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Vegan Pizza Day Eats at the Garbato-Brady House!

January 29th, 2011 9:15 pm by Kelly


We’re in the middle of a Caprica marathon, so I can’t stay long, but let me just say:

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VEGAN PIZZA DAY SHOULD BE EVERY FRAKKIN DAY OF THE GORRAM YEAR!

See, I’m so excited that I’m intermixing my scifi slang.

That is all.

Oh, and recipes coming soon…

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Saturday Garbage Plate: VEGAN PIZZA DAY IS NOW!

January 29th, 2011 1:50 pm by Kelly


Daiya vegan cheese pizza!

Gooey, stretchy, cheesy, oozey, melty VEGAN PIZZA! with Daiya cheese, red sauce
and a gluten-free organic cornmeal crust. Praise be!, indeed.
CC image via Flickr user digiyesica.

Oh yay, Vegan Pizza Day is finally here! For dinner, I shall be swimming in a pool of liquid Daiya and pizza sauce; until then, all I have are my fantasies – inspired, in no small part, by this week’s nom roundup. Ditto: my Flickr favorites, which is stuffed so full of vegan pizza photos that I’m starting to look like I have a sexual fetish or something. (Cue: images of me poking a hot, saucy pizza à la America Pie, whilst moaning in simultaneous fits of pain and pleasure.)

Um, yeah, I’ll stop talking now. You’re welcome.

Whether on Facebook, Twitter or in the “real world,” you can join in the day’s vegan pizza festivities in a number of ways:

– Go to VeganPizzaDay.com for a list of events, participating eateries, news coverage and the like;

– Follow @VeganPizzaDay on twitter to stay up-to-date on the day’s vegan pizza offerings around the U.S.;

– Share your vegan pizza not-porn on Facebook and tag Vegan Pizza Day so all can see;

– And while you’re at it, “like” Vegan Pizza Day on FB!

I’ll also be tweeting coverage of Vegan Pizza Day @ThePPP and will share my own photos after dinner – assuming, of course, I’m able to pull myself out of the inevitable carb coma long enough do so. Wish me luck, peeps!

Now on to this week’s contests and giveaways! PETA has one gorgeous, cozy, wool-free Vaute Couture coat up for grabs; Lightlife is giving away prize packages to three lucky readers at Leslie Loves Veggies; Vegetarian Star has two coupons good for free Gardein products; C’est La Vegan is giving away a jar of Vegan Queso (yum!); and you can win a Crazy Sexy Diet gift package, courtesy of VegNews. Methinks I’ll regret telling you about the Vaute Couture giveaway. I WANT THAT COAT!

Elsewhere on the internets:

We found a kitty on our doorstep last week! No, for reals!

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Lemmy the New Kitteh. His little kitteh balls look like plush pom poms.
I could make a flying spaghetti monster on his bum, y’all!
(CAN and WILL! buahahahaha!)

In celebration of The Gentle Barn’s first year on Facebook, a generous supporter will donate $1 for every fan who “likes” The Gentle Barn – but only if they reach 100,000 fans by March 1st! If you’re on Facebook, please “like” The Gentle Barn and spread the word!

The anti-tethering group Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) needs volunteers to help make its 9th annual Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week a success. The campaign, which takes place the week of Valentine’s Day, involves sending hand-crafted Valentine’s cards, brochures and coupons for dog supplies to the owners of chained dogs, in order to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs – with the ultimate goal of bringing them indoors. You can help by making cards, donating coupons, and submitting the addresses of chained dogs.

Help In Defense of Animals (IDA) help the nonhuman victims of the recent floods in Australia and Brazil. Donate to its disaster relief fund and share these heartbreaking images with your friends, family and social networks.

As always (okay, three weeks and counting!), check out Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s volunteer opportunities and weekly recap. (Which doesn’t seem to be available yet, but I’ll update this post with a link when it is!)

Finally, for Vegan Pizza Day (not really!) the lovely Tracye McQuirter of By Any Greens Necessary shows how to make a delicious vegan pizza, topped with tons of veggies and nutritional yeast:

I’m not a “nooch” girl myself – you either love nutritional yeast or you don’t – but I am totally in love with her kitchen! So modern and matchy! Me, I have yellow ’70s laminate countertops. I could never shoot a cooking video in my own kitchen, even if I wanted to. Yuck!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Norman

January 28th, 2011 11:04 am by Kelly


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Norman, a brown Swiss steer, relaxes in a bed of hay. Legs tucked under his person,
he oh-so-adorably flashes his little pink tongue at the camera.
Photo courtesy K.I.S.S.(Kitties In-need-of Someone Special, Inc.).

TOMORROW IS VEGAN PIZZA DAY, Y’ALL! Did you hear me? VEGAN. PIZZA. DAY. It ranks among the most awesomest days of the year, second only to my birthday!

Norman here *hearts* vegan pizza day too, ’cause it involves NOMing not on the dead flesh and stolen secretions of his beloved bovine, porcine and avian friends, but rather on gooey slices of goodness covered with melty, stretchy Daiya cheese and crispy Lightlife pepperoni. And veggies: bushels and bushels of vegetables, of every shape, size and color. Poor Norman is drooling just thinking about it! So do this gorgeous boy a favor and share a vegan pizza with a friend tomorrow; preferably one of the omni persuasion. Conversion by vegan food, amiriteppl?

Oh, and while we’re granting wishes, Norman could really use a home to call his own!

