FriendsGiving - PPK Style

I’m counting down to Thanksgiving (4 more days!), which I’ll be celebrating with Mike’s family.  They agreed to have a Vegan Thanksgiving again this year and I hope this becomes a long-standing family tradition.

Yesterday, I finished selecting the recipes that I’ll be making and I wanted to share my Thanksliving Pinterest Board in case it helps any of you to do the same.

As excited as I am for our family Thanksgiving, it’s going to be very hard to top the FriendsGiving Potluck Feast I had last weekend with my PPK friends!

It had been a while since we had all gotten together last time so it was especially great to see everyone – It was quite the reunion!

Megan and Bob were kind enough to host us at their place on the North Side of the city.

Jeni, Hector, and Phoebe the Pug drove all the way from their new home in Grand Rapids, MI to join us. (Note: you can check out Jeni’s scrumptious pictures & recap of our potluck on her blog thymeandlove.com).

Hector, a graphic designer, even came with gifts for us – stickers that he had designed.

Of course, Nissa, myself, and Mike were there as well.

We were also all super excited to have a new friend joining us – Elizabeth from the PPK forums is super sweet and an amazing cook, so I hope she’ll be a regular in our group from now on :-)

From Left to right: Nissa, Me, Elizabeth, Jeni & Phoebe, Bob, Meghan
Not Pictured: Mike & Hector (our photographers)

 

There was quite a lot of food there for the 8 of us!

The crockpot above contained the most amazing Maple Baked Beans, made by Jeni.  I loved that the beans were studded with bits of carrots & parsnips for even more healthy sweetness.

Jeni also made Edible Perspective’s Pumpkin Cornbread which paired perfectly with the beans.

Clockwise from Top Left: Sweet Potato Bake, Stuffing, Acorn Squash Risotto, Pumpkin Cornbread

 

Nissa brought the most amazing Sweet Potato Casserole(which I thought was dessert-worthy!) and a delicious Stuffing with Cranberries & Apple Sage Sausage.  

And Megan made the Acorn Squash Risotto with Cranberries from Isa Does It (a cookbook which I very highly recommend everyone add to their holiday wishlist!)

I had tried two new-to-me recipes by Dreena Burton: Her Festive Chickpea Tart and her Kale Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing.

The Festive Chickpea Tart, just like it sounds, would be a perfect holiday entree. Mine turned out pretty good, though I think it would have been fantastic if made correctly. I put way too much Parsley in mine and forgot to get Cranberry Sauce to serve it with, which really would have made the flavors pop.

The Kale Slaw surprised me by being a huge hit.  A couple of the guests even said they don’t normally like Kale, but they really enjoyed this salad – I think because the Kale is so well balanced with plenty of grated carrots and fennel.  The dressing was also fantastic.  The curry flavor is intended to be really light but I actually went ahead and doubled the amount of curry powder and was really happy with how it turned out.

But my favorite dish of the day was actually the absolutely perfectly prepared Roasted Brussels Sprouts above. Elizabeth made these with Maple & Dijon flavors and Tempeh Bacon too.  I so wish I knew the recipe for these, but alas, it was a completely improvised dish since she’s simply that good of a cook.

We were stuffed after the meal so we relaxed sipping on coffee & tea and listening to music to let our food settle for a while before enjoying dessert.

During this time, we even got a brief Ukulele lesson from Bob (a talented musician), and Mike showed us his Pug-Face.

Dessert was practically a whole meal in itself.  Of course, I had to try all three pies!

Jeni brought the Pumpkin Brownie Pie with Crunchy Pecan Topping from Oh She Glows.

Megan made an ooey gooey, perfectly spiced Apple Pie.

And Elizabeth brought the Pear Frangipane Tart from Vegan Pie in the Sky.

All three were delicious, but Elizabeth’s dish was my favorite of the Dessert course too.  The Pear Frangipane Tart had the most scrumptious Almond Custard and the Shortbread Crust was divine!

Best of all, I was lucky enough to re-live this entire meal again the next day.  Megan had brilliantly suggested that we all bring containers with us for leftovers, and I was so glad I did!

I’d love to hear from you!

What dish from our Potluck do you think you’d enjoy the most?

What’s your favorite vegan Thanksgiving dish?