this is a picture of my dog, Annie

Pornstar Treats

I respectfully nicknamed my dog Chichu, short for Cicciolina, the ’80s Italian pornstar-turned-parliamentarian who was notorious for – among other things – flashing her boobs during media interviews.

My dog’s real name is Annie, at least that’s the name she was given by the people who rescued her. She was brought to Massachusetts by a fantastic, all volunteer-run organization called The Great Dog Rescue. Annie was found in an abandoned house in Mississippi, nursing a litter of puppies and some kittens. Yes, nursing kittens. When I heard that story, I thought, this must be a very special dog.

Annie was emaciated, and she was not real pretty. Her nickname occurred to me when I met her and saw her teats, engorged with milk, stretched down to the ground. I kept thinking, man, you look bad. Those things are everywhere, swinging this way and that for everyone to see.

“You are worse than La Cicciolina,” I told her.

Photo of my dog, Annie, with puppies

Growing up in Argentina in the ’80s it was common to see women’s bare chests on television. Much like in Europe, people aren’t scandalized to see a nipple or two every now and then. But La Cicciolina made a huge impression on me and, I’m sure, on a lot of boys my age.

Chichu is a very sweet, gentle soul. She’s bedeviled by rain pelting the roof, by loud noises of any kind. When fireworks go off, she quivers under my pillow or burrows in the closet. She loves fish, cuddles, and a good belly rub. Because I think she’s had a tough life, I spoil her as much as I can.

We go for runs, she gets to jump in bed with us when she feels like it, and she gets me to cook her meals and treats. When I used to travel for work before I was married, I felt terribly guilty leaving her behind for days at a time (though she was left in the good hands of friends who love her). Like any guilty absentee parent, I made a point of always buying her gifts. I brought her dry fish treats from Vancouver, deer antlers from Denver, a new leash from Bogota, a scarf from New Delhi.

Photo of my dog, Annie

Coming back from Chile, I found myself thumbing through a cookbook at the airport’s gift shop when I came across this dog treat recipe that seemed delicious. It was named “Tintin Cookies,” surely after the cartoon hero Tintin’s faithful dog, Snowy.

Now, with all due respect to the one and only Cicciolina (and the cookbook author), I think “pornstar treats” is a much better name for my version of this recipe.

My dog, Annie, running in New Hampshire



  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato or butternut squash
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter


  1. Cook sweet potatoes or butternut squash by steaming, roasting, or microwaving. Cool before mashing.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl mix well sweet potato mash, eggs, and peanut butter.
  5. Combine both mixtures and knead lightly.
  6. Stretch with a rolling pin to about ¼ inch thick.
  7. Cut with cookie cutter or, to be faster, use a knife to make a checkerboard pattern.
  8. Pierce with a fork and bake for about 30 minutes.

Tray of dog treats

My dog, Annie, at the park

11 thoughts on “Pornstar Treats

  1. kay bee says:

    What a wonderful read Jordan!
    Lovely pics of Chichu too!

    I’ll be trying that recipe out when we get back from India. #guiltyparentsyndrome

    Let us know if you want anyyything from here.



  2. Meg says:

    Oh Annie! Jordan, I didn’t know how terribly tough her life was before you found her 😦 It’s so wonderful she’s spoiled and adored by you! ❤


  3. Aline Pause Baker says:

    I asked Mike if he saw your last post. He asked: what is it called? And I said, Pornstar treats. He replied: No wonder it was blocked from my work email!
    Chichu and Sawee need another play date.


  4. Lucie says:

    Spoiling a dog who in a previously life was a hungry, abandoned momma dog nursing kittens is just plumb good for a soul. Even reading about it gives one some second-hand goodness.


    • Jordan Coriza says:

      Aww, Lucie. Thanks for your comment. Chichu deserves not only because of how bad she had it before she came into my life, but for all the good vibes she gives me. She’s such good company! 💖


  5. Frederique says:

    This is rated XOXOXO! I love this post. Annie is best “toutou” and I miss her very much. Can I have her next week-end? It’s cold and I need a cuddle 🙂 Thank you for the recipe! I am going to translate it for my sister and her husband, they have two cute cairn terriers Loxen and Morfine (they both work in the medical field).


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