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Find-a-Friend Friday: Wanda

August 24th, 2012 11:19 am by Kelly


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Wanda is a skinny, scrappy little kitty with lots of personality!
Photos courtesy of Companion Pet Rescue.


 

Wanda, what a catch! Good with other cats and dogs, mellow but with a mischievous streak, a loving mother and devoted friend. Why on earth isn’t all of Kansas City falling down at her doorstep?

 

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Wanda, aka Pool Shark
Domestic Short Hair/Dilute Tortoiseshell Mix: An adoptable cat in North Kansas City, MO
Small • Adult • Female

Although her “Official” name is Wanda, this funny little girl has several nicknames. Sometimes we call her “Mellow Yellow”, because her eyes are the same color as Mellow Yellow soda. “Mellow” also fits her when she’s sprawled out, chilling without a care in the world. And unbelievably, she doesn’t seem to care when I vacuum around her. I’ve never had a cat that would lay there while I vacuum in the same room, much less under the chair she’s in, or with the vacuum pushing the kitty bed she’s laying on!

Other times, we call her “Momma cat” because when she came to us, she was quite pregnant, and had a litter of kittens. She was a proud and protective momma, and the nickname stuck.

Recently, we’ve started calling her “Pool Shark”, because she has figured out how to get the pool balls out of our pool table! Granted, it’s an old table, and it’s easy for me to pull them out…but I couldn’t believe it when she did it! She’s a petite little thing, and I’m surprised she had aspirations to play with pool balls! After she gets them out, she bats them around.

I would guess that Wanda is about a year and a half old. She enjoys going outside on the patio, or will follow me as I weed and water my flower bed. I think she would be equally happy as an indoor or indoor/outdoor kitty. She’ll follow me all over, but doesn’t make any motion to go out the door when I let the dogs out. She just sits there and waits for them all to come back in. But if you offer for her to go out, she’ll follow you.

See all of Wanda’s pictures on her online album here.

Wanda is extremely social, and is still quite a little fiesty kitten sometimes. She was a wonderful mother, but that’s over now and she wants a little spoiling of her own! Wanda kneads ALL the time, and loves to be with people. She’s not obnoxious about it, but she follows me everywhere I go. Wanda is not a lazy and laid back kitty all the time. Sometimes she has a lot of spunk and personality.

Wanda would love to be someone’s companion kitty. She plays with other kitties, and will chase and gallop around with them. I think she would do fine with another kitty, given a little space at first.

Wanda would do fine with dogs, because she doesn’t hesitate to put them in their place. For such a little kitty, she’s kinda mighty. She would not do well with a dog that gets mad when swatted, because she WILL swat at them when they get too close. Then again, she’ll also curl up with them on the bed for a nap.

Her vetwork is up to date, and she is spayed. She’s very healthy, active, eats great, and is perfect in the litterbox department.

Wanda has been sponsored, so her adoption fee is minimal.

If you would like more information about Wanda, please email Suzy@CompanionPetRescue.com.

 

Go! Adopt her! Now!

Just one thing: keep her inside so she doesn’t kill any other animals (not just birds, but also lizards, snakes, chipmunks…the list goes on!), and for her own safety as well. Deal?

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Posted: 08/24/12 at 11:19 am. Filed under: Find-a-Friend Friday.
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Recipe: Bruschetta Pizza with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese

August 23rd, 2012 11:25 am by Kelly


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Mmmm, bruschetta! I made a bowl of it with some garden-fresh tomatoes a few weeks ago and was instantly hooked. Before I knew it, I’d flown through four batches of the stuff! Around the same time, I spotted a bruschetta pizza whilst browsing the vegan pizza tag on tumblr, and…well, you do the math.

As much as I love fresh bruschetta served on sourdough bread toasted with margarine and vegan parmesan, it’s even better on pizza. (DUH!, some/most of you are probably thinking.) I changed the original recipe (inspired by none other than Olive Garden!) up a bit, adding a little extra olive oil and balsamic vinegar so I’d have more juices with which to coat the pizza. I also threw in a few extra tablespoons of sundried tomatoes for an extra-rich tomato flavor.

