Sunday, November 14, 2010

blended soups, hipsters, and chapbooks

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My quest to find the perfect butternut squash soup recipe (ala the amazing bowl eaten at Farm) continues. The latest recipe included apples, leeks, and walnuts. It was pretty delicious, but the acidity of the apples + leeks were a little much, so I added some coconut milk. Not just right but getting closer…

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The biggest news of late is that I will be tackling a local Thanksgiving meal or “a hipster Thanksgiving feast” for Foodbuzz’s November 24^3 event (24 bloggers, 24 meals, 24 hours). I’m really excited to have the opportunity to participate again (see last year’s epic 24^3 event), but this time I won’t have energy bar Dan’s creative expertise or culinary assistance.

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Between 15-20 people will attend, so we’ll see how it all goes down. I am requiring my guests to dress appropriately. And we may be compiling a chap book as part of the event. I also wanted to make my own paper to print the menu on, but my mom said I was getting a little carried away…(yes, I’m all about go big or go home).

Exhibit A: a handbound chapbook (filled with poetry and art, etc.). Last year I made 33 of these…

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I’ve also been researching different local products and delicious recipes to serve…if you have any creative Thanksgiving dish recipes, send them my way!

Exhibit B: delicious local bread from the Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery. 

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I’ll be purchasing the majority of food supplies locally, including an Amish turkey and lots of vegetables. This will be an epic Thanksgiving.

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What’s your fave Thanksgiving dish (if you celebrate)…any unusual dishes unique to your family?    

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27 comments:

  1. Hey "go big or go home" - this is yo mama. I've found we have quite a few plaid shirts and cardigans around here, but Dad has emphatically stated that he will not be wearing skinny jeans. The hardships of 'going big' with us slowing you down!! This should be fun!!! Jesting aside, I'm on board!

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  2. way cool! that sounds awesome. i wish i had a unique dish for my family. i think that jello creme pie is as out there as we get. we usually do the standards although we MUST have *can* cranberry sauce hahah

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  3. That bread looks wonnnderful! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom's homemade stuffing :)

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  4. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I am all about the turkey ;)

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  5. STUFFING. I've been thinking about it nonstop for a week. My breakfast, lunch and dinner the day after thanksgiving will also revolve around stuffing haha and maybe the occasional green monster!
    Those chapbooks are so cute!

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  6. Thanksgiving at our house is usually a pot pie with lots of veggies and tempeh, homemade cranberry sauce, an amazing vegan stuffing with chestnuts, mashed potatoes (last year it was a trifecta mash! amazing!), and vegan pumpkin cheesecake for dessert :)

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  7. That's awesome Emily!! I can't wait to hear how it goes.
    My favorite dish at Thanksgiving, which is so random...is cranberry sauce. My aunt makes one with orange zest and walnuts and it's always amazing. She also made a really good pumpkin mousse last year. Fabulous.

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  8. i'm a stuffing freak. sweet potatoes too. i should make stuffing year round so that i'm not such a crazy person on turkey day!

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  9. excuse my ignorance Em, but what's a chapbook?

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  10. ooh this sounds so fun--I can't wait to read about it!! I'll have lots of yummy Tgiving recipes on my recipe in the next two weeks, maybe you'll find something good for your party :)

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  11. Can't wait to see more of your Thanksgiving ... sounds like it'll be awesome! : )

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  12. great soup and your blog rocks love your nutrition tips I am positive you help folks :-)

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  13. That sounds like such a fun event! For Thanksgiving, I'm all about the squash. Usually stuffed with wild rice of some kind. I'm super excited to read all about what you come up with!

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  14. Sounds like you have a nice holiday in the works. Our family catered in Persian food one year, with a salmon for the protein food because no one does turkey really and there are some other reasons and such, so we go non-traditional.

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  15. We are looking forward to this "special" themed Thanksgiving with you Em. Sheena is already stressing out about the fact that she doesn't own anything plaid! Cripes.

    ....I say as long as we can use the traditional table cloth we are good to go!!! Bring it on!!

    Aunt Kim

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  16. i'm prettttty sure that soup looks AMAZING! and i can't wait to hear about your thanksgiving feast you come up with. i bet atleast one of the dishes include pumpkin ;)

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  17. I'm excited for your dinner. I don't know if you have ever had a deep fried turkey, but it is the best. Seriously...
    I made Tuscan Squash Curry Soup for a chef demo at MRH today. The kids thought it was weird. I don't know what they were talking about, but it was really good. I drizzled thyme oil on top and garnished with roasted squash seeds. oh yeah, it was pureed:)
    I think you should make home paper and silk screen it yourself. Its not that hard. especially if you have a local art store to help you out. Go get it.

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  18. I'm also doing the 24x24 event this month. I look forward to reading your post.

    ps. can you send me one of those AWESOME notebooks?

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  19. Wow, your Thanksgiving is going to be awesome!! I can't wait to see more... especially those chapbooks :)

    Sues

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  20. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do 24x24! I mean, you're going to feast, so why not get it reimbursed?

    I'll keep posted to see how it turns out!

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  21. I just love those books! I know it's not food/nutrition related, but could you do a post on how to make them? :)

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  22. i love the seedyness of the bread! i looks really hearty <3 wow im amazed that u made 33 last year of those books- theyre super creative and a genius idea!! <3

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  23. Man, I am totally unhip and un-with it. ...What is a chapbook??

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  24. i like your butternut squash soup recipe, adding butternut in your soup is a big factor that kids will surely leave this bowl empty.

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  25. What do you mean by chapbook?

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  26. Hi Emily!

    I just found your blog through my sister's blog, at Embracing Liberties :)

    How are you doing? I hope you're doing well! I just thought I'd let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog, and that I just had butternut squash soup today, for the first time. It was delicious! Thought you'd like to know.

    I'm curious about the chapbooks too - they look fun and I'd love to know how to make them.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Katie

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  27. We add Indian spices to our Turkey and it's amazinggg!

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