Thanksgiving For Two | with Hanselmann Pottery

November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving For Two | w/ Hanselmann Pottery by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

A year ago today I pressed “publish” for the first time here on Faring Well. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude, and quite honestly struggling for words. But I will say this, thank you for continually stopping by this space and contributing to my life. It may seem as if its the person pressing “publish” each week is the only one giving a piece of themselves to others, but it isn’t true. Those of you who read, share, comment, and email me are in fact contributing to my life in bigger ways than you know. Thank you. Thank you for visiting this space and contributing to my world. I hope something I have published this past year has enriched your life in some way, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again during our next trip around the sun together. Thank you!

Now, I’m going to have a minor freak out because today is our first snow day of the year (!!!). On FW’s birthday – coincidence? I like to think not. Thank you, snowflakes, for dusting the ground in a beautiful layer of white, decorating the town, all for my blog birthday! (Joke, joke.) Now, other than blocking out a good two hours of my morning to stare at the delicate, pearly white snowflakes fall outside of my window, I have more exciting news to bring you. Its a perfectly cozy Thanksgiving menu for two, and a very special collaboration with Hanselmann Pottery. The inspiration to do a two person menu came from Scott and I’s first Thanksgiving alone together last year. It was so wonderful to take our time preparing a simple meal that had all of the warm, cozy flavors of Thanksgiving – yet took only a small portion of the time to prepare. We spent most of the day with one another, making new traditions and enjoying each other’s presence. We felt like two kids who had accidentally been left home alone for the holidays and had their parents house to themselves (major Home Alone vibes). We’re hoping to do so again this year, so I decided to put together a little menu for any of you looking to do the same. Of course these recipes can be doubled and shared by many, and don’t have to be enjoyed on Thanksgiving exclusively, but here they are all the same. To make this even more of a special treat, I teamed up with the wonderful makers over at Hanselmann Pottery to bring you this post – and there is a special treat from them to you included, thanks to their sweet generosity. The beauty in Hanselmann’s pieces first caught my eye on Food52’s shop last winter, and I have been dreaming about working with them ever since. To say this opportunity is a “dream come true” is a very cliche, but accurate, way to describe how I feel about bringing them to you today. They are a team of talented stoneware makers down in Corrales, New Mexico, where they run their studio and sell (as well as ship) their stunning pieces. You can learn more about how their pieces are made here, and meet their amazing team here. In this post I’m using two of their place settings, which include a dinner plate, salad plate (or in this case, dessert), and a breakfast bowl. These pieces are some of my favorites I have ever used to both serve, and eat off of – which is why I’m so excited to share with you a special discount code Hanselmann has provided for you to use from now until the end of the year! For any purchase made on their site, use the code “faring-well” for twenty percent off your entire order. And give them a big cyber-hug, because they are the best.

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Roasted acorn squash topped with a Thanksgiving chestnut sauté and served with vegan gravy – move over turkey! This meal is packed with all of the yummy, nostalgic holiday flavors I love. Rosemary, chestnuts, squash, leeks, and gravy. Pure comfort food that soothes my soul. And it isn’t a Thanksgiving meal if it doesn’t have a happy pumpkin pie ending. But this time its cuter cause their mini, and topped with a perfect dollop of whipped coconut cream. And did we talk about the drinks yet!? Sparkling pear cider – a.k.a. the best non-alcoholic bubbly drink I’ve ever experienced. Plant based, sans processed sugar, and loaded with all the good things real + whole foods can provide. Going to be making all of these recipes on repeat for many holidays to come, and I hope you find a favorite (if not a few) here too. Now crank up the Michael Bublé and put on your holiday fuzzy sockstis the season!

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This post was done in collaboration with Hanselmann Pottery. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I truly love this company + their beautiful stoneware.

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Makes 2 glasses.

2 cups organic pear juice
2 whole cinnamon sticks
club soda
ice cubes to serve

In the morning, bring the pear juice to a boil in a saucepan on the stove. Reduce to a simmer, add the cinnamon sticks, and cover with a lid. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Remove the cinnamon sticks after simmering, and transfer the pear cider to a heat-safe glass jar on the counter. Let cool to room temperature, then seal with a lid and place in the refrigerator to chill. Once chilled and ready to serve, divide the pear cider between two glasses filled with ice cubes, then top off with club soda. Serve right away.