Pro tip: use sundried tomatoes marinated in olive oil. Refrigerate the jar prior to making the bruschetta, so that you can pull out some congealed oil with the tomatoes. It makes all the difference, giving the dough a deep, rich, almost buttery taste. SO GOOD.

While I layered some Daiya cheese under the bruschetta, you can omit it for a healthier pie. The homemade vegan parm, which is made primarily of nuts (walnuts or almonds) and nutritional yeast, is super-healthy and easy to make. Give it a try, before you know it you’ll be putting it on all the things!

 

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Bruschetta Pizza with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese

…for a medium-thin dough

2 cups flour
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon yeast
2/3 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

…for the bruschetta

2 cups tomatoes, finely diced
3 tablespoons diced marinated sun-dried tomatoes (including the oil)
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil (OR 1 teaspoon dried basil)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

…for the pizza

Mozzarella Daiya cheese (or the vegan cheese of your choice); optional
Vegan parmesan (see recipe below)
Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

Directions

1. At least four hours before making the pizza, prepare the bruschetta. In a medium bowl, combine the fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Mix well. Cover and chill. Remove from the fridge about a half hour before you begin assembling the pizza.

2. Several hours prior to making the pizza, prepare the dough. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, yeast, and water; mix until completely blended. Add the salt and olive oil and mix well. Add the flour in stages (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix until the flour forms into dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough by hand and shape into a ball. Cover loosely with a towel and leave the dough to rise, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

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

4. 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.

5. Carefully drain the liquid from the bowl of bruschetta; pour it into a bowl or mug. Spoon the liquid onto the dough a teaspoon at a time, spreading it evenly over the pie. When you’re done, the entire surface of the dough should be covered in a very thin (we’re talking millimeters!) layer of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Set any leftovers aside; if you have any bruschetta left, you can return it to its sauce!

6. If desired, add a very thin layer of mozzarella cheese (you don’t want ti overdo it!), followed by most – if not all – of the (drained) bruschetta. (The recipe above makes enough to cover a 13″ pizza.) Top with a light sprinkle of vegan parmesan cheese.

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

 

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Vegan Parmesan

Ingredients

1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup walnuts OR 1/2 cup almonds
1 teaspoon olive oil
A dash of salt

Directions

1. In a food processor, combine the nutritional yeast and nuts and pulse until well-blended. The nuts should be reduced to smallish particles, though not as powdery as the nooch flakes. Add the olive oil and salt and pulse until blended.

2. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Posted: 08/23/12 at 11:25 am. Filed under: Food & Recipes.
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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-08-18

August 18th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Pizza Face pizza

A “pizza face” pizza. WHATEVER THAT MEANS. Whatever, looks delish.
CC image via flickr user olaxvx.


 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Tater and Parker

August 17th, 2012 11:32 am by Kelly


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Tater (right) and Parker (left), pair of Italian Greyhound brothers! Handsomely leggy, don’t you think?
Photos courtesy of Missouri-Kansas Italian Greyhound Rescue .


 
Tater and Parker are six-year-old brothers who came to Missouri-Kansas Italian Greyhound Rescue together, but don’t necessarily have to be adopted together. (Although wouldn’t it be wonderful if they were? Adopted together, I mean? Seriously, could you imagine losing your best friend and brother of six years after also losing your home? THEY ARE EACH OTHERS CONSTANTS, YO! …or that’s how I write my Tater/Parker fan fic, anyway.)

Don’t let the name of the breed fool you: weighing in around 8 to 18 pounds, Italian Greyhounds (I.G.s or “Iggies”) are considered a “toy” breed. These guys are tiny! According to their foster mom they’re also very well behaved, leashed trained, crate trained, know how to use a doggy door, and are just all-around awesome. So I guess the real question isn’t “Will you adopt Tater and Parker?,” but “When will you pick them up?”

