Recipe: Shane’s Red Hot, Heart-Shaped Pizza: Eat it on Vegan Pizza Day, Valentine’s Day, or any old damn day!

February 1st, 2011 12:49 pm by Kelly

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The convergence of Vegan Pizza Day and the Fiery Vegan Valentine Cooking Contest at Cook. Vegan. Lover. provided Shane and I with the perfect excuse to indulge in some piping hot, homemade vegan pies on Saturday. (Not that we need an excuse, mind you! But they do make us feel a bit more productive, anyway. I mean, when you’re in the pizza utensil business, you’re more or less required to eat pizza on Vegan Pizza Day, amirite people?)

While I opted for a milder – but fully loaded – pizza, Shane decided to make a red hot, heart-shaped pie for himself. Crushed red pepper, hot sauce and sun-dried peppers on a “hearty” crust seasoned with cayenne pepper, cumin, thyme and basil makes for one fiery hot vegan Valentine’s Day entrée, don’t you think? (So hot, in fact, that I dared not sample it. Perhaps this was Shane’s plan all along? Sneaky, that one.)

Here’s how you do it:


Vegan Pizza Day Eats at the Garbato-Brady House!

January 29th, 2011 9:15 pm by Kelly

We’re in the middle of a Caprica marathon, so I can’t stay long, but let me just say:

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See, I’m so excited that I’m intermixing my scifi slang.

That is all.

Oh, and recipes coming soon…

Saturday Garbage Plate: VEGAN PIZZA DAY IS NOW!

January 29th, 2011 1:50 pm by Kelly

Daiya vegan cheese pizza!

Gooey, stretchy, cheesy, oozey, melty VEGAN PIZZA! with Daiya cheese, red sauce
and a gluten-free organic cornmeal crust. Praise be!, indeed.
CC image via Flickr user digiyesica.

Oh yay, Vegan Pizza Day is finally here! For dinner, I shall be swimming in a pool of liquid Daiya and pizza sauce; until then, all I have are my fantasies – inspired, in no small part, by this week’s nom roundup. Ditto: my Flickr favorites, which is stuffed so full of vegan pizza photos that I’m starting to look like I have a sexual fetish or something. (Cue: images of me poking a hot, saucy pizza à la America Pie, whilst moaning in simultaneous fits of pain and pleasure.)

Um, yeah, I’ll stop talking now. You’re welcome.

Whether on Facebook, Twitter or in the “real world,” you can join in the day’s vegan pizza festivities in a number of ways:

– Go to for a list of events, participating eateries, news coverage and the like;

– Follow @VeganPizzaDay on twitter to stay up-to-date on the day’s vegan pizza offerings around the U.S.;

– Share your vegan pizza not-porn on Facebook and tag Vegan Pizza Day so all can see;

– And while you’re at it, “like” Vegan Pizza Day on FB!

I’ll also be tweeting coverage of Vegan Pizza Day @ThePPP and will share my own photos after dinner – assuming, of course, I’m able to pull myself out of the inevitable carb coma long enough do so. Wish me luck, peeps!

Now on to this week’s contests and giveaways! PETA has one gorgeous, cozy, wool-free Vaute Couture coat up for grabs; Lightlife is giving away prize packages to three lucky readers at Leslie Loves Veggies; Vegetarian Star has two coupons good for free Gardein products; C’est La Vegan is giving away a jar of Vegan Queso (yum!); and you can win a Crazy Sexy Diet gift package, courtesy of VegNews. Methinks I’ll regret telling you about the Vaute Couture giveaway. I WANT THAT COAT!

Elsewhere on the internets:

We found a kitty on our doorstep last week! No, for reals!

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Lemmy the New Kitteh. His little kitteh balls look like plush pom poms.
I could make a flying spaghetti monster on his bum, y’all!
(CAN and WILL! buahahahaha!)

In celebration of The Gentle Barn’s first year on Facebook, a generous supporter will donate $1 for every fan who “likes” The Gentle Barn – but only if they reach 100,000 fans by March 1st! If you’re on Facebook, please “like” The Gentle Barn and spread the word!

The anti-tethering group Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) needs volunteers to help make its 9th annual Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week a success. The campaign, which takes place the week of Valentine’s Day, involves sending hand-crafted Valentine’s cards, brochures and coupons for dog supplies to the owners of chained dogs, in order to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs – with the ultimate goal of bringing them indoors. You can help by making cards, donating coupons, and submitting the addresses of chained dogs.

Help In Defense of Animals (IDA) help the nonhuman victims of the recent floods in Australia and Brazil. Donate to its disaster relief fund and share these heartbreaking images with your friends, family and social networks.

As always (okay, three weeks and counting!), check out Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s volunteer opportunities and weekly recap. (Which doesn’t seem to be available yet, but I’ll update this post with a link when it is!)

Finally, for Vegan Pizza Day (not really!) the lovely Tracye McQuirter of By Any Greens Necessary shows how to make a delicious vegan pizza, topped with tons of veggies and nutritional yeast:

I’m not a “nooch” girl myself – you either love nutritional yeast or you don’t – but I am totally in love with her kitchen! So modern and matchy! Me, I have yellow ’70s laminate countertops. I could never shoot a cooking video in my own kitchen, even if I wanted to. Yuck!

Saturday Garbage Plate: Everything & the kitchen sink

January 22nd, 2011 11:01 am by Kelly

from a cart

vegan pizza, from a cart!
CC image via Flickr user stacyjclinton.

Open up and say NOM! It’s your weekly vegan pizza nom roundup!

Contests! There are some fun giveaways going on this month, folks.

