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Move over, turkey (Vegan alert)
Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO ^ | November 17, 2006 | April E. Clark

Posted on 11/17/2006 9:43:00 AM PST by DogByte6RER

Move over, turkey

April E. Clark Post Independent Staff November 17, 2006

If Margie Garrett had her wish, she'd be having a turkey at her Thanksgiving dinner.

But this turkey wouldn't be roasted, fried or stuffed. It would be a guest.

"I'd love to invite one to dinner," said Garrett, who has worked at Good Health grocery store for 10 years. "I would love to have one as a pet turkey some day."

Each year, Garrett hosts a Thanksgiving spread that features enough food to make anyone forget about turkey. She's been a vegetarian since 1972 and, more recently, is a vegan, a lifestyle that avoids using or consuming all animal products.

"I'm telling you, by the time you finish dinner, you don't even miss the gobble gobble," she said. "I have all the trimmings."

Garrett's Thanksgiving menu includes homemade vegetarian stuffing covered with mushroom gravy, cranberries, salads, mashed potatoes, creamed peas, and baked squash stuffed with wild rice. Dessert features homemade pumpkin pie with organic whipping cream.

"People always ask me, 'Well, what do you eat?' But look at all this," she said. "The stuffing is so good when you make it from scratch."

For a turkey alternative, vegetarian-friendly stores such as Good Health sells Tofurkey, an organic, meatless tofu product that can be served alongside traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Tempe and tofu can also be substituted as Thursday's main course.

"If you're looking for a fake meat-type thing, one of the dishes I make - and I raised my family on it - is tempe or tofu diced up, sautéd in olive oil and coated with nutritional yeast on it," she said. "It makes a crispy brown coating that is almost like fried chicken."

Garrett has so many recipes for a vegetarian Thanksgiving, she doesn't even miss the leftover turkey sandwiches.

"I'm so determined for my love for the little animals, I don't miss the leftover turkey sandwiches," she said.

Being thankful doesn't require a turkey on a platter, Garret said.

"We're thankful, right, that we live in this valley," she said. "There's much to be thankful for, and it doesn't have to involve a poor little turkey."

Unless, of course, it's sitting at the kid's table enjoying a home-cooked meal.

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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What's Tofurkey?

• Tofurkey is a pre-cooked meatless turkey alternative made with organic non-genetically engineered soybeans.

• Tofurkey products are made from a combination of organic tofu and vital wheat gluten made with all-natural, vegan flavors an no msg or hvp.

• Tofurkey is certified vegan by the UK Vegan Society. The product uses nongenetically modified or organic ingredients and are packed in 100 percent recycled paperboard packaging.

UGGGHHHH! Tofurkey?!?! How disgusting! Rest assured vegans, I have a great turkey stuffing recipe in which the turkey is stuffed with veal. How does that sound to you? For every turkey that you hugging vegans don't eat, I will cook an additional turkey just to make up for the deficit. I love all animals...because they are so delicious.

1 posted on 11/17/2006 9:43:02 AM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
packed in 100 percent recycled paperboard packaging.

How do you tell the difference between the product and the packaging?

2 posted on 11/17/2006 9:44:43 AM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 119: 97-176)
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To: DogByte6RER

Let them eat tofurkey, It helps keeps the price down on the real thing...........


3 posted on 11/17/2006 9:44:50 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: DogByte6RER

Tofurkey?

COSMIC BARF-OUT!


4 posted on 11/17/2006 9:44:51 AM PST by roaddog727 (BullS##t does not get bridges built)
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To: baker_girl; wallcrawlr

eh-hem...


5 posted on 11/17/2006 9:45:08 AM PST by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: DogByte6RER

I'm thinking of trying a Turduchen this year...


6 posted on 11/17/2006 9:45:28 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: DogByte6RER
more recently, is a vegan, a lifestyle that avoids using or consuming all animal products.

creamed peas,...organic whipping cream

Am I missing something about where cream comes from?

7 posted on 11/17/2006 9:45:45 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DogByte6RER; cyborg

Picked up birdzilla yesterday: 23 pounds.


My "crunchy con" sweetheart wife was less than impressed.


8 posted on 11/17/2006 9:46:07 AM PST by Petronski (BRABANTIO: Thou art a villain. IAGO: You are--a senator. ---Othello I.i.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I would happily invite Margie Garrett to my home on Thanksgiving for dinner. She could listen to Adam Sandler's 'Thansgiving Song' while I heap loads of turkey meat and veal dressing onto her plate.

Check out Sandler's turkey day ditty at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JsILdSZf-0


9 posted on 11/17/2006 9:46:29 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Birds of a feather flock together. There is less than a standard deviation between Margie Garrett's IQ and a turkey's IQ.


10 posted on 11/17/2006 9:46:55 AM PST by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I was thinking of deep-frying my tofurkey cajun-style this year.

/barf


11 posted on 11/17/2006 9:47:39 AM PST by Disambiguator (;^))
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To: DogByte6RER; MadIvan
poor little turkey

My foot, vegetarians who claim moral superiority really get up my nose.

12 posted on 11/17/2006 9:48:19 AM PST by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: DogByte6RER
A bacon-coated Turducken


13 posted on 11/17/2006 9:49:21 AM PST by Doomonyou (I voted and all I got was a FUBAR Congress.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Tofurkey is not bad tasting at all.

Go ahead and eat all the turkey you want....I will abstain.... LOL!

This is what makes America great! ;)

14 posted on 11/17/2006 9:49:26 AM PST by BossLady
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To: DogByte6RER
"I would love to have one as a pet turkey some day."

That's "companion turkey" you condescending speciesist dirtbag!

15 posted on 11/17/2006 9:49:31 AM PST by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: DogByte6RER; Mrs Ivan
I'm a vegetarian for health reasons. There is a history of diabetes in my family, and a diet of this kind helps me avoid those problems.

But this choice, which reflects my personal circumstances has to do with health, not a moral stance. Go ahead and kill that turkey - it's too stupid to know not to stand out in the rain. :)

Regards, Ivan

16 posted on 11/17/2006 9:50:42 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Uhhh .... No, thanks.

2 Turkeys.

20 quarts of Peanut Oil.

1 small tank of propane.

1 large pot and burner.

Pumpkin Ale stays in the icebox until AFTER the turkeys are done.

17 posted on 11/17/2006 9:51:12 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alouette

Even here in San Francisco some people think it is a bit much; on the train during summer before the 4th of July I overheard a girl telling a friend "and I told him NO TOFU, I want ribs on the barbque".


18 posted on 11/17/2006 9:56:38 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: Petronski

I should have followed you!


19 posted on 11/17/2006 9:57:28 AM PST by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

The pumpkin ale should opened and ceremoniously consumed at the moment you start the flame on your burner.


20 posted on 11/17/2006 9:59:31 AM PST by dmz
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To: Froufrou; DogByte6RER

Hubby ordered our Turducken (14-16 pound average with Turkey, Duck, Chicken and Cajun Sausage) a month ago. We'll be ready to start defrosting it on Sunday.

It will be joined on the festive holiday table by a deep fried turkey and some Virginia Ham.

Our group of 25 will be well fed on MEAT and great-grandma's homemade pies.
:)



21 posted on 11/17/2006 10:00:45 AM PST by MudPuppy (St Michael Protect Us!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hey it's your choice to eat whatever you want.


22 posted on 11/17/2006 10:00:47 AM PST by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: DogByte6RER
My wife is a vegan. She used to be a vegetarian and one year she bought the 'tofurky' package which came with the 'turkey' stuffing, gravy and something else. The damned thing cost around $35.00. It was horrible; she was so PO'd. Plus I cooked a real turkey.

Normally, she can make stuff that you would swear was meat but that tofurkey stuff is plain nasty.
23 posted on 11/17/2006 10:00:52 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Meat gave our less civilized ancestors the caloric firepower to beat the crap out of everything else below us on the food chain.

If I made moral judgements about a homosexual, preached to them about how they should live their lives, and called them indifferant to the medical cost of their chosen lifestyle, I would be labeled a small-minded, homophobic, inconsiderate bastard who is trying to force his values on innocent people who want no part of his outdated, bigoted ideas. However, Vegans are encouraged to look down their noses at we carnivores in exactly the same manor...and they are made to look like nobel, dedicated people, concerned with the welfare of others. Some double standard!

24 posted on 11/17/2006 10:01:32 AM PST by 50sDad (I respect other religions by allowing them the right to worship. But they still are wrong.)
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To: Doomonyou

That's so wrong!!!!! Two hours to lunch and you post that! That's just not nice!!


25 posted on 11/17/2006 10:02:55 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: MudPuppy

Room for two more??? [/drool]


26 posted on 11/17/2006 10:02:56 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Doomonyou

My cholesterol just went up looking at that picture...;-)

Looks good though...


27 posted on 11/17/2006 10:03:45 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: DogByte6RER
If you're looking for a fake meat-type thing

One thing I will never understand about Vegans. Why, if meat disgusts them so much, do they serve Tofu or other gelatinous mucks, shaped and/or flavored just like turkey, or hamburger, or bacon, or whatever.

Also, the Nimrod that wanted to have a turkey to dinner, not for dinner? I wonder if she's ever really been around those birds?

28 posted on 11/17/2006 10:04:52 AM PST by Last Laugh
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To: Doomonyou
Ummmmm...un-neccessary bacon...uurughh!
29 posted on 11/17/2006 10:05:35 AM PST by 50sDad (I respect other religions by allowing them the right to worship. But they still are wrong.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Nothing like a good fried turkey!

We fry one every year, sometimes, our friends come over the day before with their turkeys and we just fry turkeys all day long.

30 posted on 11/17/2006 10:09:48 AM PST by Last Laugh
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To: dmz
The pumpkin ale should opened and ceremoniously consumed at the moment you start the flame on your burner.

Not without a designated fryer, LOL! That can be pretty dangerous, drinking and frying.

31 posted on 11/17/2006 10:11:51 AM PST by Last Laugh
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To: Red Badger

More turkey for me!


32 posted on 11/17/2006 10:12:38 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: DogByte6RER

"Pumpkin pie" is a custard, an that is made with eggs. So how does she make it if she doesn't eat eggs?


33 posted on 11/17/2006 10:12:43 AM PST by Wiser now (A bitter, sour old woman is the crowning work of the devil.)
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To: Lx
. . .one year she bought the 'tofurky' package which came with the 'turkey' stuffing, gravy and something else.

And something else? LOL!

34 posted on 11/17/2006 10:13:41 AM PST by Last Laugh
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To: Wyatt's Torch; Lx
Picture that, plus 10 pounds of buttery mashed potatoes with half a gallon of gravy, 10 pounds of sausage stuffing, candied yams, a couple of Guinness, pumpkin pie with whipped cream... HD Football on the big screen...

Whoa, I'm getting dizzy... heart palpitations... must...sit...down...

Where... is... the... remote...

35 posted on 11/17/2006 10:15:20 AM PST by Doomonyou (I voted and all I got was a FUBAR Congress.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I've been eating Tofurky with my vegan (and conservative Republican) family members for about the last 8 years for both TG and CM meals.

I like it.....They like it, no problem. I get turkey all the time on work sites, so it's a nice change. In fact, the year we had TG at SIL's sister's house, it was the closest thing to real turkey anyone brought.

That was also the TG that we ate off off a plastic Happy Birthday table cloth off of Bugs Bunny Disposable plates and had bad BBQ on cheap buns---- Martha Stewart has nothing to fear from that family ;)


36 posted on 11/17/2006 10:20:26 AM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: 50sDad

I know a fair number of vegans (didn't say I understood their choices, mind you), but I have never before seen anyone encouraging vegans to behave a certain way towards non-vegans.

Some vegans, just like some meat eaters, are just a-holes naturally. Some of the meat eaters on this thread are behaving just as you describe the vegans.

That being said, that turkey with the bacon on top ROCKS!


37 posted on 11/17/2006 10:21:04 AM PST by dmz
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To: DogByte6RER

Martin Sheen donated a few tofurkeys to our town's homeless shelter a few years ago. IIRC the homeless weren't too appreciative.


38 posted on 11/17/2006 10:21:08 AM PST by Dr. Zzyzx
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To: DogByte6RER
***Also from the article: What's Tofurkey? ***

It's PEOPLE!! Tofurkey is PEOPLE!!

39 posted on 11/17/2006 10:24:54 AM PST by Condor51 (Tagline Under Construction - Kindly Wear Your Hardhat)
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To: Last Laugh; dmz
designated fryer

Thank you ... that's me, the designated fryer. Three or four gallons of bio-diesel feedstock, over a naked flame? I'll keep my wits about me ...

40 posted on 11/17/2006 10:30:20 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: dmz; 50sDad

Good point.

In all my experience with my family at meals etc, you wouldn't know who was vegan and who wasn't. Same with professional meetings and events. Most vegetarians/vegans I deal with aren't militant about it.

However, I can always count on vegetarians/vegans to catch it on these threads, even though many Freepers are, well....
vegetarians/vegans.

I guess no one told them meat eating was a conservative requirement ;)


41 posted on 11/17/2006 10:35:17 AM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: Condor51
lol I just watched 'Soylent Green' last weekend on DVD (from NetFlix.) Since so many of the environmentalist 'greens' relish this soy based tofu 'tofurkey' maybe tofurkey should be renamed 'Soylent Green.' If the euthanasia movement merges with the vegan environmentalists, and throw in a pinch of Al Gore and then poof! You've got Soylent Green! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
42 posted on 11/17/2006 10:37:33 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: ArrogantBustard
Three or four gallons of bio-diesel feedstock, over a naked flame? I'll keep my wits about me ...

You do that, stay safe!

I've never seen what could happen, but I've imagined it plenty of times. My husband is always the designated fryer, because sober or not, that bubbling grease scares me to death!

43 posted on 11/17/2006 10:47:46 AM PST by Last Laugh
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To: DogByte6RER

Vegetarian: Indian word for lousy hunter!
Ms.B


44 posted on 11/17/2006 10:50:15 AM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (women who behave rarely make history)
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To: 50sDad

>>Vegans are encouraged to look down their noses at we carnivores in exactly the same manor

More ammo just in case (you can never have too much ammunition)

THE NAÏVE VEGETARIAN : http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/vegetarian.html


45 posted on 11/17/2006 10:50:28 AM PST by DelphiUser ("You can lead a man to knowledge, but you can't make him think")
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To: najida

We like to politicize everything here. I think my loafers are democrats.


46 posted on 11/17/2006 10:55:11 AM PST by dmz
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To: DogByte6RER

Not a turkey fan myself, but what else are they good for other than eating?


47 posted on 11/17/2006 10:56:16 AM PST by dforest (Don't get fooled, the bigger struggle is still out there, and growing)
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To: dmz

My cats sure are....

My cockatoo is a libertarian, that's for sure.


48 posted on 11/17/2006 10:56:25 AM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Tofurkey. That's disgusting. We're having 2 turkeys this year - one smoked, and one BBQ'd.


49 posted on 11/17/2006 10:58:42 AM PST by dontposttome
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To: najida
I respect anyone who cares so much about their own bodies and health that they are willing to undergo such an excercise as to avoid lovely, wonderful, succulant, dripping, fabulous meat. I really do. I salute them.

And the other side of the coin is, of course, I shouldn't be made out to be Adolf Hitler because I enjoy eating an animal that is raised exclusively for it's meat and milk.

50 posted on 11/17/2006 10:59:43 AM PST by 50sDad (I respect other religions by allowing them the right to worship. But they still are wrong.)
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