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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-08-11

August 11th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


eggplant and potato pizza

An eggplant and potato pizza, yum!
CC image via flickr user yiduiqie.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Gigi

August 10th, 2012 12:29 pm by Kelly


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Gigi is a mellow girl.
Photos courtesy of THe Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.


 

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City has so many wonderful cats available for adoption, y’all! Take for example Ms. Gigi here. She’s been living at HSGKC HQ for years now and gets on well with humans and other cats, despite her feral beginnings. At eight years of age, she could use a proper home to retire to. Preferably with some kitty friends! Maybe even a second cat from HSGKC? Hey, it’s an idea. THINK ABOUT IT!

 

Gigi
Tabby – Brown/Domestic Short Hair Mix: An adoptable cat in Kansas City, KS
Small • Senior • Female

Date of birth: 11/03

3/1/12: Gigi is a very pretty little Brown Tabby girl. She’s very petite and she has a gorgeous coat. She loves other cats and she’d really like to find a home with another kitty or two to hang out with. She has a very gentle nature.

Gigi was a feral kitten who was fostered by one of our staff members when she was very young. She’s still quite shy, but she’s also extremely sweet once she feels comfortable with someone.

Gigi is 8 years old now and has lived at the shelter for most of her life. She’s never lived in a cage here; she’s always had free roam of our cat rooms.

Gigi would do best in a quiet home and she’ll need her new person to be patient with her until she settles in. She’d make a nice companion for another cat and having another cat in the home would be comforting to her. She’s a real sweetheart and just needs to be given a chance.

Gigi has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for FIV and feline leukemia.

 

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Recipe: Homemade Pizza Sauce with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

August 7th, 2012 11:19 am by Kelly


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It’s only August, and already I am running out of new ways to use all these tomatoes, y’all! Since the thought of canning scares me to death (botulism!) and dehydrating them are kind of a pain (bulk sundried tomatoes aren’t pricy enough to justify the effort), I decided to step up my game by making fresh tomato sauce. Use what I can and freeze the rest! Behold experiment #1: homemade pizza sauce with slow-roasted tomatoes!

Since I found so many different tomato sauce recipes online, I decided to come up with my own blend, using the Marinara Sauce from Cooking Vegan as a starting point. (You might recall that I also put that on a pizza. Everything! Everything goes on a pizza!) The fresh tomatoes in the sauce are combined cup-for-cup with slow, oven-roasted tomatoes and blended in the food processor to make a sauce that’s got layer upon layer of tasty tomato goodness. This is worlds better than the store-bought stuff.

Browsing the internets, I noticed that some people prefer removing the seeds and skins – either before the tomatoes are pulverized, or after, with a food mill or strainer – but that’s a whole lot of effort that I couldn’t bring myself to expend. Besides, I like my sauce with a little chunk. That smooth-as-silk canned stuff? Just not natural!

But anyway, if you want to strain out the little bits, you can find some handy directions here.

 

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Homemade Pizza Sauce with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

4 cups slow-roasted tomatoes (see below)
4 cups garden-fresh tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
8 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons basil
2 teaspoons oregano
Spices to taste: basil, oregano, salt, pepper, brown sugar, etc.

Directions

1. 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 diced tomatoes, basil, and oregano and cook, covered on low, for about thirty minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until the tomatoes are tender and juicy. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes and stir well. Cook for five more minutes on medium-low, and then remove from heat. Cover and set aside to cool.

2. Once the tomatoes have cooled to room temp, process them in the food processor, in batches if necessary. Pulse until well-blended and then sample the sauce. Add extra spices and seasonings to taste: basil, oregano, salt, pepper, etc. If you prefer your sauce a bit sweeter, add a teaspoon or two of sugar.

Note: For a chunkier sauce, a) pulse for a few beats at a time, until the sauce has reached the desired consistency or b) hold some of the tomatoes back, add them once the rest of the sauce is blended, and pulse just once or twice to chop them up a bit.

3. Store in an airtight container. Use within a week, or store in the freezer for later use. This should be enough sauce to cover three to four 13″ pizzas.

 

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Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

Cooking spray
Tomatoes, sliced in half (e.g., grape tomatoes) or lengthwise (e.g. Roma)
Olive oil
Spices to taste: salt, pepper, basil, oregano, vegan parmesan, etc.
Minced garlic (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 225F. Spray a cookie sheet (or two) with cooking spray.

2. Wash and dry the tomatoes. If using smaller grape- or cherry-sized tomatoes, slice them in half; for larger Roma tomatoes, cut them lengthwise down the middle. Try to pick tomatoes of similar size and make the cuts as even as possible, so that the slices all bake at the same rate. As you work, place the tomato halves on the baking sheets; arrange them so that they’re squeezed together and touching, but not overlapping.

3. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil (about 1 1/2 teaspoons per cookie sheet) and season to taste. Salt and pepper; minced garlic and basil; and/or vegan parmesan are all nommy combinations. If making these for use in the pizza sauce recipe below, stick with salt, basil, and minced garlic.

4. Bake at 225F for approximately 3 to 4 hours (or more if necessary). The larger the tomatoes, the longer the cook time. When done, the tomatoes should be much smaller and a bit shriveled up, but still somewhat juicy.

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Posted: 08/7/12 at 11:19 am. Filed under: Food & Recipes.
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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-08-04

August 4th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Tonight's pizza :0)

No cheese vegan pizza!
CC image via flickr user wend.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Spanky

August 3rd, 2012 10:43 am by Kelly


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Spanky is a beautiful, fluffy golden Aussie mix with a smile a mile wide.
Photos courtesy of Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption.


 
Ugh, there are so many wonderful dogs looking for their forever homes on Petfinder and I just want to adopt them all! Just this week, I fell head over heels for Lula, the slightly pudgy senior beagle girl; Opie the Chihuahua and Poonce the Fox Terrier, a couple of old dogs in love; Lady the big black dog (also a senior, raising the strikes against her to three); and Ladybug, a teeny tiny refugee from the puppymill trade. I’d like write about them all, but we’d be here all year. So do me a favor and just click through and read and share their stories, okay? Help to bring these lovely creatures the TLC they so deserve in their twilight years.

As you can probably tell, I was searching for a senior dog to feature this week. And the “winner” is … Spanky! Despite her unfortunate name, Spanky is a sweet, happy-go-lucky girl who doesn’t let her declining hearing and eyesight get her down. Just look at that happy face!

 

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Spanky
Australian Shepherd Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Large • Senior • Female

Spanky – senior Aussie mix, s/f. Her eyesight isn’t quite 100%, her hearing isn’t perfect, every day is a “bad hair” day, but she’s a happy girl! Spanky gets along with other calm dogs as well as cats.

If you are interested in meeting this dog please give us a call at 913-831-PETS.

If you are interested in meeting more of our adoptable dogs you can stop by our adoption center at: 5918 Broadmoor, Mission, KS 66202

Our hours of operation are: Tuesday through Friday 12:00 – 7:00 Saturday/Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 (closed Mondays)

To learn more about Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption please visit our website – www.unleashedrescue.com.

More about Spanky
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Brown or Chocolate

 

If you’d like to learn more about Spanky or (please please please) bring her home with you, get in touch with Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption.

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