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  • How to Make Turkey Stock

    Turkey stock is so simple to make and it adds a great deal of flavor to soups and casseroles. Use up the leftover Thanksgiving preparations and get one more use out of the turkey bones. More

  • Sparkling Wine For Thanksgiving

    What kind of sparkling wine goes well with Thanksgiving dinner? On this quintessentially American holiday try serving an American bubbly. A few years ago I wrote about the Best Thanksgiving Wines and while the usual suspects of Pinot Noir and sweeter wines like Rieslings were common recommendations, this year I’m thinking of serving some festive American […] More

  • Cowgirl Creamery Cooks: Classic Mac and Cheese [Recipe]

    Want to know how to plan a cheese course? What’s the best wine to serve with cheese? How to make the perfect mac and cheese? The stunningly beautiful Cowgirl Creamery Cooks cookbook has all the answers — and more! Just north of San Francisco, in the rolling hills of Marin County, the Cowgirls — as they’re known […] More

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Whether you’re planning a vegan thanksgiving, cooking up a local, organic turkey, or doing something in between, we hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family this year! More

  • Vegan-izing Your Holiday Favorites

    As the holidays approach, so do the family get-togethers, office parties, and dinners. For those of us living a vegan lifestyle, finding something to eat can be challenging, to say the least. The good news, however, is that it is easier now than ever before to choose vegan eating options – even during the holidays. Many holiday favorites can be “veganized” with a little advanced planning. More

  • Vegan Thanksgiving: Celebrating a Turkey-Free Table (Recipes Included!)

    So you’ve realized there’s no good reason to bother any turkeys, in order to enjoy a day of abundance and thanks. Wonderful! Now let’s get down to business: celebrating Thanksgiving vegan-style, in our meat-soaked food culture, can pose special challenges. Maybe it’s your first Unturkey Day since going vegan, and you’re wondering what to serve. Perhaps you’re traveling to visit non-veg relatives, or hosting omni guests. Social pressure to conform to others’ visions of ‘tradition’ can be daunting, especially coming from family members or close friends. Not to worry! With a bit of planning and forethought, there’s no reason for your vegan Thanksgiving to be anything other than joyful and delicious. More

  • Your Bird’s Wingmen: Three Recipes For Classic Thanksgiving Sides

    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, because it’s not about gifts — it’s about family, friends, and food. This year, I’ve ordered a local, organic turkey for the first time. (It’s being delivered today!) And though the turkey is always the star, it would be nothing without its wingmen. In honor of family, friends, and food, I’m […] More

  • Turkeys, Marketing, and Thanksgiving Tradition Invention

    Many Americans struggle to even imagine celebrating Thanksgiving without a deceased turkey on the table. Most don’t realize that in fact it’s a completely invented ‘tradition,’ woven from thin air about 200 years after the colonial celebration this holiday commemorates. The idea (surprise!) caught on like wildfire among industrial turkey producers; and the rest, as they say, is history. Modern Thanksgiving customs show clearly how we make up our own ‘traditions’ to follow – so why not create new ones, better suited to our own values of compassion and nonviolence? More

  • Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

    From what I hear, Tanya is working on an epic series about eating vegan for Thanksgiving, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a yummy, sample vegan Thanksgiving menu! More

  • Christmas Party Ideas: Bitesized Stuffed Peppers

    While struggling today a bit on what to make for a Christmas party tomorrow night, I had a small light bulb go on in my head. I really wanted to make stuffed peppers, but they are too big for something like a potluck Christmas dinner, so I made them bitesized. More

  • Thanksgiving Gratitude

    It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and while the focus for many of us on this holiday is all about delicious food, I’m a big believer in sharing gratitude along with those mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. More

  • Vegan Thanksgiving Idea: Braised Leeks

    If you are looking for something to complete your vegan or vegetarian (or even more healthy carnivore) Thanksgiving, try braised leeks as an alternative to more traditional dishes. For my first vegan Thanksgiving a few years back, braised leeks were a bit hit. More

  • Celebrate Thanksgiving With Local Foods Recipes

    Local foods play a big role in my life. I’m dedicated to eating as locally as possibly, and growing as much of my own food as I reasonably can. When there are foods I need to buy, I try to make sure they are organic and seasonal. More

  • The Anatomy of a Genetically Modified Turkey [Infographic]

    The folks at Ethical Ocean shared an infographic with us breaking down the trouble with typical Thanksgiving turkeys. If you haven’t made it to the store yet, there’s still time to vote against these practices with your pocketbook! It’s a little bit hard to read at this size, but you can click on the photo to view a full-sized image that’s much easier on the eyes. More

  • You Can Adopt a Turkey This Thanksgiving!

    Do you ever feel great sadness over the millions upon millions of turkeys that will be killed for Thanksgiving dinner? I certainly do. Well, aside from ‘just’ having a vegetarian Thanksgiving this year, you can also adopt a turkey! We just did so yesterday. More on adopting a turkey here: More

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