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Recipe: Vegan Thanksgiving Pizza with all the fixings!

November 26th, 2011 1:36 pm by Kelly


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Thanksgiving pizza, get in my belly!

Vegan Thanksgiving Pizza with all the fixings! I first got the idea for a Thanksgiving pizza when I saw a photo of one available at Whole Foods. Mine is way more awesome, though: the only seasonal thing about Whole Foods’s version is that it’s topped with stuffing, whereas I went all out: mashed potatoes, gravy, Tofurky, mixed veggies, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Suck on that, John Mackey! (No really, it’s delicious! Suck and slurp and chomp away.)

In preparation for the holiday, Shane and I did a test run last week. While the finished product was yum-tastic, our execution proved less than stellar. I thought I could use the gravy as a sauce – putting it down first the way you do with red sauce – and layer the tofurky slices, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, and extra gravy on top. Alas, the gravy interacted with the dough in the most heinous of ways, softening it up and causing it to lose its structure and integrity. Meanwhile, spreading the mashed potatoes on top of the Tofurky was an exercise in futility (the gravy made ’em slip and slide!), and as an added bonus, the weight of the potatoes forced the gravy out and down the sides of the pizza. (Gravy everywhere!) By the time we got to the top layer, we were in such a hurry that we only added carrots instead of our planned trio of veggies. ’twas hot, delicious mess all around.

For our second attempt, we mixed the mashed potatoes with the gravy so the base layer of the pizza would be thicker and – hopefully – more stable. We also made them well ahead of time, so that they’d be nice and cool by the time we actually assembled the pizza. And it worked! Although spreading mashed potatoes on pizza dough is a little messy no matter how you slice it, it was a huge improvement over our first try. This vegan Thanksgiving pizza features a layer of garlic and chive mashed potatoes mixed with gravy, followed by Tofurky deli slices, a light drizzle of gravy, and carrots, sweet corn and green beans. (The only thing I’d do different in the future is put the Tofurky down before the mashed potatoes, so that the slices don’t get so crispy.)

We wanted to incorporate stuffing into the pizza, but couldn’t think of a way to cook it on the pie, since the breadcrumbs need to bake in vegetable broth and all. So instead we gave the crust a hint of stuffing flavor by infusing it with veggie broth. And, for good measure: we served stuffing on the side, along with cranberry sauce, extra gravy, and mashed potatoes and mixed veggies (both leftover toppings from the pizza). Dessert featured a razzleberry pie topped with a scoop (or two!) of vanilla soy ice cream. Both store-bought, because we were exhausted enough after making the main course!

Too many carbs? NEVER.

More eye candy – and recipes for most everything pictured! – below.

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Two slices down, six to go!

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Shane’s plate; he slathered his stuffing in cranberry sauce.

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Personally, cranberry sauce – being sweet and sugary and all – strikes me as more of dessert item. Which is why I enjoyed a few spoonfuls with a bowl of vanilla ice cream
while waiting for the dough to rise! But I digress…

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My plate! “Gravy” is the word of the day, dontchknow.

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The only time it’s acceptable to eat a pizza with a fork is when it’s
a) covered in mashed potatoes or b) a deep dish pie of some kind.

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Licking my plate clean!

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Bring out the pie!

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Pizza & ice cream, could a more perfect pairing exist?

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-11-26

November 26th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


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Experimenting with a Thanksliving pizza!
(And yes, there will be a recipe.)

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Larry, Moe & Curly

November 25th, 2011 9:45 am by Kelly


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Allow me to introduce you to Larry!
Or is this Moe? Hmmm, he could be Curly, too.
HSMO used the same photo for all three Bantam roosters and didn’t specify.
No matter! I’m sure they’re all equally handsome guys!
CC image via the Humane Society of Missouri / Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.


 

Seeing as it’s the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I really wanted to make a turkey our Friday friend in need. Alas, there are none to be found at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, the closest major farmed animal sanctuary to Kansas City. Ah well. They do have chickens, though! Close, if not totally seasonal. That’s okay though, since chickens rock just as hard as turkeys.

Larry, Moe and Curly are a trio of Bantam roosters who arrived at the rescue ranch together as strays. All three are about a year and a half old, and have been at the shelter since May 2011. The three get on well together, but have not yet been introduced to females. Longmeadow doesn’t specify that the three must be adopted together – but really, wouldn’t that be dandy? Let’s make it happen, people!

