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 Post subject: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:57 pm 
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Calling all Canadians and Americans...because Thanksgiving isn't that far away. Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menus yet? If so, what's on them?


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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I have no idea what is on the schedule for this year - I should probably touch base with my family.

If it ends up being just us, it will probably be a tofurky, mushroom gravy, the scalloped potatoes from vegan casseroles, and a couple of veg. And cranberry sauce.

If I end up cooking for family, it will probably be more involved like pierogies, stuffing, an extra veg... I might do the stuffed acorn squash I did for dinner a week ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:40 pm 
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Since I'm in the US and have until November 24 rather than October 10, I haven't finalized a menu yet but I'm eyeballing several recipes from a few cookbooks including Plenty More, Near and Far (I have it out from the library) The Healthy Hedonist Holiday Cookbook, and in the case of one recipe (White Butternut Squash Lasagna) even Chloe's Italian Kitchen. Of course if Isa's new cookbook were out right now, I would be on it like Kite Hill cream cheese on a bagel. But since it's not, I'm just enjoying the cookbook browsing and hoping the Canadian PPKers will have some inspiring ideas.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 6:30 am 
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I no longer live with a household of vegans and the boy hates real food... I guess instead of cooking for 20-30 people I will cook just for myself? Or maybe see if people want to do a potluck...

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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OMG Thanksgiving is so soon! Ahh. I haven't even thought about it.

My parents always visit this time of year and last year I triumphantly made every last component of this: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014 ... ecipe.html

And it was probably the best thing I've ever made in my life.

I don't think I have the time for it so I'll save it for xmas. I think this year it'll be all the sides to make a meal, since sides are the best part. I make all the American sides except that marshmallow yam insanity. And then cornbread, because I don't know. Everyone likes my cornbread.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:20 am 
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I'm going to be visiting my parents this year so yeah I'm pretty much cooking nothing. I'll buy a tofurkey, try to grab some corn before my grandma slathers it with butter and if I'm lucky, there will be tortillas.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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we're not traveling down south this year to see my in law family and are staying home. i told my mom, who is also recently vegan, that i would love to have vegan thanksgiving at my house.

however my brother and his family are also in MA so i think she probably wants to have everyone together which would mean no vegan thanksgiving.
i really really REALLY do not want to go to my brothers house for thanksgiving and hang out with his wife's family.
i really really REALLY wnt to have vegan thanksgiving at my house.

when is the release date for Isa's new book? i feel like it's October now? oooh excitement!

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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I'm thinking about a crockpot baked bean dish, and a corn souffle for Thanksgiving at Mom's with my sister and partner. We always have an all vegan gluten free Thanksgiving there (my Mom eats gluten free). they all bring stuff too, so I don't have to make everything. I might do a sweet potato pie too. Nothing set in stone. I usually daydream this stuff up while at work and usually just before lunch hour lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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Still thinking about what to bring to a remote cabin. The last time we did this Thanksgiving adventure, the beavers flooded the main access road and half our family couldn't get to the cabin and the other half got stuck at the cabin for 2 days.

Bring to the cabin made:
Apps/Snacks of some sort
Country Captain Casserole using roasted chickpeas as meat sub.
Pumpkin Pie (Vegan Pie in the Sky)

Make at the cabin:
JohnP’s Thanksgiving variation of Susie’s cornmeal seitan.
http://i-40kitchen.blogspot.ca/2010/11/ ... eitan.html

Warm Potato Salad with Beer Dressing (Grand River Brewing Co.)
Green Salad of some sort – to be determined
Steamed Broccoli


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:43 pm 
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I'm planning to try the JohnP thanksgiving variant too, Padraigin!

I got my mom Isa Does It, although she's not vegan, and she loves it. :D She's going to make the sweet potato biscuits! Sadly, we'll be across the country from each other, but I'm just psyched that she's making a vegan dish to bring to a 100% non veg Thanksgiving. Gives me warm fuzzies! I'll probably try making them too, because gosh they sound delicious.

I usually do creamed greens, and I might do that again this year, or I might shake it up. I want to do scalloped potatoes, and obviously stuffing.

I'm going to be joining some west coast family, so I'll have to learn what they're bringing and what they want me to bring so that I can plan accordingly. I have a bad habit of cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast and bringing it places, and then being all "whoops" because it turns out I only needed to bring a Tofurkey or something.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:29 pm 
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LisaPunk wrote:
when is the release date for Isa's new book? i feel like it's October now? oooh excitement!


It got deferred until November 15th which is maybe a little late for Thanksgiving but just in time for Christmas.


vijita wrote:
My parents always visit this time of year and last year I triumphantly made every last component of this: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014 ... ecipe.html

And it was probably the best thing I've ever made in my life.


Vijita, that Serious Eats Wellington looks amazing! How long did it take you to make it?


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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DarthCupcake wrote:
I'm planning to try the JohnP thanksgiving variant too, Padraigin!


