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Saturday Garbage Plate: The Only To Do List That Matters!

April 16th, 2011 5:47 pm by Kelly


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Make pizza, photograph pizza, eat pizza, blog pizza, repeat. (THE STORY OF MY LIFE, YO!) Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got a recipe to inspire you. Put these pies on your to do list and eat ’em!

Contests & recipes! Mercy for Animals has a free copy of Kathy Freston’s Veganist up for grabs; Experience Life has a dozen copies of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet; and you can snag a Mediterranean Bread Dipping Set at The Hungry Vegan. Finally, as part of its Vegan Bucket List giveaway series, VegNews is offering up one-year membership to Spork Online to a lucky reader.

Speaking of (ahem!) VegNews, perhaps you’ve heard about the latest controversy to rock the vegan community? This week the vegan blog QuarryGirl revealed that VegNews routinely uses stock photos in both its magazine and on its website – including photos of dishes containing dairy, eggs and meat, sometimes doctored to appear vegan. (In the most egregious example, animal bones were Photoshopped out of a photo of BBQ ribs.) Understandably, many vegans and/or foodies are pissed and offended, myself included; if I hadn’t already decided to let my subscription lapse, this kerfuffle – and VegNews’ lackluster response – might have led me to cancel it. But since I only have one issue left, the point is kind of moot.

Anyhow, I won’t get into it further – mostly because everything I have to say has already been said (and in LOL cat form, to boot) – but. I would like to take the opportunity to point you to this wonderful piece by Katrina Fox of The Scavenger: VegNews controversy offers creative opportunities, with a special emphasis on the suggestions for positive change.
 

So, to people who create vegan dishes or eat out at vegan restaurants: Take photos of vegan dishes, upload them to Flickr, drop an email to VegNews and other vegan publications offering your photos.

To photographers (vegan or otherwise): Ditto above.

To VegNews editors (and other vegan magazines): Post information on your website about specs for photographs: what you need to be able to include a good photograph of print quality. Put a callout to your readers, to photographers (vegan or otherwise) to take pics of vegan food.

Vegans are fantastic at galvanising into action. So, let’s flood Flickr with images of delicious vegan food.

Let’s make sure that vegan publications no longer need to use stock images of meat, dairy and egg dishes.

Let’s take this unfortunate incident and turn it into an opportunity that will benefit everyone – most of all the animals we seek to protect from suffering.

 
How about it, vegans? If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s food! Making food, eating food, discussing food, fantasizing about food. AND TAKING AND SHARING PICTURES OF IT ALL! Hey, I’ll start! Here’s my food (not-)porn collection on Flickr, with a set each dedicated to human food, dog food, and – the most important food group of them all – PIZZA! Yum, I’m getting hungry just typing about it. (What did I say about us vegans, hmmmm?)
 

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I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

Need another tumblog to follow? (Probably not, but roll with me here.) Pizza in the movies FTW!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City sterilized 106 dogs and cats this week and distributed 810 pounds of dog and cat food through its community food pantry. Check out SNKC’s weekly recap for more, including an update on Queenie and instructions for those wishing to donate money or volunteer their time to help the companion animals of Kansas City!

Dooley, Libby and Suzie Loo are this week’s Waifs of the Week! Visit Wayside Waifs to see all the lovely nonhumans who are waiting to meet you RIGHT NOW!

Hey, pro-choice Missouri! NARAL is holding a lobby day in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Here are the deets:
 

Last week, your Missouri House spent hours debating and passing HB28, which allows any pharmacy to refuse to sell emergency contraception. It also places new restrictions on medical abortion – as if we didn’t have enough already!

Contrary to all reason and scientific evidence, the House declared that emergency contraception causes abortion, and therefore, pharmacies can refuse to provide this type of birth control if they don’t want to. Clearly, the Missouri House has little respect for women. They have decided that women can’t think for themselves and that endangering women’s health is OK in the service of “pro-life” politics.

Seriously, could they be any more offensive?

