Thanksgiving

Homemade Butter

If you have never had homemade butter then you are in for a real treat.  Homemade butter is softer, sweeter, moister and downright tastier than its store bought counterparts.  Plus you can control exactly how much salt you add, and it’s an added bonus that people will be very impressed that you made your own butter. […]

Homemade Butter, DIY, make it yourself

Chicken Liver Pâté

My farmers’ market source for pasture-raised chicken products is La Bahn Ranch.  Typically I get a few dozen eggs and a whole chicken, but being such a fan of liver pâté I’ve been dying to try it out.  Thanksgiving proved to be the perfect excuse so I finally took the plunge and bought a pound of chicken livers […]

Chicken Liver Pate

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon and Coconut

This is the kind of side I would make for a simple weeknight meal or as part of a special dinner party.  It’s simple and easy to make yet has great texture and developed flavors. Bacon goes so well with most green vegetables and I also love the pairing of coconut and brussel sprouts.  If […]

Brussel Sprouts, Coconut and Bacon

Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower

  I have been trying out a lot of new light recipes lately and even though I tried making mashed cauliflower before without much success, I tried my hand at it again and it was amazing!  Last time I tried the recipe, I tried to mash steamed cauliflower with a food mill and potato ricer, […]

Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower

Cranberry Persimmon Chutney

I recently took a short trip up to Solvang for the weekend and found it just lovely.  They have an abundance of good food and wine for such a small town, and one of my favorite places was Succulent Cafe & Trading Company.  We went there for dinner the first night and liked it so […]

Savory Hand Pies – with Leek, Apple and Sheep’s Cheese

I’ve been wanting to make a pie lately, perhaps in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  But I’ve been craving the savory variety and wanting them small enough to be hand-held.  I had two large leeks I knew I wanted to use and my instinct was to mix them with some type of strongly flavored cheese, which ended up […]

Parsnip Purée topped with Almond “Parmesan”

Before this year I didn’t even know what a parsnip was.  It looks a bit like a blond-colored carrot that gets much wider at the top, and it tastes a bit like a carrot too!  But it has a clean fresh note to it as well, which really creates a bright flavor in any dish you […]

Vegan Cookie-Crusted Sweet Potatoes

I got a bit caught up, as is expected of foodies on the most culinary-centric day of the year, and I didn’t find the time to post this recipe.  But luckily, these would be great for christmas too, any time of the year really! The topic of sweet potatoes vs. yams has come up many times […]

Light Mashed Potatoes and Celeriac with Roasted Garlic

Every recipe on thanksgiving seems to have the same “fuck it” mentality, with loads of butter and salt and carbohydrates, because why not?  For example, normally I make mashed potatoes like this, but this year I decided to do the complete opposite.  I wanted a lighter dish thrown in the mix, for a little bit of balance […]

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Stuffing

I spent a lot of time playing around with recipes for a turkey substitute.  The idea of a tiny seitan loaf stuffed with tasty stuffing and surrounded by roasted vegetables excited me to no end.  I thought I would finally find a lovely way to bring the whole vegan thanksgiving dinner together with a main dish, so […]

Chunky Pumpkin Soup

This is a recipe I got from my boyfriend.  When he first started cooking for himself, this was one of the first recipes he learned, I dare even say, mastered.  It’s an easy, wholesome recipe that you don’t have to be a seasoned chef to make, it doesn’t even require any blending.  It is versatile, since […]

Roasted Snap Peas and Green Beans with Vegan Caramelized Onion Gravy

I never much liked the traditional green bean casserole, with its soggy canned beans and overly creamy sauce.  Yet I could never help but mentally group it in the upper echelon of Thanksgiving foods.  It has somehow always seemed just as essential to the dinner table as stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, it was just a […]

Vegan No-bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you know what that means, time to make the pumpkin pie and stick it in the fridge so you don’t have to think about it along with the million other things you have to think about cooking tomorrow.  The great thing about this recipe is that it requires no […]

Vegan Herb Mashed Potatoes with a Super Simple Gravy

There are lots of ways to make vegan gravy.  Some saute mushrooms, garlic, or onions to go for a thicker, chunkier consistency.  I prefer a simple smooth gravy, like I had growing up which were made from turkey drippings.  This recipe only has 5 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make. While gravy tastes good […]

Vegan Leek and Mushroom Stuffing

Thanksgiving is notoriously a time to gorge of tasty foods, and I don’t want to be left out of just because I’m vegan.  In the coming weeks before thanksgiving I will be posting several Thanksgiving recipes so we can all enjoy the holiday, and hopefully even show our loved ones that vegans don’t only eat salad. To […]