Norman
Cow: An adoptable cow in Hopatcong, NJ
Extra Large • Baby • Male

This is a courtesy posting for Antler Ridge (www.antler-ridge.com). Meet “NORMIE”, he is just 3 weeks old(1/1/11) and will grow up to be 2000 lbs! He was a rescue, (call Antler Ridge for details) and he is up for adoption. He is a BROWN SWISS STEER. As you can see, he is just a friendly little guy, we enjoyed the day sitting with him, feeding him and talking pictures! We’d love to see him in a nice farm setting where he can grow up and bring pleasure and enjoyment to a nice family!

More about Norman
Spayed/Neutered • Primary color: Tan

Norman is currently located in or around Hopatcong, NJ. (What can I say? there are precious few cows listed on Petfinder, probably because most are laid out in the packaged meat section of your local grocer at the moment!) Kitties In-need-of Someone Special, Inc. (K.I.S.S.) submitted Norman’s listing on behalf of Antler Ridge, which you should contact to inquire about him. Please do, okay? Norman needs a family of cows or other formerly farmed animals to call his own.

(Also: VEGAN PIZZA!)

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Everything & the kitchen sink

January 22nd, 2011 11:01 am by Kelly


from a cart

vegan pizza, from a cart!
CC image via Flickr user stacyjclinton.

Open up and say NOM! It’s your weekly vegan pizza nom roundup!

Contests! There are some fun giveaways going on this month, folks.

Cook. Vegan. Lover. is hosting a Fiery Vegan Valentine Cooking Contest. From now until February 11, create and share a “fiery” Valentine’s Day-themed dish – appetizer, entree or dessert – taking plenty of photos, of course. Blog the recipe or send the details to CVL for a chance to win one of four different vegan goodie bags. I see: a heart-shaped pizza topped with jalapeno peppers in my near future! Or rather, Shane’s. Kelly can’t stomach fiery food, sorry.

Hop on over to So Delicious’s Twitter or Facebook page and share a photo of yourself enjoying your favorite So Delicious product. You could win five coupons, each good for a free So Delicious product – so what are you waiting for fool? Peedee and Kaylee are down with soy ice cream, yo:

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AND they are adorable. Stiff competition, people! I kid. The winning photos are randomly chosen (I think), so my dog friends’ god-like awesomeness is tempered by chance. Even GOD (by which I mean DOG of course) must bend to the will of mathematics.

Calling all creative, multimedia types! Gardein wants you! Make a 60-second video featuring gardein products, and you could win a a FLIP (8GB Mino HD) and $50 in gardein product coupons. Additional prizes will be gifted to a second-place winner and two runners-up. The deadline to enter is February 2nd, so get creating!

Not really food-related, but Kitty Utopia is giving away a Sprout Cat Tree House. Just send ’em your cute, fuzzy and/or funny cat photos, and you and Mr. Kitteh could win! The deadline is March 31st, so you’ve got plenty of time for the inevitable photo shoots of frustration. Seeing as OMG I HAS FOUND A KITTEH ON MAI DOORSTEP! earlier this week (for serious!), we could really use a ginormous cat tree-house-gym-palace thingamabobbie. I’d like to keep my furniture intact, thanks.

Last but not least, PETA is offering up a copy of Fresh and Fast Vegan to one lucky reader.

Elsewhere on the interwebz:

Check out Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s volunteer opportunities and weekly recap here and here. And like its Facebook page, mkay? It has OODLES and OODLES of cute puppy and kitteh pictures, so there’s no reason not to!

viva la vegan! is looking for volunteer vegan mentors. Maybe that’s you? Or perhaps you’re the newbie in need of guidance? Either way, deets and signup sheet here.

OMG TOFURKY IS SELLING RETRO LUNCHBOXES TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANIMAL RESCUE ORGS! WANT WANT WANT! Not that, um, I have to carry my lunch more than 20 feet from the kitchen to the office. But still. RETRO VEGAN LUNCHBOXES!

Pssst! Vegan Pizza Day! Next Saturday! See you there?

No, wait.

SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

January 21st, 2011 5:43 pm by Kelly


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Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a pair of green, orange and gray Poicephalus/Senegal Parrots,
gaze at the camera with curiosity.
Photo courtesy Burge Bird Rescue.

I very rarely feature birds on Find-a-Friend Friday, due not to a lack of availability, but because they don’t photograph well! Or rather, their foster humans are not known to take good photographs of them in captive settings. (Cages make for such cluttered and depressing backdrops, don’t you think?) A few of the larger local bird rescue groups don’t even include personalized photos of the birds in their Petfinder listings, relying instead on stock photos. But if you’re looking to bring a feathered friend (or two!) into your life, rest assured that you have plenty of options for adoption! See, for example, Burge Bird Rescue and Beak N’ Wings, Inc., both located in the Kansas City area.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, pictured above, come from the former. The pair were breeding birds until an accident rendered Mrs. Smith disposable. I’ll let Burge Bird Rescue take it from there:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Poicephalus/Senegal: An adoptable parrot in Grandview, MO
Medium • Adult • Unknown

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are former breeding birds of unknown age that were surrendered to another rescue after Mrs. Smith lost her lower beak in an accident and was not able to raise chicks. They were transferred to our rescue after two years because we specialize in special needs birds. They are not tame, but we are sure that someone out there is going to love them and provide them a safe happy home together for as long as they live.

Our birds are not available for breeding. All applicants must pass a screening interview, and may be required to wait 48 hours before taking home the bird if adoption is approved.

Adoption fee negotiable
More about Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Special Needs • Primary colors: Green, Orange

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are only two of hundreds of adoptable birds in need of forever home in the Kansas City area; for a comprehensive list, please hop on over to Petfinder.

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