Here are each of their listings in turn:

 

LARRY – ID#A509360

I am an unaltered male, black and white Bantam mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 5 months old.

I have been at the shelter since May 17, 2011.

Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal: Larry, Moe and Curly all came into our shelters as strays. They were not claimed and are now up for adoption. They get along with each other for now but we have also not introduced them to hens yet. They are very cute and perch in the same order and facing alternating directions every night.

Adoption fee: $5 each

For more information about this animal, call:
Humane Society of Missouri – Longmeadow at (636) 583-8759
Ask for information about animal ID number A509360

MOE – ID#A509364

I am an unaltered male, black and white Bantam.

The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 5 months old.

I have been at the shelter since May 17, 2011.

Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal: Larry, Moe and Curly all came into our shelters as strays. They were not claimed and are now up for adoption. They get along with each other for now but we have also not introduced them to hens yet. They are very cute and perch in the same order and facing alternating directions every night.

Adoption fee: $5 each

For more information about this animal, call:
Humane Society of Missouri – Longmeadow at (636) 583-8759
Ask for information about animal ID number A509364

CURLY – ID#A509361

I am an unaltered male, black and white Bantam.

The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 5 months old.

I have been at the shelter since May 17, 2011.

Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal: Larry, Moe and Curly all came into our shelters as strays. They were not claimed and are now up for adoption. They get along with each other for now but we have also not introduced them to hens yet. They are very cute and perch in the same order and facing alternating directions every night.

Adoption fee: $5 each

For more information about this animal, call:
Humane Society of Missouri – Longmeadow at (636) 583-8759
Ask for information about animal ID number A509361

 

Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is located on 165 acres near Union, Missouri – a four-hour drive from KCMO. Stop by during their Open House / Adoption Days to meet all the lovely animals who call Longmeadow home: horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, cows, even a parakeet! $15 and a weekend out is a small price to pay for everlasting friendship!

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-11-19

November 19th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


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My vegan pizza, what big, beautiful veggies you have!
CC image via flickr user drkscrtlv.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Bailey

November 18th, 2011 1:02 pm by Kelly


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Bailey the senior couch potato is seeking a fellow layabout
with which to share a couch. He’ll even let you drive the telly!
Photos courtesy of Companion Pet Rescue.

 
Meet Bailey, y’all! Bailey is an adorable older gent who, like so many before him, was displaced from his home when a baby showed up. Totally not his fault, right? Sure, so maybe he didn’t like to share his toys with the new arrival, but I’m hardly one to talk – I don’t like to share my stuff with babies either! Bailey is an easygoing guy who seems like he’d be a good fit for an equally easygoing person or family. (Just look at all those pics of him chillaxing on the couch. Dude just wants a soft warm cushion!)

Will you give this sweet guy the retirement home he so desperately needs and deserves?
 

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Bailey
Beagle/Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in North Kansas City, MO
Small • Adult • Male

Who wouldn’t fall in love with that little face?! Bailey is a Terrier/Beagle male that was born on the 4th of July, 2001. He was adopted as a puppy by a young woman that was wanting a companion and lookout. He’s done a great job of both, but now that there is a baby in the picture, Bailey is not so happy. He’s feeling a little insecure.

Bailey is very affectionate and loves to be anywhere people are and will follow you from room to room. He loves to go on walks and is house[trained]. He has a fierce bark and will bark at noises around the house or anyone outside the windows he can see. If you’re looking for a wonderful little companion that will give you an alert, Bailey might be the perfect little companion for you!

Bailey has been around other dogs. He will bark at dogs, but typically gets along well with larger dogs. He tolerates cats, and isn’t interested in playing with them or snuggling with them.

Bailey is very smart, and knows: Sit, down or lay down, off or get down, stay, ok (we make him sit before going outside or coming back inside, and before eating, & he will sit until we tell him ‘ok’), give me your belly, give me your paw, and sit up/sit pretty (with help of a treat over his head).

Bailey is really looking for a quiet home with no small children. He doesn’t really like to share, and little kids don’t understand that. He would love to have someone to sit with, someone with a regular routine that he can learn. We all like routine, and he feels more secure knowing when things are going to happen. He needs someone who doesn’t mind letting him have his own way sometimes.

Please email Suzy@CompanionPetRescue.com for more information about Bailey.

More about Bailey
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

 
Go on, say no to that face. I DARE YOU!
 

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