Friday, November 9, 2007

VeganMoFo: Thanksgiving


I love Thanksgiving! Dead birds aside, my family has a great time together, eating drinking and telling really stupid stories about eachother from year's passed. We always crack up, and we always have a good time. This year, same as last, I will be responsible for the "vegan" table. Normally there are 5 of us, but this year, only 3 will be there. I usually make enough food for a small army, but it's always awesome. The omnivores are always interested in tasting the "weird" stuff and they always have nice things to say.

This is last year's feast (not everything is showing) :

Our table consisted of pumpkin gnocchi, Bourbon Sweet Potato Mash, Greek Stuffing, VCTOTW Pumpkin Cupcakes, VwaV Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, A Tofu Not-A-Turkey with Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Nutty Cheeze Sqaures and crackers (because not only do we do dinner, we also do appetizers and snacks), SunDried Tomato Focaccia, and of course, SoyNog!

This year I am making Greek Stuffing, Bourbon Sweet Potato Mash, Fried Nutty Cheeze Sticks with Marinara, Butternut Squash Ravioli in a sage cream sauce, Traditional stuffing, a loaf of ho'made wheat bread, Joanna's Sesame Green Beans, and I am still trying to think of a dessert.

What are you making?

Today was the first time in over four years that I had to punch a timeclock at a "job." I have forgotten what it's like to work a straight 8 hour day. I really like being my own boss, so this transition is going to be strange. Especially when it comes to meals. I have decided to pack my lunch, whenever possible, to save money and time (I only get a 30 minute lunch break.) Today I had coffee with vanilla silk creamer for breakfast, a Scarborough fair burger on a bun with vegenaise and some generic oreos for lunch, and I totally skipped/forgot to eat dinner because when I got home from work I cuddled up with my sick kitty, and konked out for the night.


n/a said...

Boy Oh Boy am I gonna miss your Bourbon Sweet Potato Mash this year!
Tim and I are going up to Oregon to visit his fam.

P.s. I just read that you have a new job. What is it?

Joni Marie Newman said... and tim certainly will be missed...shall i make a 7 layer dip in your honor?

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Joni, your Thanksgiving spread looks AMAZING!! I'm in charge of side dishes/desserts - I'll be making Carob-Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin-Pecan-Raisin Loaf... any other suggestions?? or what about a vegan main course??

Anonymous said...

Your Thanksgiving meal looks fabulous! Can I ask if you have a recipe for your green bean casserole? I really do miss green bean casserole since becoming vegan!

I too am in charge of the "vegan table" for all family gatherings, but this year I will not be with my family for Thanksgiving. That doesn't mean I won't be making myself lots of holiday goodies, though!


Joni Marie Newman said...

veggie girl--what about a seitan roast? look on bryanna Clark Grogan's website for a good recipe for one. She does amazing things with seitan.

courtney--that green bean casserole was based on a food network recipe. from that show wher the two guys cook together and then have a party. i think that show was cancelled :( it was basically just greenbeans, minced garlic, and sesame seeds, topped with a mushroom and red wine gravy. It was supposed to be topped with carmelized onions, but i forgot them. it was supposed to be "a grown up version" of green bean casserole. it was okay. i am not going to make it again this year, though.

bazu said...

I want to sit at the vegan table!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Ahhhh! I haven't decided about Thanksgiving food yet, I'm running out of time!! Definitely something with sweet potatoes or butternut squash, maybe phyllos pastry with some kind of filling (mushrooms?), and of course some kind of pumpkin and/or chocolate dessert. Must start planning....

KitteeBee said...

this is the first picture i've seen of the vegan yum potluck cards in action!!! it made me sooo happy to see them in action and at a table with such a spread! yay! dazee and i are going to india on thanksgiving, but there's a tvp feast potluck this weekend, so i was thinking of bringing some cranberry relish and stuffed something-something.


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