. . . always makes me think of Jorg. He was our beloved dachshund. He could hear me slicing carrots with a quiet paring knife if I was in the kitchen, 2 rooms away from where he was sleeping in a sunspot. It happened every time.
Could be that I made other telltale sounds that alerted him. Getting out the stockpot, maybe. Opening the fridge door. Rustling the plastic bag holding the carrots. But I did all of those things other times and it never roused him.
Okay, we all think we have the smartest kids and the smartest dogs. Jorg showed up because he knew that I routinely—and accidently—popped carrot slices onto the floor when I was slicing the big daddys. So he walked back and forth over my feet, waiting and hoping. It got to be a lovely routine, him and me together.
You’ve noticed I’m talking about Jorg in past tense. He aged prematurely when his back gave way. We had fed him good dog food, didn’t let him over-eat, and didn’t let him run steps or jump up on furniture. And yet. . .
Today while I was cutting up carrots, I was suddenly back with Jorg who sang along when our girls practiced piano. He’d move right next to them, and when the music built, he’d raise his nose and howl, holding the notes until they finished the piece.
He discovered that he could run a large circle through 2 rooms and the hallway. What he loved was when one of us laid flat out on the floor, right in his path. He’d sail over top, never breaking his speed.
His most endearing practice? He’d ask me to put him to bed. He’d start pacing next to me around 8:00 in the evening, sort of circling and walking toward his crate. But he wouldn’t go in and bed down on his sheepskin unless I walked over to the crate with him, swung the door open, and told him to go in.
I’m taking carrots to a giant potluck Saturday evening. So here’s to Jorg!
But, hey, no slicing needed here. These are quick—and “more-ish” (or “Please may I have more”)—as our kids say.
Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook, pg. 531
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-4 hours
Ideal Slow-Cooker Size: 2- or 3-quart
2 lbs. baby carrots
½ cup golden raisins
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted or softened
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. ground ginger, optional
1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on Low 3-4 hours, or until carrots are tender-crisp.
Variation: To use whole carrots, cut into 1-inch-long chunks. If the carrots are thick, you may need to cook them 5-6 hours until they become tender-crisp.