Second Thanksgiving, 2009

Well, it took me long enough, but I’ve finally gotten around to my actual Thanksgiving post! So here it is–Thanksgiving, Part II.

I drove back to Phoenix from LA with some friends on Wednesday, and stayed until Sunday night, so not only was it a lovely holiday, but a nice mental vacation from school as well (Yeah, I worked on thesis at home, but it just didn’t feel as painful…)

I didn’t get a chance to plan my menu until Wednesday night, which kind of stressed me out (not the least because I’m still trying to avoid gluten and sugar for digestive problems), but I eventually got a good group of recipes together!

First, my sister and I made Dreena’s Festive Chickpea Tart. Well, Liv made the filling, and I attempted my first gluten-free pie crust to go with it. I used the Cornmeal Pine Nut Crust from Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free and Vegan Baking Book, which I acquired recently. I used coconut oil instead of palm oil, but besides that stuck to the recipe. It was delicious, with a delicate, crunchy texture, and, surprisingly, the corn/coconut/pine nut flavor combo really complemented the chickpea/spinach/cranberry/walnut mixture. Sadly, we burned the outside of the crust and had to scrape it off, but it still looks pretty, I think. Kind of? Maybe?

I also made the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Garlic from Vegan with a Vengeance. Prior to these babies, my mom actually had the nerve to think she didn’t like Brussels sprouts. and Liv hadn’t even had them before! I was glad to be able to remedy both of these unfortunate situations.

I loved the crispy, just-burnt enough-to-be-amazing stray leaves–kind of like mini kale chips, no? Liv ended up liking them, I guess. :)

I also made two tester recipes for Celine & Joni’s new book, Vegan Substitutions. Pumpkin Sage Bread “Rolls” and Green Beans with Toasted Pecan Gravy.

I wasn’t able to taste these “rolls,” but they were very well received! The pecan gravy for the green beans was delicious though. You can see the green beans next to the mashed potatoes a few pictures down.

An entire wall of our living room is a sliding glass door, which connects it to our backyard and pool area, so, given the lovely mild weather we had in Arizona that evening, we had a slightly alternative table set-up. Half in, half out!

Here’s the spread! (Oh, did I mention that we had 9 people over besides the 4 in my family? That explains the giant table above and the buffet style arrangement below). Our entire Thanksgiving was vegan except for the turkey and gravy (oh, and my mom’s pumpkin pies) that our friends brought for the omnis. Of course, it sucked to have a turkey there, but I count it as a win that every single side dish was vegan–and that there were THREE vegan gravies! (two that I made and the Tofurkey one).

Here’s my poorly lit plate! In front: Garlic Mashed Potatoes from the Real Food Daily Cookbook (my mom made ’em) with Rich Brown Gravy (that I made) from Vegan Vittles.

We had a wonderful time–as usual, we went around the table to say what we were thankful for, and then we dug in! Here’s my dad enjoying the company:

Even though I couldn’t have dessert, I still had to make some vegan ones for everyone else! I chose the Pecan Pie from Real Food Daily and the Gingerbread Apple Pie from VWAV.

Pre-baked:

Not as pretty baked, but still:

What’s the BEST part of Thanksgiving though? Um, leftovers! Brunch next morning:

In the front you see the Caramelized Onion-Butternut Roast with Chestnuts from Veganomicon, which was definitely my favorite thing I made (I didn’t mention it earlier because there were no good pictures of it on my actual T-day plate). I followed the recipe, using gluten-free brown rice bread crumbs for the topping! This dish was kind of heaven on earth. Just pure comfort food. I think I ate like 1/3 of it myself. I’ve never had chestnuts either–it was really quite fun to roast my own! One of them actually exploded in my mom’s hair, and she made a gross joke about it. ;)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, squash.

Anddd, obligatory sister shot. My dress = thrifted. Score.

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14 responses to “Second Thanksgiving, 2009

  1. That looks like a great thanksgiving. It's good that you took the opportunity for dessert-activism, even though you couldn't partake!

  2. Yummy post! Those little leaves that fall off the brussels sprouts are the best ones!

  3. Wow, Nora – I don't know where to start. Everything loos so delicious!Especially the chickpea tart.

  4. The Voracious Vegan

    YUM!!!! I want to spend Thanksgiving with you, everything looks way amazing.

  5. THOSE BRUSSELS SPROUTS!! Be still, my beating heart – holy yum.Gorgeous photos!!

  6. I have so many things to comment on in this post!-I've never seen the recipe for the chickpea tart but it sounds spectacular! Thanks for providing the link!-YES! The little leaves from the brussels…so good!-The pumpkin rolls = Perfection!-Love the half in/half out table! What a great idea! I wish it were warm enough here!-The pies look to-die-for, especially the apple gingerbread!-I made that chesnut dish last year and everyone loved it! I couldn't stop eating the leftovers!-You look adorable in that dress and I wish I had joined you for a fabulous thanksgiving feast!!

  7. We made that chickpea tart also, I liked it, although I made a test one also, so I'm kind of sick of it by now!! Everything looks delicious!!

  8. All of the thanksgiving food looks absolutely amazing – yum! – great photos too.

  9. What a delicious meal! The chickpea tart sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing the link.The shot of you and your sister is cute!

  10. YUM! This makes me want Thanksgiving food all over again. You and your sister are too cute!!

  11. What an awesome feast! The brussels sprouts look delicious–I love those little dudes! I can't believe you ate outside–we have 4 inches of snow here. Crazy southwest. You are rockin' that thrifty dress, well done.

  12. The Shenandoah Vegan

    Gorgeous pictures and gorgeous dress!

  13. Wow, absolutely amazing! You really outdid yourself!

  14. Beautiful spread! I need to make those brussel sprouts for sure.

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