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Vegan holiday cooking, pastrami deals and more

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Published 11/11/2009

Season's eatings — Want your holiday feasts to be a bit more ... healthful? Husband-wife team Gregg and Angela Newsom are hosting a special cooking class on how to prepare a vegan DIY holiday meal. Their special holiday menu will include an appetizer, a side, a main dish and a dessert. Don't have a processed tofurkey flown in from Oregon; "learn to make a moist and incredibly tasty one in your own kitchen!" Angela will happily offer advice on fine-tuning your family's traditional dishes in the name of health and veganism. It happens noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; $25; at the Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market, in the FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St., Loft #302, Detroit; to register call 313-316-1411.

Here's the beef — For the 47th year in a row, the Stage Deli is offering corned beef sandwiches for a penny. A penny? Yeah, if you buy two, that is. Buy the first one at normal price and get your second corned beef sandwich for one copper-coated coin. The deal runs Wednesday, Nov. 11, to Sunday, Nov. 15. Enjoy the savings, at 6873 Orchard Lake Rd., between Maple and 14 Mile, West Bloomfield; 248-855-6622; thestagedeli.com.


FOOD/THOUGHT

Considering a vegan diet, but worried that the lifestyle lacks flavor? See author and photographer Lauren Ulm's new book, Vegan Yum Yum: Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for Entertaining and Everyday (HCI, $18.95). Start the day with stuffed banana berry French toast. For lunch, try a well-seasoned picnic sandwich filled with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, zucchini and roasted red peppers. For dinner, one of many pasta choices should sway you.


BOTTOMS UP

Love yourself! Grab an Antonioni film, a pizza topped with hale and meaty things, and a bottle of 2007 Moris Morellino di Scansano. With an ancient tradition of winemaking, the hilly village of Scansano off the coast of southern Tuscany produces this mostly Sangiovese grape-based red wine that touches no oak. It is a vivid, purple drink of tart smoked cherries with a long and softly textured finish. More obscure, Morellino di Scansano likely compares to more expensive bottles of Chianti.


THE WORKS

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it's almost bird time. Peacock Poultry Farms in Troy (6355 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-879-0020) stocks fresh Amish turkeys — all-natural, preservative-, hormone- and chlorine-free. They are raised in open, spacious houses with plenty of fresh air and water. Order in advance to get the size you want. Available for pick-up starting on Sunday before the holiday, they'll keep in the fridge for a week, more time than you'll need. Fresh is better!

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