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I will be back with much more detail but for now…this was ]our two-day menu…

Christmas Eve

Finger foods/snacks

Vegan sushi

Vegan bruschetta and garlic rounds

Eggless Egg Salad finger sandwiches

Shrimp w/cocktail sauce

Carnivorous Sushi

Wine accompaniments ~ Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay

and Makers Mark

~*~

Christmas Day

Vegan Roast en croute

Casserole de Broccoli y Rice

Roasted purple potatoes with rosemary, garlic  and spices

Prime Rib au jus

Ultimate Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Wine accompaniments ~ Rodney Strong 2006 Merlot

and Benziger 2010 Chardonnay

Reviews and details coming soon!

Cheers!

V

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…a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite. I’ll meet you any time you want at our Italian restaurant…

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

I bought some vegan friendly candy for my daughter and some fancy chili-mango chocolate for my husband.

It’s the one time of year where I can combine my two favourite things…the colour purple and hearts!

 

     ~ Tonight’s Menu ~        

French bread ~ garlic kissed and grilled with fresh bruschetta

Bella Dona Salad Redux  ~ mixed greens with vanilla tarragon vinaigrette and garnished with thinly sliced apples and crushed pistachios)*

Calamarata Pasta ~  paired with a red sauce combined with pinches of vegan sausage, wilted onions and garlic and fresh basil*

And for dessert…

 ¡Bessame mucho, mi esposo!

 

 

 

 

*Click here for recipes 

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…is just a Charcuterie.

Ha! Tricked ya, didn’t I?

In years past I would make the kids dinner and send their little butts to bed at the agreed upon time on Christmas Eve. As they got older, it became more difficult lol. After they were in bed, not sleeping, my husband and I would enjoy a nice meal served on nice china, candles glowing and a nice glass of wine. We would have this wonderful herbed quiche I would purchase from the caterer who was literally down the street and serve with it a nice mixed green salad w/a home-made balsamic dressing. We’d have music on and chat. Waiting patiently for those noisy children to finally drift off before the rush began.

The rush…hurrying to put together a million little pieces of a Micro Machines city set all packaged up in this container shaped like a van. You’d open it up and inside was a mini city that you could play with. I declare it had more than a thousand stickers… or putting together a Little Tykes toy w/o making too much noise.

Then we’d fill the stockings and put them by their doorways. They were allowed to open those when they woke up and go in each other’s rooms but they had to leave us alone until (we’d say a certain time) and only then can they come get us. THEN (we were so evil lol) we would go downstairs, making them wait at the top of the steps and have coffee and get ready, making sure the camera and video cam was ready and then we’d stand at the bottom of the stairs. We’d look up and they’d protest while giggling and we’d just sip coffee and tease them.

Finally we’d let them loose. Those were such fun times and times I hope they’ll never forget and remember with such fondness as we do.

So what does this have to do with meat … particularly on a blog about vegans?

Well with those days gone and my children in their teens and don’t just go to bed at 8:00. SO… every year we’d have a nice dinner with some seafood and a nice salad. This is not a possibility this year. One of us decided she was vegan. As I was wandering around Fresh Market tonight looking to spend money (apparently since I couldn’t just leave) and thought, I know, I’ll make a platter of assorted cheeses and meat. I was happily perusing all the lovely choices and then it hit me…DOH! We have a vegan amongst us.

I then went about and picked up grapes,  fresh made bruschetta and garlic toasted french bread rounds. Also I picked up lavash crackers and I have fresh humus already in the fridge. So we’re all set YAY!

Tomorrow I will make a vegan cheesecake for the girl child. I think everyone will eat it, shouldn’t be a problem. I do need to figure out what to serve her for her main dish. Maybe I’ll make that mushroom pie or even some “buttered” pasta and she can add veggies that I’m serving to the pasta to make a custom dish.

I should be wrapping gifts but I am happy to sit here typing and watching NCIS… gotta love the Gibbs…but that’s for another time.

PS: Isn’t that the coolest Christmas tree you ever saw? I miss the beach and the water and some day I’ll be going back there permanently…to where all our memories of Christmas as a family began…

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