November 20, 2009
HSUS staff share some favorite Thanksgiving recipes
Sampling foods and taste-testing new recipes is something of an art form around The HSUS. We've even held contests to judge the best entries for desserts and all-around cooking!
Staff members are only too happy to share some of their favorite holiday recipes, from tangy jalapeño-cranberry dip to savory pumpkin pie. Try them, and tell us what you think!
Calif. Senior State Director Jennifer Fearing offers a “must-have” tangy dip that has been pleasing crowds at her holiday parties for years.
Thanksgiving Day Tofu
Bernie Unti, senior policy advisor to HSUS president Wayne Pacelle, doesn’t think of himself as a cook, but has made this dish “dozens” of times to good effect. “I used to feed it to my graduate school classmates at our holiday party,” Bernie says. Required eating, we wonder?
Savory Non-Turkey Casserole
Vice President of Government Affairs Nancy Perry is a perennial favorite at dinner parties, as she always comes with a dish in hand. She says people faint for this fave faux turkey casserole.
Baked Acorn Squash
Betsy McFarland, senior director for companion animals, says this no-fuss recipe makes it easy for any host/hostess to entertain a houseful of guests—including the 4-legged kind—and still get a terrific meal on the table in time.
Cranberry Apple Crumble
Heather Sullivan, director of public relations for The HSUS, says "This is the Sullivan-family tradition. I can’t remember a holiday feast without it. Holidays can get pretty crazy in the kitchen, but this recipe is super easy to assemble the night before. Just toss it in the oven about an hour before you want to eat. It is also very good reheated (or even cold) the next day."
Cranberry Shortbread Sandwiches
Arnold Baer, director of field services for The HSUS, wishes he could take credit for this delicious cookie, but it was his wife Marilyn Lapidus Baer who was inspired to veganize a recipe she found in Better Homes and Gardens to make this decadent and really satisfying dessert cookie.
A prolific and enthusiastic gardener, Janet Snyder, director of outreach and training for The HSUS Urban Wildlife Program, no doubt grows her own heirloom pumpkins for her pies, but she doesn't mind us using canned filling if we don't have a green thumb (or time, or a garden).
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