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Tag: onions

EV-uh-oh: Is Rachael Ray poisoning our dogs?

The quick answer is no. Despite a recent boo boo — actually a boo boo repeated from 2006 — in one of her “dog-friendly” recipes, Rachel Ray, whether you find her endearing or annoying, appears to be a true dog person, dog lover and dog philanthropist.

That one of her recipes — reprinted alongside a profile of Ray in this month’s Modern Dog magazine — calls for onions, which can be toxic to dogs, was an unfortunate oversight, a result of either the conflicting information that’s out there or a reflection of Ray’s learning curve when it comes to canines.

The recipe in question, “Isaboo’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheddar,” originally appeared in Ray’s own magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, which runs a “pet friendly” recipe in every issue — a meal you can make for both you and your dog to eat.

The macaroni and cheese dish, which calls for half an onion, was the first of those to appear in the magazine, back in March 2006.

Ray also has her own dog food company, Rachael Ray Nutrish, some of the profits from which go to her own rescue organization, as she’s quick to point out on her website:

“There are no fillers.  No junk.  Just lots of good, wholesome stuff. How cool is that? And you know me.  I’m all about giving back, so some of the proceeds from Rachael Ray Nutrish go to charities that take care of animals who have no one else to look out for them.  Wow.  How good do you feel now?”

But back to poisoning dogs.

After the onion episode came to light, we went back and checked all the “dog-friendly” recipes Ray has published in her magazine, starting in April 2006 — all 27 of them — and we’re pleased to report that none of them are likely to kill your dog.

True, some of them call for avocados, which are toxic to dogs, and scallions, which are toxic to dogs, and nutmeg, high levels of which can result in seizures, tremors, central nervous system problems and death.

But almost always those recipes point out — either in the ingredient list or in the directions — to use those items only in the human portions.

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Rachel Ray’s boo boo

(Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared Friday, but was taken off the ohmidog! website after it recieved so many visits that our server crashed. That, and our subsequent transition to a new and more powerful server, explains any ohmidog! outage you may have experienced in the past few days. We’re back, stronger than ever, and just in time for the holidays. We weren’t about to let the glitch steal Christmas.)

Modern Dog magazine has pulled a Rachel Ray recipe billed as dog-friendly from their website after realizing it called for onions, which can be toxic to dogs.

The recipe accompanied a fawning article about Ray, her “stratospheric” rise to fame via the Food Network, her love for dogs and her new line of dog food, “Rachael Ray Nutrish:”

“Other celebrities may opt for a namesake clothing line, but for an animal lover like Ray, this is far more gratifying … The same qualities that make Ray’s signature dishes appealing are present in her new line of dog food and snacks: they’re made of fresh, real food.”

At the bottom of the article a Ray recipe appeared for “Isaboo’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheddar,” which calls for half an onion.

“I know it sounds odd, but my girl loved butternut squash!” Ray writes in introducing the recipe. “One of the most comforting traits of our puppy Isaboo is that she’s crazy-nuts for butternut squash, too. Using frozen squash makes this sweet, creamy pasta possible year-round. Always check with your vet about which foods are appropriate for you to share with your pet.”

But apparently neither Ray nor the editors at Modern Dog checked the ingredients of the recipe, which has since been taken off line. You can see the current version of the article here, the cached (original) version here.

This mistake, and remake of the web page — without the recipe — was pointed out by Devouring Seattle, a food blog published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.