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I know it's still early in November, but I'd like to get a head start on this so that I'll have time to try out new recipes before hand. In early December I'll be hosting a Christmas party and I'd like some ideas for holiday themed dishes to serve, especially for the main course. Almost everyone invited is an omni and a few of them are pretty iffy about vegan food, so I'd like everything to look great and taste great.<br><br>
I'd like to stay away from fake meats and cheeses, because I don't want them to sit down and immediately begin making comparisons.<br><br>
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Salad with walnuts and cranberries<br>
Cranberry-orange bread<br>
Green bean casserole<br>
Mashed potatoes<br>
Apple Pie and/or red velvet cake for dessert<br><br>
If anyone could add on to that or give me some suggestions for a soup or main course I'd really appreciate it. Could someone also recommend a wine?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> I'm water and iced tea gal myself, but I know some of the people coming would like to have a glass of wine with dinner.
 

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Oooh, that all sounds great!<br><br>
You could add stuffed squash; I like acorn because each person gets his own little half. I stuff mine with 1/2 wild rice, 1/2 white or brown rice, hazelnuts, craisins. Soak craisins. Precook rice in veg broth or water, add sauteed onions and garlic, chopped toasted hazelnuts, soaked craisins and rice to halved scooped out acorn squash. I add chopped apples, too, or celery, whatever you like. Then salt a little and spice. I add Bell's seasoning because it evokes autumn for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Enjoy your yummy food and your party!
 

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Looks like a great start. I'd add in something protein-rich. Perhaps a three bean stew or lentil chili. You could make red bean cakes or chickpea patties. Or baked tofu or seitan skewers. This time of year is great for hearty soups so you could do a creamy soup using soymilk or a thick black bean soup.
 

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At our last gourmet club dinner, one of the guys made this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/African-Curried-Coconut-Soup-with-Chickpeas-352349" target="_blank">African Curried Coconut Soup with Chickpeas</a>. It was definitely the star of the meal. Several of us have made the recipe since then (the photo is of a batch I made recently.) It was flavorful, hearty, and a huge hit with the omni crowd.<br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6289901091/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6212/6289901091_82b845f662.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br>
This <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Vegetarian-Cassoulet-241753" target="_blank">Vegetarian Cassoulet</a> was pretty easy to make and a very satisfying main dish. Also very popular with an omni crowd.
 

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I would make gourmet mini bean burgers! I remember when I was an omni I used to get drunk at pubs and then we would go to fast food restaurants. One day me and a girl were in Burger King, drunk, and I realised I didnt want all the gross processed stuff and she said "What about a bean pattie? the veggie burger." And we both got it and it was v nice... it was a revelation to my omni mind that meat wasnt the only thing that could be put in a burger. Another suggestion is falafels with hummus and taboulleh and salad.... and mini pitas...<br><br>
You could also make a kick ass veggie lasagna or some delicious eggplant pasta with garlic and lemon... or a red sauce pasta....
 

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At our last gourmet club dinner, one of the guys made this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/African-Curried-Coconut-Soup-with-Chickpeas-352349" target="_blank">African Curried Coconut Soup with Chickpeas</a>. It was definitely the star of the meal. Several of us have made the recipe since then (the photo is of a batch I made recently.) It was flavorful, hearty, and a huge hit with the omni crowd.<br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6289901091/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6212/6289901091_82b845f662.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br>
This <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Vegetarian-Cassoulet-241753" target="_blank">Vegetarian Cassoulet</a> was pretty easy to make and a very satisfying main dish. Also very popular with an omni crowd.</div>
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That looks absolutely delicious. I don't have any coconut milk, I wonder if soy milk will work... hmmmmm. Mrs. hates coconut anyway. I'm going to give it a try tonight.
 

