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Our ten-minute free-write is back for another round! Tap away on whatever comes to mind, no filters attached. (Feel free to edit later, or just publish as-is).

Turkey day is rapidly approaching and I’m in a quandary! I’m having nine for dinner — that I can cope with. I love having the traditional food for holidays, no matter how often I’ve made them before. I do try to vary recipes a bit as all of us “chefs” do, but the basic elements rarely change.

My problem is that in the past I’ve had to deal with vegetarians — hey, they just don’t eat the turkey — there’s plenty else to eat. And there are always desserts — often pumpkin, chocolate or plain pecan pie, and sometimes an apple pie, too.

This year all bets are off. Two of my guests are vegans. Do you realize how many animal products one eats on a daily basis. (I guess vegans out there do!) Another of the guests has to eat gluten-free foods.

I looked through some vegan dessert recipes. Okay, now just when you’re expecting traditional pumpkin pie, how would you feel when presented with one made from pumpkin puree (canned) and tofu (and the usual spices) instead of eggs and milk? How about pecan pie with barley malt syrup, maple syrup, non-dairy milk and golden flax meal? Or one that relies on pureed soaked dates for the gooey filling? And of course all crusts will have to be made with gluten free flour.

How about stuffing to go with the turkey? Bread will have to be gluten free, made with no eggs or daily products. And butter and turkey broth for moistening — I’ll have to substitute there, too. Vegetable broth I guess, and I do like putting apple juice in stuffing just to give it a touch of sweetness. Green bean casserole — not with soup or bechamel sauce. Baked corn pudding — not mine which includes eggs and milk. To be honest, I’m a bit of a purist with vegetables and prefer them without sauces, but others do like the heavier versions.

So, this Thanksgiving may look traditional, but the proof is in the pudding — and I have to say that I look forward to that ooey, gooey, pecan pie!

Wish me luck — it will be a different Thanksgiving!