What brought on this rant? I'm glad you asked. Having resisted the black hole of guilt from my mother with regard to Thanksgiving for the last two years, this year I've somehow been sucked into her omnivoric vortex. So, without further ado, I present to you the complete Thanksgiving meal, from appetizer to dessert, that I'm making and packing up to take to my parent's house. This is what a coordinated meal looks like to them...
- Lentil Pecan Pâté from the September 2008 issue of Vegetarian Times served with apple slices, cucumber medallions and rice crackers.
- Cranberry Pecan Salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette from the Nov/Dec 2009 Vegetarian Times
THE MAIN EVENT
- Old Fashioned Lentil Loaf from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
- Mighty Miso Gravy to smother the steamed white rice with from How it All Vegan! by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer
- Balsamic-Roasted Asparagus from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites by The Moosewood Collective
See what I mean? At least I strategically selected dishes I can prepare ahead of time because what I really want to do on Thanksgiving, not that anyone asked, is watch football and drink hard cider.
Now I need to make my shopping list and figure out when I'm going to get all these ingredients. Then I need to determine how I'm going to manage to cook most of it ahead of time with my six-year old placing food orders like he's at a 24-hour diner and our new puppy constantly underfoot. My motivation: to suffer the least amount of stress and shared kitchen time as possible on Thanksgiving day.
That concludes my rant.
Oh... and Happy Thanksgiving. :::grin:::