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We all love the fabulous food, the table so attractively set and the love among family and friends. Thanksgiving is more than even these wonderful things. With so much violence and loss of human kindness in the world today, we need to be thankful for what we do have, pray for those in distress and bring kindness where and when we can. A Thanksgiving filled with peace and light to each and every one of you.

            Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bring the hostages home.

Thanksgiving & Leftovers Menus

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Thanksgiving is a beloved American holidays, harking back to the earliest time of our country.  You might be surprised to find it has Jewish roots. The Pilgrims read about the Biblical holiday of Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles). When they survived their first arduous year, in 1621, with the help of Squanto and the Wampanoag people and Chief, Massasoit, the Pilgrims recreated the Jewish harvest, with its thanks to the Almighty for the bounty of the earth. The first holiday meal was eaten outside, as we do at Sukkot and lasted 3 days. The menu was not the same (no pumpkin pie!), as the Pilgrims had no ovens built yet, but there was cooking over a fire. While there were proclamations of thanksgiving from George Washington on, it wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln that Thanksgiving became an official US holiday.

Thanksgiving brings out nostalgia in many of us, remembering dinners from our childhood, with family and friends. Many of us love the traditional foods—turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. In the links given, you will find menus traditional, with fish, vegetarian and vegan. Soups and sides, mostly vegan, non-dairy and pareve, and enough desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. All recipes are noted with easy to categorize labels, such as meat, vegetarian or vegan.

Foodie Lit

“Courage. Resolve. Empathy.”  These are the words of author Irene Drago describing to me what she considered the ingredients necessary for success in one’s personal and professional life. Main character Lavinia Wren certainly can be described with all three, as she creates a successful life for herself despite being orphaned, despite the barriers again her gaining a college degree and despite her unpopular mission for judicial and prison reform. She was a wife, a mother and had a career. Quite a “success” story for a woman born in the middle of the 19th century!

Susan's Thanksgiving Menu

Anadama Bread vegan

Deli Roll meat

Harvest Soup  vegan, gluten free 

Roast Turkey same tips apply to turkey as chicken

Cranberry Chutney vegan, gluten free

Butternut Squash Stuffing  meat or vegan

Creamed Spinach vegan, gluten free

Cauliflower Mash vegan, gluten free

Pumpkin Pie vegetarian, use pumpkin in place of squash

Bread Pudding vegetarian

Heartfelt thanks for family and friends, in my life in real space and virtually, who supported me during this difficult year. 

(Some recipes are not on the blog, therefore no link. I will remedy that during the year!)

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