Just because you're not vegetarian doesn't mean you can't enjoy vegetarian food! I think about this all the time when my meat-eater friends look at me skeptically when I mention a 'vegetarian' food (which in reality simply means that it doesn't have meat, fish, or poultry in it.) Today I noticed something in the NY Times that is right in keeping with how I see it. (We tend to enjoy seeing our own ideas/philosophies reflected in others. ;-))
From the NY Times article "A Vegetarian Thanksgiving, Even for Carnivores": "Michael Anthony, executive chef of Gramercy Tavern in New York City, created a vegetarian tasting menu at his restaurant — but not, he emphasized, to attract vegetarians.
'It’s not a way to pull a niche market into the restaurant, nor is it designed to be an escape from regular food,' Mr. Anthony said. 'It’s meant to be a celebration of vegetables, and a great snapshot of what’s available in the farmers’ market and what’s growing in family farms around our area.' "
So let's skip the labels and just enjoy good food. It's not a matter of being a vegetarian or not, it's a matter of just liking something because it tastes delicious! So enjoy those "vegetarian" sweet potatoes, cranberries, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie, walnuts, extra dark chocolate, and . . . Have a Great Thanksgiving!