Sunday, April 3, 2011

Squished snails and rabies

The LabMed Cookbook

My cousin’s daughter, Whitney, publishes a lovely blog, Squash Blossom Babies, where she shares her recipes for wholesome organic natural baby foods that she prepares for her beautiful daughter, Ava. But now her sister Julie is expecting a little boy, so I felt it my duty to step up to the plate, so to speak, and offer my own contribution to childhood nutrition. After all, little boys have different needs than little girls, being made up of all those snakes, snails and puppy dog tails…

Since I have forsaken cooking for all time, I am reprinting (with permission) a recipe from my favorite cookbook, The LabMed Cookbook. Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit homeless Labrador Retrievers- specifically ones with expensive medical needs that local rescues can’t afford to pay for. You can learn more about Lab Med at

Back to the recipe
Picture yourself the mother of an eight-year-old boy, and it’s time for his birthday party or soccer team picnic. What can you feed a bunch of amped up little kids that will grab their attention? Make notes, dear Julie, because Lab Med has the answer:

Boogers on a Stick
Yield 30 servings, submitted by Tom Booker

8 oz. Cheez Whiz
green food coloring
30 pretzel sticks
1.   1. Melt the processed cheese spread in the microwave oven according to the directions on the jar.
 Allow cheese to cool slightly
 Using a long-handled spoon, carefully stir in about 3 drops of green food coloring, just enough to turn the cheese into a delicate snot green.
 To form boogers: Dip and twist the tip of each pretzel into the cheese, lift out, wait twenty seconds, then dip again. When cheese lumps reach an appealingly boogerish size, set pretzels booger-down onto a sheet of waxed paper. If the cheese in the jar begins to stiffen, simply reheat it.
 Allow finished boogers-on-sticks to cool to room temperature for ten minutes, or until cheese is firm. Gently pull boogers off waxed paper and arrange on a serving plate.
 Sicko-idea: Set a bowl of chunky red salsa in the center of the platter so your gourmet guests can turn plain boogers into bloody ones.
Please note: The nutritional data for this recipe is skewed because of the variables involved.

So there you have it. For more recipes and stories that Labrador lovers will treasure, check out The Labmed Cookbook.

And to all my health-food addict friends out there (Kim and Laurie, you know who you are), you really will find some wonderful ideas for adults and kids on my cousin Whitney Backsen’s blog!

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1 comment:

Squash Blossom Babies said...

Thanks for sharing! That is so cute!