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Recipe: Kalamata Olive Bread Pizza

May 31st, 2011 3:21 pm by Kelly


This recipe for Kalamata Olive Bread is one of my favorites – and as a bread fiend, that’s saying something! Over the holiday weekend I was craving it something awful, so Shane was nice enough to make me a loaf in the midst of our poster-hanging frenzy. (Yeah, we’ve only lived here three years, and already we’re getting around to decorating. WE MOVE FAST, YO!) Then I started craving pizza (like I ever stop!), so I decided to combine my two loves to make Kalamata Olive Bread Pizza. It did not disappoint! The tang of the bread complements the mozzarella Daiya and red sauce nicely, and it’s even better when toasted to a lovely brown crisp. I see many more slices in my future.

Of course, you can sub in your own favorite bread recipe; I’ve made quickie toaster pizzas with everything from homemade loafs to french bread to plain old sliced white bread. It’s hard to go wrong when vegan pizza is involved!
 
Kalamata Olive Bread Pizza
 

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Ingredients

1 cup + 2 tablespoons water (75-85 degrees)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
3/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives

The pizza toppings of your choice. I used red sauce, mozzarella Daiya cheese and black olives.

Directions

1. Set up your bread machine.

2. Place ingredients into the bread pan in the following order: water, olive oil, olives, bread flour, sugar and salt.

3. With your finger, make a small indentation on one side of the flour. Add yeast to the indentation, making sure it does not come into contact with the liquid ingredients.

4. Insert the bread pan into your machine. Run a cycle for a 1.5 pound loaf of French Bread (or similar, depending on your machine). For us, this cycle lasted nearly four hours, so plan accordingly!

5. Once done, remove the loaf from the pan and allow to cool on the counter. Enjoy a warm slice or two while you wait!

6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (optional).

7. Slice the loaf either length or width-wise, taking off only as many slices as you need. A single thick slice makes for a decent meal, but a hungry vegan can easily down two in one sitting! One loaf should be enough to serve three to five people (or one or two with plenty of leftover bread for snacking!).

8. Garnish with the pizza toppings of your choice – sauce, nondairy cheese, vegan meat, fruit, vegetables, nuts, etc. – and cook at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melty. For a single slice, save some energy by using a toaster oven!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: (won’t you be his?) Buddy

May 27th, 2011 12:25 pm by Kelly


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Buddy is a pit bull terrier/boxer mix with lovely, brown and tan brindled fur
that’s interrupted only by a thick white stripe of fur that runs up his belly, chest and face.
His beautiful brown eyes gaze engagingly at the camera.
Photo courtesy of Olive’s Hope Pet Rescue.

Buddy is in search of a buddy! This cute pit bull terrier/boxer mix needs a home to call his own. Listen up, ’cause this is where you come in!

Buddy
Pit Bull Terrier/Boxer Mix: An adoptable dog in Louisburg, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

Buddy could be a pit or he could be a boxer mix. We can’t be sure, but he is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. He loves to play with other dogs and is submissive. Buddy is crate trained and knows how to sit. Please give this darling boy a forever home!

More about Buddy
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: Brindle, White or Cream • Coat length: Short

Buddy is currently staying with Olive’s Hope Pet Rescue in Louisburg, Kansas, which is about 45 minutes south of KCMO – a straight shot down I-69. Just a 90 minute round trip to find true love, and you can even pick up some bitchin’ apple cider while you’re down there, too! IT’S A WIN-WIN, PEOPLE! DO IT FOR BUDDY!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Five Kittens, One Wet Cat & Miss Prissy

May 20th, 2011 12:37 pm by Kelly


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Five tiny little kittens – brothers and sisters – need your help!
Spring these innocents from jail, won’t you please?
Photo courtesy of the City of Osawatomie Animal Control.

OMD, I couldn’t stop myself this week! I think I need help! Cuteness intervention, stat! Instead of the customary one or two animals in need, today I’m writing about seven. SEVEN! Someone adopt these cuties before I’m forced to DOUBLE the size of my household! I will hold you all personally responsible. (Note to Shane: I’m totally joking. Mostly.)

