As per tradition, my friend Billie always has people (ahem…all of us “orphans”) over for vegan thanksgiving. This year, however, was the biggest one yet! I think there were 30 people there throughout the course of the evening.
After having baked some mini banana-pecan bread muffins, I took 2 more bags of groceries and a giant pot for mashed potatoes over to Billie’s house to help with the cooking process. She and her house-guests had already been cooking the day before as well. SO…by the time i got there, we only had 4 more hours of preparation to go! The mini-muffins were by far the best ones i’ve made. I have SO many banana bread recipes, and for the last 6 months, I had lost the one that was my favorite. LUCKILY, i found it again, and the banana bread got back on track! PHEW!
Anyway, i was already stressing when i got there, so i went straight for one of the many bottles of wine we consumed throughout the evening. by the time people showed up at 7-8 i was nicely NOT stressed out anymore.
This was the most amazing feast ever, potluck style! We filled up an entire folding table (and counters) with food, as well as another table just for desserts! and although i know i don’t usually blog about food (ahem…desserts only), i feel as though the event needs a more holistic food coverage than that! SO…let me list just SOME of the delicious things we had even BEFORE dessert crossed our minds:
10 lbs of mashed potatoes
chipotle mashed sweet potatoes
2 large pot pies
green bean casserole
green beans with almond slivers
mac and cheeze casserole
brussel sprouts with a delicious tamari-ish sauce
broccoli with peanut sauce
the biggest cast iron skillet of DELICIOUS stuffing you’ve ever seen
stuffed acorn squash with wild rice, dried fruits, nuts & seeds
hummus, mushroom pate & spinach dip
and get this…A BUCKET of soup! deliciously brothy, perfect minestrone to be exact. people who know me know that i’m completely obsessed with the stuff. SO, it was beyond exciting for me. For more info on THAT…check the
Soup Gang blog for details! seriously.
and the list goes on!
NOW…dessert was ridiculous! Here is a picture of the dessert table at the end of the night. Clearly, there is still a bunch of leftovers…even with that many people.
Some delicious things include:
Banana cream pie (we never knew stew could cook! but between the mac & cheeze and this, he’s now given himself up!)
at least 2 types of cookies
chocolate pecan torte
apple upside down cake
pumpkin chocolate chip bread
(my banana breads)
soyatoo soy whipping cream to top it all off!!!!
and if i missed anything, i apologize!!
SO…thanks to Billie for letting have this awesome event at her house; so that we whose biological families are far away, who don’t cook at all, or who are just passing through town, got to spend the holiday in the most amazing way possible! Best thanksgiving yet.
here’s to hoping next year’s soup requires an upgrade from bucket to garbage can! (and that stew makes a VAT of the banana cream pie!)
me & the gracious hostess: