Louise is has been a strict vegetarian since she lived in Israel, almost twenty years ago. So what does she do for Thanksgiving dinner? Every Thanksgiving, the folk dance club meets at Marsha’s house for a pot luck feast. Lousie is in good company there, because almost all of the folk dancers are vegetarians too. What did everyone bring this year? Local favorites include: white rice, vegetarian chili, macaroni salad, potato salad, vegetarian sushi, eggplant manapua, kim chi, and Okinawan sweet potato casserole. More traditional fare includes: grilled corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, tofurkey, faux ham, mushroom gravy, wild rice stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry chutney, and freshly baked whole wheat buns. Drinks: wine, beer, Hawaiian Sun Lilikoi iced tea, and Aloha strawberry guava juice.
- Louise doesn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but one thing she does know how to make is a good kabocha soup. She cooked up a big pot of it and brought it to the pot luck. She doesn’t have a recipe, but here’s how she makes it: cook the kabocha in the microwave for 12 minutes. Brown onions and garlic in a bit of coconut oil. Scoop the flesh out of the skin and into a blender. Add a can of coconut milk. Blend and pour into a pan. Add crushed garlic, grated ginger, the juice of one lime, salt, pepper and a dash of curry to taste. The longer you simmer it, the better it tastes. Don’t have a kabocha handy? Any yellow squash will do.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Louise and the gang!