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Gratitude, Baby

It’s that time of year. Our hearts warm (while the rest of us is chilled) and we begin to count our blessings. You do count your blessings, right? I try to count them each and every day, but this time of year always reminds me just how blessed I am.

 

As Thanksgiving approaches and we prepare to feast with our beloved families and friends, I thought I might help alleviate some of the stress that comes with creating the perfect vegan dinner (it is National Vegan Month after all); the perfect holiday experience. All this week, I’ll be posting my favorite recipes for holiday feasting…two recipes a day so you’ll have lots of options to enhance your traditional meal…or to create some new traditions.

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/apple-filled-acorn-squash-curried-hemp-seeds

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/winter-squash-apple-and-fennel-bisque

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/stuffed-winter-squash

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/shave-brussels-sprouts-and-apple-salad

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/roasted-winter-squash-basil

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/roasted-cauliflower-and-parsnips-fresh-sage

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/mincemeat-less-pie

 

https://www.christinacooks.com/recipes/spicy-apple-pear-pie

 

And as the holiday season kicks off, remember that it’s a great feeling to give back, which is why I founded The Christina Pirello Health Education Initiative, dedicated to making our communities healthier through education.

 

Offering cooking classes, seminars and other educational events throughout our region (and the country), your generous donations help us to offset the cost of ingredients and other supplies so that we might offer our classes and information at no cost to the school, library, community center, hospital, church or other organization that hosts me.

 

We have also started filming our cooking classes for download and would love to offer these free to any organization that would like to have them. Your donations will underwrite the costs of doing just that. Head to http://cphei.org to see how you can help.

 

But there’s more. I have a wee confession to make. I am a dyslexic and really struggled as a child until my brilliant high school geometry teacher discovered it…and gave me the tools I needed to read, study and write to my full potential.

 

Eight cookbooks into my career, I have a chance to give back. My dear friend, Anthony Anastasio, of Anthony’s Italian Coffee House has begun a fund-raising effort to support students with dyslexia, called Coffee for a Cause. https://www.italiancoffeehouse.com/coffee-for-a-cause-2018.html

 

The goal is to help children with dyslexia across the USA by providing them with a full year of access to Learning Ally's AudioBooks program.  One year of access through Learning Ally costs $135.00 per child. Your generous donations to my work will allow me to make a substantial donation to this great cause so that we can overcome dyslexia.  

 

Whatever the reason; whatever the cause you love, donate now so that together we can make this world a better…and healthier place for us all.

 

Click here to see the ways in which you can help…and the very cool gifts you can expect for your generosity. (cphei link)

 

And if you’re in the Philadelphia area on Thanksgiving weekend, I do hope you’ll come to the inaugural Traditional Italian Christmas Market at Pennsport Beer Boutique. You’ll get your Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping done…support local businesses and have the time of your life with carolers, local artisans, Italian food and a warm, welcoming community.

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