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22 Recipes That Will Help Your Vegetarian Guests Enjoy Thanksgiving, Too

Thanksgiving may be a day to give thanks, but it is more widely celebrated as a day full of everyone’s favorite dishes.

And while most of your guests will eat themselves into a food coma with second and maybe even third helpings of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, some guests may not be able to experience food-induced nirvana because of dietary restrictions. Your vegetarian friends often end up getting stuck with piles of sides while their omnivorous counterparts chow down on main courses.

So why not go the extra mile to ensure everyone has a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving by cooking up some of these 22 meat-free dishes that are sure to make your vegetarian guests hungry for more?

1. Pumpkin ravioli make for a great, meat-free entree option.

2. Doctoring up your Brussels sprouts with some cranberries will give both vegetarians and meat eaters a delectable side dish.

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3. Adding blue cheese and walnuts to mashed potatoes makes them feel less like a boring old side and more like an edible adventure.

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4. These baked sweet potatoes are whole and hearty, so while you cut into turkey, they can cut into something just as satisfying.

5. Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like cranberries and squash. So why not pair the two together in one delicious dish with satisfying substance?

6. This vegetable Wellington is as flavorful and filling as its beefy counterpart.

7. This mushroom and potatoes au gratin dish looks so yummy, my mouth is watering already!

8. Finally, a 100 percent vegetarian gravy recipe that is every bit as delicious as it looks!

9. Replace the chicken with pumpkin and your pot pie recipe is guaranteed to be gobbled up.

10. Creamy butternut squash risotto will make your vegetarian friends forget about missing out on the turkey.

11. These eggplant stuffed mushrooms are appetizers everyone will love.

12. This leftover veggie burger is the vegetarian dish your friends can enjoy long after Thanksgiving ends.

13. Forget the pumpkin pie. A slice of sweet potato tart hits the tastebuds with a hint of sweet and savory deliciousness that no one will forget.

14. Gnocch it out of the park with this tasty sweet potato gnocchi recipe.

15. For an atypical Thanksgiving feast, why not try out pumpkin chili? This would be amazing over mashed potatoes!

16. Combine all your vegetarian favorites together into one big Thanksgiving wrap.

17. This simple pumpkin soup makes a perfect first course that’s vegetarian friendly!

18. You might not think of quiche on Thanksgiving, but this cauliflower, mushroom, and goat cheese quiche will leave you speechless.

19. Oatmeal is traditionally a breakfast food, but dress it with mushrooms, chickpeas, and a few greens to make a whole new savory side.

20. This spinach quiche bakes sweet potatoes right into the crust.

21. Stuffed shells might not be what you’re used to on Thanksgiving Day, but this butternut squash sauce is holiday appropriate!

22. It may not be turkey, but this nut loaf recipe is sure to complement any Thanksgiving side.

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I’m not even a vegetarian and I’m so excited to make a bunch of these for my family’s feast! Are you a vegetarian who has trouble on Thanksgiving? Will you make any of these for yourself or your friends?

CEO allegedly shipped Iran materials for missiles, nuclear uses

The Justice Department released a statementtoday thatErdal Kuyumcu, CEO of New York-basedGlobal Metallurgy LLC, was arrested for allegedlyexporting aerospace-grade cobalt-nickel metallic powder from the United States to Iran through an intermediary in Turkey.

The 44-year-old Kuyumcu, a U.S. citizen who lives in Woodside, N.Y., is alleged to have twice exported a specialized metallic powder used in aerospace, missile production and nuclear applications to Iran, working with a co-conspirator to first ship the materials to Turkey and then on to “the neighbor,” their code word for Iran.

If convicted,Kuyumcu faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Circumcision Parties Are A Rite Of Passage In Turkey

Photographer Bradley Secker journeys to Istanbul to document the traditional ceremonies surrounding sünnet, or male circumcision.

On a Sunday morning at the Sünnet Sarayi (Circumcision Palace) in Istanbul, groups of 7- and 8-year-old boys are paraded around in glitzy costumes reminiscent of Ottoman sultans. Excited and nervous, they are preparing for their circumcision. The ritual is considered the first step in the passage from boyhood to manhood, and on this day each boy is a little sultan in the eyes of his admiring family.

The Sünnet Sarayi was established in 1976 by Kemal Özkan, one of Turkey’s most adored traditional figures. Özkan claims to have circumcised more than 125,000 children during his lifetime, more than half of which he did without charge for local councils and municipalities throughout Turkey.

Yahya Kemal Ãœnal after his circumcision in Sariyer, a town on the Bosphorus coastline north of Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Before the knife cuts, the children dance for their families, get entertained by a clown, and are given a ride on a football-shaped train. Parents sit at large tables around the room and cheer for their kids.

When the time comes to perform the operation, the mini sultans are seated in a large red velvet throne opposite of the late Mr. Özkan’s son and his assistant. Families gather around, looking through excited and nervous eyes. While the ceremony takes place, a religious leader recites verses from the Qur’an to add the religious element to the celebration. After the procedure, which lasts a few seconds, the boys are catapulted onto the dance floor below to celebrate with their parents.

The finer details are performed shortly afterward in a medical facility backstage, where the boys are checked over by a doctor. During the checkup they are given an iPad to entertain them. Once the checkup is finished, the surreal clash of past and present traditions is over.

Parents of participating children and entertainers help the boys to feel relaxed and excited before the circumcision takes place. The Circumcision Palace in Istanbul claims to have performed more than 100,000 operations. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker


Erken (left) and Yigit Huseyin (right) after their traditional circumcision in Sariyer, a town on the Bosphorus coastline north of Istanbul. The boys dress in costumes of Ottoman sultans on the day when they are seen as stepping into manhood.

