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Recipe: Kalamata Olive Pizza Crust

February 27th, 2013 11:55 am by Kelly


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Right about the time Shane was craving a Kalamata olive crust pizza, I was contemplating the Olive Croutons in Donna Klein’s Vegan Italiano cookbook. Luckily, the crouton recipe proved easily adaptable – and the rest, as they say, was dinner. And a rather delicious one, at that!

 
Kalamata Olive Pizza Crust

Ingredients

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 tablespoons garlic powder
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, processed into small pieces in a blender or food processor
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

The toppings of your choice; in this case, homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella Daiya cheese, and black and Kalamata olives.

Directions

1. To prepare the dough: stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and Kalamata olives. 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. When you’re ready to assemble and bake your pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

3. As the oven’s 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. When you’re done shaping the dough, add your toppings.

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

 

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Pizza stack! Don’t worry, I waited for the cheese to cool before
performing this daring feat, and no toppings were compromised in the making of this photo.

 

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2013-02-23

February 23rd, 2013 10:09 am by Kelly


Vegan pizza for dinner with @alidark3000 in Australia

Vegan pizza! From Australia!
CC image via flickr user raamdev.

 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Elleka, Mitten, and Bashful

February 22nd, 2013 11:21 am by Kelly


Top to bottom, mom and her baby bunnies: Elleka, Mitten, and Bashul.
Photos courtesy of the Missouri House Rabbit Society.

 

This is such a sad story, y’all. When their owners no longer wanted them, they released Elleka and her companion into the wild to fend for themselves. Elleka’s friend was attacked and killed by a dog before Elleka was found and rescued by the Missouri House Rabbit Society. And, surprise surprise, it just so happens that she was pregnant!

Though these babies will never know their father, at least they’ll be adopted into safe, loving homes. This is where you come in, dear readers! Three of the five babies have been adopted, but mom and her remaining two children are still available – and the MHRS wants to keep them together. If you think you have what it takes to care for three fluffy little bundles of joy, what are you waiting for? Arrange a meeting today! (Seriously, free up some more spots in the foster homes!)

 

Elleka, Mitten, Bashful
Dutch/Lionhead Mix: An adoptable rabbit in Greenwood, MO
Medium • Young • Female

PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING THREE WONDERFUL RABBITS A FOREVER HOME. They are litter trained and friendly. Here is their story: Elleka (gray and white Dutch) and her companion were released by their owners to fend for themselves. The other bunny was killed by a neighborhood dog then a good samaritan contacted the House Rabbit Society and we took the surviving bunny. Two weeks later she had 5 babies. They are all adorable and sweet and in some way the bunny who lost his life will be remembered through these baby bunnies he fathered. Two of the babies are staying with mama. Elleka, Mitten (boy with white foot), and Bashful (girl all black) will be adopted as a trio.

More about Elleka, Mitten, Bashful
Spayed/Neutered • House trained

 

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2013-02-16

February 16th, 2013 1:33 pm by Kelly


#Vegan pizza (kalamata olives, mushrooms, onion, fresh basil from the backyard, on a BBQ & tomato base) for dinner with @alidark3000 and his own Notzarella vegan cheese!

“#Vegan pizza (kalamata olives, mushrooms, onion, fresh basil from the backyard, on a BBQ & tomato base) for dinner with @alidark3000 and his own Notzarella vegan cheese!”
Notzarella! I just like saying that. NOTZARELLA! Rolls off the tongue.
CC image via flickr user raamdev.

 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Joy

February 15th, 2013 11:55 am by Kelly


My name, it suits me.
Photos courtesy of Autumn Acres.

 

Valentine’s Day may be a year away, but it’s never too early to find that someone special to celebrate it with. And what better sweetheart than a smiley little dog who wants you for her one and only human? Joy is a young lady who enjoys car rides and walks on the beach (or anywhere, really). She’ll tolerate cats but will save all her love for you. If this sounds like a love connection, get in touch with Autumn Acres today.
 

Joy
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)/Yellow Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

Energetic little girl that loves to play

My name is Joy. I am an active girl who can get along with dogs but I can be a pushy gal for the center of attention, so my best scenario home would be without another dog – just kids or a person that is willing to give me attention and give me exercise. I am ok with cats. I am loyal to my owner and I would make a great watch dog. I love bye-bye rides and I want to go with you everywhere, so you have to be careful of me trying to go out the door with you. J I walk well on a leash after I settle down from the excitement of my walk. I am potty trained. I am a smart girl and will listen to commands but I do jump when I first see you and I sometimes forget that I am not to “herd” your feet, but I will not hurt you….I just want to play. My foster mommy is working on that but she thinks I am a neat doggie. Please email Jenifer and ask about visiting with me…I need a home with someone that will keep in line with my energy, but you will be impressed how sweet I can be!!

More about Joy
Pet ID: 4678982-1640683 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots

 

 

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