Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Feast of the Beast

I just want to shake my head in disappointment of all the people who said, "Happy Turkey Day!" today. There is not much happy in the US today for turkeys. Except these guys playing soccer.

With that said, I will finally say that I am thankful that I got to spend this holiday with vegans. It really is a relief to have a meal with friends and not have to explain, educate, and defend myself while asking, "What's in this?" about everything on the table.

I headed over to the home of Dallas and Brandon this morning, and got to work. My poor time management caused us to nix a couple of items from the menu, but there was still enough food to disable five healthy adults for the rest of the night.

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I'm super bummed that I didn't take a few pictures of this because this is the only one, and it sucks a whole ass. It's green bean casserole, and quite possibly the tastiest one I've ever made. Mimicreme, creminis,and white wine. It made all the difference, and made up for the fact that I kind of burned the french-fried onions. Oops.

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Loads of mashed potatoes and pumpkin gravy. There's only a smidge of stuffing in that dish because so much of it went into...

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The Beast. Layers of walnut and cranberry stuffing, roasted seitan, pumpkin gravy, and mashed potatoes, sealed in with puff pastry. Inspired by Robin Robertson's Thanksgiving-in-One-Dish recipe. It was a HIT, and the Beast will be making appearances at holiday meals to come.

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Inside the pan, inside the Beast.

Gingery Pumpkin Cheesecake was had again. The crust turned out very cookie-ish and yum, but the filling just wasn't as high. It was still awesome, though. You've already seen pictures here and here.

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Milo the cute.

Two salads tomorrow, I promise. I am just zonked.


Candy Beans said...

Looks like a great meal. I'm glad you had a nice holiday. And that video is too cute.

Susan G said...

The Beast looks wonderful. My mouth is watering! ANd those turkeys! Why would anyone want to eat something with a personality like that?