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Thanks for all of the suggestions so far! I'm really loving the soup ideas and the cassoulet looks really delicious. I've never had it before, so I'm sorry if this a is a silly question, but how do you pronounce it correctly? Cass-o-let? Cass-o-le?<br><br>
I'm really afraid of doing a pasta dish dish though. I'll be cooking for super picky, onmi Italians and I feel like they might turn their noses up at an Italian dish that's not 100% traditional. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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yeah, that's a tough one... I always try not to do pasta for omnis because I feel like it plays into the vegan stereotype too much... good for you to start thinking of this so early!<br><br>
I really enjoy serving moussaka (baked dish with layers of sauteed eggplant and lentil-tomato sauce, topped with roux sauce) because it's really tasty and looks impressive. Plus eggplant has a bit of a meat-ish essence somehow - texture or something... and the lentils in the tomato sauce take the place of meat, which is how moussaka is traditionally made. <a href="http://www.healthyveganrecipes.net/video/vegetarian-moussaka-recipe" target="_blank">http://www.healthyveganrecipes.net/v...oussaka-recipe</a><br><br>
I've found that people - even omnis - are impressed with a quinoa or rice salad. You can season it like stuffing for a holiday meal, and bake it in a squash like LedBoots mentioned.<br><br>
A thick mushroom gravy with balsamic vinegar and/or red wine would be excellent with your mashed potatoes.<br><br>
And - if you're looking for a more unique dessert, check out this chocolate custard made with squash - SO amazing, and actually healthy!! <a href="http://www.manifestvegan.com/2010/10/chocolate-acorn-squash-baked-custard/" target="_blank">http://www.manifestvegan.com/2010/10...baked-custard/</a>
 

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I'm really loving the soup ideas and the cassoulet looks really delicious. I've never had it before, so I'm sorry if this a is a silly question, but how do you pronounce it correctly? Cass-o-let? Cass-o-le?</div>
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Not silly at all! It's French, pronounced cass-oo-lay. If you decide to make the cassoulet, definitely make the bread crumbs that go with it as a topping. Really yummy.
 

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You might try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMoosewood-Restaurant-Celebrates-Holidays-Occasions%2Fdp%2F0609808117" target="_blank">The Moosewood Celebrates,</a> or <a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/" target="_blank">The Vegetarian Times</a> Recipe Section for more ideas. Good luck. (641 is the cookbook section of the library). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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BTW the African Curried Coconut Soup with Chickpeas was excellent. I did everything per the recipe except the Coconut milk which I replaced with 1/2 the amount of soy milk so as to not make it too sweet.
 

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After talking to some of the people coming, it sounds like they've taken it upon themselves to make this into a potluck since they don't all want to eat vegan. I'm very much used to the idea of eating with omnis, so in that respect I'm not totally opposed to them bringing a favorite dish that they've already prepared....but it's still kind a of bummer. It feels like they may as well have said 'We aren't expecting much, so we'll just bring stuff we know is good'. I have a feeling they'll show up with chicken wings and ignore anything I make because 'they just don't eat vegan'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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awww.. that's so disappointing & frustrating... anyway, it's their loss!!
 

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After talking to some of the people coming, it sounds like they've taken it upon themselves to make this into a potluck since they don't all want to eat vegan. I'm very much used to the idea of eating with omnis, so in that respect I'm not totally opposed to them bringing a favorite dish that they've already prepared....but it's still kind a of bummer. It feels like they may as well have said 'We aren't expecting much, so we'll just bring stuff we know is good'. I have a feeling they'll show up with chicken wings and ignore anything I make because 'they just don't eat vegan'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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That's too bad. They're loss is your dinners for the next 2-3 days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> On the flip side, perhaps they're uncomfortable with veganism, and aren't sure what to expect. Also, at least in my part of the country (Seattle), when someone is invited to a dinner, they bring something, even if it's just wine or flowers or something, and that's what's happening. Mind you, I wouldn't mind being invited to a vegan dinner, even if it is just to give me ideas for dinner at home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:">
 

