Sunday, December 02, 2007

last but, not least..

I must be the very last blogger to post Thanksgiving one week and a couple days late.. hummm... My Beautiful Mom came w/ her Beautiful Mom..(my Granny, my kids Great Granny).. what a joy to have four generations at our table... That is what Thanksgiving is all about.. is it not? Good times were had by all! I hope everyone out there had a great day too! Here is my Thanksgiving plate mostly thanks to the The Real Food Daily cookbook. Wow, it was a lot of work and prep but, worth the effort. I made the corn sage stuffing. Be warned it says it serves eight, I think they meant 8 starving football players because man o live I could not lift that pan w/ one hand if I tried! It was an obscene amount of stuffing. I also made the Mushroom gravy... The best gravy ever! a bit spendy w/ all of the mushrooms but, by far the best gravy I have ever made! And again it makes a BOAT LOAD! I used it for the green bean casserole which was by far the hit of the night! Again a heck of a lot of work(making the gravy and frying two large onions)- no cans of funky onions or salty soup was opened in the process! ohhhh VEGAN GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE.. (makes my mouth water just writing about it!!!) I would say that recipes needs to be doubled to keep everyone happy (everything but the fried onions there seemed to be plenty for the topping). I also made the faux Turkey breasts from the same book. Very good! I don't know if I would make those again though. I really liked last years Tofurky from How it all Vegan.. It was just so easy and the right amount.. Just for me!

Not pictured is my ol' standbytofu pumpkin pie.. from vegweb .. everybody still loves this (I have been making this for years).. This year we had some very omni guest this year who even asked for that recipe.. claiming it is the best pumpkin pie they have ever had!!! I always use extra firm silken tofu and 3 tbs cornstarch... mix everything in the blender and Viola! Easy as pie!
From ED&BV the white bean and Rosemary soup... ummm... I thought the recipe looked very flippen kid friendly but, my kids did not like it! maybe too many fresh herbs? rather then dried? I just don't know, I am sure I will try it again on them both.. . Little Ms. Emma thought it tasted better w/ cheese flakes (nutritional yeast flakes) I thought it was very good and ohhhh so creamy!
ohhh the mac daddy from v-con! (isn't it funny how there have been just waves of the same recipes in the blog world from the same new books?) The kids LOVED this too no end! they had two servings and little Eli BEGGED me to put in his lunch for the next day! Me and honey personally like my cheese sauce a tad better.. Funny thing is there is very little difference. Evidently a difference enough though!... I think next time I will do my sauce w/ the crumbled bit of tofu! that seemed to add a bit of moisture my baked mac and cheese was missing. ..

This was a quickie dinner.. I was shopping at our Safeway and noticed this sauce was half off.. Okay, I never have any vodka laying around and have heard really good things about a vodka pasta sauce... (oh by the way this was one was accidentally vegan). I was very curious. .. and well, normally this bottle of pasta sauce was ten bucks! ahhh ya.. For that price it should be flipping fab huh? even at five bucks it seems to me to quite a stretch! Because, even Safeway has an organic pasta sauce for $ 3 .50... any hoo I bought it.. Eli had a Dr. apt. after school leaving me very little time to come home and make a fab dinner and it seemed like the perfect time to try this over price sauce... verdict? A big fat ehh... Nothing to write home about about! Thank goodness I was not one of the suckers who paid ten flippen dollars for it! I added some silk creamer to it as suggested on the bottle.. but it was still jarred sauce... oh well... evidently I need me some vodka around the house to make my own sauce...!

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26 Comments:

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Rural Vegan said...

$10 for pasta sauce is obscene! I've tried a few of the fancy vodka sauces too, Emeril's, a few $5.99 jars - they all suck. And I love vodka!

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger bazu said...

you're making my mouth water, Julee! I'm glad you guys had such a great holiday.

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger lao80 said...

The pasta sauce in Vcon is pretty good.

I would love the gravy recipe/green bean casserole.

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Mmm looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, food-wise!

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Pink Theory said...

i'm finally catching up with thanksgiving posts...your spread looks yummy! and vegan green bean casserole...mmmmmm!

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Candi said...

$10 for that sauce? I'm glad you didn't spend that! I know what you mean about the "jarred" flavor. I guess we're used to making our own foods so much, which is great!

I am convinced that I need to make that mac and cheeze! I have seen it on blogs and everyone loves it. My daughter will probably love it if your kids did! I will do it soon, since I have that cookbook!

Where did the mushroom gravy recipe come from? Sorry if you mentioned that already, I must have missed it! Sounds great.

Corn and sage stuffing? Oooh, sounds like it was worth the effort, as was the entire meal.

How nice to have all those generations together. ;)

 
At 6:05 AM, Blogger Melody Polakow said...

What a great feast! I am a sucker for vegan green bean casserole too.

10 bucks for sauce? Unreal.
I guess fancy packaging means more than taste to many people.

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Johanna3 said...

what a great holiday !!! all looks so good.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Tracy said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving, Julee! you know what, I made some sauce once with vodka, and it was pretty forgettable. Maybe I did something wrong, but the flavour was just so off....if you ever try it from scratch, let me know if it works out for you.

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And it looks like it too--all of your food looks SO mouth watering and delicious! Ymmm...vegan green bean casserole...enough said!

Courtney

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger aTxVegn said...

Your Thanksgiving meal looks awesome, Julee! I LOVE ther RFD cookbook, even though the recipes all seem to be a lot of work.

I guess Mac Daddy has to go on "must make" list. Too bad you didn't love the expensive pasta sauce. Oh, well, at least you finally tried it.

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Carrie™ said...

Stuffing for 8 football players you say...should suffice for moi! That is and always has been my favorite part of a holiday meal. For Christmas we're going to Jim's cousin's place. Her husband, Mike, has a sister who is vegan, and since Mike is cooking, I think I'm in good hands. He said he does his stuffing seperate from the bird, so I can have some. I've got my bib pressed and ready to go!

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger dreamy said...

Wow it looks like a great feast! I wish we have all these great dairy substitutes here :d

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Kumudha said...

Everything looks so tasty!

 
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