Holidays! (And Red Wine Sauce w/ Truffle Butter!)

Santa visited the MHHV Headquarters early this year.  Over the Thanksgiving weekend, while most Americans were feasting and footballing, little elves were hard at work packing up the contents of our Brooklyn headquarters and shipping it off to a shiny new suburban palace.

Awaiting us in suburbia?  A dishwasher that runs on actual electricity and doesn’t muss my manicure.  My very own closet as large as my first Manhattan apartment.  Quiet.

And trees.  Gobs and gobs of trees…

Was it worth a year without Thanksgiving?  You betcha.  Especially when you have a whole week’s worth of holidays to make up for it.  Read on for a few little holiday tid-bits that will have guests ignoring rooms full of unpacked boxes.

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Delicious Defeat…Butternut Squash Soup with Black Bread Croutons

It pains me to say, dear readers, that not all Veggie Fake-Out recipes are destined for greatness.

Take this Butternut Squash Soup for example.  I was just so certain that my husband would not only eat it, but that he would love it.  And why not?  It doesn’t have any flavors that he’s refused before.  It’s lush with butter and a touch of cream, and the spicy/sweet balance achieved with the addition of apples and cumin sent rich and exotic aromas wafting through our Brooklyn brownstone, or so I heard from our neighbors on the third floor.  Yes, my quest to perfect a Butternut Squash, Veggie Fake-Out soup recipe, one that didn’t taste annoyingly like pumpkin pie, had finally been realized.  Until…

“it doesn’t taste like soup….it tastes like mush.”


The good news?  More soup for me!

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A Reverse Veggie Fake-Out! Pasta with Mushroom Meat Sauce

I hate mushrooms.

Well, perhaps hate is too strong of a word.  If you have me over for a dinner party, and have painstakingly worked on, say, a chicken marsala, or a beef wellington, its not like I am going to sit there and pick the offending morsels out of my meal.  I’ll eat them, and the mushrooms won’t really taste terrible, just kind of bleh, and I will smile, but secretly be wondering to myself what all the lustful sighs elsewhere at the table are about.  Just like I wondered what the frenzy was about when I was shopping for this very recipe, and the crowd at the Park Slope Food Coop descended upon the poor woman stocking the shelves with the last crate of Criminis like she was the shrimp cocktail server at a wedding.  I mean, do people actually get cravings for mushrooms?

According to my beloved Dr. Weill, my Mushroom Malevolence is robbing yours truly of all sorts of healthy things that do a body good.  To name but a few – copious amounts of selenium (which aids the body in proper use of antioxidants), blood-health superstars like copper and iron, zinc (BFF of your immune system), and loads of niacin (which protects against age-related cognitive decline).  Did you know that people with a diet rich in niacin have a 70% reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

Its time for a Reverse Veggie Fake-Out!

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