I need to make a hopper leading down to an opening. Below the opening will be a wheel. Food will fall into the wheel from the hopper. The wheel will turn, causing the food to drop below. Essentially, this but smaller. I'm having two problems with the wheel and hopper design: clogging and jamming. Help me figure out how to shape the hopper and wheel openings to prevent these problems. [more inside]
What great DIY food gifts are out there that can be made on short notice, don't contain pricey specialty ingredients, and can be packaged in cellophane or something similar, to be transported and given out as individual treats? [more inside]
I'm passing out glow sticks and glowy spiders in lieu of candy for Halloween. A Facebook friend posted a link to the Teal Pumpkin Project about kids with food allergies and Halloween treats. So, yay, my treats are allergy-safe! But my house is definitely NOT a pristine allergy-free zone. Will this be an issue? I don't want to inadvertently poison some poor trick-or-treater. [more inside]
What are some good fandom-related Halloween treats or tricks for an artsy foodie fangirl? [more inside]
Over Thanksgiving I discovered I really enjoy chewing on cinnamon sticks. The only problem is they can get brittle pretty fast, leading to a mouthful of fragments and a really unpleasant explosion of cinnamon in my mouth. So! I thought I can't be the only person that likes this... [more inside]
I often give my dogs roasted beef "soup bones" straight from the butcher, the kind with marrow in them. After an evening's worth of undivided attention, they are stripped down to the bone and empty inside. What can I do to turn the hollow bones back into treats? [more inside]
Homemade Easter gifts. Preferably edible - my friends and family are, like me, wretchedly gluttonous fiends but prefer the not super-processed or over-sweet stuff, so if it's got token fruit or something in then even better. I just realised there's like a week to go and I have no idea what to make these people. HALP.
I have some problems with a couple of dog training efforts: discouraging snapping at treats (but she doesn't always snap), and how to train "drop it," when she's not typically interested in holding something in her mouth to drop. I'd love some ideas on these two problems. [more inside]
I have a few questions about feeding our four month old indoor cat, Captain Tightpants, a grain free diet. [more inside]
It's the lady's last day at work this week and I'd like to send her something nice. Flowers won't do it, I'm looking for cookies, cake or other tasty treats. I'm in LA! [more inside]
Help me deliver a bacon-peanut butter-honey-and-banana birthday donut to someone in Washington, D.C.!
I would like to surprise a friend in Washington, D.C. for his birthday with a special treat; however, it's a donut made in a mom-and-pop store here in Dallas, and I won't be flying up there anytime soon. Can you help me figure out a hack for this? [more inside]
I am a recovering hoarder who still has a tendency to cheer herself up with Stuff. What are some good presents or treats that won't lead to me increasing the level of kipple in my life? And how do you deal with decluttering when things feel pointless? [more inside]
What portable treat can I make for a group that doesn't require the use of an oven? [more inside]
I'm looking for tried and true recipes for dog treats. I want to show my neph-dogs some love this holiday season with some homemade treats or biscuits, but I'm not sure I trust random googling. Any recommendations for doggie cookbooks or recipes that your pups have enjoyed? (I would also accept cat treat recipes!)
Fido is coming to visit the in laws with us at Christmas. We want to minimize his potential annoyance to others and boredom. What are the best treat dispensing smart busy toys for dogs? We have a kong and a jolly ball, but what else is out there? It needs to be durable and very difficult since Fido is too darn smart. He loves a good calf thigh stuffed with cheese, but the licking sounds he makes are a little too gross for public. He is around 50 pounds, so it needs to be for large breeds that are hard chewers. Thanks! [more inside]
What are good dog treats that are long-lasting chews? [more inside]
Can you recommend great kid-friendly desserts from around the world? Along the lines of rice krispie treats or banoffee pie.
Please share your non-food gift ideas that are just little "thinking-of-you" gifts. [more inside]
Ideas on how to get our dog over this training hump? [more inside]
Internet pal in Amsterdam says he likes American treats, and I was planning on sending him some as a surprise. Any suggestions on what I can get here that he won't be able to find there? I don't want to send a box of hostess cupcakes (for example) and then find out that they're extremely common over there.
Petafilter! Toys for the dog brainiac, but preferably not food-related. Treat-toys are fine, but whole-meal toys not so much. Suggestions? [more inside]
Help! I need an easy inexpensive dog treat/cookie recipe without any common allergens. Is this really as impossible as it seems? [more inside]
Fun treats for a boyfriend attending a weekend-long conference? [more inside]
Suggestions for surprise treats for an office of programmers? [more inside]
What durable but consumable treat can I give my very chewy dog to chew on as I wean him off his rawhide habit? [more inside]
Cat owners share your wisdom please! Anybody tried homeopathic remedies (i.e., Composure Cat Chews) for managing anxious behaviors? [more inside]
Help me make the finest popsicles available to humanity. [more inside]
What wonderful things for grownups can be hidden inside standard plastic Easter eggs? [more inside]
Are there any delicious treats or confections that can be made without refined sugar or white flour that can be mailed? [more inside]
Blogs about regional junk food and snacks? [more inside]
It's time for this shit to get real. Where the hell can I find a Cornetto in the Boston area? [more inside]
I want to make these cookies for Boyfriend and mail them to him. Which shortbread recipe should I use, and how do I paint the clover on to them? [more inside]
Where can I score some old fashioned liverwurst in the Pacific Northwest? There always used to be rolls of liverwurst next to the lunch meats, but no more. And Amazon no longer carries Mother Goose Liverwurst; there's a "unknown when again available" note. Mail order is fine, if it's a reliable source. (And I really don't want to make it myself; I just want to smear it on bread.)
What movies and treats go together? [more inside]
Advice needed on a new boxer puppy--best training book and suggestions for training treats especially. [more inside]
What goodies do we need from Phoenix, AZ? Husband is going there for a few days in July, and we're trying to think of what treats he ought to bring back to New England - stuff we can't find here at home. Cactus Cooler soda and prickly pear jelly/candy are all I can think of. See's Candies would be wonderful, but would not travel well. Any other regional favorites? Thanks in advance!
My dog loves dried sweet potato chews. They go for $20 a bag in the pet store even though the only ingredients are potatoes. It must be that I can make them at home for the cost of a potato. Do I need a fancy food dehydrator or can I just cut the potatoes up into thick pieces and put my oven on 200F for a many hours? Anyone have a specific recipe or experience making them? [more inside]
I'm looking for some clever ideas for treats for my ultimate frisbee "secret buddy." They need to be small (not much larger than a big candy bar) and inexpensive (~$5). I don't really know this person that well, but I would like to be more thoughtful than just slipping her a candy bar with a note saying "good luck!". I think puns are more than called for in this situation, especially if they relate to ultimate or geology.
Urgent: Help me find a business that does same-day delivery of chocolate or other treats in Manhattan. [more inside]
Weird foods do dogs like to eat? [more inside]
My dogs seem to like cat treats. Any harm in it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a recipe for Vegan Rice Krispy treats from a fall 2007 issue of the magazine Vegetarian Times. [more inside]
I need cheap bulk candy (preferably of a mixed variety). The cheaper, the better. What's the best place online to order it? [more inside]
What do cows like to eat? [more inside]
My cat is dying, any ideas on how I can spoil the hell out of him in his last few months? [more inside]
Are there any websites for coast-to-coast treat swapping? I'm looking for something that will let me exchange some east-coast goodies for Chocodiles and Mother's cookies.