We had to call in the big guns to help us prepare for our Thanksgiving meal with the family of omnivores. So Spider-Turkey, Green Gobbler, and some of their feathered friends swooped in with a few choice dishes. The main one being this Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute from the fine folks at Field Roast. I’m blatantly ripping off their photo of it cause we ate the whole thing before I could snap a picture. I was thankful that it’s stuffed with Field Roast’s sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries, and apples. This is the best of the prepared turkey or roast veggie products I’ve discovered. Great pastry shell. Just the right combo of nutty & fruity bite to the stuffing. The consistency wasn’t too dense the way some of ‘em can be. Highly recommended by this turkey, that’s for sure!

Green Gobbler didn’t waste any time getting to dessert. Once we slapped a brown sugar glaze on these pumpkin muffins, they didn’t last long. Holey-moley! Too, too delish.
We started preparing food Wednesday evening. But long after I got wrapped up in the world of tiny turkey costumes, Laurie’s assembly line of amazing delectables was still going strong. Not the least of which were some pumpkin cheddar biscuits. Warmed up with some Earth Balance Spread on ‘em – Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! I couldn’t wait to sop up some gravy with ‘em at the big meal so I ended up having a couple for breakfast that morning.

This was my first truly vegan, big holiday meal. I wasn’t eating meat last Thanksgiving, but the absence of dairy products this year meant a little more resourcefulness and skill was required to fill those plates. I’m thankful for my wife who has those qualities in spades! Sadly, there are no photos of her crowning achievement in this meal. The Fig-Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash she made ensured that I will always remember my first vegan Thanksgiving. The figs and pecans were mixed with Earth Balance, agave nectar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A little sweet for an entrée? Yes, but if fit with all the other different flavors and was a perfect fall dish.

Play With My Food is approaching its one year anniversary and I’m very, very thankful for all of the support I’ve gotten from so many of you. I never thought the site would have this many subscribers at all, let alone in the first year. I’d love to get comments from each of you at some point before the New Year about your experience with a vegan lifestyle.