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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Save-a-Turkey Day 2013

Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless
Christmas dinner’s dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey’s point of view.
Sunday dinner isn’t sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.
Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
‘Til I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner’s point of view.

—Shel Silverstein



The upside-down pear gingerbread cake in process.


My cruelty-free Thanksgiving menu:

  • cranberry sauce (the easy peasy version: 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water per 4 cups cranberries)
  • super-easy lentil roast (recipe from Thanksvegan, which I picked up at the Boston Veg Fest)
  • cashew gravy
  • stuffing-by-the-seat-of-my pants (it’ll have portobello mushrooms for sure)
  • sweet potato casserole with millet and kale (I’m making this up t00—recipe forthcoming!)
  • garlic mashed potatoes
  • roasted carrots and parsnips
  • cornbread (just the Trader Joe’s mix with corn kernels added)


And for dessert:

  • pumpkin pudding
  • upside-down pear gingerbread cake, veganized out of Jeanne Lemlin’s Vegetarian Classics (feel free to email me for the recipe)
  • coconut cream topping, recipe courtesy of Nina Hayes
  • homemade apple cider (sort of—I’m going to juice a bunch of apples and mull with cinnamon sticks)


I’m feeling very grateful—today and EVERY day—for a clear mind, excellent health and a body that does everything I ask of it, faithful friends and wonderful family, and the opportunity to make a living following my bliss. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


3 Comments to Save-a-Turkey Day 2013

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    November 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I never realized that Shel Silverstein was a veg!

    I made a good stuffing before I left and added pine nuts, which I thought added a nice flavor/crunch.

  2. November 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!! Grateful for such wonderful friends. Your last sentence makes me so happy!

  3. Alex's Gravatar Alex
    November 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I am about to eat this glorious and joyful meal! The world can be jealous. Thank you Camille!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.