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Saturday Garbage Plate: The I ♥ Calzones Fan Club!

April 23rd, 2011 4:35 pm by Kelly


Vegan Calzone
 

Vegan calzones!
CC image via flickr user Conquering Worm.


 
All the food that’s fit to nom!

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Contests & giveaways! So Delicious is about halfway through its 100 Days of Change Giveaway; simply like its Facebook page and check back daily for new contests and prizes! Elsewhere on the interwebs, The Hungry Vegan has a prize pack consisting of five coupons for free So Delicious ice cream and a pair of hand-crafted ceramic bowls from Sorella Luna in Portland, Oregon (gorgeous!). In celebration of Earth Day, Cook. Vegan. Lover. has a prize pack of If You Care items up for grabs. Last but not least, Eden Cafe is giving away a selection of green “adult” toys to three lucky winners through tomorrow.

MeatGate Update: Earlier this week, VegNews apologized (for real this time!) for using non-vegan and stock photos in its magazine and on its website, and announced that it will no longer do so in the future! Additionally, it plans on establishing its own vegan stock photo website – which, along with the one created by the Food for Lovers Vegan Queso people, makes two vegan stock photo websites! Get your cameras ready and show us your mitts, vegan photogs! Also, many thanks to QuarryGirl.com for breaking the story – had it not, we’d still be drooling over photoshopped photos of animal parts for dog knows how long!

Vegan pizza on Food Gawker! Be prepared to have your tummy blown!

VeganCuts.com – the vegan answer to Groupon – is now live, with 40% off Vegan Skin Care Kit from Moxie Organix. Subscribe via email to receive weekly deals on vegan products and services!

Bella, Little Bit & Roxy are Wayside Waifs’s Waifs of the Week! Someone adopt them, please!

With your assistance, Spay & Neuter Kansas City spayed and neutered 123 dogs and cats and provided over $1,490 in spay neuter subsidy assistance this week. Along with Wayside Waifs and Halfway Home Pet Adoptions, SNKC also held a memorial service for the two pit bull puppies who were abused, killed and then disposed of in a dumpster in Kansas City on Monday. At the time of this writing, SNKC has raised $7,500 in pledges to put towards a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

I’ve had calzones on the brain ever since the Parks and Recreation episode “Ron & Tammy: Part Two” aired in February. In a last-ditch effort to make the Harvest Fest happen, the Parks & Rec crew resorted to bribery a la a pizza party in order to convince the police department to provide free security for the event. Ben suggested calzones, thus leading to a running gag about calzones being disgusting and pointless (the worst food ever invented!), much to his chagrin. (Quoth the Police Chief: “What the hell is wrong with this guy?”)
 

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The plot line left me totally baffled, cause calzones are the shiz! Pizza, made portable! Doubled down for extra-easy shotgunning action!

No?

Must be a New York thing, then.

That’s okay, Parks and Rec, I still love you!!!!!

Recipe: Taco Pizza I

April 19th, 2011 10:18 am by Kelly


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Allow me to introduce you to our latest creation, the Taco Pizza I (which you may recognize from a certain to do list!). It is so named because there exists unlimited variations on the “taco” theme, particularly in Shane’s pepper-loving hands. Expect more of these in the future. And in miniature, pita pizza sizes, to boot!
 
Ingredients

For the dough

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

Optional: spices to taste (e.g., cumin, basil, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, red pepper, tomato powder, chili powder, ground flax seeds, and/or nutritional yeast, to name a few)

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

For the toppings

1 box Harvest Direct Protean Soy Taco Mix (or the vegan meat of your choice; Boca Crumbles or Gimme Lean Beef Grounds would both work well)
Taco seasonings and spices to taste (we used a “Santa Fe” mix of salt, onions, red bell peppers, chili peppers, cumin, red peppers and garlic)
16 ounces of medium salsa, store-bought or homemade
Black olives
Jalapeños
Cheddar Follow Your Heart (or the vegan cheese of your choice)
 
Directions

1. Begin by preparing the dough at least an hour in advance. 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, prepare your taco meat. For the Protean Soy Meat, we followed the instructions for stovetop prep found on the box, substituting in our own spices for those packaged in the kit. If using a perishable vegan meat product such as Boca Crumbles or Lightlife ground “beef,” you can fry it lightly on the stovetop, mixing in spices to taste – or, for a healthier option, simply combine meat and spices in a bowl and stir well. Your choices are endless!

