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hobbitknitter
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Posted - 11/07/2005 :  9:04:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit hobbitknitter's Homepage Send hobbitknitter a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by RoseByAny

I once went to a wedding with a boyfriend that, when I informed them that I was a vegetarian, his relatives told me that if I cut the chicken filet at an angle it would be okay to eat.



LOL

I'm dying now.. aahhhh.....

[:00]

hmm well I'm not a vegetarian (i'd probably be under the 'particularly carnivorous' category one of you mentioned ) but once a week or so we do have vegitarian dishes for dinner.
Have you considered a soup? there's this one soup my mom loves with all these pureed green things in it (spinach, broccoli, whatever I forget) that has a vegetable broth base.
Also, everything we've made from allrecipes.com has been really good...
here's a link for you
http://thanksgiving.allrecipes.com/directory/2043.asp


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MoBarger
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  02:46:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit MoBarger's Homepage Send MoBarger a Private Message
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Originally posted by Susan T-O
mix together 1 can each regular & creamed corn (do not drain), 2 eggs, and one box of Jiffy corn muffin mix.


FYI -- Jiffy corn muffin mix contains lard.

RoseByAny -- at an angle??!! Too funny.


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fmarrs
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  02:55:14 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
I convert any rice dish into a protein dish by mashing tofu with a fork and stirring it in. Looks just like more rice and takes on the flavors of the dish. No one ever knows it is there.

fran

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Boogie
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  03:38:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
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Originally posted by RoseByAny

I like the winter squash medley thing. Lots of harvest-y looking foods. I bet most of the vegetarian dishes they have are things like macaroni and cheese. And while I could live off of that quite happily, I think you're best off bringing some nice roasted veggie-type dishes. Just in case they cook like we do down in the south, where you don't really know if lard or bacon was used to flavor those green beans.

I once went to a wedding with a boyfriend that, when I informed them that I was a vegetarian, his relatives told me that if I cut the chicken filet at an angle it would be okay to eat.

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I think one of the dishes I will bring will definitely be the winter vegie roasted type of thing. They probably won't eat it but that just means more for me. I think I'll do a trial run this weekend, it sounds too good to wait.

That thing about cutting the filet at an angle is hilarious. I've once gotten "but the cows only eat grass, so they're vegetarian..."

Some people make my brain hurt

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Boogie
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  03:41:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by fmarrs

I convert any rice dish into a protein dish by mashing tofu with a fork and stirring it in. Looks just like more rice and takes on the flavors of the dish. No one ever knows it is there.

fran

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Thank you for that idea. I always leave it in chunks because I actually like tofu. Mashing it is a great idea.

amy
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mokey
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  05:23:10 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
All this tofu talk makes me hungry for my fave tofu meal:

Chop firm or extra firm tofu into cubes or thick strips and pop into a hot, lightly oiled pan or pot. When browned throw in some veg and a jar of Patak's. MMM, spicy goodness.

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Janknit
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  05:23:13 AM  Show Profile Send Janknit a Private Message
If you won't feel bad when your dish sits untouched (except by you of course) I'd bring whatever you'd like, but if you have in-laws like mine who think that salad is a cut up head of iceberg lettuce and ask "what's THIS?" when I serve Tabbouli as a salad, and then proceed to bypass it, then maybe just eating before and only eating the sides offered, and realizing that they're never going to change (be enlightened), so why bother, might be the way to go.

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Boogie
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  08:41:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Janknit

If you won't feel bad when your dish sits untouched (except by you of course) I'd bring whatever you'd like, but if you have in-laws like mine who think that salad is a cut up head of iceberg lettuce and ask "what's THIS?" when I serve Tabbouli as a salad, and then proceed to bypass it, then maybe just eating before and only eating the sides offered, and realizing that they're never going to change (be enlightened), so why bother, might be the way to go.

Janet



It used to bother me that they didn't want my food but I don't care anymore. My inlaws are similar to yours, they want what they're used to and won't eat the rest. I'm just no longer foolish enough that when I ask what to bring and they tell me they have it under control, that they don't consider me. Not that they have to consider me, but it seems foolish to ask me not to bring anything when there isn't anything I can eat. I just know now that I need to not ask what to bring and bring my own food. I will bring enough to share and just take home the left overs.

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KL
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  09:11:15 AM  Show Profile Send KL a Private Message
The lackof consideration to those of you that are known vegetarians in your families is just plain a lack of good manners IMO. I, for one, am Horrified if I have dinner guests and find out that there is a vegatarian amongst them, and I have not properly taken this into consideration. And this means a main dish. If I have to prepare 2 main courses, I will do it as, being their host, I want them to enjoy their meal.
And especially the traditional, family holidays. It's your holiday also and your company is certainly worth a little extra effort.
I'm still waiting for a return to good manners being taught in day-to-day living. There is not much evidence these days. JMO, KL
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mokey
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  09:33:19 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
KL, my experience as a vegetarian is that it is the older people, the ones who complain most about manners who are the least accomodating/understanding of thsoe with different diets. I get it from my mum, in-laws, husband's aunts and uncles. My generation has no problem making allowances for meals.

