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Long day. Zzzz.

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Long day.

Took step-daughter to driver’s ed in the morning. Returned home, fed the animals, gave Ruby her antibiotic. Tried to leave. Went back in the house about 4 times for forgotten items.

Took the car to have the brakes looked at. Got a tiny bit of work done. Was strongly encouraged to get the brakes fixed without driving the car anywhere else. Was told I’d have to wait 5.5 hours. Arranged for step-daughter’s friend’s mom to pick up step-daughter and friend from Driver’s Ed.

Walked several blocks to a bagel shop wearing my heavy computer backpack and flip-flops. Ordered a vegan bagel sandwich. Tried to pay for it, only to find out they don’t take debit cards. Walked several more blocks wearing my heavy computer backpack and flip-flops,and got cash out of a credit union ATM. Walked several blocks back to the bagel place. Purchased and ate the bagel sandwich. {It was good—they had Tofutti!} Sent a few emails.

Walked several blocks to Starbucks wearing my heavy computer backpack and flip-flops. Worked there for a few hours. Step-daughter, her friend, and her friend’s mom met me at Starbucks and gave me a ride back to the car place so step-daughter could get her stuff out of the car for a sleepover.  

{The car was done early! And under quote!}

Ran a few errands, tested the brakes. Got a new phone, switched carriers. Missed a marketing get-together at a pub. Showed up at the studio at 6p just in time to make my regular Thursday appointment with my co-host. Went to pick up a vegan Pizza Mondo pizza for the two of us {best pizza in town}. Drove around for 10 minutes without finding a parking spot. Parked back at the station. Walked to the pizza place in my flip-flops, got the pizza, walked back. Worked at the station until after 10.

Came home, was hoping to wind down. Had the kids take out the trash. Couldn’t find the dog’s antibiotics. Looked everywhere. Finally went out to the garage, put rubber gloves on, and had my step-daughter help me look through copious amounts of kitchen waste, one item at a time. After removing all trash, examining it, and putting about half of it back, my step-daughter found the antibiotics. Cleaned up. Gave Ruby her antibiotic.

Wrote blog post.

{Zzzz.}

Our vegan pizza day

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Vegan Pizza Day 2012

Vegan Pizza Day 2012

We had some omnivore friends over for dinner, and it happened to be Vegan Pizza Day. I made two pizzas: one was brushed with herb oil (see below) and then had artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, capers, and white Daiya. The other had a red sauce, pineapple, tomatoes, capers, and white Daiya. The first one was my favorite.

{Both were better than the pizzas I threw together last night. Those had crusts that were way too thick and doughy for my taste.}

I experimented with two ways to make thin crispy crust this time:

For the first one, on the advice of Roberto Martin in Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, I bought a cheap pizza screen. (I thought a pizza screen was a pizza pan with holes in the bottom. I now realize that he probably meant the actual “screen” kind—mine might be more accurately called a “crisper”). I made sure to roll the dough out very thin, about the size of the pan, and then placed it in the pan.

For the second one, I also rolled the dough out super thin, this time slightly larger than my pizza paddle. I then pre-baked the dough on the baking stone for about 10 minutes. After that, I removed it, put the toppings on, and baked it the rest of the way fully dressed.

Both crusts came out pretty crispy. The pizza screen one might have been a little bit crispier, but it was also on the bottom rack. The one on the baking stone took longer to bake, but I think this was mostly due to the thick layer of toppings. So, as it turns out, I didn’t necessarily need to buy the pizza screen/crisper, but it was a little easier to deal with and would be pretty easy to use in the BBQ once the weather gets super hot here.

Herb OilThis was the first day that I’ve spent a little time flipping through Vegan Cooking for Carnivoreswhich I have out from the library. It’s where I got the recipe for herb oil. Fresh rosemary {Trader Joe’s}, basil {farmer’s market}, thyme {lemon thyme from our herb garden}, olive oil, garlic {fresh, from farmer’s market}, salt, and pepper in the Vitamix = yum! Isn’t is a pretty green? There is a ton left-over (another larger jar plus this one), and I’m sure I will be putting it in/on a lot of things over the next few weeks. In general, I’ve cut back on cooking with oils, but I will use the herb oil sparingly for that little extra something in a variety of dishes. I’m already thinking of pasta, sauteed kale…