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Recipe Thu Nov 20 2008

Accommodating your Vegan Friend on Thanksgiving

Here's to anyone wondering what to serve those vegan friends you might have over for Thanksgiving.

• Heidi Swanson has posted a collection of what I am sure are solid recipes, from Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup and Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad to Cornmeal Crunch and Maple Grilled Tempeh. Even if a single vegan meal isn't in your future, her tantalizing photos of the food are worth checking out.

VeganYumYum has lovely everyday recipes, which you could surely appropriate for Thanksgiving, with a vast collection of brilliant photos - especially their Deconstructed Green Bean Casserole.

• Post Punk Kitchen's Isa Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero chime in with tips to accomidating vegans on a traditional dinner table.

Black Book and Chicago Tribune both plug the Chicago Diner in their lists of where to eat out on Thanksgiving.

• In my notes last year, I picked vegan options from the pages of Bon Appetit.

VegCooking has recipes, including a tempting one that uses puff pastry sheets.

 

Mark Hawthorne / November 21, 2008 3:40 PM

Thank you for your enlightening post on enjoying a turkey-free Thanksgiving. Sadly, this much-maligned bird is one of the most abused animals in modern agribusiness, with more than 270 million raised and slaughtered each year. Overcrowded in filthy, warehouse-type sheds, turkeys are subjected to physical and psychological abuses that include having parts of their beaks and toes cut off -- both without any painkiller -- as well as the frustration of most of their natural behaviors. Indeed, turkeys are highly social animals, yet those in factory farms spend their brief lives unable to indulge in such natural habits as roosting, foraging, raising their young, or even exercising.

Fortunately, as you've demonstrated, it’s easy to gobble up delicious vegetarian fare this holiday season. Two additional sites I recommend are www.tryveg.com and www.goveg.com.

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