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What are we doing for ThanksLiving this year?

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This is always a hot topic around this time, along with the difficult family scenarios... thankfully, at almost 3 years vegan my family doesn't give me crap cause it is just pointless since my bro, sis, and gma are pretty much on board too...

I am doing this: http://vegan.com/recipes/vegan-thanksgiving-recipes-2009-a-feast-by-robin-robertson/

I think the whole sch-bang... hope it's legit it seems easy enough though i might double the wellingtons and maybe add some maple roasted brussels as well

Also, I'm coming to dinner, AML and MDV.

COME TO NASHVILLE AND POTLUCK IT UP WITH ME AND LUBES

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Here is South Africa it's not a holiday - but my American born omni husband and I will be celebrating on the Saturday. 

He will prepare and cook his own turkey breast - he also washes up afterwards - and this is the only time of the year that we have meat in our house... the rest of the year he eats vegan so he does well.

Me... a mushroom chestnut Wellington (recipe here - http://www.veganvillage.co.uk/recipes/wellie.htm) - with roasted asparagus, roast baby potatoes, Brussels sprouts roasted with shallots, home made stuffing with dried cranberries and walnuts, cranberry relish that I bought in the US on our last trip there back in August, red wine reduction gravy, and for dessert, husband has requested the cafe mocha cheesecake from VPITS.  I will make a gluten free version as we will be serving it to friends, one of whom is GF as well as vegan.

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This weekend I am celebrating with my partners family out of town (all major dairy and meat eaters in a very small dairy farming town and we have to pass by those awful chicken row houses on the way ugh).  I am bringing all my own food for the weekend:
oats, berries, coconut yogurts for breakfast
apples, bars raw carrots for snacks
Making lots of the following to share with others and for myself:

the lentil walnut loaf from "Oh She Glows" (made this last night and it holds together beautifully; havent tasted yet)
mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk (I have made this before and I know it is something omnivores will eat)
coleslaw (cabbage, apple, carrot with a sweet mustard maple syrup (recipe from Vegicom sp? cookbook)
two loaves of bread from the popular big easy bread recipe here (using spelt flour); already made this yesterday
I made batches of homemade larabars (dates, cashews, dried apple), homemade vegan chocolate chip cookies, and a recipe for vegan cornmeal sugar cookies (and yes I did have a few myself already he he he)

Between all that cooking, school, and work my head is spinning.  :D

Next week I have to do the same for Mom's get together (once again all omnivores) but less food as there will be five of us instead of nine:

tempeh eggplant corn spicy dish thing from one of my vegan cookbooks
homemade apple cranberry chutney
vegan gluten free sweet potato pie with gf homemade pecan crust and homemade cashew whipped cream (all from scratch and no flour whoot whoot)
vegan dinner rolls
My Mom has a gluten intolerance so I planned for most of this to be gluten free but I added the bread for self and the other gluten eaters.  Just have to be careful to keep it all separated well.

I love to cook fresh food and rarely eat out so this isnt an issue for me.  But juggling the time with school and work is a challenge.  I am bringing along a few of my vegan cookbooks so his mother can see that eating vegan isnt THAT hard and that there is so much out there.  I wish they had internet so I could show them vegweb!

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I can't decide what to do for the holiday. It's either go with my Grams to my cousin's tiny apt and be surrounded by way too many people in a small space or drive 5 hours to see my mom while she works in Massachusetts. Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Mass?

Where in Massachusetts?  In the greater Boston area there are quite a number.  You can check here http://www.bostonveg.org/restaurants/index.html for listings throughout the state.

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Also, I'm coming to dinner, AML and MDV.

COME TO NASHVILLE AND POTLUCK IT UP WITH ME AND LUBES

This is going to be the busiest Thanksgiving ever.

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My neighbor invited me to an orphans Thanksgiving (her, her family, all the nearby widowed old men, and me).  I've decided to make The Splendid Table's Americana Timbale of Peppers, Hominy and Black Beans.  It's accidentally vegan 1400s Americana.  It's hearty enough to be my main course, but hopefully interesting enough for other people to try as a side.  Plus, I may use it as a excuse to get a 4-quart enameled-cast iron casserole pan.  I've wanted one for ages, but haven't had a reason for the expense.

This is kind of like what it is, except the west-indies-spiced tomato-y beans are wrapped with collard greens instead of pasta.
http://www.slashfood.com/media/2006/03/pasta-timbale.jpg

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Wrapping food in pasta?
Why haven't I heard of this.
How does it work.
I want this.

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HH that looks freakish

NB I hope you like that OSG's loaf... i didn't :(

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HH that looks freakish

NB I hope you like that OSG's loaf... i didn't :(

Seriously?  Shoot.  I am a little worried as it did seem like it would be a bit bland.  I think I added some onion powder and a few other seasonings to give it more kick.  Did you do the glaze too?

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I don't know how the pasta one works.  I'm just laying the collard greens on the bottom of the pan so that they extend beyond the sides, topping them with bean goodness, and then folding the top part of the leaf over the filling.

The pasta picture came from the Huffington Post -> http://www.slashfood.com/2006/03/31/food-porn-beehive-pasta-timbale/
(There weren't a lot of options and this pic looked the least meaty, but the process would be described.  It's just coiling cooked ziti pasta on the outside of a metal mixing bowl, then filling and baking it.)

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I want to make a seitan roast or fake meatloaf of some kind. What do y'all recommend? I used to make the Thanksgiving MeatLoaf from this site a lot, but I want something more like a tofurkey (but not the tofu turkey from this site :P)

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I want to make a seitan roast or fake meatloaf of some kind. What do y'all recommend? I used to make the Thanksgiving MeatLoaf from this site a lot, but I want something more like a tofurkey (but not the tofu turkey from this site :P)

why don't you buy just the tofurkey by itself? it's not very expensive

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You could baste it pretty easily with a jar of sauce.

:-*

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I want to make a seitan roast or fake meatloaf of some kind. What do y'all recommend? I used to make the Thanksgiving MeatLoaf from this site a lot, but I want something more like a tofurkey (but not the tofu turkey from this site :P)

Ooooh, Base--make this Yummy Nut Roast. It is totally delicious, you can freeze leftovers, and people like it.
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7406.0

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You could baste it pretty easily with a jar of sauce.

:-*

haha!  :-D I am sure base just *loves* that idea

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Question:  Is it safe to heat a stainless steel mixing bowl to 400 F / 200 C for 45 minutes?  I can't imagine it wouldn't be.  The recipe called for a casserole dish, but I want to make a proper timbale and can't get a timbale mold in the next few days.

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I have baked things in a stainless steel bowl (not for that long though) and I'm still alive. :)

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Another option I was thinking of is to get a cupcake cake mold, half the recipe, and bake it in the swirly top part, but $20 is a lot for something I won't use again and don't want to store.

http://www.notmartha.org/images/other/2007july/giantcupcake_mold.jpg

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I want to make a seitan roast or fake meatloaf of some kind. What do y'all recommend? I used to make the Thanksgiving MeatLoaf from this site a lot, but I want something more like a tofurkey (but not the tofu turkey from this site :P)

the meatloaf in 1000 vegan recipes is really good

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Making dinner at my house. 

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