Thanksgiving Recap

Before the recap – look what I did!

 Thanksgiving Recap

I got a milk frother at the Foodbuzz Festival the other week and I finally used it… for coffee. Did you know you can froth coffee? I did not. It’s really cool. Unfortunately this is decaf instant coffee courtesy of Nescafe, but the froth made it better.

Yesterday Bobby and I (and we brought our friend, Justin) spent the day in New Jersey with my family. My Grammie hosts Thanksgiving every year and I was really excited and happy to see her – I hadn’t seen her since January!

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Everybody futzed around in the kitchen for a while (Mom, Grammie, Dad, Bobby)…

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More futzing (Justin, Uncle Rudy, Aunt Mattie)…

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Playing with cameras (Rob, my brother)…

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Then it was time for the food. Somehow we ended up with 3 Tofurkeys (!), but it was actually the perfect amount. They were cooked with onions (from the garden), carrots (from the garden), and potatoes (not sure – probably from the garden). We also had sparkling cider (I opted for sparkling wine instead). Everyone in my family (grandparents included) loves Tofurkey.

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Dinner is served! (Julia – sister, Rob, Dad, Justin) This was actually lunch; we ate around 1:30 or 2pm.

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There was real turkey too, of course. A little dry, but remedied with lots of delicious (vegan) dressing.

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Creamy chestnuts were great – always a favorite of mine.

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My mom’s sweet potato pie (from the Moosewood cookbook) stole the show. It had pecans and a cheddar-poppyseed crust.

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I didn’t get a picture, but there was also a bowl of pureed squash that I attacked without mercy. Grammie made it – must get the recipe from her. She wasn’t sure what kind of squash she used; it was bright orange (but not kabocha, butternut, buttercup – possibly hubbard).

Other things that were unpictured: Brussels sprouts, stuffing (one vegan and one from the turkey), cucumber salad thing, pickled beets, … I think that was it.

Dessert was impossible pumpkin pie, apple pie, and an apple-pecan dish. Served with whipped cream.
I actually skipped out on dessert in the afternoon (though I did have a generous bowl of whipped cream – real cream) but I brought home leftovers and had them last night with supper (more leftovers).

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I think my favorite was the apple pie; the apple-pecan thing was amazing but a little bit sweet for me. And the pumpkin was pretty delicious as well… I just have a fondness for apples.

I didn’t do any Black Friday craziness today, but I’ll probably go out for a walk in a little bit and maybe do some yoga later.

How was your Thanksgiving?

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16 Comments on Thanksgiving Recap

  1. Biz
    27 November, 2009 at 8:53 am (5 years ago)

    Sounds like a wonderful day Maggie! We had a good day too – and happily we put out our turkey that was engulfed in flames before it was too late! :D

  2. Lara (Thinspired)
    27 November, 2009 at 9:12 am (5 years ago)

    Good call on the sparkling wine ;) I have never had sweet potato pie before, but a cheddar poppyseed crust sounds just delicious. I’m so glad you had a lovely holiday, Maggie!

  3. VeggieGirl
    27 November, 2009 at 9:23 am (5 years ago)

    Never knew you could do that with coffee either, haha :-D

    STELLAR feast you had!

    My Thanksgiving was incredible! Such a fun, great event.

  4. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    27 November, 2009 at 12:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Grammie’s bowl of pureed squash…I would have fought you for it. :)

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving Maggie. So funny that EVERYONE loves the tofurkey. I think every member of my family would fear it.

    You can froth coffee?!? Why did I not know this?

  5. holly
    27 November, 2009 at 12:02 pm (5 years ago)

    happy thanksgiving dear maggie! looks like a fabulous time was had by all – your family is too cute and the food looks amazing. i love your combo of vegan and non-vegan eats. enjoy your weekend!!!!

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    27 November, 2009 at 12:30 pm (5 years ago)

    “I got a milk frother at the Foodbuzz Festival the other week and I finally used it… for coffee”
    WHAT a great idea!!! Whipped frothy coffee! Ok, I think i am going to use the whipping/foamer on my espresso machine to actually whip the entire cup of coffee. Thank you :)

  7. Bekah
    27 November, 2009 at 5:16 pm (5 years ago)

    Everything looks great! And I’m totally jealous of your coffee frother. Aka, milk frother. Basically any appliance+coffee, is probably bound to be fabulous. :)

  8. Light Delight with TouTou
    27 November, 2009 at 6:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Ingredients from Garden!! that’s awesome ! I still remember once I ate asparagus right from the garden, they taste so juicy and fresh!
    I had millions of pies yesterday too, my fav is the one from whole food (he he, no big pastry chef in our cohort!), its a very light pumpkin pie. with , a bit whip cream..
    Glad you had such a great family gathering! !

  9. coco
    27 November, 2009 at 6:44 pm (5 years ago)

    oh… such a great idea to use that milk froster to frost coffee too! I’ll have to try it!
    glad you had great time with your family!
    I spent it alone, working, but it was okay. :)

  10. candice
    27 November, 2009 at 7:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Awesome! I love frothy anything… and coffee doesn’t seem like a bad application, not at all ;) I’ve never had tofurkey before, but I’ve been dying to try it (though no one else in my family has been, haha). Creamy chestnuts + sweet potato pie = delish :) I love chestnuts! You look like you had a wonderful time!

  11. Pure2Raw Twins
    27 November, 2009 at 8:44 pm (5 years ago)

    What a yummy dinner! :) Everyone in the kitchen… that happen to us too! I think about half my family would know what tofurkey was… the other half not so much. Apple pie looks delicious!

  12. clare
    27 November, 2009 at 9:29 pm (5 years ago)

    sounds (and looks!) like a great day maggie. thanks for posting the images of your family, they look so sweet! 3 tofurkeys, lol! does anyone in the family teaste the tofurkey eaters? just curious. i hate roasted chestnuts, but that pudding looks good. im going to dig for some recipes or different ways to try chestnuts.

  13. Melissa S.
    27 November, 2009 at 9:43 pm (5 years ago)

    sounds like a wonderful thanksgiving! your family’s vegan and non-vegan eats look great!

  14. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    28 November, 2009 at 7:44 am (5 years ago)

    I’m glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving! The sweet potato pie looks & sounds amazing…

    We had a nice Thanksgiving, and the teenager and I got to spend some one-on-one time yesterday morning when we hit the mall really early…

    Have a great weekend! :)