First up is a litter of five kittens (pictured above) who have the unfortunate luck of beginning their lives at the City of Osawatomie Animal Control. Not that Osawatomie isn’t a lovely place, but the pound is no place for youngsters now, is it? (Or adults for that matter, but still. KITTENS! They’re just BABIES!) And as Osawatomie AC points out, “I’m in a fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.” Nope, no way to spend your childhood AT ALL.

Litter of 5
Domestic Long Hair: An adoptable cat in Osawatomie, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

We don’t know the sexes of all of these kittens, but the three torties are most surely female. These are just babies and need new homes right away! I’m in fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.

More about Litter of 5
House trained • Primary colors: Black, Orange or Red • Coat length: Medium

Also staying at the Osawatomie pound is one Wet Cat, so charmingly named because she will run through any obstacle – no matter how unpleasant – for a little TLC:

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Wet Cat
Domestic Medium Hair-Black: An adoptable cat in Osawatomie, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

This cat is so friendly she walked through her water bowl because it was the closest route to where we were standing! She needs rescue ASAP! I’m in fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.

More about Wet Cat
Primary color: Black • Coat length: Medium

Osawatomie isn’t that far a drive from KC, people! Just an hour south of KCMO! Half an hour if you’re already in Olathe! You would do anything for love, yes? Well then!

Last but not least is a listing a friend asked me to pass around. Prissy is a deaf cat located in Murray, Kentucky. Before you let this girl’s “special needs” scare you off, go talk to Deb of Invisible Voices (“a friend” of the previous sentence), who herself is a guardian to a deaf cat, Jake. While it’s true that living with a deaf nonhuman requires special considerations, including nonverbal means of communication, deaf cats are every bit as deserving and capable of forming loving relationships with others!

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Prissy-DEAF
Domestic Medium Hair-White: An adopted cat in Murray, KY
Small • Young • Female

This cat was found and kept for awhile by the person who found her. She is scared and is DEAF. She is mostly white with a smudge on top of her head. She needs some TLC. Update: Prissy has been with us for 2 weeks as of 4-14-11 and is doing much better. Her coat is sparkling white now, she is much more people-friendly and her personality is showing well. She would prefer a home without other cats, but may be okay with a very careful introduction. She would do best in a home without smaller children because she startles easily due to her deafness and can get overstimulated. She is a playful cat. Indoor only home due to her deafness and being white.

More about Prissy-DEAF
Pet ID: 11-0264 • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children • Special Needs

Prissy is currently staying at the Murray/Calloway County Animal Shelter in Murray, KY.

Even if you’re unable to adopt any of the lovely felines featured here, please spread the word! Forward their listings to friends in the area, share them on Twitter, and “like” them on Facebook. You get the idea! A little bit of networking may be the difference between life and death for these cats. Please help however you can!

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Recipe: Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza!

May 16th, 2011 11:04 am by Kelly


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Last Monday was my birthday (happy birthday me!), and Shane wanted to make me something special for dinner. Rather than opt for a big, elaborate meal followed by a sweet, sugary dessert – the thermometer topped 90 degrees that day! hottest birthday ever! – my request was simple: a mac & cheese pizza. I’d been fantasizing about the dish since our Tater Tot and Garbage Plate pizzas back in March. (The thought process going something like this: What other junk food dinners can we serve on a pizza, hmmmm?)

A little googling revealed infinite variations on the mac & cheese pizza theme. None of them vegan, of course, but that’s okay; veganizing mac & cheese is easy peasy now that there are so many vegan cheeses on the market. One version, which I’d still like to try sometime, involves using the mac & cheese as a base, and then layering pizza sauce and toppings on top, casserole style. Yummy, if not very pizza-like. (But throw a crust on bottom and problem solved!)

This recipe is pretty simple and straight forward: make your dough, roll it out, top with your favorite mac & cheese dish – and bake. Voilà! Mac & cheese pizza in its truest form!

The verdict? Delicious and VERY FILLING. Surprisingly, this isn’t my favorite pizza concoction, not by a long shot. Methinks it comes in third, right after the aforementioned Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Garbage Plate Pizza and Vegan Bacon & Cheddar Double Potato Pizza. Note the common theme: CHEESY and CARB-A-LICIOUS! Veganism = deprivation, says who?
 
Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza!
 

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Ingredients

For the dough:

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

For the mac & cheese:

1 cup Follow Your Heart cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Daiya cheddar cheese, shredded + a little extra to taste
2 cups uncooked macaroni (mini shells are my personal fave!)
4 tablespoons margarine
12 oz plain soy milk

FYI: this is my recipe for Creamy Mac & Cheese with Daiya and Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses, halved; follow the original recipe if you’d like some extra mac & cheese to serve with that mac & cheese pizza – or if you’d just want the mac & cheese, please! For a healthier pizza, sub in a mac & cheese recipe that uses a nutritional yeast sauce.

Misc:

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan
Olive oil or cooking spray to lightly coat the dough
Several strips of vegan bacon (optional; we used Lightlife Smart Bacon)
 
Directions

Prepare the dough!

1. 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.

Make the cheese sauce!

2. Once the dough is done rising and you’re ready to assemble the pizza, get to work on the cheese sauce. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the soy milk to a boil.

3. Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the margarine, stirring until melted.

4. Add the cheese shreds, stirring gently until they combine with the liquid to form a creamy cheese sauce. The soupier the better, as the oven baking will thicken it up quite a bit.

Optional: season to taste with salt, pepper, onion or garlic.

5. Reduce the heat to low, stirring every few minutes.

6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Make the pasta!

7. In a deep skillet or wide, shallow sauce pan, cook the pasta according to the directions provided on the package. Stop when about 90% done and drain, leaving a little hot water with the pasta. (This will mostly cook down as you continue to heat the pasta.)

Combine the two to make mac and cheese!

8. Mix the cheese sauce into pasta, stirring well. On medium low heat, let the pasta continue to cook until it’s the desired consistency. Stir constantly during this last step so that none of the pasta or cheese sticks to the pan.

9. As the pasta is cooking, 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. Lightly dust a bit of olive oil on top of the dough, or spray it with a bit of cooking spray.

10. Next, sprinkle a little extra Daiya on the crust to taste. Then add the mac & cheese, spreading it out evenly on the pizza pie. If it’s a bit on the soupy side, allow it to cool for a few minutes before adding it to the pizza; this will give it time to solidify, but not too much! Top with vegan bacon if desired. (Alternately, you can add the bacon first; this will keep it soft and moist vs. crispy and crunchy.)

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

12. Serve warm, perhaps with a side of macaroni and cheese for dipping sauce?
 

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Kidding!
 
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Okay not really. This is my serious face. You do not kid about mac & cheese.

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Saturday Garbage Plate: By the Power of Pizza!

May 14th, 2011 1:37 pm by Kelly


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Puffy Pizza Power!
CC image via flickr user theamarand.

So yeah, I’ve been kind of lax in posting these link roundups lately. By which I mean I skipped two weeks straight ’cause I had other stuff to do. (Like make pizza, duh!) In my defense, it’s Saturday! You can hardly blame a girl. I promise to be better, or at least try. And for breaking vegan and/or pizza-related news, you can always follow us on twitter @theppp! (Do it!)

Contests and giveaways! So Delicious is still going strong with its 100 Days of Change Giveaway. Today’s prize? A sterling silver Kate Spade picture frame – perfect for showing off that kickass pie you made last week. Enter to win on their FB page. Elsewhere on the interwebs – and in honor of World Fair Trade Day (that’s today!) – Luna & Larry’s is giving away one Coconut Bliss gift basket.

Spay & Neuter Kansas City is having a rough week, y’all. First Jackson County decided to cut the org’s funding, and then several air conditioning units were stolen right off the roof of the shelter! If you can, please consider donating your time, money or goods. Also download and share its Spring 2011 newsletter “The Scoop” to help spread the word about all the great work SNKC’s doing!

This week at Animal Haven: Baxter’s Boutique is open for business; read about young volunteer Beth Gasser, who donated a gift basket to the shelter as part of her Bat Mitzvah celebration; and meet (read: adopt!) Shilo and Achilles!

Get high – on life, on carbs, whatever – and watch this video. It’s weird and scary and I die a little inside every time I see it, and yet I cannot turn away.

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