Serves 3 to 4 (always good to have pie leftovers).

spelt crust
1 1/2 cups whole spelt flour
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
4 tablespoons cold water

pumpkin filling
scant 1 1/2 cups organic pumpkin puree (or one 15 ounce can)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon groung cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of cloves

Preheat the over to 350F.

Puree all of the pumpkin pie filling ingredients together in a blender (or in a small mixing bowl using an immersion blender) until smooth. Set aside.

For the crust, combine the flour, coconut sugar, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add the coconut oil and mix using a fork (or your fingers) until it has broken up and turned the dry mixture into one full of pea sized crumbles. Now add 1 tablespoon of cold water at a time until the dough just comes together into a formable ball (I used about 4 tablespoons). Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface. Sprinkle the top with a little flour and roll out using a rolling pin to 1/4 inch thickness. If using the mini cake pan above like I did, find a bowl that is 4 inches in diameter, turn it upside down onto the dough, and trace the outer edge using a sharp knife. (If using a 9 inch pie tin, transfer the rolled out dough to your tin and trim the edges.) Press the individual crusts into the mini cake pan, and pat down any overlap on the sides.

Fill the crusts with the pumpkin filling (about 3 tablespoons per pie) and place in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes. The crusts’ edges should be golden, and pie filling a dark color and properly set (no jiggling when you shake it). Let cool on the counter for 3 to 4 hours before removing and serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container, and eat within 3 days.

*For coconut whipped cream, chill one can of full fat coconut milk in the refrigerator for 2 days prior. Open the day of, scoop out the thick cream that has risen to the top into a small mixing bowl, and whip with a hand beater until fluffy. Optional: add a light drizzle of maple and a splash of vanilla.*

Makes around 4 cups of gravy.

1/2 yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
scant 1 1/2 cups cooked navy beans (or one 15 ounce can)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
salt to taste (I used 1 teaspoon)

Combine the listed ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Let cook for 25 minutes, then remove the bayleaf and puree using an immersion blender (or let cool and blend in batches in a countertop blender). Reheat in the saucepan on the stove if necessary, and serve right away. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Best if eaten within 4 to 5 days.

Makes 2 servings. 

1 small acorn squash
a knob of refined coconut oil
salt + pepper

1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
1 small parsnip, diced
1 medium leek, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked chestnuts, halved*
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
a few splashes of vegetable broth
salt + pepper to taste

*You can either purchased the chestnuts precooked, or score/boil/and peal your own as in this tutorial here.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Rinse the acorn squash to remove any dirt and pat dry. Slice an inch off of the top and bottom of the squash, then slice into 4 equal rounds. Remove the seeds, scraping with a spoon, and rub the flesh with the knob of refined coconut oil. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until golden and easily pierced with a fork, about 35 minutes.

While the squash is cooking, warm a large skillet on the stove to medium-low heat. Add the refined coconut oil. Rinse and pat dry your parsnip, and dice into small 1/2 inch pieces. Add to the skillet and cook until tender (about 7 minutes). Next add the leeks and halved chestnuts. Mix around using tongs or a spatula to ensure everything gets coated in a little bit of the oil. Continue stirring every minute or two until the leeks have softened and the chestnuts are browned (about another 5 to 6 minutes). Add a few splashes of vegetable broth to hydrate the pan and loosen any bits sticking to the bottom. Scrape and toss to loosen those bits and coat the ingredients in the broth. Lastly add the rosemary and a few good pinches of salt and pepper. Toss while allowing to cook for another minute.

Place two roasted squash rings on each plate, and divide the chestnut sauté evenly between the two. Serve with gravy on the side, and a glass of sparkling pear cider.

As for dessert, you know what to do with the pie. – xo


Use code “faring-well” for 20% off your order through the end of the year. With everything made by hand, larger orders may take 3 to 6 weeks – so get your holiday orders in soon!