Cook. Vegan. Lover. is hosting a Fiery Vegan Valentine Cooking Contest. From now until February 11, create and share a “fiery” Valentine’s Day-themed dish – appetizer, entree or dessert – taking plenty of photos, of course. Blog the recipe or send the details to CVL for a chance to win one of four different vegan goodie bags. I see: a heart-shaped pizza topped with jalapeno peppers in my near future! Or rather, Shane’s. Kelly can’t stomach fiery food, sorry.

Hop on over to So Delicious’s Twitter or Facebook page and share a photo of yourself enjoying your favorite So Delicious product. You could win five coupons, each good for a free So Delicious product – so what are you waiting for fool? Peedee and Kaylee are down with soy ice cream, yo:

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AND they are adorable. Stiff competition, people! I kid. The winning photos are randomly chosen (I think), so my dog friends’ god-like awesomeness is tempered by chance. Even GOD (by which I mean DOG of course) must bend to the will of mathematics.

Calling all creative, multimedia types! Gardein wants you! Make a 60-second video featuring gardein products, and you could win a a FLIP (8GB Mino HD) and $50 in gardein product coupons. Additional prizes will be gifted to a second-place winner and two runners-up. The deadline to enter is February 2nd, so get creating!

Not really food-related, but Kitty Utopia is giving away a Sprout Cat Tree House. Just send ’em your cute, fuzzy and/or funny cat photos, and you and Mr. Kitteh could win! The deadline is March 31st, so you’ve got plenty of time for the inevitable photo shoots of frustration. Seeing as OMG I HAS FOUND A KITTEH ON MAI DOORSTEP! earlier this week (for serious!), we could really use a ginormous cat tree-house-gym-palace thingamabobbie. I’d like to keep my furniture intact, thanks.

Last but not least, PETA is offering up a copy of Fresh and Fast Vegan to one lucky reader.

Elsewhere on the interwebz:

Check out Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s volunteer opportunities and weekly recap here and here. And like its Facebook page, mkay? It has OODLES and OODLES of cute puppy and kitteh pictures, so there’s no reason not to!

viva la vegan! is looking for volunteer vegan mentors. Maybe that’s you? Or perhaps you’re the newbie in need of guidance? Either way, deets and signup sheet here.

OMG TOFURKY IS SELLING RETRO LUNCHBOXES TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANIMAL RESCUE ORGS! WANT WANT WANT! Not that, um, I have to carry my lunch more than 20 feet from the kitchen to the office. But still. RETRO VEGAN LUNCHBOXES!

Pssst! Vegan Pizza Day! Next Saturday! See you there?

No, wait.


Saturday Garbage Plate: Looking for love and Teese!

January 15th, 2011 12:38 pm by Kelly

Vegan pizza slices

Vegan pizza slices: The dough recipe I used is from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Highly recommend! Vegan pizza with kalamata olives, cipollini onion, parsley and tomato.
CC image via Flickr user slightlypale.

Another week, another seven delicious vegan pizza recipes. I hope you’re bookmarking these for Vegan Pizza Day, people! (Seriously, those pies won’t make themselves…)

Contests!: Vegan Backpacker has three boxes of Primal Strips vegan jerky up for grabs; SporkOnline is giving away free online cooking classes to eleven lucky winners; FaveDiets is offering up two prize packages of MATCH vegan meats; and Tofurky is hosting the coolest contest EVER. Some of these giveaways end as early as tomorrow, so enter to win today!

vegan craigslist missed connections: now inspired by teese cheese! Forget the Washington Post; when vegan pizza pops up in the classified ads, then and only then do you know that veganism has gone mainstream, baby!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City needs some extra helping hands! Check out SNKC’s latest list of volunteer opportunities here and, to get an idea of what they’re up to, see their weekly recap here. They spayed and neutered 97 dogs and cats and distributed 262 lbs. of pet food this week. Very awesome, guys and gals!

Next Thursday, January 20th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) of Kansas City will be holding its monthly “Third Thursday Social.” Stop by at 5:30 PM and learn what you can do to help influence legislation for the better!:

Hamburger Mary’s
101 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

(ETA: The menu looks painfully short on cruelty-free options, so vegans may want to call ahead.)

Also next week: on Friday, January 21st, Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri (PPKM) will be holding a rally in Columbia, MO in celebration of the 38th Anniversary of Roe v Wade. Here are the details:

You have seen the protesters outside Planned Parenthood intimidating and harassing women for months; now it is time to show that mid-Missouri supports PP!

Please join us on Friday, January 21st from 11:30-1:00 as we celebrate the 38th Anniversary of Roe v Wade by showing support for Planned Parenthood.

What: Stand up for Planned Parenthood Street Visibility
When: Friday, January 21 from 11:30 – 1:00
Where: In front of Planned Parenthood in Columbia (711 N. Providence)

We will have plenty of signs but feel free to bring your own.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Michelle at 573-424-8717 or michelle.trupiano [at]

Since we’re dishing about all things local this week, why not end with a video about veganism in Kansas City? VegNews correspondent The Healthy Voyager – intrepid as she is – visited the so-called Steak Capital of the world last summer in order to explore KC’s vegan options (surprising as they are in number).

Check it:

Featured eateries include McCoy’s Public House; Waldo Pizza; blanc burgers + bottles; The Drop: Bar and Bistro; and the blue bird bistro.

What, no Eden Alley? Omitting Cafe Seed and FÜD can be forgiven, I guess, since they’re relatively new. And Garden of Eatin’ is way off the beaten path. (Namely, St. Joseph, MO – up by the PPP, yo!)

But Eden Alley? Inexcusable! Best vegan buttercream cake ever!