Our Thanksgiving dinner included a yummy Cranberry-Apple Pie for dessert. This was fairly easy to make, starting with a frozen pie shell. You could purchase a commercial GF or wheat pie crust at your favorite market, or use one that you’ve made ahead. In any case, the pie crust should be thawed but cold before starting. The vegan butter we use most often is Earth Balance. Here’s the recipe:

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Thanksgiving 2012

This year is our first totally vegan Thanksgiving dinner! We actually made our dinner on Tuesday, so that we could share it with MIL. Here’s what we had. From left to right: Carrots cooked in a sauce of orange juice, vegan butter and parsley Pickled green beans (served hot) Foxbarrel Blackberry Pear Cider (to drink) Mushrooms and onions sauteed in olive oil, with white wine, rosemary, thyme, poultry seasoning and basalmic vinegar, then stir fried with temph Roasted potatoes, onions and yams with vegan sour creme and chives Kale, rainbow chard, spinach salad (with other veggies) and a home made vinaigrette For dessert, DH made apple cranberry pie with a pecan crunch top, which was served with sweet cashew creme.

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We call this stuff “chezee”, since it’s not cheese, but it’s a vegan version! It’s comparable to a fresh, soft goat cheeze, mixed with herbs and can be used in recipes in place of it. This is really easy to make, since the nuts can soak on the counter and once that’s done, it only takes a few minutes in the blender. But, if you don’t have a Vitamix, you may want to peek at the notes, first!

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Whether your party is formal and fancy, or just a group of friends and relatives watching the Sunday afternoon game, this pate is a great crowd pleaser! The taste is rich and meaty, and can be used as a spread on crackers or bread. It’s not hard to make. Here’s my setup. Equipment large, flat-bottomed pan with cover food processor small loaf pan Ingredients 1 cup walnuts 2 cups filtered water

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When you think of football parties, does pizza come to mind? Well, here’s a vegan twist that you can make the night before: Pizza Hummus! It’s a healthy, delicious, pizza-flavored dip or spread you can happily add to your game day celebrations! Equipment food processor Ingredients 2 cups chick peas, cooked, drained, reserve liquid 1⁄2 cup dried tomatoes, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water, drained, reserve liquid 2 cloves garlic

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I love it when the weather cools off and I can have hot soups for lunch or dinner! This soup is quick and easy to make, once the veggies are prepped. You could do all of that the night before, or in the morning before heading off to work, then it’s quick to make at dinner. I used the block of tofu that I pressed for the review of the TofuExpress.

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. A while back, I got this cookie cutter. It’s the Fred and Friends Gingerdead Men Cookie Cutter/Stamps, and it’s under 7 bucks on Amazon! F&F has all kinds of fun and funny gadgets that will make you smile, some for the kitchen, some for entertaining, and many for around the house. I knew I wanted to make a chocolate pumpkin cookie dough for these.

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Note: Starting today, I’m trying out a new recipe format. I hope that you find this new method useful. It should allow you to use various programs and apps, such as Paprika, to capture the recipes without having to cut and paste. Let me know on the ScrapDeli Facebook page if you like it, or would prefer the old method!_   Pumpkin combined with a bit of chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations.

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It’s the time of year when just about every foodie magazine and television show is featuring something made out of pumpkin! So often, though, the recipes call for canned pumpkin puree. It will work, if you don’t have access to the fresh stuff, but making your own is not all that difficult! Start with a fresh, sweet, pie pumpkin. Organic is the best. You don’t want to use a jack-o-lantern pumpkin.

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Or mozzarella sticks… Doesn’t matter what you compare it to, I just call it “M-M-M Good!” This is pretty simple to make, and you can use any type of tofu, except the silken varitey. If you make it from soft tofu, it often reminds adults of deep-fried mozzarella. Kids tend to like it made from a firmer tofu, and often say it tastes like chicken nuggets to them. Here’s the setup.

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