This is your last chance to tell lawmakers in person that they have it all wrong. We need your voice in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Your representatives need to know that women can and do think for themselves, that pharmacists should dispense prescriptions, not moral judgments, and that women’s health is more important than political posturing.

Will you please join us, along with our coalition partners Planned Parenthood and Faith Aloud, for our final lobby day of the year?

What: NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Lobby Day
When: Tuesday, May 3 from 10:00 – 2:30p.m.
Where: Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
(Free bus available from St. Louis!)

Please RSVP as soon as possible! Give us a call (314.531.8616) or send us an email at info@prochoicemissouri.org

Psst: We need Lobby Team Leaders too! Let us know if you’re interested!

 
Be there if you can! AND TAKE SOME VEGAN PIZZA ROLLS TO SHARE!
 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Lily

April 15th, 2011 3:37 pm by Kelly


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Lily the fluffy white rabbit gazes past the camera, seemingly entreating the cameraperson for a bowl of freshly picked veggies. You can come over and sneak carrots from my crisper any time, Lily!
Images courtesy of the Missouri House Rabbit Society, Kansas City chapter.

OMD Lily, what a gorgeous girl! Such long, fluffy white fur, with just a hint of pink skin showing through. And the veins in her ears – they almost look like ginormous pink leaves of lettuce! Super-adorable, all around. And it’s your lucky day, ’cause the lady would love to come home with you!

 

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Lily
Lionhead: An adoptable rabbit in Greenwood, MO
Small • Adult • Female

Lily is a beautiful white lady with an energetic spirit! She just loves digging in boxes, rearranging her pen area, and running around to share her joy with everyone in the room! She also has a sweet, snuggly side and will love cuddling up beside you for some nose and cheek nuzzles. Lily was found running outside and rescued by a good Samaritan. She is a friendly and outgoing girl, but still a little nervous about being picked up and handled too much. She has lived in a foster home with cats and very much enjoys their company as well. Please consider giving this lovely lady a forever home with you!

Lily is staying with the KC chapter of the MO House Rabbit Society, so give ’em a holler if you’re interested in maybe adopting her – or any of their other bunny charges, for that matter. Rabbits don’t seem to be adopted quickly, or at least not around these parts, which is is shame. So sweet and cuddly!

Happy Friday folks, and don’t forget: rabbits are for hugging, not eating! Ditto: dogs, pigs, cows and mice!

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Recipe: Not-So-Thin Whole Wheat Crust Pizza

April 12th, 2011 10:18 am by Kelly


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Last weekend, I had a hankering for a thin crust pizza. We’ve never attempted one before, and thus don’t (yet!) have a go-to recipe on hand. Shane tried modifying our basic fluffy white crust recipe, with mixed results: while the finished product is yummy, it’s not exactly a thin crust. More like medium in thickness. You can see for yourself in the photo above: the slice in the background is the fluffy white crust, while the one in the foreground is the modified version. Pretty similar, don’t you think? Weird, considering the differing amounts of yeast. *shrug*

Still, no complaints from this whole wheat-loving hippie here. The edges of the crust even crisped up nicely where they met the pizza press. SCORE!
 
Not-So-Thin Whole Wheat Crust Pizza

Ingredients

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose white flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Optional: spices to taste (e.g., cumin, basil, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, red pepper, tomato powder, chili powder, ground flax seeds, and/or nutritional yeast, to name a few)

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

The vegan pizza toppings of your choice: red sauce, nondairy cheese, vegan meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and/or veggies

We used red sauce, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella Follow Your Heart Cheese, black olives, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn and green beans, topped with a little extra cheese for binding and in that order* on pizza numero uno (background; fluffy white pizza crust) and red sauce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn, green beans and tater tots, topped with just a sprinkle of mozzarella Follow Your Heart cheese and in that order on the second pizza (foreground; Not-So-Thin Whole Wheat Crust).

* What I’m saying is that THE ORDER IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE, FOLKS! YOU MUST PROTECT THE SUNDRIED TOMATOES AT ALL COSTS.

