Rowdy, our little rescue terrier mix, has become a very picky eater. For some time, he would only eat if Mom fed him from a spoon.
Well, now we have him eating from a dish again AND eating a good quality dog food, small kibble.
Place one cup of kibble in a glass microwaveable bowl. Mix in one tablespoon of ricotta cheese. Try to coat all of the kibbles; at least distribute the cheese amongst the kibbles.
Microwave for 30 seconds.
Stir thoroughly. Then sprinkle on a very small amount of parmesan cheese; we use the little packets we get with pizza but don't use a whole packet! Stir again.
Transfer to Fido's food dish and watch the gobble fest.
Rowdy eats this like he's afraid someone is going to steal it from him...
Cooking as Creativity
Cooking can be a creative act. At the very least, unless you merely heat something up, it is an act of MAKING and gratifying as such. I cook as often as I can. Sometimes, though seldom, I work directly from a recipe; this is MAKING. Sometimes, I work totally from "instinct" using what I have on hand, considering the likes and dislikes of my family, thinking about what I'm hungry for, and coming up with something totally unique; this is CREATING. More often, it's something in between working with memories of recipes and the restrictions of the pantry. This last is less creative, but still qualifies. At either end of the spectrum, cooking can and should be fun and gratifying. And you get to eat the results!