Thanksgiving Round-Up 2012

November 16, 2012 in Contests and Carnivals and Roundups, Holidays

Thanks for sharing!

 

This post is becoming an annual tradition. I knew we HAD to be related when I found out we shared a favorite holiday: yes, the foodiest holiday of all, Thanksgiving!

Donna, we’ve come a long way since our first Thanksgiving together, haven’t we? This was the very first big holiday I got to attend with the rest of your family. I remember being a little worried about being the vegetarian in the midst*. Luckily, even the most traditional turkey dinner includes a veritable cornucopia of hearty sides that are naturally vegetarian, provided that the cooks make note to avoid adding meat products when they’re not central to the dish (i.e. using vegetable stock instead of chicken, etc), and provided that the diner is willing to forgo the gravy if necessary. I remember reassuring you that I’d have plenty no matter what, but if we really wanted to go all out, there was always Tofurky.

Yes, for those who haven’t had the pleasure, it’s a stuffed tofu loaf that comes in a box complete with veggie gravy, tempeh drumsticks, and even a Tofurky jerky wishbone. Donna was both generous and game, and set out to procure a Tofurky for me. Lo and behold, it turned out that Tofurky was actually a local product, produced exactly where Donna lived at the time: Hood River, Oregon.

We prepared it with love, to the amusement of her other kids (two of whom later became vegetarian themselves), joking that we should create a competing brand, Fauxturkey. And a holiday tradition was born. Little did we know that years later, Donna and I would co-author a tofu cookbook, kicking off our more formal foodie collaboration. Though I no longer eschew meat altogether (as long as it’s well-sourced whenever possible), Tofurky will always have a funky little place in our hearts.

Without further ado, let us share some of our favorite recipe creations from our favorite holiday. Have a  delicious Thanksgiving, everyone!

 First, check out the THANKSGIVING CANDY TURKEYS from the top of this post! (Be sure to watch the video.) 

AWARD-WINNING SALSA WITH CRANBERRIES AND CLEMENTINES

Burgerville's Famous Pumpkin Smoothie

Burgerville’s Famous Pumpkin Smoothie (Dairy-Free!)

BURGERVILLE’S WORLD-FAMOUS PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE – MADE VEGAN!

ROASTED PUMPKIN & GARLIC SOUP WITH PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME

SMOKY CAULIFLOWER AND POBLANO GRATIN

 PUMPKIN POLENTA with SPINACH, PECAN AND CRAISIN TOPPING

 

Smoky Sweet Potato Tamales

Smoky Sweet Potato Tamales

SMOKY SWEET POTATO TAMALES

 

Butterflied Turkey with Pomegranate Glaze

Butterflied Turkey with Spicy Pomegranate Glaze

BUTTERFLIED TURKEY WITH SPICY POMEGRANATE GLAZE

Pumpkin Custard Trifle with Gluten-Free Eggnog Pound Cake

Pumpkin Custard Trifle with Gluten-Free Eggnog Pound Cake

PUMPKIN CUSTARD TRIFLE with EGGNOG POUND CAKE (GLUTEN-FREE)

Cranberry Bliss Bars: Gluten-Free

Homemade Cranberry Bliss Bar Recipe: Gluten-Free

STARBUCKS CRANBERRY BLISS BARS, HOMEMADE & GLUTEN-FREE

No such roundup would be complete without least a few (this could go on for DAYS, there’s so much deliciousness out there) tantalizing Thanksgiving recipes from our blogging colleagues:

Roasted Vegetable and Barley Salad from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Whole Wheat Stuffing Muffins (Stuffins?)
from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chestnuts with Brussels Sprouts from Elana’s Pantry
Caramelized Corn and Green Beans from Barbara Bakes
Boozy Cranberry Sauce with Port Wine from Cookin’ Canuck
Cheddar Sage Biscuits from Two Peas and Their Pod
Pumpkin Butterscotch Brownies from Picky Palate


Thanks for sharing!