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Tagine a la Québécoise:Historically Tagine is …

Tagine a la Québécoise:
Historically Tagine is an ancient Berber dish made of meats and vegetables and traditionally cooked in a conical clay pot to allow the steam to rise, condense and drip back down. Although traditionally used to cook stew type meals, we like to use our Tagine for all sorts of delectable dishes. With a new homemade sausage place just recently opening up in our city, we decided to make one of their specialty meats the star of this recipe. With an added French Canadian twist our Tagine a la Québécoise proves itself utterly indulgent and satisfying!

1.5LB / 600G of small potatoes
2 medium sized onions, sliced.
4 fresh sausages (“Bacon et Fromage en grains” from Ils en Fument du Bon)
398ml of Poutine gravy
40g of Cheese Curds
2tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375°(F). Add the sliced onions, potatoes, Olive Oil, salt and pepper to the Tagine. Place the thyme on top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, place the sausage on top, cover with the Tagine cover and bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Remove from oven and discard thyme sprigs. Heat the Poutine sauce in a saucepan. Drop the cheese curds on top of the sausage and potatoes and pour over the Poutine gravy.

*Tajine cooking can be replicated by using a slow cooker or similar item, but the result will be slightly different. If Poutine gravy is not available, it can be substituted with any dark brown gravy.


Mediterranean Tilapia:

Fish is my favorite oxymoron. It’s delicately hearty and leaves you feeling comfortably satiated. We’ve paired up meaty Tilapia with Mediterranean flavors that are purfect for a dinner below the summer stars.


3 Tilaipa fillets

1 bunch of green onions

1 14 oz can of cherry tomatoes

½ cup of pitted black olives

A handful of fresh basil leaves

½ cup of crumbled feta cheese

salt and pepper


Cut up the green onion and add it to a pan. Place the tilapia fillets on top of the green onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper . Pour over the cherry tomatoes and olives. Add the basil leaves, cover the pan and turn on to medium heat. Once the tomato sauce starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and allow to cook for 15 minutes (or until the fish is cooked through). Garnish with feta cheese. Serve on top of fresh spinach or other greens. 🍽️🍷

*Recipe for human consumption only

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Cheddar and Sage Spread: Sharp cheddar and fre…

Cheddar and Sage Spread: Sharp cheddar and fresh sage are two flavors that marry so well together. With a hint of Dijon, this flavorful cheesy spread is a perfect appetizer fit for National Herbs and Spices Day!


450g of sharp cheddar
2 tbsp of dijon mustard
4 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 bunch of fresh sage leaves

Place all of the ingredients into the food processor. Process until smooth. Spread on your favorite fresh bread.

*For human consumption only
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Sautéed Pepper and Onion Tapenade:Packed with …

Sautéed Pepper and Onion Tapenade:
Packed with tangy olive flavor, our

Sautéed Pepper and Onion Tapenade is the perfect dish for sharing on National Olive Day!


1 can (398 ml) of pitted green olives
1 can (398 ml) of pitted black olives
2 green peppers
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
4 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 hot pepper
Fresh Oregano leaves

Cut up the peppers and onions. In a large pan, add the olive oil and allow to heat. Sautée the peppers and onions until browned (about 10 minuted), add the oregano leaves and mix well. In a food processor, add the olives and the sautéed mixture. Pulse until you reach desired texture (should be that of a chunky spread). Serve as a spread with fresh bread.

For more easy recipes like this one, check out Oreo’s cookbook!

*For human consumption only

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Roasted Smashed Potatoes:

I have a deep love of anything potato, especially oven roasted potatoes. The crispy skin, reminiscent of french fries makes my mouth water. Add a little melted cheese and you’ve got pure roasted potato heaven!


1.5 pounds (680 g) of Terrific Trio Potatoes from The Little Potato Company

3 small onions (quartered)

4 – 5 cloves of garlic (peeled and left whole)

1 cup of Gouda cheese (sliced or shredded)

Italian seasoning

2 tbsp of Olive Oil

1 tbsp of salt

4 cups of water


In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, onions garlic and salt and boil for 20 minutes (until potatoes are tender). Drain and rinse.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F). Place all of the potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a spatula, lightly smash each potato. Brush the potatoes with olive oil and season them with Italian seasoning. Top with cheese and bake in the oven for 25 minutes (or until the tops are golden). Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish.

*For human consumption only.

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Fennel Salad:

Fennel is part of the carrot family and is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean. It is an aromatic herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. It has a mild licorice flavor and can be used in a variety of salads and soups. Fresh fennel salad not only has many health benefits but also packs a whole lot of taste!


1 fennel bulb, sliced thin

1 orange

½ cup of Greek black olives

2 tbsp of Olive Oil

1 tbsp of red wine vinegar

Fresh basil leaves (sliced)

½ cup of Feta cheese (crumbled)

salt and pepper to taste


Cut the orange in half, juice half the orange and set aside. In a large bowl, add the thinly sliced fennel, drizzle with the olive oil and fresh squeezed orange juice. Cut the other half of the orange into slices and then quarters. Add the orange slices, olives, basil, salt and pepper and feta cheese to the bowl. Mix well and add the tablespoon of wine vinegar. Serve as is or as a side dish with grilled meats or fish.

*Recipe for human consumption only

Nothing makes Oreo happier than food! Our Tiny…

Nothing makes Oreo happier than food! Our Tiny Tuna Cakes are one of his favourites and they’re purrfect for sharing! 😋

1 can of low sodium flaked *tuna in water
¼ cup of all purpose flour
¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese
1 egg
Olive Oil (or you can use a non-stick cooking spray)

(Makes about 10 mini muffins) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Drain the tuna and add it to a mixing bowl with the flour, cheese and egg. Mix well. Using a mini muffin tin, grease 10 of the muffin cups with Olive Oil (or a non stick cooking spray). Fill the greased cups evenly with the mixture. Bake in the oven for 18 – 20 minutes. Let cool, top with your cat’s favorite kitty treat and serve!

These are also perfectly fine for human consumption! Just omit the kitty treat topping!

*note: Always check the ingredients on the can of tuna to be sure they do not include soy or other preservatives. Only purchase tuna with the ingredients: tuna, water, salt (and nothing else!)

This recipe and others available in Oreo’s cookbook:

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Chocolate Mint Scones: I love anything that is…

Chocolate Mint Scones:
I love anything that is remotely similar to bread. Add a little chocolate and you’ve got my undivided attention. To celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day, we’ve concocted some delightfully satiating scones that are a perfect after eight snack!

2 cups of Bisquick
1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup of white chocolate chips
¾ cup of milk
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 tbsp of salted butter

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F). In a large mixing bowl, add the Bisquick, chocolate chips, mint and milk. Mix until the ingredients form a crumbly dough. Separate the dough into 6 scones and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 16 – 18 minutes (or until slightly golden). Lightly butter the tops with salted butter. Serve warm.

*For human consumption only!

Hearty Tuna Salad:Canned tuna is something I a…

Hearty Tuna Salad:
Canned tuna is something I always like to have on hand. It has many uses and can easily be added to many dishes. Great for serving up when you’ve got unexpected guests, our Hearty Tuna Salad will ensure they come knocking again!

1 can of chunk light tuna in water
1 can (400g) of Fagioli Bianchi di Spagna
1 small tomato (cut in chunks)
1 small Avocado (cut in chunks)
1 tsp of dried thyme
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of Olive Oil
½ tsp of Dijon mustard
¼ tsp of hot chili flakes

Drain the tuna and add it to a mixing bowl with all of the other ingredients (I conserve the tuna juice and serve it to the cats as a treat!). Mix well. Serve with dill pickles and toast.

*Recipe for human consumption only.

Looking for a special Thanksgiving treat for y…

Looking for a special Thanksgiving treat for your cat? Or maybe a little Holiday gift that lets them know how much you love them? Try our homemade Catmas cookies! They can be prepared and frozen to have on hand all year! It’s the purrfect gift!

Catmas Cookies: 

1 can of sodium free tuna in water.
½ cup of all purpose flour
1 egg
2 tbsp of tuna juice or water

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F). Drain the tuna and conserve 2 tbsp of the liquid from the can (we let Oreo drink what was left). In a mixing bowl, add the flour, tuna and egg. Mix well until the contents become crumbly. Transfer to a food processor. Add the 2 tbsp of tuna juice (or water) and pulse until a dough forms (it will look similar to a pizza dough). If the dough is sticky, add a bit of extra flour. Roll the dough out onto a surface that is lightly dusted with flour. The dough should be pretty thin (about 1/8 th of an inch). Using a small cookie cutter (we fashioned one out of cardboard and foil in a triangular shape to mimic a Christmas tree). Cut out as many cookies as you can from the dough and place them onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 1 minute on each side (these cookies are very small so they cook super fast). Let cool and serve 😋

Notes: Instead of using a cookie cutter, you can roll the dough into cylinders about the diameter of a dime. Put the rolls in the freezer for 10 minutes and then cut 1/8 of an inch cookies. Use the same cooking method. Any leftover dough can be rolled into cylinders and frozen for future use 💚