New cameroni and whoo does it feel good. I bought the camera (a simple Canon Powershot) a couple days before Thanksgiving because I knew that's where all the fun food is (unless you are Shen - see, I still remember you guys!) and I didn't want to miss documenting that.
This year was a small gathering of me, my parents, and my uncle at my other uncle and aunt's house up in Harlem.
I hauled uptown with me a Three Sisters Deep-Dish Pie (really more like a casserole) that I first saw in Terry Walter's Clean Food. As much as I love her cookbooks - I have her other, Clean Start - I didn't want to buy one right now so I searched to see if the recipe was online. Luckily, it is!
It was really tasty! The only thing I changed was to use butternut squash instead of delicata because I couldn't find any at the last minute at the Farmer's market. I think this made it a little sweeter than intended, so if you make a similar swap, I would up the amount of Braggs (actually, now that I think of it, I used tamari instead of Braggs) or saute the vegetables originally with a bit of salt. It was pretty easy to make - I cooked the squash the night before and made the rest of it the next morning, just to save some time. There is a lot of chopping involved, though, but not really a big deal. I also think a homemade crust would be really nice made into a lattice topping if you make yr own. I defrosted a store bought because I'm lazy like that.
I also contributed mini Chocolate Pear Ginger Loaves from Nava Atlas' Vegan Holiday Kitchen, which I've made before. This was more for my sake than for a lack of desserts - there were three pies, gingerbread, and Apple Betty for the non-vegans (uh, being everyone except me, although my uncle has stopped eating meat!)
The loaves were decent, although I remember them tasting a little better last time. The flavor was just a little flat but the bites of candied ginger were great.
Also on my plate was a delicious cranberry sauce with pear and vanilla (a Williams Sonoma recipe, according to my aunt), braised Brussels sprouts with escarole, roasted root vegetables, shiitake and chanterelle mushrooms cooked in Marsala by my dad, and a spicy yam-corn soup. Plus wine! It was very low key and casual, which I really liked. And the smaller group of people meant leftovers!!
The previous Sunday, one of my best friends hosted pre-Thanksgiving at her apartment, for which I made V'con's Chickpea Cutlets (duh) and pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies, but I didn't have the camera at that point. No one there was vegan either but my other best friend made her butternut squash soup with vegetable oil and vegetable stock so I could have some, which was very sweet of her. And the soup was great. It was cute, actually - she was texting me the night before, "Is vegetable oil vegan??" "I have vegan anxiety!!" She brought pickles to a party I had once and told me she had asked the pickle vendor if they were vegan, haha. Anyway, that was a lot of fun too. Especially with the awwwwesome cocktails her boyfriend was making - cinnamon infused simple syrup with Cointreau, brandy, and lime juice. Oh yes.
One more photo since this is mostly me talking about how I don't have
photos. This is Haxan getting comfortable OF COURSE right on top of the
cookbook open to the page I need to reference... and DARING me to push her off.