Friday, November 21, 2008

I'm taking Thanksgiving off!

With Thanksgiving a week away, I'll openly admit that I don't have any desire to cook a vegan feast this year.  Every year I'm less enthused - I'm not into holidays as it is, I live alone, and I'm going to my dear friend Michelle's of The Spice Must Flow for a vegan Thanksgiving style potluck soon anyway. 
Blah, Blah.

And I helped teach Try Vegan PDX's Cooking Vegan for the Holidays class last weekend, which was a blast and gave me a chance to break out my obligatory Sweet Potato Pie Casserole and associated jokes for the year.  Chelsea of Flavorvegan was magnificent and I appreciate all her help in talking me through it!  

But as for me on Tday, I'm likely going to settle in with take out and my cats and not cook!  Take that, America.  

But if you're relentlessly curious to see what I have cooked in the past - check out my posts from the past two Tdays, featuring squirrel shaped biscuits, apple cranberry crumb pie, apple cider soaked tofurkey (never again) and more: 

For more inspiration, check out Strawberryrock to read about Maeve's holiday ideas and Bryanna Clark Grogan's Canadian feast blogpost here.

Here are some shots by Chris (here's his flickr for more) of Try Vegan PDX from the cooking class.....Thanks for the shots!

General prep table

I'm pouring brown rice syrup for the pecan pie...  
(tip - lightly oil your measuring cups before measuring something sticky)

Pecan overload!  Group prep stations.

Chelsea's Flavorful Gluten Roast 

originally from the Post Punk Kitchen forums

Does my handwriting irk you?
"and Jess" is cut off...

17 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

So much fun!!!!

I like your handwriting!! :-)

allularpunk said...

i wish more than anything that i could get out of cooking a holiday feast. grumble grumble. but i have to go home and if i want to eat anything there, i'm gonna have to make it myself. may as well try to impress the omni's with mah skillz.

Chelsea said...

You were awesome at the cooking class! It was wonderful to have pecan pie again! Enjoy the break from tday and do something fun for yourself. I recommend checking out the Rhododendron Gardens by Reed College. It is free and is one of my favorite places in Portland!

Zombie Jenn said...

I want to permanently take thanksgiving off. starting this year, I am!

swellvegan said...

I also like your handwriting.

I'm sort of taking TG off, by getting on a plane. But I think we'll have a tiny harvest feast on Wednesday night anyway. Or I will get taken out to dinner. It IS an annoying holiday (like most of them).

Megan said...

Are you saying never again to the tofurky because you don't like tofurkey, or don't like it marinated in apple cider?!

I love tofurky, and I was going to try marinating mine in sparkling apple cider with garlic and spices, but now I need to know if it's good or not!

Carrie™ said...

I hear ya Jess! Every year I get less into all the holiday madness. Jim & I did Chinese take-out for Thanksgiving this year. It was great! We enjoyed it and had leftovers just like everyone else. We're hosting the Christmas feast this year. I'm now wondering what I've gotten myself into.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Aww, this looks like fun! Wish I was there.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I like your handwriting...love your freckles and the class looks awesome!

Amy said...

We're not cooking a full thanksgiving either--I'm making a couple of things and bringing them to my husband's work so we can eat with the guys who don't have the day off--it should be fun *and* relaxing.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Megan - I'm just not a huge Tofurkey fan. Don't let that stop you or stop you from doing a similar marinade! I have plenty of friends who enjoy Tofurkey.

Bianca said...

Oh, I wish I could have come to the class. Now, you deserve the time off after showing everyone else how to cook yummy T-day food...especially Sweet Potato Pie Casserole!

Chelsea said...

i have been searching online all day to find a good vegan pecan pie recipe...how did yours come out? i was originally wanting to try using silken tofu to replace the eggs but never thought about using flax seeds. any info would be great..i'm desperate!!!
thanks! <3

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Chelsea - I've made this pie quite a few times now - not only at a cooking class and again this weekend for a potluck - it's tried and true! My next post will actually have another photo of it.

Adriana said...
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Adriana said...

I can relate! I burst out in tears last week as I was walking the dog because Thanksgiving is so stressful. Really? Tears? Yes! The obligatory rounds at everyone's house. What’s for dinner? Turkey! I’ll pass. Oh but you can have the potatoes... Is there butter in them? Yes. No I can't have the potatoes. *Blank stare. Fun!

Besides, I can't get into the overconsumption and waste... Take that America!

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