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Old 01-25-2011, 05:11 AM   #31
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I once did an interview for a paper with one of my mom's dear friends, a lifetime, three-generations vegan. I'd referred to myself as a dedicated omnivore. Once, later, she said "carnivore". I laughingly corrected her. Omnivore. Our bodies were built to be able to function on a great variety of foods, and I'm all for all of it (except maybe the really weird stuff). But we do a fair number (at least once a week) of meatless meals, and I've had plenty of vegetarian friends, so have a decent repetoir of vegetarian type dishes.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:30 AM   #32
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I have never understood why so many meat lovers are SO negative when meatless menus are suggested, or even mentioned. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a meatless meal now and then... Wild Mushroom Risotto? Butternut Squash Risotto? Pasta Puttanesca? Hearty bean soups? There's so much delicious food out there, and not all of it contains meat.... nor does it need to.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:39 AM   #33
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Just an observation, Frank. The bride is a vegetarian. That leaves 29-39 people who probably are not. Unless your appys are going to be the only ones there, do they need to be vegetarian?
That would be something to ask the bride. If she is a vegetarian for animal cruelty reasons meat might be something she would prefer not to have at her wedding at all. It is her day, and you don't want to do anything she might think is inconsiderate
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:43 AM   #34
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I have never understood why so many meat lovers are SO negative when meatless menus are suggested, or even mentioned. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a meatless meal now and then... Wild Mushroom Risotto? Butternut Squash Risotto? Pasta Puttanesca? Hearty bean soups? There's so much delicious food out there, and not all of it contains meat.... nor does it need to.
I read every comment and I didn't see a single negative one. Everyone is being very positive and helpful, and the ideas are all great! I think frank is just trying to come up with something different so that he won't bring the same thing as ten other people. Meat eaters don't have as much experience making meatless meals, so we don't have as many options in our recipe boxes to pick from
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:53 AM   #35
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I don't think every meal needs to include meat and I have and will cook for vegetarians. Going completely vegan just is beyond what I wish to do. If I cook something that is vegan that's fine, but I am just not going to plan that. Just my personal choice.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:53 AM   #36
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I'll go look for my cheese biscuit recipe. I did these for a shower once. I made a batch and since they call for being rolled and cut out I got the small cookie cutters in a heart shape and the couple's initials. They were a big hit.
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ChefJune, I think that omnivores or even carnivores get offended simply because there are so many vegetarians of all sorts who act like it is a religion and push it on their more meat-oriented friends. Plus some have had teen/twenties offspring/relatives who gave them so much grief when they served a steak, only to find the kid eating a pepperoni pizza with their peers. I've had avowed, dedicated vegetarian in-laws sit and scarf anything with bacon in it, and a vegan acquaintance denegrate me in public until I pointed our that her jacket and shoes were made of leather. What do you think happened to the rest of the cow? (A true vegan does not wear leather). The one true vegan I knew wouldn't even wear wool (easy to say when you live in Florida)(didn't get this, because if you've ever seen a sheep frolic after a haircut, you'll know it doesn't hurt them!).

I have plenty of friends who just simply prefer not to eat red meat, and I can go with that. I just make a side that can serve as the staple for them if red meat is the main. A neighbor told me her husband was "going vegan", then he ate a large portion of the dark turkey meat. This is ok with me. I can understand deciding to eat less meat.

It is when you try to get others to eat the way you do, and prosthetize and criticize that meat eaters start getting defensive. Haha! Especially if they criticize your steak while eating bacon or pepperoni!
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I don't think every meal needs to include meat and I have and will cook for vegetarians. Going completely vegan just is beyond what I wish to do. If I cook something that is vegan that's fine, but I am just not going to plan that. Just my personal choice.
Aha! I didn't understand that from your earlier comment.
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Okay, my internet went down for a while but here is the cheese biscuit recipe

1 lb sharp cheddar, shredded (the sharper the better)
1 lb butter (can sub margarine)
4 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper

cream butter and add flour and spices to make a crumbly dough
add cheese and blend until smooth
roll onto floured surface to somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2" thick
Cut with small sized cutter
Place about 1/8" apart on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 325 for 15 mins.
DO NOT OVER BAKE - These don't brown much and will become rock hard if you bake too long.

I've done them in various shapes depending on the occasion. I found at my local Ben Franklin Craft store small alphabet shapes and have various ones to customize them. One recipe makes a bunch! They are pretty and delicious and easy finger food.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:11 PM   #40
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I have a friend who calls herself a choiceitarian. She struggles to eat meat, not because of any philisophical reason but her body just works that way, sometimes she can and will est meat. Other times she can't handle it. It can be a real challenge to find stuff that she can eat since it is different every day. But I love her so I'm up for it.
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Vegetarian Shower Food. Ok, so someone has some sort of shower to attend and needs to bring something. When she mentioned it I thought of doing those wonderful southern meatball things. Now I am told the bride? is vegetarian... so... I am looking for some ideas on what to make. Here are my limitations: [LIST] [*]30-40 people. [*]There is an oven available but it might be used by someone else. [*]I need to be able to send it in the morning, and the shower is around 2:30. Refrigeration shouldn't be an issue. [*]I can send a crockpot ready to plug in and cook (though we have about a 6 hour window for that. [*]It can't be anything that needs site preparation. [*]It has to be vegetarian, I do not think pescatarian will cut it. [*]Think finger/napkin/toothpick type food. [/LIST] Ok.. I am all [S]ears[/S] eyes. 3 stars 1 reviews
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