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Oh, they know what to expect. It's going to be mostly my boyfriend's relatives. We've all eaten together before, so they understand that vegan food isn't all tofu and apple juice. However, this isn't going to be a case of everyone bringing one or two things as a polite gesture. I think now they're expecting me to make something small for myself and bring a complete meal for themselves, not just a side dish or drink. So far his mother has mentioned bringing chicken wings, dry ribs, a cheese platter, and cheese sticks. That's not counting what both of his brothers and their girlfriends will bring.<br><br>
Maybe I'm being overly sensitive, but sometimes it feels like...why bother? I was hoping this could be opportunity to make a nice vegan dinner that even omni's could enjoy, but why cook a vegan spread when they're just going to bring chicken wings and ribs? When I made dessert for Thanksgiving dinner nobody touched it except my boyfriend. Nobody.<br><br>
Now it looks like I'll be the odd one out at the very same party I was planning to cook for.
 

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Oh, they know what to expect. It's going to be mostly my boyfriend's relatives. We've all eaten together before, so they understand that vegan food isn't all tofu and apple juice. However, this isn't going to be a case of everyone bringing one or two things as a polite gesture. I think they're expecting me to make something small for myself and bring a complete meal for themselves, not just a side dish or drink. So far his mother has mentioned bringing chicken wings, dry ribs, a cheese platter, and cheese sticks. That's not counting what both of his brothers and their girlfriends will bring.<br><br>
Maybe I'm being overly sensitive, but sometimes it feels like...why bother? I was hoping this could be opportunity to make a nice vegan dinner that even omni's could enjoy, but why cook a vegan spread when they're just going to bring chicken wings and ribs? When I made dessert for Thanksgiving dinner nobody touched it except my boyfriend. Nobody.<br><br>
Now it looks like I'll be the odd one out at the very same party I was planning to cook for.</div>
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I'm sorry that sucks, maybe you can make it a mandatory thing that they have to try it? I mean, it's worth a shot, right? If not then you have lunch for a few days. Sorry that they don't want to eat your yummy vegan food.
 

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If you're down with the idea, I have a tamale or enchilada recipe (including a killer green chile gravy) that will blow them away. They both are frequently requested by my omni family members.Let me know and I'll be happy to send them your way.
 

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Oh, they know what to expect. <b>It's going to be mostly my boyfriend's relatives.</b> We've all eaten together before, so they understand that vegan food isn't all tofu and apple juice. However, this isn't going to be a case of everyone bringing one or two things as a polite gesture. <b>I think now they're expecting me to make something small for myself and bring a complete meal for themselves, not just a side dish or drink. So far his mother has mentioned bringing chicken wings, dry ribs, a cheese platter, and cheese sticks. That's not counting what both of his brothers and their girlfriends will bring.</b><br><br>
Maybe I'm being overly sensitive, but sometimes it feels like...why bother? I was hoping this could be opportunity to make a nice vegan dinner that even omni's could enjoy, but why cook a vegan spread when they're just going to bring chicken wings and ribs? <b>When I made dessert for Thanksgiving dinner nobody touched it except my boyfriend. Nobody.</b><br><br>
Now it looks like I'll be the odd one out at the very same party I was planning to cook for.</div>
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I bolded a few things that caught my eye. Sounds like you've had this problem before, even at family events and holidays. Tell them you are supplying the meal, and if they are hungry afterwards, they can get something at home, or go through a drive through. You have a soup, salad, main course, side dish and dessert covered, they don't have to bring anything.
 

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After going back and reading your original post , I have to say I agree with Purp. Your menu sounds amazing, and I know lots of omnis who would agree. I say stick to your guns and go with your original plan.
 

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This is fabulous! I served it last Christmas Eve, and think it would be wonderful with roasted butternut or acorn squash.<br><br><a href="http://desertcandy.blogspot.com/2011/01/persian-jeweled-rice.html" target="_blank">http://desertcandy.blogspot.com/2011...eled-rice.html</a>
 
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