You probably assume from the title I’m talking about Rachael Ray and her pet food line. Not so. This was on our grocery list recently:
In case you don’t speak German, I’ll translate the key detail. YES! With Hearty Pieces of Heart.
Now you probably thought the same thing I did when I saw that: just exactly how much heart is in this stuff? Review of the back label revealed a mere 4%. I don’t know how that compares to other brands, because most of the pet food reviews I read only talk about how much corn and other “fillers” they include. But immediately a whole other line of thought sprang forth in my mind. That’s awful. Or is that offal? Would Chris Cosentino approve of this food? Does he even have a dog? If he doesn’t, does he care about organ meats outside of his restaurant?
Full disclosure, I probably have an unnatural fascination with Chris Cosentino and his Offal Good cooking. I say “unnatural” because I’m a vegetarian and so generally avoid eating entrails of anything outside artichokes. And when I met him once in San Francisco and recounted the conversation to my coworkers, who had actually witnessed said meeting, they thought I was crazy. What’s more is when I read Heart of the Artichoke, which was not written by Chris, but by the brilliant David Tanis (aside: I’ve not met him, but would love the chance to one day, so if you know him maybe you can put in a good word), I was compelled to cook tongue when I came to that last Winter Menu. Part of it was the brilliant prose preceding the recipe, but the other was a thought of WWCCD? I’ve also taken the Which Food Network Chef is Your Spirit Animal quiz 29 times, trying in vain to select the right answers to return what I know is true, but somehow Bobby Flay always comes up. I’m going to remain suspicious about this quiz until someone else reports back to me they scored a different Spirit
So anywho, this is really about that can of dog food, which will probably never be opened or consumed on account of this is the dog it was purchased for:
Don’t be surprised if you see me walking Puddle on the street one day dressed in an I heart Offal shirt (the dog, not me).