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Find-a-Friend Friday: Minnie

November 4th, 2011 11:26 am by Kelly


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MINNIE THE MOUSE!
Photos courtesy of the T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter.

 

Available for adoption this week is Minnie. THE MOUSE. Minnie the mouse! Imma pause for a second so that you can fully absorb and appreciate the cuteness, mkay?

 

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Those tiny little hand-feet! Long tickle-y whiskers! Big pink ears! Silly teefies, perfect for nibbling veggies! Seriously, is there anything about mice that isn’t heart-stoppingly adorable? Even their little droppings are charming and dainty! (Charming as long as they aren’t in my kitchen cabinets, anyhow. Nah, they’re still charming! They mean that mice are near, and I love mice!)

Okay, I’m starting to make myself sick. Let’s move on, shall we? Miss Minnie is currently staying at the T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter in Manhattan, Kansas. I know that’s a bit of a haul for you Kansas Citians, but it’s so worth it! And maybe you have family in the area you should go visit anyway? Whatever, do it! You can’t put a price on love!

 

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Minnie
Mouse: An adoptable mouse in Manhattan, KS
Small • Adult • Female

This little mouse was found wondering around stray and her owners never came to reclaim her. She is very adverterous and loves to run around. This little mouse can be very quick and likes to jump. She is looking for her forever home where she will be loved for an eternity. Come meet this mouse today!

More about Minnie
Pet ID: 32254 • Primary color: White • Coat length: Short

 

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Recipe: Chili “Nooch” Cheese Pizza

November 2nd, 2011 4:19 pm by Kelly


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A yellow Chili “Nooch” Cheese Pizza topped with Boca Chik’n patties.

 

After finally giving nutritional yeast cheese a try, Shane is hooked on the stuff! Every time we make pizza from scratch he cooks up a pot, with plenty left over for pita pizzas and vegan chicken sammies throughout the week. Now he’s experimenting with new flavors. Case in point: this chili nooch cheese, which is a bit spicier than its garlicky counterpart. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

 

Chili “Nooch” Cheese Pizza

Ingredients

…for a Fluffy White Pizza Crust

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 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

…for the Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce

2 cups water
2 cups nutritional yeast
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chili spice blend (e.g., McCormick Spice Blends, Santa Fe style)
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoon canola oil

…for the pizza

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

The toppings of your choice: red sauce, vegan meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and/or veggies

Directions

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

3. As the oven’s heating, make the nutritional yeast sauce: combine all but the last two ingredients (4 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons canola oil) in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Pour into a small saucepan and heat on medium until the sauce starts to thicken. Continue to stir constantly. Once it starts bubbling, let it go for 30 seconds, and then remove from the heat. Add the rest of the water and the canola oil and whisk well. Set aside.

4. Assemble the pizza! 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.

5. When you’re done shaping the dough, add your toppings: start with the red sauce, followed by the nooch cheese and any other toppings you want. Set any extra nutritional yeast cheese aside for dipping.

6. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 to 40 minutes for two pizzas. Enjoy warm!

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Posted: 11/2/11 at 4:19 pm. Filed under: Food & Recipes.
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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-10-29

October 29th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


Deep dish pizza

Deep dish pizzas are so deep they look like tarts. And that’s okay!
CC image via Mercy for Animals on flickr.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Lucky (and Blair the ice cream sundae, too!)

October 28th, 2011 10:02 am by Kelly


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Lucky once, hopefully twice!
Photos courtesy of Keesie’s Cats.


 
Lucky needs your help! This sweet pittie girl’s human can no longer care for her due to health problems – and if someone awesome doesn’t come to Lucky’s rescue asap, she may wind up in the Kansas City Animal Shelter, a high-kill facility where her chances look grim. Please help if you can, and no matter where you live; though Lucky and her man are located in KCMO, transport out of the area is a possibility.

 

Lucky
American Bulldog Mix: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Large • Adult • Female

 

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COMPASSION CASE: KCMO Pittie Mix (named LUCKY) and her KCMO Gentleman Need You!

Lucky is a healthy 4 year-old Pittie Mix who needs rehoming ASAP due to her owner’s medical condition. She weighs about 50 lbs. and is Heartworm Negative.

Lucky was rescued from running in traffic a few years ago by her current owner. She was found near a park, was very hungry to the point of being just skin and bones, and had chewed her own tail out of frustration until it was bleeding.

Lucky would LOVE to be the only 4-legged resident in her next home, but is also good with other male dogs and select females. She has also successfully lived with a cat. Lucky is a very sweet girl who will wag her tail all day long when she’s happy, loves rolling up in a blanket and playing hide and seek, and relaxing on the couch if one is available. She is crate trained as well, and appreciates her crate as a safe haven.

Please help Lucky’s people successfully rehome her or place her with a reputable rescue group ASAP. Her kind-hearted owner loves her tremendously: He just absolutely cannot keep her and unfortunately will need to take her to the Kansas City Animal Shelter (high-kill) if we do not step up to help. Transportation out of the Kansas City area can very likely be arranged upon request.

Please contact mlmurphey119@gmail.com or susan.keil@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.

More about Lucky
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Short

 

Also, because I wanted to keep things light for Halloween (good luck with that right?), OMG LOOK IT’S A DOG DRESSED LIKE AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE!

 

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This little bowl of delightfulness is named Blair, and she’s available for adoption through the Humane Society of Missouri. (I know, I had to travel all the way to Chesterfield, MO to find a rescue group that showcases their dogs in silly outfits. The injustice of it all!) She’s a nine-year-old Welsh Corgi and you should totally adopt her ’cause she’s been at the shelter since August and that’s entirely too long. For serious!

So help these ladies out, mkay? If not by adopting, then by sharing.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, y’all!

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Garlicky “Nooch” Cheese Pizza

October 24th, 2011 10:23 am by Kelly


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A Garlicky “Nooch” Cheese Pizza with red sauce, mixed veggies and lima beans.

Nutritional yeast cheese: unlike processed vegan cheeses, it’s cheap, widely available, and easy to make yourself! You can find “nooch” at most natural or health food stores (hint: look in the bulk foods section!), or order by the pound online. Add some water and seasonings and – voilà! – cheese sauce.

Lately Shane has been experimenting with different flavor combos; this is first of many concoctions. Okay, so maybe it does look like a cauliflower with a yeast infection (or alternately play dough play food) – but it tastes like cheesy pizza perfection!

Garlicky “Nooch” Cheese Pizza

Ingredients

…for a Fluffy White Pizza Crust

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 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

…for the Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce

2 cups water
2 cups nutritional yeast
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoon canola oil

…for the pizza

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

The toppings of your choice: red sauce, vegan meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and/or veggies

Directions

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

3. As the oven’s heating, make the nutritional yeast sauce: combine all but the last two ingredients (4 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons canola oil) in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Pour into a small saucepan and heat on medium until the sauce starts to thicken. Continue to stir constantly. Once it starts bubbling, let it go for 30 seconds, and then remove from the heat. Add the rest of the water and the canola oil and whisk well. Set aside.

4. Assemble the pizza! 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.

5. When you’re done shaping the dough, add your toppings: start with the red sauce, followed by the nooch cheese and any other toppings you want. Set any extra nutritional yeast cheese aside for dipping.

6. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 to 40 minutes for two pizzas. Enjoy warm!

Optional: To make a “yellow” pizza (like a white pizza, but more colorful!), simply omit the red sauce!

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A “yellow” nooch cheese pizza with Lightlife Smart Pepperoni.

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Posted: 10/24/11 at 10:23 am. Filed under: Food & Recipes.
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