Thanksgiving For Two | w/ Hanselmann Pottery by Faring Well #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist November 11, 2015 at 5:49 am

    YAY! Happy Blog Birthday. It is unbelievable to me that you have only been doing this for one year. Your work is so impressive. And you have definitely contributed to my life in recipes, words, and inspiration. I love how you did the photo layout here. It puts me even more in the Thanksgiving spirit. I’m looking forward to this next trip around the sun too and all the adventures it brings!

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha November 11, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Next Saturday I leave for California, my first time in Usa, and I’ll stay there for 6 months. I would love to celebrate Thanksgiving! :D But I think I’ll try your pumpkin pies anyway :P

  • Reply Linn November 11, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Happy birthday! And thanks for so many good post the last year!

    I love the photos in this post and it’s really fun to read about Thanksgiving. I’ve never celebrated Thanksgiving, but this fall I teach culinary classes with American exchange students in Denmark and we’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving together. I’m looking so much forward to them showing me everything and telling me all about their traditions. And then there is all the food! I almost can’t wait.

  • Reply betty November 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Omg, so much coziness here. I know you said it’s a menu for two, but can Alex and I crash your thanksgiving? :) This is so beautiful. I love the menu – that spiced pear cider just screams of fall + cozy + holidays, and seriously, look at those mini pies. You have way more than two, so… we’re coming over :). It’s hard to imagine you’ve only been blogging for a year – your work is seriously stunning, sincere, and your posts always always put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing, Jessie!

    (ps, this place setting is seriously jaw-dropping!)

  • Reply Lisa Bryan November 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Happy blog birthday! You’ve accomplished so much with your blog in just a year – I’m super impressed and you should feel so proud!! I’m also SUPER excited about your partnership with Hanselman. I stumbled on their pottery a week or two ago and was eyeing several pieces…so now you’ve pushed me over the edge to purchase! An early Thanksgiving pressie for me. :)

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun November 11, 2015 at 7:44 am

    jessie the feeling of hitting your one year of blogging must be all emotions cradled into one – the dedication, the creativity, the gorgeous result of endless hours of sharing your experience – all of this must make for the loveliest smile. congratulations on your blog’s birthday! & oh what a way to accentuate this occasion – this thanksgiving meal is of the most appetizing and festive proportions! i love that you’ve made it for two. the pear cider is divine, as is the squash and pumpkin. and navy bean gravy? all of it. ♥ looking forward to the next sun’s revolution, bright as ever.

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High November 11, 2015 at 8:58 am

    happy blog birthday! i am so happy to have been introduced to your work this year, as well as getting the chance to actually hang out IRL. xoxo

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow November 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I know you said you were joking but I feel like the snow on your blogiversary is no coincidence at all! The universe conspired to bring you fall/wintery vibes, I’m convinced ;)

    And these TG dishes! Gorgeous. The stuffed squash genuinely makes me want to skip the turkey and just eat this all day. All the hugs to you, Jessie, on your FW’s blogiversary! So glad to have had the opportunity to connect through this wild and crazy and weird little thing we call blogging. xx

  • Reply Natasa | My daily sourdough bread November 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

    So much love in these words and photos, Jessie! Happy birthday to your blog and thank you for sharing your delicious recipes with us ;)

  • Reply Christine November 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I am awestruck. I am trembling. I am entranced by the captivating beauty of these scenes, of these photographs, of these thoughtfully composed moments.

    Your work is impeccable, Jessie. These recipes are creative and wholesome, and their presentation is flawless. I love the depth and the dimensional complexity of both the foods and the photos.

    May your Thanksgiving experience be as rich, radiant, and delicate as the hues of these images. Haha.

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full November 11, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Happy blog birthday Jessie!!! What a great day – you’ve accomplished so much this past year!! I remember the very first thing I made from here, the banana creme pie (it was fantastic, by the way). I’m so happy for you and proud of you!! I know this next trip around the sun will bring amazing things ;)

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures November 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Happiest blog birthday to you!! I think it’s insane that you’ve only been blogging for a year. Ever recipe you post, no matter how simple, completely blows me away!! You must be a wizard or something. Your blog is definitely one of my all-time favorites and I may be a little guilty of spending too much time looking through all of the recipes you’ve posted and drooling over your gorgeous photography!
    I was feeling a little ‘meh’ about November – the weather has been so gray! – but this post has me newly excited for the coming holiday season! And I can’t wait to try all of these recipes. They look too good to be true!

