Friday, November 27, 2009


Thanksgiving Musings:
Things I am Thankful For:
1) My amazing partner who is truly my best friend and the reason I can get up in the morning and do any good in the world.
2) My family who I remain close to even across the country. They have never made me feel bad about our move, are endlessly supportive and we have somehow found ways to maintain a close relationship, for which I am very grateful.
3) My dear friends who are really my family. I love that I spent last weekend with one of my best friends sharing a house in Philly, and the night before Thanksgiving in my sweats at another friends house enjoying indian food and good company. I have so many people in my life with whom I am completely comfortable, and I never thought I would be so lucky.
4) The fact that no one had to be hurt or die for me and my husband to enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving spread (more on that later!) Becoming vegan and getting together with the G-man were the two best decisions of my life (don't ask me to rank them!)
5) I am still doing a job I love that never leaves me bored. I love the planning, I love the students, I love my colleagues and I love the joy that comes with making a small different in so many lives. I found a career I can really see myself doing forever, and I'm lucky to have found it so early.
6) The little things - drinking green tea on a cool rainy morning, listening to "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" with a cat on my lap, reading a really good book, etc.

Here is to you and yours this holiday season!

Yummy Stuff:
We had an AMAZING Thanksgiving dinner (yes, just me and the G-man - and Nuzzle!) We had:
1) Vegan Pot pie (from Vegetarian Times with some modifications)
2) Bourbon-Laced Sweet Potatoes
3) My mom's stuffing - delicious (and easily veganized - just use veggie broth rather than (ewww) turkey juice)
4) Garlic-mashed potatoes
5) Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon icing (a la Vegan Cupcakes take over the world!)

So, the pot pie was good, the stuffing was great (my favorite part) but the G-man's garlic mashed potatoes were AWESOME!! Since he makes them a little different every year, and this year was possibly the best, I thought it best to capture what he did - so we can remember next year :)

G-man's Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

About 4 large (or 7 small to medium) yellow potatoes
One head of garlic
About 1 1/2 TB of olive oil
1/4 original Almond Milk (feel free to use any non-dairy milk)
1 TB Earth Balance (vegan margarine)

1) Pour the olive oil over the garlic and wrap the garlic in foil. Roast it in a 400 degree oven (or toaster oven) for 1 hour)
2) Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice the potatoes. As you work on the potatoes and finish slicing them put them in a bowl of cold water - this keeps them fresher.
3) Put the potatoes in a pot and cover them with water. Bring the potatoes to a boil, and keep them boiling for 15-20 minutes - until they are very soft.
5) Get the roasted garlic out of the oven, peel it and mince it. This is messy since the garlic is soft and squishy when it is roasted - you could also use a food processor for this step if you have a small one (or small bowl in a larger food processor)
4) Drain the potatoes and put them in a bowl. Add the minced roasted garlic, the almond milk, salt, pepper and Earth Balance. Use a potato masher (or a pastry cutter in our case - we don't have a potato masher) to mash the potatoes.
5) Serve! Or, if its going to be a little while, put the potatoes in a oven-proof container and stick it the oven (at whatever temperature it is at for your other dishes) to keep warm. Definitely a hit!