Archive for July, 2012

Find-a-Friend Friday: Penelope

July 20th, 2012 10:35 am by Kelly


Penelope mugs for the camera.
Photos courtesy of T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter.


Penelope is just one of many “pocket pets” currently available for adoption through the T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter in Manhattan, Kansas. She’s a sweet, friendly little guinea pig girl who gets on well with dogs and cats. Based on the Petfinder listings, I’m guessing that Dexter and Dudley are her sons – seeing as they were born at the shelter, and Penelope is the only adult female guinea pig in residence – but you’ll have to confirm that with the shelter.




Guinea Pig: An adoptable guinea pig in Manhattan, KS
Small • Adult • Female

Penelope was surrendered to the shelter because her previous owners were moving and could not take her with. She is very sweet, quiet and pretty easygoing. Penelope has been around dogs and cats and has had no problems with them. She has also been around children with no problems. Penelope is looking for that forever home with a family that will love her forever. Come meet Penelope today!

More about Penelope
Pet ID: 33742 • Primary colors: Brown or Chocolate, White • Coat length: Long


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Find-a-Friend Friday: Bullet Proof

July 13th, 2012 11:55 am by Kelly


Bullet Proof is so named because he was shot. Twice. And didn’t die. No, really!
Photos courtesy of Missouri Pit Bull Rescue.


Missouri Pit Bull Rescue has dozens of awesome dogs available for adoption – including Praline, a beautiful girl who survived two years on her own in an abandoned, ramshackle house – and you should totally check them all out (and consider adopting one or two, if you can!). But there can be only one, and I chose Bullet Proof, for obvious reasons. Rushing to greet them at the door, this sweet guy was shot twice by police officers during a KCMO raid; thanks to his friendly, outgoing personality – and a kind-hearted veterinarian at KCMO AC – Bullet Proof lived to tell the tale. If anyone deserves another chance, surely it’s he.




ID Number: #19775
Breed: Pit Bull
Sex: Male (Neutered)
Age: 12-24 months
Weight: 60 to 70 lbs.
Color: Golden Tan
Good with dogs: Some
Good with cats: No

Bullet has quite the story to tell. Not only did he survive 2 bullets, but he never lost his smile during his ordeal. Talk about a trouper!!!

Bullet’s rescue story begins when his home was raided by the KCMO squad. Like most dogs, Bullet likely ran to the door to greet everyone unbeknownst to the officers. Evidently, an officer shot Bullet twice. One in the face and one in the neck/shoulder area. Bullet was rushed to KCMO Animal Control facility where a Veterinarian immediately tended to his wounds. Since he was gravely injured, euthanasia appeared to be the best option. However, even covered in blood and in great pain, the sweet dog was still happy to see people and was kissing everyone. The vet was so impressed by his loving disposition and resilience that he contacted MPR to see if we could help.

MPR agreed and Bullet was transferred to a private vet clinic where he underwent extensive surgery to extract the bullets and repair his shattered shoulder and jaw. Bullet has since been moved to MPR’s mini shelter where he is recuperating and thriving.

Since in MPR’s care, our volunteers find Bullet incredibly loving and playful, not at all aggressive. He just a silly dog who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. With much TLC, Bullet has been nursed back to health. He occasionally has a mild limp after intensive exercise but that doesn’t seem to be bothering him what’s so ever. In fact, nothing seems to bother Bullet. He has a very positive spirit and personality.

Foster Situation: Bullet is currently at the MPR mini-shelter. FOSTER HOME NEEDED! He sure doesn’t mind his stay at the shelter, but as soon as he finds a loving foster home, we will be able to help another dog.

Bullet is definitely a lover (not a fighter). He loves any person who will give him the time of day. He is very playful and energetic, though he also has his “couch potato” moments. He is still young and often acts more like a goofball than anything. He’s full of charm and happy drive.

Training: Bullet is crate trained, and is currently working on tricks. He is responsive and smart. He will require someone with good leadership though, as his fun-loving personality can often get in the way of his manners. He’s just too happy to be alive. Who would blame him?

Personality: Since Bullet is still a young buck (if he weren’t who knows if he would have survived such trauma!), he can be a bit more outgoing than some of the older, mature dogs he lives with. This is not a bad thing; he is not constantly hyper and begging for attention, he simply gets too happy-for-his-own-good when someone comes to see him. He just wants to show people how much he appreciates them for playing with him.

Bullet is energetic and we prefer a home with a large fenced yard for this happy boy so he has a good outlet for his energy. Being a big puppy at heart himself, Bullet enjoys the company of children but older kids are preferred.

Bullet needs a home that can provide him with structure and leadership. He is responsive and eager to please but he is big and powerful. He will test his boundaries without someone who doesn’t take the lead with him.

To adopt Bullet Proof – or any other of the lovely pibbles in MPBR’s care – hop on over to their website for additional details. If you’re unable to commit to the responsibility of adoption at this time, why not become a foster parent? Bullet Proof is currently staying in MPBR’s shelter and needs to find a foster home until he’s adopted!




