Thanksgiving, Starting Early

As the holidays approach, I find myself more and more thinking about all of the meals that I’ve eaten that weren’t vegan over the years.

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Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday growing up, in no small part because of the food. I was a. . . husky lad in my formative years, and, as anyone who has tried my mom’s pasta sauce can attest,  I had good reason to be. The food I grew up on, ingredients aside, was delicious, and I still crave  some of it from time to time. Not all of it, as steak, chicken, and other large cuts of meat no longer have any allure for me, but some of the Italian food from my youth still does.

This Thanksgiving, as with most, the Blonde and I will be going up to New Jersey to my mother’s house, and there will be more food than anyone knows what to do with.

And there will be a turkey.

And for the first time in my life, I won’t have turkey on Thanksgiving. And I’m a little nostalgic for it already.

Not for the poor, dead bird that will be splayed out on the table, but for the feeling of community that I’m afraid will be so different. For the sense of family that will be clouded by the “No turkey for you?” and “Wow, vegan. How do you live without ____________ (insert animal product here)” and the dreaded “Where do you get your protein?”

So, rather than getting heated and frustrated about it, we’re trying to show off how good the food we eat is. And, like any good pair of cooks, we have to test the recipes out first, right?

We’ve made Hannah Kaminsky’s Samoa Tart, from her cook book Vegan Desserts, and while we liked it, when I brought it in to school to share with the other teachers, it disappeared faster than I could have imagined. We also whipped up a batch of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’ Pumpkin Pie Brownies, which disappeared with similar aplomb.

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Image Courtesy the PPK. (And they looked pretty good when we made them too!)

Both recipes were requested, and I’m not surprised, but even the awesomeness of vegan sweets isn’t always enough to get people to relax about butter, eggs, and cheese. And I don’t know how well I can handle four days of that.

A I being hyper-sensitive? Am I just paranoid because this is my first vegan Thanksgiving? Did you have similar concerns about your first vegan holiday season? What were they, and are mine justified?

I don’t usually end with so many questions, but I guess my paranoid streak is coming out along with the cold weather. . .

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~ by VegansHusband on November 11, 2012.

6 Responses to “Thanksgiving, Starting Early”

  1. Food is activism! Your plan to take awesome vegan food is a great strategy. You want to demonstrate how abundant your diet is – that you aren’t deprived.

    When I am asked, “You can’t have turkey?” I reply “Of course I could have turkey! I just choose not to. And look at all these other wonderful things I’ll be eating- I’m full just thinking about it!” 😉

    When I am asked, “But where do you get your protein?” I reply “How much time do you have? There are so many sources I don’t even know where to begin!”

    • Yeah, our plan is to show off killer food, and I have the answers to stock questions. I even don’t mind answering them when they’re genuine. Its the “gotcha” ones that drive me nuts, and maybe I am just being paranoid…

      My neuroses run deep, but wow do they run!

  2. We don’t do thanksgiving here so we don’t have problems like this and this year we are doing a nice easy Christmas but over here its hot at Christmas time so we have a lot more options to run with in our Aussie summer. Maybe you should move? Just kidding! 😉

    • Yeah, not having the holiday is one easy way to avoid the problem!

      We don’t do a whole lot for Christmas here, either, but we spend it with the Blonde’s family, and she was vegan last year, so, it might be a bit easier this year. We’ll see…

  3. My entire family is vegetarian/vegan and we always do thanksgiving with another partially-vegetarian family. There is still a turkey but with more vegetarians present than meat eaters, it doesn’t really bother me much! I am very lucky. I can’t imagine surviving the holidays without fellow vegetarians and vegans. When eating with meat eaters, I always bring lots of my own food to show off. That way, I can eat and they can see how good vegan food can be. Good luck to you!

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