I always make a main dish that does not require heating, and proclaim something like "I love this so much I had to share."

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Boogie
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  09:42:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by KL

The lackof consideration to those of you that are known vegetarians in your families is just plain a lack of good manners IMO. I, for one, am Horrified if I have dinner guests and find out that there is a vegatarian amongst them, and I have not properly taken this into consideration. And this means a main dish. If I have to prepare 2 main courses, I will do it as, being their host, I want them to enjoy their meal.
And especially the traditional, family holidays. It's your holiday also and your company is certainly worth a little extra effort.
I'm still waiting for a return to good manners being taught in day-to-day living. There is not much evidence these days. JMO, KL



Thank you KL
I always cook meat when I have meat loving guests. I too want people to enjoy their meals. I've just learned that not everyone gives the same consideration, I don't expect it.

There is still time, maybe they'll ask if I want anything special or maybe they'll make some main vegie dish. After so many years they may have figured out what vegetarianism means. My in laws are nice, just a little clueless I think.

Mokey - you're right, in my experience, for the most part is the generation over 60 that doesn't "get it".

amy
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KL
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  09:53:38 AM  Show Profile Send KL a Private Message
Being over sixty, I can certainly understand that there is a generation out there that does not understand vegetarian preferences, but, they must be living with their heads in a bucket not to acknowledge that vegetarians are out there- and especially in your own family? that goes without saying for Vegans also. KL
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Boogie
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  10:37:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
Thank you KL, it's nice to know that not all of that generation lives with thier heads in the sand. My MIL did make me chicken once :) I still hold out hope one day that she'll really understand. I've only been a vegetarian for 5 years.

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tinkknits@aol.com
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  11:05:19 AM  Show Profile Send tinkknits@aol.com a Private Message
You just gotta love, Pick the meat out of the casserole or off of the pizza. I would get that all the time.
When I make spaghetti I make a marinara and serve the meatballs on the side for the meat eaters,etc. I really try to accomodate everyone as best as I can.

A Pasta Primavera is a great dish. I just sautee Portobello mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers and zucchini, cherry tomatoes cut in half, whatever else you like, in olive oil and add cooked Penne pasta. I use basil and oregano, salt and pepper and toss in some fresh grated parmesean or soy cheese if you rather, and red pepper flakes to taste. Everyone likes it and it makes a great side dish even for the meat eaters.

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Corrina
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  11:56:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Corrina's Homepage  Send Corrina a Yahoo! Message Send Corrina a Private Message
We did Thanksgiving last year at our friend's parents. They prepared the veggies without bacon/lard/etc. We brought our own tofurkey and gravy and a tasty dessert. I'm sorry your inlaws don't accomodate you in the same way. :(

I'm a big fan of broccoli rice casserole. It's hearty enough to be a main dish if you don't want to bring tofurkey, plus most everyone will eat it.
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Susan T-O
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  6:15:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by RoseByAny



I once went to a wedding with a boyfriend that, when I informed them that I was a vegetarian, his relatives told me that if I cut the chicken filet at an angle it would be okay to eat.



(Blinks eyes in stunned confusion) And their rationale for that would be...what?? That if you cut it that way, all the meat leaks out and you're left with vegetables??

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the
most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny.'" --Isaac Asimov
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Susan T-O
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  6:17:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by MoBarger

quote:
Originally posted by Susan T-O
mix together 1 can each regular & creamed corn (do not drain), 2 eggs, and one box of Jiffy corn muffin mix.


FYI -- Jiffy corn muffin mix contains lard.




I hadn't realized that [crazy] Just looked at the box, and yup there it is! I'm surprised my vegetarian friend eats it. . . maybe she doesn't know, either.

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the
most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny.'" --Isaac Asimov
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fmarrs
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Posted - 11/09/2005 :  11:05:07 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
Perfect timing. I got this in my mailbox this morning. I had forgotten about s**take mushrooms.

http://www.epicurious.com/cooking/holiday/thanksgiving/menus/veg_entree?mbid=RF

One word of advice--don't tell anyone you are bringing a vegetarian dish. Just tell them you brought some food. To some people labeling something vegetarian marks it as something "strange". Yet they will sit there and eat vegetables and fruits and all sorts of things and not comprehend that they fit into a vegetarian diet. I serve vegetarian recipes all the time..........but no one knows. If they ask, I tell them the ingredients. I don't label the dish.

fran

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WendyB
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Posted - 11/09/2005 :  12:09:16 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
You can hand it to them and if they say anything derogatory about it, just shrug your shoulders and calmly say "Well, you know. S**take happens."

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moxie
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Posted - 11/09/2005 :  12:21:39 PM  Show Profile Send moxie a Private Message
Amy,

Since my husband became a vegetarian, my mother has been very concerned and started to feed me extra meat. I swear, she's been trying to slip extra meat into my morning coffee and cereal in case I die of iron deficiency.
She tries to cook vegetarian for my husband but unfortunately it's been difficult to disabuse her of the idea that if the meat chunks are very small, they don't count.

My parents from a generation which got meat once a week if they were lucky and just don't understand the concept of not eating meat if it's there.

Best of luck this Tofurky-Day,

Moxie
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