giving thanks to all creatures and grandma's mushroom gravy

'tis the time of year when kitchens are aglow, the hearth fires warm cold hands and the cup of glögg lifts weary spirits...
when i was a teen, my grandmother would make a special vegetarian mushroom gravy pot just for me. everyone else around the table would end up liking it more than the meat gravy! mushroom gravy is on the menu tomorrow, as it has been for years. i'm making our traditional veggie feast from scratch, using mostly organic ingredients. the main dish is from a fantastic book that i refer to so often that it's falling apart. i highly recommend it:

the feast will be:
  • Nutloaf (from Vegetarian Nights by Bonnie Mandoe)
  • some Tofurkey deli slices, warmed
  • whole cranberry sauce
  • mashed potatoes
  • roasted yams
  • collard or mustard greens
  • corn bread
  • mushroom gravy
  • apple pie
it's pretty simple and healthy! this year it's just the two of us, so they'll be plenty of leftovers. i try to steer away from tofu fake meat, as it's so processed. the fat Tofurkey ball doesn't appeal to me either... don't like the texture. the ultra thin Tofurkey deli slices are great and you can just peel off how many slices you want. there's plenty of protein in nut loaf anyhow. i'd best return to the kitchen where many bowls and pots await...

wishing you all a warm and wonderful thanks+giving. xoxo

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