sizes eating the cheapest dry dog food money can buy. I don't think you *have* to buy the top brands to have healthy dogs.

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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

If you have a recipe using the fresh stuff you are getting... would you like to post? I've been posting our regular diet, for the most part and not anything fancy.

My cooking exerience comes from 'poor Southerner meets creative Italian', so if you have different traditions for cooking affordable food, that would be neat.

Submitted by Lex on

I thought there might be a recipe for braised dachshund, doesn't get much cheaper than eating a dog someone left at your house.