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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-03-17

March 17th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Vegan Pizza FTW!
 

Vegan pizza FTW!
CC image via flickr user pixarman.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Lucy

March 16th, 2012 1:14 pm by Kelly


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Lucy the guinea pig! This might be a Find-a-Friend Friday first. I know we’ve featured our fair share of mice and rats – mostly because I find them so darned irresistible – but guinea pigs? I’ll have to check on that. So-called “pocket pets” aren’t nearly as common a sight in shelters as are dogs and cats – but if you’re interested in adopting a smaller furry friend, it is possible.

Anyway, this is a courtesy listing via LJ’s Briar Patch in Shawnee Mission, KS. If you’re interested in adopting Lucy, please contact her family directly!

 

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Lucy
Guinea Pig: An adoptable guinea pig in Shawnee Mission, KS
Small • Adult • Female

**THIS IS A COURTESY LISTING – PLEASE CONTACT LUCY’S FAMILY DIRECTLY AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW**

Lucy is a very loving and sweet guinea pig. She loves to cuddle and snuggle. She is very personable and will greet you every morning with a cheery squeak. She loves to communicate. Unlike some pocket pets, she sleeps through the night? She was born February 6th, 2009 so she is 3 years old. We have had her 2 years but unfortunately my daughter has been diagnosed with allergy related asthma and we cannot keep her. We are looking for a loving forever home for our beautiful guinea girl. She has two cages, a fenced pen for indoor play time, a carrying case so she can go with you (she likes going on trips!) and all the supplies we have for her i.e. food, bedding, snacks etc. Please call if interested in this wonderful little girl.

Michele Email: maw5361@everestkc.net

 

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-03-10

March 10th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


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feeling hot-hot-hot!
CC image via flickr user katedollarhyde.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Uno

March 9th, 2012 11:01 am by Kelly


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Uno, the senior pom and recent puppy mill rescue.
Photos courtesy of Husker’s Hope Dachshund Rescue.


 

YOU GUYS! Someone needs to adopt Uno here before I start crying! Or do something rash like bring him home myself. (Note to Shane: that was a joke!)

Uno is a special older guy who was rescued from a puppy mill, where he lost his lower jaw – most likely due to inadequate (read: nonexistent) veterinary care. Though he’s considered a senior dog, he’s still got a lot life ahead of him – and he needs a super-awesome human who can help make up for lost time. He deserves all your tender loving care and more. Show him that not all humans are big, greedy meanies, mkay?

 

Uno
Pomeranian: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Small • Senior • Male

Uno is a tiny Senior Pomeranian, about 12 years old, who was rescued from a puppy mill. Uno is a very content little fellow, despite missing his mandible (low jaw); most likely caused by a lack of proper dental care in the puppy mill. His picture does not do him justice. He is adorable.

Although Uno is missing his lower jaw, he loves to eat and demands to have dry kibble mixed with his softer food. In fact, he refuses to eat food that does not have some solid chucks in it.

Uno would love a home where he can hang out next to or in the lap of his owner. His retirement years would be heaven with someone to spoil the memories of his past life completely away!

If you’re interested in Uno, please contact us!

Uno’s adoption fee is $200

Please consider making a donation, to help Husker’s Hope build the funds needed to help save lives!

More about Uno
Pet ID: 12-013-R • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Special Needs • Primary colors: Black, White or Cream • Coat length: Long

 

Uno is available for adoption through Husker’s Hope Dachshund Rescue. Call them! Today!

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Recipe: Vegan Cheddar Fry Pizza with Daiya Cheese

March 5th, 2012 10:51 am by Kelly


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French fry pizza, y’all! I can’t believe I haven’t tried this sooner! But when I spotted this New Year’s French Fry Pizza on the “vegan pizza” tag on tumblr, I knew I had to make it mine!

This is a really simple and straightforward recipe: basically just red sauce, vegan cheddar cheese, and french fries on your favorite pizza crust. The instructions below are meant for use with frozen fries, but I did a little experimenting with different prep methods, so jump to the notes at the end of the post for some variations. They’re all delicious (duh!), but I think I like my fries pre-baked. It’s a little extra work, but the fries are crisper that way! Crispy is good!

Anyway, try it out and let me know what you think!

 

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Vegan Cheddar Fry Pizza with Daiya Cheese

Ingredients

…for a Fluffy White Pizza Crust

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C) [Optional: sub in 1/2 cup of plain soy milk; this gave us a slightly thinner crust.]
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 pizza

Red sauce
Daiya cheddar cheese, or the vegan cheese of your choice (anywhere from 4 to 8 ounces will do it!)
About 4 to 6 cups of vegan crinkle cut french fries: frozen, half baked, or deep fried (* see below)
Seasonings to taste: salt, pepper, hot sauce, etc.

Cooking spray (e.g. Pam) or cornmeal

 
Directions

1. Stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and salt, as well as any extra spices or seasonings you desire. 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. Once you’re ready to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

3. As the oven is 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. Add your toppings: red sauce first, followed by a generous layer of cheddar cheese. Next, arrange the french fries on the pizza, with as little overlap as possible. (You don’t want to go several layers deep!) Finally, sprinkle the fries with a little more cheddar cheese and add any extra toppings you like.

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

6. Enjoy warm and melty!

 

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Can you tell these pizza slices apart?
Hint: One has pre-baked french fries, while the other’s potatoes are deep fried.


 

* A note on using frozen vs. half-baked vs. deep fried french fries

The first time around, we used frozen french fries. We reasoned that since the cook time on the fries is so similar to that of the pizza, they should bake rather well on the pizza. And they did! On the downside, the extra moisture from the cheese resulted in slightly soggy fries. (Unless you like soggy fries, then this is a bonus!) Reheating the leftovers in the oven resulted in crispier fries, so it was a bit of a trade off.

For our second and third experiments, we tried half-baking and deep frying the french fries to see how this might affect the finished product. About twenty minutes prior to making the pizzas (we baked two french fry pizzas in one night, huzzah! talk about couch potatoes!), we baked one batch of fries in the oven, at the recommended temp but for only half the recommended time (or until they were light brown in color). We fried a second batch in the deep fryer until they were light brown in color – almost done but not quite. Then we layered them on the pizza, the same as with the frozen fries.

The result? Well, Shane couldn’t detect a difference, but I thought that the extra prep paid off: in my opinion, the fries were a bit crisper. Still a little soggy – after all, they’re covered in cheese – but not as much. While the baked and fried potatoes were about equally crispy, I was able to tell them apart because the deep fried fries had a hint of that deep fryer oil flavor. You know, that unique taste that says “It’s time to maybe change the oil!”? That.

All in all, I think my favorite method is pre-baking: the fries are crispier, but not quite as unhealthy as if I’d fried ’em. Of course, this was all done with medium-thickness crinkle cut fries. I’d imagine that thick steak fries would be better pre-baked, and thin shoestring fries should go right on the pizza.

Hmmm. Upon further consideration, I think I’d better confirm these hypotheses with another round of testing! I’ll get back to you, mkay?

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