Although my family was raised with no religion (lapsed Catholic dad and Jewish mom) we always, of course, did Christmas with my dad's side of the family.
Even after we were adults my mom continued to host Christmas dinner, even with no actual people around who celebrated Christmas for real.
Now, what with marriages and children, we still share Christmas dinner together. And I alway try to bring some vegan goodies to share.
This year's contributions:
Rustic White Bean and Mushroom casserole from Veganomicon
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from The Joy of Vegan Baking
I had left over pie filling, which I put in a ramekin, so I'm well-aware that this is a dense, rich, decadent dessert.
And I was liberally tasting the casserole all along the way, so I'm pretty confident it's a savory hearty rib-sticking dish.
I will say that while the Pie couldn't be easier to make, the casserole is a bit work-intensive. And the recipe is a little confusing. It instructs you to do some simultaneous work, and you're taking some vegetables out of the stewing beans and plopping others in, and I got a little confused about the timeline and order of vegetable intervention.
But I'm pretty sure the results are worth it...how will I stop from digging in with this sitting on my counter: