I am thankful for my lovely, intelligent, understanding, and kind family. Thanksgivings past have not left me hungry and no one has questioned my lifestyle choices. They uncomplainingly have swapped out chicken broth for vegetable broth, used oil instead of butter and do not make faces at the vegan sides and desserts I supply. I know not everyone is so lucky.
This year my aunt and uncle who usually host Thanksgiving were traveling, so my folks and I went to our friends, Pam and Ed's, apartment. Their niece Dani and Pam's friend and her daughter were also there.
Pam is very involved with Catholic Concern for Animals, and I believe it was she who let me know about the viewing of a Peaceable Kingdom. I'm not positive either Pam or Ed are vegetarians or vegans, but I know they are very open minded and certainly do their best. This year they hosted an entirely vegan Thanksgiving! And, unsurprisingly, everything was delicious.
Cornbread with Earth Balance and apricot jam the morning of while I prepped.
I was in charge of the main dish. At Pam's request, I stuffed two small(ish) (3 lbs or so?) sugar pumpkins. The pumpkins I bought at the farmer's market, and the stuffing was Polenta, (Tofurky) Sausage, and mushroom stuffing from Nava Atlas' Vegan Holiday Kitchen.
my parents contributed roasted fennel, leeks and a dessert:
We didn't eat these, but I thought they were so pretty. These are from my mom's tomato plant in their yard.
For dessert, my mom made baked apples which were sooooo good! She put maple syrup, dates, raisins, and walnuts in them and oh mannnnnn they were good. I also baked ginger cookies with raisins, another Vegan Holiday Kitchen recipe, which went well with the warm apples.
It was a lovely get together - calm and nicely paced. Thank you so much to Pam and Ed for the holiday companionship, conversation and the food!
Leftovers lunch, still goin' strong:
Thumbs up for you, Wak. Peep my sweet gloves my friend Antonia made me! Annnndd does anyone have any ideas on how to use up the rest of the fresh sage and rosemary??
Edited to add photos from Pam: