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Thanksgiving Feast! – swell

Thanksgiving Feast!

Pumpkin and Candle
Beginning of the Thanksgiving Table
Cashew Cheese Plate
Rosemary Roasted Mushrooms
Thanksgiving Appetizer Plate
Thanksgiving Plate
Pumpkin Pie with Cashew Cream

I think my favorite thing about any big celebratory meal is getting to channel my totally unfeminist dreams of being a midcentury housewife: cleaning the house, cooking massive amounts of food, setting the table, getting to use my pretty (though very unmatched) vintage servingware, lighting candles, and playing Astrud Gilberto and Les Baxter records.  I love the spectacle and dreamy domesticity of it all, later balanced out by a late-night drinks and karaoke visit to a new Roman Empire-themed gay bar in Minneapolis (yeah, that’s right).

Various stages of available light make up all of these photos, but even the less fancy ones should get the deliciousness across!  First, the table before most of the food got on there, but you’ll see the gravy bowl (full of carrot, rosemary, and sherry gravy) and my Pyrex holiday casserole dish atop its candle-warmer stand (it’s filled to the top with colcannon):

I took some individual shots of my appetizer contributions.  First, the cashew cheese log which I sprinkled with black pepper and chopped rosemary and served with balsamic marinated and dehydrated red onions and some tasty gluten-free crackers (and yes, it was super tasty!):

I also made roasted mushrooms, tossed in a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh rosemary…they gave me an excuse to bust out my favorite vintage cocktail forks!

By the time our two lovely guests arrived, it was dark outside, so the picture of my appetizer plate is a bit dark.  Along with the cheese and crackers and mushrooms, we got to enjoy spicy stuffed mushrooms and sweet spiced nuts – I think the roasted nuts might be my favorite!

We all agreed we could have spent the whole night just eating appetizers, but we restrained ourselves in order to sit at the table and begin the “real” dinner.  You can’t see all of it, but this plate is loaded with roasted brussels sprouts, colcannon and carrot gravy, a tempeh-wild rice burger, raw cranberry relish, gf pumpkin cornbread-cranberry stuffing, pecan-topped sweet potatoes, and a yummy raw veggie salad:

As you can well imagine, we were pretty full after dinner, so we sat down to a game of canasta and let our digestive systems do their thing.  Eventually we felt brave enough to each have a piece of pumpkin pie, which were smaller than the photo might make them out to be and I baked it in a small springform pan.  I took a risk and went with the Voluptuous Vegan pumpkin pie recipe without having made it before, though to make it gluten-free I made a buckwheat-walnut crust based on a recipe from Extraveganza.  Though I was nervous about the filling not seeming to set up after baking and cooling (it looked and felt like tinned pumpkin on top), slicing it was not a problem.  The flavor was awesome — nicely spiced, just a hint of maple sweetness — and its lightness (a pretty low-fat pie filling recipe) was a great contrast to the flaky, rich crust with an earthy buckwheat flavor.  This is my next-day-leftovers picture, and it’s topped with barely-sweetened cashew cream and ground cinnamon:

Today I ate the same thing all over again!  It’s a good thing this was pretty much the only meal I had each day, or I probably wouldn’t be able to move.  I’m not generally someone concerned with how much fat I’m eating, but this is definitely far more than I eat on a regular basis.  Now I’m drinking heaps of water and planning on some very light meals over the weekend to give my body a little well-deserved break from heavier (though delicious) foods.  I was lucky enough not to have to work today, so I think I’m going to spend the night curled up with a movie or some crossword puzzles, and get to bed at a good hour.  Til next time!

22 Responses to “Thanksgiving Feast!”

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Oh my, what a feast!! Delicious.

    Enjoy your relaxing evening!

  2. Heather says:

    oh my goodness, everything looks so amazing. i also would have been perfectly content with just the appetizers. next time i’m in MPLS (wait, i’ve NEVER been to mpls!) i know who to call.

  3. Ricki says:

    Such an amazing menu! The burgers sound great. And your cheese came out just beautifully! Glad the evening went so well. :)

  4. frank says:

    wow a-k . . . your pictures, interspersed with your glorious descriptions thereof, are making my mouth water – even though yesterday’s glut should have done me in for a while. but you’ve seen me mow through enough zeno desserts to know that gustatory self restraint is not one of my strong points!

  5. Lauren says:

    What a beautiful table and feast! Thanks for sharing, glad you had a great one! XO!

  6. Kim Christensen says:

    that looks awesome. Isn’t the Voluptuous Vegan pie recipe a winner? Seriously!

  7. cmb0096 says:

    Oh my…I wish I had been at YOUR house for Thanksgiving, lol! Everything looks and sounds delish :-) I hope everyone enjoyed and appreciated it!


  8. Your menu just made me super hungry! Oh that cheese log and dehydrated onions…

  9. Gena says:

    Not surprisingly, an absolutely gorgeous thanksgiving spread!

  10. mihl says:

    What a wonderful feast! Roasted mushrooms are my favourite…and I’d probably have eaten way too much of your appetizer.

  11. prideandvegudice says:

    Haha, I feel like EVERY vegan on earth made roasted brussels sprouts. :) me included. lovely post!

  12. Mo says:

    Yummy stuff! I love your table set up! And a Roman Empire-themed gay bar sounds like the most fun EVER!

  13. Mary says:

    That looks delicious! I love the top photo of the pumpkin in candlelight. Also, cool vintage appetizer forks!

  14. kitchenspoon says:

    Where to begin?–everything looks incredible. Yay for good times with friends and family. Cheers!

  15. Your buckwheat walnut crust looks amazing and photos are beautiful!

  16. Jessica says:

    What a great meal! Mine was actually pretty similar to yours. :) The pumpkin pie looks great.

  17. Michal says:

    Wow! You really went all out, it looks like you have a lovely feast. I bet it was super delicious :) Im jealous!

  18. Judy says:

    What gorgeous photos you take! All the food looks and sounds divine, especially the red onions. I will have to try them soon.

  19. t says:

    The dinner looks astonishingly delish, and those appetizers… great ideas all over the place!

  20. Wow!!! Just amazing! Beautiful pics! Thank you for sharing:-) Aloha!

  21. Philippa O says:

    your blog is so pretty!

  22. Mandee says:

    You made an amazing meal and the photos look gorgeous!

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