Families of the young participant eagerly watch the circumcision taking place in Kemal Özkan’s Sünnet Sarayi in Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker


Mehmet Karakum after his traditional circumcision in Sariyer. Bradley Secker

Families of the young participant eagerly watch the circumcision taking place. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker


Yekta Selami Ãœnal (left) and Can Umut (right) after their circumcisions.

A mufti recites a religious verse while the boys, dressed as Ottoman Sultans, take a break to let the local anesthetic take effect at the Circumcision Palace in Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker


Berat Ayan after his traditional circumcision in Sariyer. Bradley Secker

During the religious element of the sünnet ceremony the female guests cover their heads. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker


Eren Alp (left) and Umut (right) after their traditional circumcisions.

After having the quick operation the participant children dance with their relatives in celebration of moving into manhood. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker


Baris Can Giçi (left) and Gencay (right) after their traditional circumcisions.

Arda (left) and Yizit (right) after their traditional circumcision. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker


A patient uses an iPad as a distraction while he is being checked over by Dr. Levent Ozken before leaving the Circumcision Palace for his coming of age sünnet day. Bradley Secker

Ali Girgin after his traditional circumcision. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker is a photographer based in Istanbul. To view more of his work, check out his website at http://www.bradleysecker.com/.

Graffiti shows how to bypass Turkey’s Twitter block


As Twitchy reported, Twitter has been blocked in most of Turkey just a few days before a crucial election. Current Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will “eliminate” Twitter and other social media sites to protect Turkish citizens and preserve their privacy. The Turkish have found workarounds, though, such as simply changing their DNS settings.

This graffiti spreads the word on how to bypass the block and reconnect to Twitter.


Thanks to workarounds like phone texting and virtual private networks, the Los Angeles Times reports that “rather than chilling use, Twitter reported traffic in Turkey Thursday set a record.”


Reports: NATO member Turkey just bombed the Kurds

You read that right. Our ally in the fight against ISIS, Turkey, is back at war with our other ally in the fight against ISIS, the Kurds. More details:

"The airstrike is the first broad op against the PKK since the gov initiated the peace process with Turkey’s Kurds." http://t.co/p2Q536FClf

— Mike Giglio (@mike_giglio) October 14, 2014

Kurdish PKK militants say Turkey violated ceasefire with air strikes http://t.co/bKDmttfyUK

— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) October 14, 2014

Turkey bombs Kurds fighting ISIS. West bombs ISIS, who were fighting Assad. Assad drops barrel bombs on civilians. West cross with Turkey.

— James Mackintosh (@jmackin2) October 14, 2014

Finally, NATO allies join the…wha? RT @haaretzcom Turkish planes hit Kurdish targets in southeast Turkey http://t.co/9IRRdyZFsJ

— Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 14, 2014

Mideast violence spreads as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants http://t.co/i72P7o3WDk

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 14, 2014

The relationship between Turkey and the Kurds just got messier, despite their common enemy – http://t.co/PmHyKHY8cc pic.twitter.com/Z3lNphrx5i

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 14, 2014

As Turkey is a NATO member and NATO countries are sworn to protect one another, this is a great question:

Turkey bombs Kurdish militants in Syria. So if Kurds fight back, NATO is at war? http://t.co/zvRL2KQjyb

— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesUSA) October 14, 2014

Over to you, President Obama. Will we soon be at war with the Kurds?

And we’re starting to see more talk that it’s time for our NATO relationship with Turkey to come to an end:

VDH thinks the U.S. should declare we "would prefer that Turkey leave NATO." http://t.co/6VhrKp7HJg

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 14, 2014

Turkey wants ISIS to genocide the Kurds like they almost did the Armenians. Huge mistake to let them be a Nato "partner."

— Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) October 14, 2014


‘Arm the world’s women!’ Roseanne Barr heartily endorses Kobani’s ‘grannies with AK-47s’

Why is Geraldo Rivera using a topless selfie in a tweet about Kobani?

Chaos: ‘ISIS on the brink of taking Kobani’; ‘massacre looms’

The Optical Illusion Street Art That Just Appeared In Istanbul Is Beautiful.

Spanish street artist Pejac recently visited Istanbul and, of course, left behind some new pieces in the Uskudar district on the Asian side of the city. Collectively, the three pieces are called “Lock, Poster and Shutters.”


The three new pieces were placed closely together. They are each surreal interpretations of windows. Their realistic style makes them appear, at first glance, to actually be features of the wall they’re painted on.

Pejac uses acrylic paint, pencil and sandpaper to create the designs. He uses colors similar to their surroundings for a natural, unassuming look. The illusion is all in the technique, which is known as trompe l’oeil. The term is French for “deceive the eye.”


The creation of Poster

The pieces each depict windows, or at least some version of them. Pejac explains that he chose windows as his subject to explore the concepts of the “perception and illusion of freedom.” He chose to use the trompe l’oeil technique specifically for this project. He described it as a “trap” and said, in a press release, “in the case of these three windows the trap works in both directions: from outside to inside and from inside to outside.”


Via Colossal|Complex

Pejac has been making a name for himself in the street art world, and if you’re interested in his work, you can follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Oops! Sen. John McCain misidentifies Turkey’s Ambassador to the US

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On Friday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had an “important meeting” with Serdar Kiliç, Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S.

Unfortunately, McCain incorrectly identified the Turkish diplomat as the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey.

After about an hour, McCain deleted the erroneous tweet and replaced it with this one:

The real U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., was unavailable for comment.

(Image of deleted tweet courtesy of Politwoops.)