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The Great Vegan MoFo Vegan Pizza Roundup!

November 5th, 2012 3:58 pm by Kelly


Non-vegans might have missed it, but October was the Vegan Month of Food (Vegan MoFo for short) – a month-long blog carnival during which bloggers pledge to write about vegan nomz every day (or at least during the weekdays! I logged 36 posts ’cause I’m an overachiever, but who’s counting?). This was the seventh annual VMF, and my sixth year participating. If you noticed a sad, sorry lack of new pizza recipes here, that’s because I was publishing them over on my personal blog. I meant to post some photos at least, just to keep y’all updated, but in all the chaos of daily blogging I never quite found the time. And so: a giant pizza roundup!

My theme this year was “Eat to the Beat,” meals and desserts inspired by songs. Fertile ground for pizza, am I right people?

The first pizza was straight off the Blackbird Pizzeria menu: a Nacho Pizza with jalapenos, avocados, and cheddar Daiya cheese. I’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Blackbird – or any all-vegan pizzeria, for that matter! – but I think we nailed the look and taste. As with most of the pizzas pictured here, I have a recipe to share!

 

Nacho Pizza, a la Blackbird (0003)

Nacho Pizza, a la Blackbird (0028)


 

Paired with “Blackbird” by The Beatles, if only because it provided a handy excuse to make pizza!

Next up is my own personal favorite, Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread. Basically what we’ve got here are ~48 (give or take) little pizza bites, stuffed with Follow Your Heart cheese and Lightlife pepperoni, coated with margarine and assorted spices, and then baked together to make one ginormous, coffee cake-shaped, pull-apart pizza. Fancy, right? Don’t let its gorgeous neon hues and seductively lumpy bits fool you, it’s ridiculously simple to make. A little tedious, but worth it. Click through for the recipe, mkay?

 

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread (0014)

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread (0026)

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread (0064)


 

Photographed with the Tree Loot monkey ’cause he’s adorable. You two can share a pizza while singing along to the theme song from The Monkees. So much retro win right here.

One of the Iron Chef challenges featured two ingredients that I knew I could easily make into a pizza: potatoes and sesame seeds. Behold: Rosemary Potato Pizza with a Garlic Sesame Sauce! This is a rather simple potato pizza on a rosemary crust and topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds; the real star of the show is the dipping sauce. Basically it’s just homemade vegan mayo seasoned with sesame oil where plain old olive oil would usually be. So good though, and it adds a little extra moisture to what can sometimes be a dry pizza.

 

Rosemary Potato Pizza with Garlic Sesame Sauce for Iron Chef (0013)

Rosemary Potato Pizza with Garlic Sesame Sauce for Iron Chef (0041)


 

Apologies in advance for the tunes: “Gimme Pizza” (Slow Jam) by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. This was an impromptu post, so cut me some slack.

Last but not least is the only pizza for which I followed an existing recipe: Pizza Margherita from Mark Sutton’s Heart Healthy Pizza. The cheese is really cooked millet processed with raw sunflower seeds! There’s also a recipe for a parm-like cheese called Parmiso that uses sesame seeds and has a really unique taste. (For my homemade parmesan, I usually stick with almonds and nutritional yeast – nooch being known for its dairy cheese-like flavor.)

 

Pizza Margherita from Heart Healthy Pizza (0004)

Pizza Margherita from Heart Healthy Pizza (0025)


 

Enjoy with Ghost Mice. Free Pizza for Life, yo!

Close on the heels of Vegan MoFo was the Virtual Vegan Potluck. It’s held twice a year, usually in May and November, the November date scheduled to coincide with World Vegan Day. This was my first time participating, and I signed up to bring bread. Specifically, Hot Cross Buns and Pepperoni Pizza Breadsomething sweet and something savory to satisfy everyone’s palates!

 

Pepperoni Pizza Bread for the Virtual Vegan Potluck (0014)

Pepperoni Pizza Bread for the Virtual Vegan Potluck (0034)


 

The pizza bread is deceptively easy to make: you just roll the dough out into a rectangular shape, add the toppings, roll or fold, and bake! You can use any toppings, but we kept it basic with red sauce, mozzarella Daiya cheese, and Lightlife Pepperoni. But just in case you’re still intimidated, I have a recipe!

Next week we’ll resume our regularly scheduled pizza blogging. Until then, make some pizza bread and stuff it. IN YOUR FACE.

 

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-11-03

November 3rd, 2012 1:59 pm by Kelly


Happy Vegan Pizza Day!

A Vegan day Pizza with vegan feta, avocados, garlic, and tomatoes.
CC image via flickr user juliarowe.


 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Goose

November 2nd, 2012 10:55 am by Kelly


Goose is really a dog. A greyhound, to be precise!
Photo courtesy of REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets).


 

Goose, what a handsome guy! He’s not a bird, as his name might suggest (actually he’s christened after Goose of Top Gun fame), but a greyhound. And a devastatingly handsome one, at that: his gorgeous, shiny fur is mostly black, save for his chest, which is white in color; and his eyes are the most beautiful, expressive brown you’ve ever seen. Don’t stare too long at his Petfinder pic, lest you lose yourself in those pools of hazel.

Not that Goose’s looks are only skin deep – nope, this guy’s got personality, too, as described my his foster peeps.

 

Goose
Greyhound: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Large • Young • Male

Movie Quote:

Carole: Hey, Goose, you big stud!
Goose: That’s me, honey.
Carole: Take me to bed or lose me forever. G
oose: Show me the way home, honey.

Our honey Goose is looking for a soft bed to land in. Is it in your home? Goose has all kinds of ‘skills’ to charm the household. Goose is very deserving of his name… –loves to take all of his toys out of the toy box and move them around the house–apparently doesn’t agree with where his foster family keeps the toys since he moves them as soon as they put back, –occasionally moves other items too–shoes, hats, rocks… ROCKS? Oh Goose! And who doesn’s need eye candy to decorate the home? Goose agrees…he enjoys looking at the handsome greyhound that stares at him from the fireplace, oven door, and sliding glass door… Our studly boy doesnt have just one love Carol- –loves attention from any and all humans! Goose is in foster and is busy training on house rules. Come check out our darling Top Gun Boys!

More about Goose
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, White or Cream • Coat length: Short

 

Goose is currently staying with REGAP, a group which rescues greyhounds used and discarded by the dog racing industry. If anyone deserves a second chance, these guys and gals do. Well, they all do, but you get my point.

Need a little more convincing? A friend on Facebook shared this image as I went looking for a dog to feature this week. It pretty much says all there is to say on the subject.

 


 

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