4. 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: salsa, followed by the meat, veggies, and finally the cheese. (We kept it simple with just black olives and jalapeños, but peppers and onions also make a nice addition. Ditto: shredded carrots.)

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

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Saturday Garbage Plate: The Only To Do List That Matters!

April 16th, 2011 5:47 pm by Kelly


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Make pizza, photograph pizza, eat pizza, blog pizza, repeat. (THE STORY OF MY LIFE, YO!) Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got a recipe to inspire you. Put these pies on your to do list and eat ’em!

Contests & recipes! Mercy for Animals has a free copy of Kathy Freston’s Veganist up for grabs; Experience Life has a dozen copies of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet; and you can snag a Mediterranean Bread Dipping Set at The Hungry Vegan. Finally, as part of its Vegan Bucket List giveaway series, VegNews is offering up one-year membership to Spork Online to a lucky reader.

Speaking of (ahem!) VegNews, perhaps you’ve heard about the latest controversy to rock the vegan community? This week the vegan blog QuarryGirl revealed that VegNews routinely uses stock photos in both its magazine and on its website – including photos of dishes containing dairy, eggs and meat, sometimes doctored to appear vegan. (In the most egregious example, animal bones were Photoshopped out of a photo of BBQ ribs.) Understandably, many vegans and/or foodies are pissed and offended, myself included; if I hadn’t already decided to let my subscription lapse, this kerfuffle – and VegNews’ lackluster response – might have led me to cancel it. But since I only have one issue left, the point is kind of moot.

Anyhow, I won’t get into it further – mostly because everything I have to say has already been said (and in LOL cat form, to boot) – but. I would like to take the opportunity to point you to this wonderful piece by Katrina Fox of The Scavenger: VegNews controversy offers creative opportunities, with a special emphasis on the suggestions for positive change.
 

So, to people who create vegan dishes or eat out at vegan restaurants: Take photos of vegan dishes, upload them to Flickr, drop an email to VegNews and other vegan publications offering your photos.

To photographers (vegan or otherwise): Ditto above.

To VegNews editors (and other vegan magazines): Post information on your website about specs for photographs: what you need to be able to include a good photograph of print quality. Put a callout to your readers, to photographers (vegan or otherwise) to take pics of vegan food.

Vegans are fantastic at galvanising into action. So, let’s flood Flickr with images of delicious vegan food.

Let’s make sure that vegan publications no longer need to use stock images of meat, dairy and egg dishes.

Let’s take this unfortunate incident and turn it into an opportunity that will benefit everyone – most of all the animals we seek to protect from suffering.

 
How about it, vegans? If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s food! Making food, eating food, discussing food, fantasizing about food. AND TAKING AND SHARING PICTURES OF IT ALL! Hey, I’ll start! Here’s my food (not-)porn collection on Flickr, with a set each dedicated to human food, dog food, and – the most important food group of them all – PIZZA! Yum, I’m getting hungry just typing about it. (What did I say about us vegans, hmmmm?)
 

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I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

Need another tumblog to follow? (Probably not, but roll with me here.) Pizza in the movies FTW!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City sterilized 106 dogs and cats this week and distributed 810 pounds of dog and cat food through its community food pantry. Check out SNKC’s weekly recap for more, including an update on Queenie and instructions for those wishing to donate money or volunteer their time to help the companion animals of Kansas City!

Dooley, Libby and Suzie Loo are this week’s Waifs of the Week! Visit Wayside Waifs to see all the lovely nonhumans who are waiting to meet you RIGHT NOW!

Hey, pro-choice Missouri! NARAL is holding a lobby day in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Here are the deets:
 

Last week, your Missouri House spent hours debating and passing HB28, which allows any pharmacy to refuse to sell emergency contraception. It also places new restrictions on medical abortion – as if we didn’t have enough already!

Contrary to all reason and scientific evidence, the House declared that emergency contraception causes abortion, and therefore, pharmacies can refuse to provide this type of birth control if they don’t want to. Clearly, the Missouri House has little respect for women. They have decided that women can’t think for themselves and that endangering women’s health is OK in the service of “pro-life” politics.

