My cousin isn’t vegetarian or vegan, but she’s an adventurous eater in general. She’s always interested in the foods that I make and isn’t scared away by any vegan ingredients. If she’d been at my family Thanksgivings, maybe others wouldn’t have rejected my vegan foods for so long.You know what happens when one person tries something and their eyes widen with delight? Everyone else wants to try it, too! Being given the opportunity to create vegan dinners for her more than makes up for the isolation that I’ve felt at past holiday gatherings. I am always honored to have the opportunity to provide healthy-promoting food for those I love.
Let’s talk about the menu. It’s been a very mild autumn, but winter is definitely letting us know it’s coming. The nights have been frosty. Because of the chilly temperatures, I felt that a comfort meal was in order. As the main, I made the chickpea pumpkin seed burgers from Let Them Eat Vegan in loaf form and served it with the roasted chanterelle gravy from Crazy Sexy Kitchen. I have to admit that as much as I adore chanterelles, I used criminis this time because they’re much more affordable. Sometime when I am able to splurge, I would love to try the recipe with the chanterelles! As sides, I made cranberry sauce and J made his staple as of late, creamed kale. I also made Dreena’s apple pie again (3rd time in 2 weeks. Yes, it is that good!) and pulled out the ice cream maker to whip up a batch of toasted cinnamon ice cream. Our wonderful guest brought sparkling pomegranate juice which beautifully complimented our meal.
All in all, it was a great night. We reminisced about the “old days”, caught up on the exciting happenings in our families, and parted ways with warm hugs and big smiles. So, what about you? Would you like to come over for a dinner date, too?