Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's the time of the season for Pumpkin la la.... and The Vegan Table

Sprouted wheat bagel smothered with raw almond and pumpkin butter. Ahhhh so so good!
It's that time of year again that you can find Pumpkin butter on the shelves and this one from Trader Joe's is really good along with there awesome raw almond butter. It tastes like dessert but it alot healthier for you minus the sugar in the pumpkin butter. :)
I was able to get a copy of THE VEGAN TABLE cookbook by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau from our library. It's nice to be able to check it out before you buy. It's a lovely book with beautiful photo's and it's based on entertaining. She gives great tips, food and historical lore, and also a page to those non-vegan family members who may feel at a loss as what to feed a family member when they become vegan. I loved how she dedicated the book to the animals by sharing examples on how we can learn from them, this is just one quote from it "May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys." She then concludes "May we learn from the animals what we need to become better people." I think that says it all.
My first recipe I made from the book was this lovely Butternut Squash Timbale. It looks like alot of work doesn't it? It would be great to serve when company comes over because it looks so pretty. My husband didn't want to eat it because it looked so nice. It actually was very easy to make and it tasted really good. I added some mushrooms to the butternut squash, sauteed up some spinach and drizzled a black current reduction on top.


  1. Mmm, pumpkin butter is the best, and I love the idea of pairing it with almond butter, too!

  2. "may we learn from the animals what we need to become better people." - i love that, too! i think i've seen The Vegan Table at my library as well - totally going to have to check it out, fo 'sho! the butternut squash timbale looks so beautiful & delicious, JoLynn!

    i haven't made a trip to trader joe's in fooooorever. it's had to have been months and months. i think a trip is in order & ya better believe i'll be putting pumpkin butter on my list. yay!

  3. Oh man, I forgot about pumpkin butter! Blasphemy! I need to go get some.

  4. I think Trader Joe's has a new goodie this year
    Cranberry Apple Butter, I think I saw that but just didn't pick it up. Let me know if any of you try it.

  5. I've never had pumpkin butter but it looks fantastic!

  6. Mmmm - looks lovely! Thanks for the book review. Don't you just love the library?
    Pumpkin butter sounds dangerous...I'm picturing me, an empty jar and a spoon ;)

  7. Never tried pumpkin butter before. And Trader Joes has it, I'm so there. :-)