Thursday, November 23, 2006

Vegan Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

I hope you all had wonderful celebrations, whether they were big or small. We just got home from our big family dinner, and it was very nice. Our family basically does a potluck, and every year I am in charge of bringing the dessert. This is because I am the family member with the most interest in baking, and also because this is my way of guaranteeing that I will be able to eat dessert! When I first became vegan 6 years ago or so, a few people were a bit resistant to my vegan pumpkin pies... but over the years all that has faded entirely, and the desserts are gobbled up happily.


I made one pumpkin pie, from a recipe I adapted and veganized, and two of the Pear Cranberry Tarts. I promise not to make any more Pear Cranberry Tarts any time soon... but these were SO SO SO good! I made sure my pears were ripe, and the tarts were amazing. It's fun arranging the pear slices in fancy, artful fans.

I'm sorry to say that I got so busy eating that I didn't take a picture of my plate (bad vegan blogger!), but it was delicious, nutritious, and 100% vegan! Hoorah!

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:15 AM

    Whoa, those are to beautiful!! I love the pastry leaves you cut out for the top!! The pear tarts look so good!

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!!!

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  2. Anonymous7:54 AM

    Those pies are so lovely. I love the leaves on top of the pumpkin pie--really adds to the beauty! I am glad your Thanksgiving went over well!

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  3. Hi Candi and Laura!
    Thanks! I only learned a couple of years ago that you could put little shapes on top of a pumpkin pie. It's so fun, isn't it? I just cut them out of the left over scraps. I think I am already having an idea for how to decorate my Christmas pumpkin pie.

    happy thanksgiving to you both,
    Amey

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  4. mmmmmmmmmmmm, your pies look amazing. it was the one thing i wish i'd made yesterday so i could enjoy. i do so love a good pie on thxgiving.

    you've inspired me! for christmas i'm going to have to wow them with vegan pie. ;) thanks!

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  5. Anonymous2:41 PM

    those pies look great! send me one!! I missed out on the pumpkin pie this year:( oh well, plenty of pumpkin puree in the freezer!
    happy thanksgiving!
    Amber

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  6. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Your pies are too beautiful! I'm so glad it's easy to make vegan pies for all to enjoy. You are so smart to put yourself in charge of dessert!

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  7. Hi aTXvegn,
    thanks! Glad to hear that you appreciate my secret dessert plan! I bet that pear tart could be gluten free pretty easily.
    :) Amey

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  8. oops! Sorry I missed a couple of comments there!

    Hi DGM,GV!
    Thanks so much for telling me about the green goddess potatoes by the way. it reminds me of the croation chard-potato combo I made recently. I read recently that the average american eats 7 pieces of pie per year - I think this is an unacceptably small number! Yes - wow them with pie!

    Hi Amber,
    I wish I could send you a pie. That sounds fun. :) You gotta make yourself some pumpkin pie - it's just so darn good!

    :) Amey

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  9. Such beautiful desserts! Those tarts look especially fantastic!

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  10. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Those pies are absolutely elegant!

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  11. Beautiful -- that photo should be in a cooking magazine!

    I made the pear cranberry tart for Thanksgiving after seeing yours, and everyone raved about it. I seriously want to make more of them while there are still fresh cranberries. This definitely makes it on my list of favorite desserts.

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  12. Hi Chris and Jess,
    Thanks! yeah, the pear tart is cool, because it's so easy, and it's also really easy to make it look really fancy! What a combo. And, best of all, it's super tasty!

    Hi Jen,
    I'm so glad to hear that your tarts were a success, so were mine! I think I'll make them again at Christmas time. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    :)

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