  • Reply Hanselmann Pottery November 11, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Dear Jessie,
    We are so honored to be on your blog today! Thank you so much for everything. Its so wonderful to see our work in your beautiful home :)
    Lots of love,
    Hanselmann Pottery

  • Reply Shanna | Kiss My Bowl November 11, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Happy Blog Birthday & First Snow!!!! Yay, so great to be able to share in this with you!

    Also, goodness these recipes look and sound totally divine – those little pumpkin pies? So cute.

  • Reply Carolyn November 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Congrats on you blog anniversary!
    Do you eat the skin on your acorn squash?

  • Reply Grace November 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Ok, first – HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!!!! Seriously, it’s only been a year?! The food blogosphere is brighter and better because of you! Now to the yummies (so many yummies!!) that gravy is genius, so making that! Those tarts are the cutest! Gosh, everything, it’s all so good!! p.s. i love that pottery (christmas wish list!!) + yayay SNOW!!

  • Reply Natasha November 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Happy blog birthday! Wow I cannot believe you’ve only been 1 year? I could’ve sworn it’s been longer!
    Your photos are always such a delight, we don’t celebrate thanksgiving where i live nor do we eat pumpkin pies, but i’d love to try these mini pies of yours (as soon as the temperature drops a little, tho’!).

  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel November 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Happy blog birthday, Jessie! How sweet to have a little sky present to wake up to for this happy occasion. And total SWOON over this gorgeous meal and all these pretty Hanselmann pieces. Hooray! The perfect celebration. And I love that you two were able to create some of your own rituals—it’s so powerful to recognize our own place in creating the traditions that our family will practice for years to come. Cheers, lady!

  • Reply Rebeca November 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Faring Well’s first birthday – how exciting! Your work makes one think you’ve been doing this your whole life. I don’t remember where I first came across it, but I know it was your post for the chai banana bread oatmeal which brought me here (funny considering I don’t like bananas one bit!). I’m glad I followed that link, though, because you’re such a source of inspiration and reading you is always a pleasure. Also, this complete stranger gets the feeling that you’re the sweetest person ever.

    Oh, and the food. Major love. All the recipes look ahhmazing! I’d been waiting for those cute pies since you posted the picture on Facebook. I have a good excuse to make it this weekend for my sister’s birthday, hehe.
    Hope this Thanksgiving is as magical as last year’s for you two – spending it with your favourite person and creating new traditions together sounds pretty great to me.

  • Reply Alana November 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    First of all, *party poppers for days*!!!!! Hooray for your first year! Love this space and you and so pumped to have met you all thanks to FW! Your Thanksgiving feast looks EPICCCC and I love love love the place settings. Hanselmann is definitely new to me but I’m officially a new fan! Happiest of snow blog birthdays sweet lady!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Kathryn November 12, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Happy year of blogging! It’s so inspiring to see all that you’ve achieved in the last year and you should definitely give yourself a super huge high five! I adore the thanksgiving feast you’ve created here; those little pumpkin pies look totally up my street.

  • Reply Jodi November 12, 2015 at 5:19 am

    chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your nose, jessie making delicious food, everywhere she goes! that’s the one – no? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FARING WELL! I remember when I first stumbled upon FW, I just felt I needed to comment and say hi, you probably posted a cookie recipe, but I’m so glad I did. Thank you for keeping this space alive every week and sharing your love of food. The internet is a crazy place sometimes but man am I glad your out there. This is just a gorgeous meal for two, I love taking the time to do this too even if it’s just myself and matt, almost makes it even more special. Hoping you guys get a few more cozy flurries over the weekend – oh I can’t wait! x

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams November 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Currently delaying my departure for work while I eat a giant bowl of your overnight buckwheat porridge and finally catching up on some blogs (life is gooood)! I jumped over to your first blog post and had no idea you had a previous blog — I’m totally intrigued. This little thanksgiving gathering for 2 is just perfect. The menu hits all the right textures and flavours,and the photos are so stunning, it makes me wish I was sitting there with you and Scott! Happy Thursday lady xx

  • Reply Loran | Old World Living November 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Happy, happy birthday Faring Well! I love imagining where my blog will be on it’s first birthday. This post is absolutely stunning. The pear cider looks fabulous and I ADORE hanselmann pottery. I follow them on instagram and hope to one day work with them. Thank you for inspiring me with your incredible blog.