Directions

1. To prepare the dough: stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and salt, as well as any extra spices or seasonings. Stir in the flour until blended. Form the dough into a small ball and let rest in large bowl, covered loosely with a towel, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

2. When you’re ready to assemble and bake your pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

3. As the oven’s heating, spread a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly.

4. When you’re done shaping the dough, add your toppings: sauce, veggies, “meat,” cheese, fruit, nuts, etc.

5. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas.

6. Get your nom on!

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Onion Rings & Shiny Things

April 9th, 2011 4:23 pm by Kelly


DIY Vegan Pizza
 

A DIY thin crust vegan pizza with tomato paste, nutritional yeast, chopped garlic, chilli flakes, pepper, salt, courgette, oyster mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. YUM.
CC image via flickr user Si!.

Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got you covered with a delicious vegan pizza recipe for every day of the week. NOM!

Contests and giveaways! The Feminist Majority Foundation is holding a Ms. Fan Raffle – enter to win a “This is what a feminist looks like” tee, as well as other gear and merch. Pinnacle: Reinvent the Icon – which vegansaurus! describes as an “anti-fur fashion movement” (I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!) – is holding a logo design contest; the winner gets 100 pins sporting their design and, I assume, fame and fortune. Finally, Savvy Chic has $1 off coupons for Lightlife, FREE TO ALL!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City has its latest weekly recap up. This week, SNKC spayed and neutered 121 dogs and cats and distributed 1,500 lbs. of food to animals in need. Awesomeness! Show them some love (as in money!) here.

Murphy, Sir Fancy Pants & Sam are Wayside Waifs’s Waifs of the Week. Get to know them. Love them. AND TAKE THEM HOME!

In honor of spring’s arrival, the Urban Vegan has 101 fast recipes for inspired picnics! Picnics rock! Take me on one please?

Hey, animal peeps! Vegan outreach on Earth Day. DO IT! with some free materials from FARM. Deets here.

The Sexy Vegan has devised a way to make Onion Ring Encrusted Onion Rings! And he totally wants to teach it to you!
 


 
I bet they taste awesome on pizza!!!!!!!!!!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Radar (Love!)

April 8th, 2011 9:29 am by Kelly


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Meet Radar, a chocolate-colored pit bull with beautiful brown eyes and the biggest, happiest smile
you’ve ever seen! And look how he wears that harness, oh so handsomely!
Photos via T.A.I.L.S.


 
Are you ready for some Radar Love?!? ‘Cause T.A.I.L.S. has got about 50 pounds of the stuff, all wrapped up in a cute pibble package, available for take out! As in, bring him home like yesterday!
 

Radar
Pit Bull Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Adult • Male
 

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I need a home. Foster or adopt me!

Radar is a sweet pit bull with huge bat ears. He is a loving companion and will do well in a home without smaller dogs and without cats. He is receptive to correction. Radar is a medium energy level dog and just wants to be around people. He wants nothing more than to snuggle on the couch and sleep in a comfy bed. Radar is house trained and kennel trained and listens very well. Radar needs a calm, assertive pack leader to truly shine! He responds well to leadership, and will need to go to a home (foster or adoptive) that understands that and is willing to work with him. Above all though, Radar is a sweet as can be boy. Can you help him?

Can you offer Radar the forever home he is looking for? Fill out an application today!

Don’t think you can offer Radar a home? Won’t you sponsor him instead then? You can sponsor Radar through our website at http://tailsrescuekc.org/?page_id=78

More about Radar
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats

 

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If oversized, sickly sweet dogs aren’t your thing (WTF NOT!?!), T.A.I.L.S. is also in need of foster and/or adoptive homes for some undersized, sickly sweet shepherd mix pups who were found, abandoned in the February cold with mange, and subsequently relinquished to T.A.I.L.S. by a kind vet who refused to “euthanize” (read: kill) them. Jolly, Patches, and Tootie are their names – and, like Radar, I bet love is their game! Also: actual games. Dogs are the shiz like that, yo!

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