It’s November and the beginning of holiday season. I can’t believe that the stores here started selling Christmas trees from early October. From my experience, it is better to buy them when you see them in the stores even if it is ridiculously early in the season because by the time you are mentally ready for the holidays, all the stores will be out of holiday stuff and you will have nothing to decorate the house (true story — from about 2 years ago). So now-a-days I go shopping with an open mind, hopefully I’ll find a great deal on summer patio set in the middle of winter — you never know 😉
Holiday season also means lots of parties and food. I pulled out my old magazines and bookmarked quite a few recipes for this time of the year — some festive and some seasonal — all perfect to entertain for the holidays. So my self imposed theme for ‘Cooking from Cookbook Challenge‘ for November & December will be holiday/ seasonal specials.
Most of the recipes I tried are from Vegetarian Times magazine (VT mag) that I have been subscribing for the past 9+ years, so you know I have a boat load of them in the basement. Even though it is much easier to look for a recipe online, it is totally different experience leafing through a book and looking at the food photos.
Today’s recipe is from VT mag and I loved how simple and easy it is to make with just few ingredients. It is hearty and filling and makes for a great main course when served with some light side dishes.