 

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Tater – Overland Park
Italian Greyhound: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Small • Adult • Male

This handsome 6 year old male IG is just a terrific guy, loves people and to snuggle and of course likes other dogs, He knows how to use a dog door, has good potty habits and is crate trained. He also walks very well on lead. Tater is current on immunizations, heartworm negative, on preventative, neutered and had a recent dental. He came in with his brother Parker and they make a wonderful pair but they do not have to be adopted out togther. these boys have no making issues. TAter is currently in southern MO, but will be moved to the Kansas City area before the end of the month, so if you are interested in Tater and live in S MO please contact us soon. Email: DEB

More about Tater – Overland Park
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained

 

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Parker – Overland Park
Italian Greyhound: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Small • Adult • Male

Parker is a stunning red and white 6 year old male IG that is just the perfect dog, He and his brother (Tater) came in together and are the most well adjusted IGS their foster mom has known. Parker is crate trained, walks great on lead and is a huge snuggler with his foster mom. He is neutered, current on shots, heartworm neg and on preventative and has had a recent dental. Parker is currently in south east MO but will be moved to the KC area by the end of June or sooner. If you are interested in in Parker or his brother Tater please contact us. These boys do not have to be adopted out together but they do make a terrific pair Email: DEB

More about Parker – Overland Park
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained

 

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Recipe: Garden Fresh, Easy Vegan Pizza Sauce

August 14th, 2012 10:55 am by Kelly


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More homemade pizza sauce! Perhaps you’ve noticed that this week’s batch is more colorful and not quite as homogenous in appearance as the sauce I blogged last week? (In which case: yay, you get a gold star!) That’s because I blended the tomatoes in the food processor before cooking them, not after, and so all the extra spices and veggies and good stuff didn’t go through with them. Basil, who knew you were so pretty in red?

While both sauces are equally delicious, this recipe is a little less tedious because you don’t need to slice and dice the tomatoes – just pop ’em in the food processor and let it do all the work! (Unless you have some really big tomatoes, in which case you might have to quarter them.) Plus, no oven roasting, which is mos def a bonus in the hot summer months.

If you have a bunch of fresh tomatoes laying around, this is the ticket. After tasting this fresh tomato sauce on your pizza (or your pasta! I won’t judge!), you won’t want to go back to the store-bought stuff.

And it’s easily customizable, too – just swap out your own favorite veggies and spices. Yum!

 

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Garden Fresh, Easy Vegan Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
4-5 tablespoons minced garlic
6 cups fresh tomatoes, any kind (larger tomatoes need to be diced, but smaller tomatoes can be left as-is)
2 bell peppers, sliced
1 tablespoon basil + extra to taste
1 teaspoon oregano + extra to taste
2 teaspoons brown sugar + extra to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder + extra to taste
1/4 teaspoon paprika + extra to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt + extra to taste
1/4 teaspoon white vinegar + extra to taste

Directions

1. Clean and de-seed the bell peppers and cut them into large chunks. If using large tomatoes – beefsteak vs. Super Sweets, for example – dice these as well. In a food processor, combine the tomatoes and peppers; pulse until the veggies reach the desired consistency. (I processed them for several minutes, until the base was soup-like.) Set aside.

2. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the olive oil. Add the diced onion and cook on medium-low heat for about ten minutes, or until the onions are nearly translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for several more minutes. Add the tomato base and cook, uncovered, on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spices; stir well and sample the batter. If necessary, add extra spices to taste. Continue to cook, uncovered on low heat, for 30-45 minutes, until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. The longer you leave the sauce on the stove, the more frequently you’ll need to stir it.

3. Let cool. Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container. The sauce will keep for about a week in the fridge, or ~indefinitely in the freezer. Enjoy on pizza, pasta, bread – any and all carbs are game!

Makes roughly enough sauce for two 13″ pizzas.

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Posted: 08/14/12 at 10:55 am. Filed under: Food & Recipes.
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