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Recipe: Fluffy White Pizza Crust, DIY Vegan Styley

April 4th, 2011 11:36 am by Kelly


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Though we like to branch out and experiment with different types of flour and such, inevitably we come back to this particular pizza dough recipe. It’s pretty basic, but easy to liven up with extra spices and seasonings. In fact, both of our Vegan Pizza Day pies were variations on this theme (mine, tomato lover’s; Shane’s, red hot). Anyhow, it’s a recipe that’s never failed us – and we hope it’ll bring you good luck, too.

Hint: the longer you let the dough rise, the bigger and fluffier the crust. Yum!

 
Fluffy White Pizza Crust

Ingredients

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose 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 toppings of your choice: red sauce, nondairy cheese, vegan meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and/or veggies

 

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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: Always add (vegan) cheese. ALWAYS.*

April 2nd, 2011 11:52 am by Kelly


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I don’t know about you, but I bathe in mozzarella Follow Your Heart.
(What? Cheddar would just be silly!)

Here’s a roundup of the seven delicious, vegan recipes we featured on twitter this week. For even more oozy, gooey vegan pizza not-porn, follow us on tumblr, too – fuck yeah vegan pizza – and share your own pizza nomz if you got ’em!

Contests and giveaways! Continuing with its Vegan Bucket List theme, VegNews is giving away a Matt & Nat handbag made from recycled water bottles. How cool is that!?! (Answer: very.) Enter to win here.

Also, Spay & Neuter Kansas City announced its upcoming “Where’s Mowgley?” contest this week. SNKC’s newest mascot, Mowgley the stuffed dog, will be photographed around town starting April 7th. The first reader to guess his location wins a prize. Contest rules & regulations are available here.

In other animal-related news, check out Wayside Waifs’ Waifs of the Week. Lauren, Yukiko and Penguin – so cute! I wish I could adopt them all!

pizza night
 

Even without cheese, vegan pizza night is the best night of the week!
CC image via flickr user tofutti break.

Hey, Hollyweird! (Oh how I amuse myself!) Eat at Pizza Fusion tomorrow, mention ARME, and ARME gets a cut of the profits! Do it! Deets here.

Did you hear the news? Paula Deen is going vegan! Psych!

Last but not least, VegNews has a great roundup of all the vegan and vegan-friendly fundraisers benefiting the quake and tsunami survivors in Japan: Vegans Support Japan. Don’t forget to bookmark my own hub, Disaster Relief in Japan: Animal Rescue & Vegan/Animal-Friendly Resources, which I continue to update several times a week.

* Joking, obvs. Using cheese as an exfoliant is just plain wasteful!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Pearl

April 1st, 2011 10:38 am by Kelly


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Pearl, a white, tan and gray Calico kitty, gazes nonchalantly into the camera.
“Take me or leave, human, I am awesome either way!”
Photos via Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue.


 

Based in Chicago, Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue is a no-kill rescue group that also advocates for veganism and animal rights! In addition to rescuing and rehoming companion animals (so far, cats, dogs and mice!) and supporting trap-neuter-return programs for feral animals, BSAR offers a variety of workshops and engages in vegan outreach. Its members are actively engaged in human rights/social justice movements, too. (Remember Team Vegan Vixens, which will be bowling for abortions in the Abortion Funds’s upcoming Abortion Bowl-a-Thon? Three of the six Vixens are board members at BSAR!)

Though BSAR operates just a wee bit outside of our regular geographic zone, I’d like to introduce you to Pearl, their cat of the month! Having been waiting for her forever home for more than a year and a half, Pearl is BSAR’s longest resident. Pearl’s story is a sad one; she was abandoned at at early age, became pregnant, and was rescued along with her family…but later lost some of her kittens to FIP. Eventually Pearl made her way to BSAR (yay!); while the remaining kittens were all adopted, mom was overlooked (boo!).

Here’s what BSAR has to say about Pearl:

 

Pearl (Please take me home!)
Dilute Calico Mix: An adoptable cat in Chicago, IL
Medium • Adult • Female

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***March, 2011- Pearl is the cat of the month! This sweet girl has been with us the longest of anyone, over a year and half – that’s not her fault, we weren’t advertising her well because her foster home wanted to take her! Her adoption fee is reduced by $30 to help her find a home!***

Pearl is a beautiful young lady, a little over two years old. Extremely opinionated and talkative, she loves being pet and hanging out with you – especially on your chest if you’re laying down or your back if you’re bent over! We believe she’d do best as an addition to a home with few other animals (if any at all) who will leave her alone most of the time.

Pearl loves to play, especially with her cat-sized foam soccer ball. This girl is fast and entertaining to watch! She loves when you join in the game by throwing the ball for her.

Unfortunately, Pearl was abandoned at a young age by her human “family” when they moved and became pregnant at just a few months old. A rescuer took her, her boyfriend & kittens out of the house they were abandoned in, they were all basically skin & bones… Things were looking up until her whole young family came down with FIP. Two kittens died, but the remaining 3 survived along with their parents (since both Pearl and her boyfriend were young, they had symptoms also).

As it often sadly goes, her kittens were adopted but their mother was overlooked. Can you open you heart to this girl who needs to be shown love so desperately?

All of our kitties are microchipped (which will be registered at no extra cost at the time of adoption), up to date on their shots, spayed or neutered, have had preventative care (including parasite treatment) and treatment for any illness while in our care- plus, one month of free pet insurance!

Please email broadshouldersrescue [at] gmail.com or call 773-320-2753 to set up an appointment to meet one of our friendly cats!

More about Pearl (Please take me home!)
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained

 
Look! Pearl’s even the star of her very own adoption vid on youtube!
 


 
Throughout the month of March BSAR made a push to get this lovely lady adopted, but so far no luck. Let’s see if we can change that, kay? Spread the word – if you live in or near Chicago and are looking for a new feline friend (or know someone who is!), please consider Pearl.

And wherever you reside, please make a donation to BSAR if you can. They do great work on a shoestring budget, and are currently hosting a drive on ChipIn to help raise money for medical supplies, veterinary fees and the like. So far they’ve raised 10% of their $3,000 goal, with $2,700 left to go – any amount will help!

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