He’ll be waiting!

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-07-07

July 7th, 2012 7:00 am by admin pizza

A quarrygirl pizza @ Cruzer Pizza! “In memory of my favorite blog, we ordered the pizza topped with olive oil, garlic, portobello mushrooms, vegan sausage, and basil.”
CC photos via flickr user bamalibrarylady.


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Find-a-Friend Friday: Samba

July 6th, 2012 10:18 am by Kelly


Samba the kitten!
Photos courtesy of North Kansas City Animal Control.


Samba is like the dictionary definition of cuteness. Soft, tiny, furry, playful – and clumsy, too! CLUMSY! Do kittens get any more adorable than this? I think not.

Quick! Adopt Samba before someone else does!




Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in North Kansas City, MO
Small • Baby • Female

“Samba” can be best described as a clumsy little kitty with an eye for awesome toys and an affinity for trouble. She loves baskets, balls, string, and just about anything that could be remotely fun to play with. She’s still very young, so introducing her into a cat-friendly-dog environment may not be completely out of the question. She’s a furry little go-getter with the spunk and sass to prove it. And if you’re considering adopting saucy little Samba, make sure to check out our profile on her sister “Tango” as well. Keeping the siblings together would be ideal for anyone willing to take on double the fun!

More about Samba
Pet ID: 12-043 • Primary color: Tabby – Tiger Striped • Coat length: Short


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Recipe: Breakfast Pizza with Scrambled Tofu & Garlic Sauce

July 3rd, 2012 3:17 pm by Kelly

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Happy Vegan Pizza Day, y’all! Well, technically Vegan Pizza Day was on Saturday, but no matter – every day is Vegan Pizza Day at the Garbato-Brady household!

To celebrate, we made two pies: a french fry pizza and a scrambled tofu “breakfast” pizza. The french fry pizza is old hat, but the scrambled tofu pizza? That’s all-new, baby!

It’s a concoction I’ve wanted to try for some time now, but wasn’t entirely sure how to pull off. Do I let the tofu scramble bake with the pie? Bake it beforehand so that it’s twiced-baked? But won’t that risk drying the tofu out? Maybe I should make it separately and add it to the pizza just prior to serving? So many possibilities!

It was a tough choice, but in the end I went with option B – and it worked out spectacularly! To help keep the tofu moist, I only lightly pressed it, so that it still retained a little moisture upon entering the skillet. Once finished, we nestled the scrambled tofu – which is adapted from a recipe found in Cooking Vegan by Vesanto Melina and Joseph Forest – between two layers of cheddar Daiya cheese, to help keep it nice and juicy. And of course the garlic sauce helped too!

While this scrambled tofu tastes incredible atop a pizza, you can also enjoy it solo. Or, for a special treat, put it – along with some with vegan gravy and/or breakfast sausage – in an English muffin to make a vegan Egg McMuffin. May I suggest the light mushroom gravy in Cooking Vegan, paired with a Lightlife Smart Links?


Breakfast Pizza with Garlic Sauce & Scrambled Tofu


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…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 scrambled tofu

1 pound firm tofu, pressed
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups sliced mushrooms (fresh or canned)
1/2 onion, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup tomatoes, diced*
1/4 cup corn (canned or frozen)*
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, divided
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon parsley OR 1 tablespoon chives
1/4 teaspoon salt

* Feel free to swap these out for your own favorite veggies – bell peppers, cabbage, etc.

…for the garlic sauce

2 tablespoons margarine
a dash of garlic powder

…for the pizza

Cheddar Daiya cheese, or the vegan cheese of your choice
Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan


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Scrambled tofu in progress!


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. About a 45 minutes before you’d like to start making the pizza, begin preparing the scrambled tofu. Lightly press the brick of tofu for five to ten minutes to drain the excess moisture. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook on medium for about ten minutes, or until the mushrooms begin to brown. Add the diced onion and continue to cook for another five minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic, tomatoes, and corn and continue to cook for another five minutes, or until the corn and tomatoes are tender.

3. As the veggies are cooking, place the tofu in a large bowl and mash it with a fork until it becomes crumbly. Add a tablespoon of the nooch and mix well.

4. Pour the tofu into the skillet and mix it in with the veggies. Reduce the heat to low. Add the rest of the nutritional yeast, soy sauce, cumin, turmeric, parsley/chives, and the salt. Mix well. Cook for another few minutes on low; continue to stir. When done cooking, remove from the heat, cover, and set aside.

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

6. Make the garlic sauce: in a small bowl, nuke the margarine a few seconds at a time until it’s melted. Add a dash of garlic and mix well. Set aside.

7. To assemble the pizza, start by spreading 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.

8. Using your fingers or a brush, spread the garlic sauce evenly onto the dough. Add a thin layer of cheddar Daiya, followed by all of the scrambled tofu, and a little more cheddar cheese to garnish.

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

10. Enjoy often: for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!


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