Awesome !!!

I've had family requests that I make mushroom gravy with the recipe instead of the Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy and JohnP's recommended spices. I'm making a lot of dishes for other people, and I would like to make one dish the way I want it.
Taking it under advisement and will decide later once the usual family gathering negotiation chaos settles down.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:42 pm 
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LFL wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:
when is the release date for Isa's new book? i feel like it's October now? oooh excitement!


It got deferred until November 15th which is maybe a little late for Thanksgiving but just in time for Christmas.


vijita wrote:
My parents always visit this time of year and last year I triumphantly made every last component of this: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014 ... ecipe.html

And it was probably the best thing I've ever made in my life.


Vijita, that Serious Eats Wellington looks amazing! How long did it take you to make it?

Not gonna lie. 6, maybe 7 hours? I reserved a day and kicked everyone out of the house. It was really fun though! It's not hard, just involved. The thing I found amazing is the lack of downtime. The recipe is written really well.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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We rented a little 3-person RV and are going camping in Death Valley over Thanksgiving! I think we will order the Whole Foods vegan meal, which is what we did last year. I heated it all up over a camp stove in like 20 degree winds and that kinda sucked but this year I'll have the kitchen in the RV. I feel like it's a bit of a rip off for what you get but it means I don't have to make anything to bring from home, which is also nice.

I'll just say that cooking the Field Roast en croute over a fire pit (wrapped in foil) made it SO GOOD. It was super crispy and a little smoky from the campfire.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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We have yet to discuss Thanksgiving this year. If it were solely up to me, we'd do an all-vegan feast and everyone would like it and never bother me again about protein and stuff.

If I don't get my way, then I will at least supply myself with sweet potato pie, boozy cranberry sauce, and a slow cooker seitan roast a la Robin Robertson.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:50 am 
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LFL wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:
when is the release date for Isa's new book? i feel like it's October now? oooh excitement!


It got deferred until November 15th which is maybe a little late for Thanksgiving but just in time for Christmas.

BAH!!! noooooo!
well i dont mind trying new recipes for thanksgiving.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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Padraigin wrote:
DarthCupcake wrote:
I'm planning to try the JohnP thanksgiving variant too, Padraigin!


Awesome !!!

I've had family requests that I make mushroom gravy with the recipe instead of the Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy and JohnP's recommended spices. I'm making a lot of dishes for other people, and I would like to make one dish the way I want it.
Taking it under advisement and will decide later once the usual family gathering negotiation chaos settles down.


I'm planning to use the silky chickpea gravy from AFR instead of the Punk Rock just because I personally prefer it. I think a mushroom gravy would be delicious, but then again, so is chickpea gravy! But it's really I think up to you what you want since you're the one making it--you get to decide. If they want to do the work, then they can make decisions ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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Man I was just thinking I would celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving this year but I'll be out of town.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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Okay guys... Canadian Thanksgiving is five days away. Has anyone else settled on their Thanksgiving menus yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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Well looks like I will be at Swiss Chalet so I'll either be having a veggie burger or veggie stir fry minus noodles.

We will probably just do a little one at home. Probably a tofurky, potatoes gratin from Vegan Casseroles, cranberry sauce and veg of some sort, maybe roasted brussels sprouts.

ETA so I guess I already responded to this thread with almost the exact same answer. At least I'm consistent?

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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Moon wrote:
Well looks like I will be at Swiss Chalet so I'll either be having a veggie burger or veggie stir fry minus noodles.

We will probably just do a little one at home. Probably a tofurky, potatoes gratin from Vegan Casseroles, cranberry sauce and veg of some sort, maybe roasted brussels sprouts.

ETA so I guess I already responded to this thread with almost the exact same answer. At least I'm consistent?


LOL! I am hoping someone will inspire me to cook a really good meal but the truth is that lately I have more energy for perusing cookbooks than for standing on my feet for hours and cooking.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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fork it...this weekend is going to be insane. I'm gonna cook Korean or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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First year ever I will not be hosting, so all I need to do is make cranberry sauce and apple crisp then head over 3 hours early and be delegated what to do. I am both excited and nervous. Food will be vegan but I have never not been in charge or the menu so it should be interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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I'll make winter squash and chestnut croquettes and a barley, chickpea and pomegranate salad (from French-language cookbooks). For dessert, the orange-chestnut gingerbread from The Vegan Bible.

It will be at my brother's place since my mother is allergic to my cat, and my brother doesn't have an oven, so I chose things that I can prepare in advance and are easy to carry and reheat. We'll only be four people, two of us vegan and one dairy-and-egg free, so a small vegan menu should be fine for everyone. My brother will supply bread and store-bought artisan cashew cheese.

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving 2016
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So I am going to do our little friendsgiving on Saturday, with the menu previously stated.

My family thanksgiving, on Sunday, is going to be at a casino.

*flat mouthed unimpressed emoticon*

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