Seriously, could they be any more offensive?

This is your last chance to tell lawmakers in person that they have it all wrong. We need your voice in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Your representatives need to know that women can and do think for themselves, that pharmacists should dispense prescriptions, not moral judgments, and that women’s health is more important than political posturing.

Will you please join us, along with our coalition partners Planned Parenthood and Faith Aloud, for our final lobby day of the year?

What: NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Lobby Day
When: Tuesday, May 3 from 10:00 – 2:30p.m.
Where: Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
(Free bus available from St. Louis!)

Please RSVP as soon as possible! Give us a call (314.531.8616) or send us an email at info@prochoicemissouri.org

Psst: We need Lobby Team Leaders too! Let us know if you’re interested!

 
Be there if you can! AND TAKE SOME VEGAN PIZZA ROLLS TO SHARE!
 

Recipe: Not-So-Thin Whole Wheat Crust Pizza

April 12th, 2011 10:18 am by Kelly


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Last weekend, I had a hankering for a thin crust pizza. We’ve never attempted one before, and thus don’t (yet!) have a go-to recipe on hand. Shane tried modifying our basic fluffy white crust recipe, with mixed results: while the finished product is yummy, it’s not exactly a thin crust. More like medium in thickness. You can see for yourself in the photo above: the slice in the background is the fluffy white crust, while the one in the foreground is the modified version. Pretty similar, don’t you think? Weird, considering the differing amounts of yeast. *shrug*

Still, no complaints from this whole wheat-loving hippie here. The edges of the crust even crisped up nicely where they met the pizza press. SCORE!
 
Not-So-Thin Whole Wheat Crust Pizza

Ingredients

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose white flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Optional: spices to taste (e.g., cumin, basil, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, red pepper, tomato powder, chili powder, ground flax seeds, and/or nutritional yeast, to name a few)

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

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

We used red sauce, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella Follow Your Heart Cheese, black olives, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn and green beans, topped with a little extra cheese for binding and in that order* on pizza numero uno (background; fluffy white pizza crust) and red sauce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn, green beans and tater tots, topped with just a sprinkle of mozzarella Follow Your Heart cheese and in that order on the second pizza (foreground; Not-So-Thin Whole Wheat Crust).

* What I’m saying is that THE ORDER IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE, FOLKS! YOU MUST PROTECT THE SUNDRIED TOMATOES AT ALL COSTS.

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, 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: sauce, veggies, “meat,” cheese, fruit, nuts, etc.

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

6. Get your nom on!

Saturday Garbage Plate: Onion Rings & Shiny Things

April 9th, 2011 4:23 pm by Kelly


DIY Vegan Pizza
 

A DIY thin crust vegan pizza with tomato paste, nutritional yeast, chopped garlic, chilli flakes, pepper, salt, courgette, oyster mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. YUM.
CC image via flickr user Si!.

Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got you covered with a delicious vegan pizza recipe for every day of the week. NOM!

Contests and giveaways! The Feminist Majority Foundation is holding a Ms. Fan Raffle – enter to win a “This is what a feminist looks like” tee, as well as other gear and merch. Pinnacle: Reinvent the Icon – which vegansaurus! describes as an “anti-fur fashion movement” (I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!) – is holding a logo design contest; the winner gets 100 pins sporting their design and, I assume, fame and fortune. Finally, Savvy Chic has $1 off coupons for Lightlife, FREE TO ALL!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City has its latest weekly recap up. This week, SNKC spayed and neutered 121 dogs and cats and distributed 1,500 lbs. of food to animals in need. Awesomeness! Show them some love (as in money!) here.

Murphy, Sir Fancy Pants & Sam are Wayside Waifs’s Waifs of the Week. Get to know them. Love them. AND TAKE THEM HOME!

In honor of spring’s arrival, the Urban Vegan has 101 fast recipes for inspired picnics! Picnics rock! Take me on one please?

Hey, animal peeps! Vegan outreach on Earth Day. DO IT! with some free materials from FARM. Deets here.

The Sexy Vegan has devised a way to make Onion Ring Encrusted Onion Rings! And he totally wants to teach it to you!
 


 
I bet they taste awesome on pizza!!!!!!!!!!

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