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine November 12, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Oh so much fun to read that first post of yours! Happy 1 year- I can hardly believe how much you’ve accomplished in just one year! You’ve been such a source of inspiration to me. This sounds and looks like such a perfect Thanksgiving meal for two- such earthy autumn coziness and so celebratory too. My heart loves those mini-pies, especially with the hint of molasses! And pottery is on my wish list. :)

  • Reply Linda | The Baker Who Kerns November 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Wow, happy 1 year anniversary of your blog! Your photography is absolutely incredible and so inspiring! I wish I had stumbled across your blog sooner. I hope this blog goes on for another year and more!

  • Reply joan November 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Jessie, you always have the sweetest words!

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life November 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    SO MUCH excitement for this post I can barely contain myself!! Happy Blog Anniversary Jessie!!! I can’t believe it’s only been a year! You are one of the most talented and inspiring bloggers out there and what you’ve accomplished in the course of 12 little months is seriously outstanding. Thank you for your honesty, talent, creativity, positivity and beautiful spirit. Coming to this space every week has become a ritual that I cherish. I always leave feeling inspired and uplifted. So thank you for that. I loved reading your very first post (it was snowing that day too!!). I had no idea you had a blog before Faring Well! I remember when I first discovered your blog. I believe your gingerbread waffle parfait was the recipe that brought me here. I’ve been coming back ever since, and I’m so glad to have “met” you. The blogging world would be much sadder without you. This thanksgiving dinner for two is just the loveliest. Our Canadian Thanksgiving is over but I almost want to celebrate again just to have an excuse to make this beautiful feast for my man. Oh and major crush on this gorgeous pottery. <3

  • Reply jaime | the briny November 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    i’ve never found myself not having one family or another to share the thanksgiving meal with, but i think it’s such a wonderfully sweet idea to plan a scaled down thanksgiving dinner for 2. and holy crap, i can’t believe it’s only been 1 year. you are such a solid element in what i think of as the blogging world. happiest of anniversaries to you and your blog, jessie! i am so excited for you.

  • Reply Rakhee@boxofspice November 13, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I think all of us that blog understand exactly what you are saying about hitting the publish button and being so grateful and thankful for all the people that take the time to come and spend time on your space. It is a wonderful community. Happy blog anniversary. The pottery is beautiful but your dishes even more so. Love the coziness and the love.

  • Reply Mitch November 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Such a nice meal for thanksgiving. Lovely pear cider, gonna love it so much.

  • Reply Sus // November 14, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Happy Bloggy Birthday! What a mouth and eye watering array of delicious-ness you’ve created! Thank you for continuing to create and thus inspire me Jessie! X

  • Reply Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) November 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Happy blog anniversary! It’s a wonderful space you’ve created, I love your posts. Thanksgiving food looks so yummy I think I may have to become an honorary American for the day and celebrate it here! Any excuse for a special meal! xx

  • Reply Emilie @ The Clever Carrot November 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Happy BLog Bday! And such a sweet and cozy Thanksgiving- for- two post. And don’t you worry about me, I’ll just be sweating bullets helping my Mom at her house. It will be cozy as well, just 28-30 (and counting- we have a tendency to take in strays). But I’ll be thinking about you!
    Ha ha! Seriously though, you must know by now that’s how my family rolls. Thanksgiving is mega!
    PS Love the pottery!! xo

  • Reply Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade November 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday, Jessie! I can’t believe it’s only been one year. You are so incredibly talented and this dinner is absolutely incredible. I am in awe of all you do!! Keep it up and thank you so much for sharing your talents with us all!

  • Reply Ingrid | Let's talk evergreen November 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Yum, this sounds AMAZING. I want to make these cookies reaaaaal soon! And that pottery. Man I wished they shipped to Europe. My ceramic loving heart would love to have some pieces of them in my home! xo

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