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For the holiday in the United States a word association riddle to connect traditionalists and vegetarians across the table.  Each clue line associates with a word or short phrase, that word and the next clue associates with the next word.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Bird bird bird, bird is the word

What some Europeans thought it was

20 shillings at first

20 shillings always

Like that but more fists and less hammers

What you develop when you do

Becomes this delicious vegan entree

A different, seasonally appropriate vegan entree

Additional hint

The last is a brand name

Hint 2

The title works to connect the last and first lines

Hint 3

There is more than one option that would fit line 7 but the original one I'm thinking of sounds devilish. The other, if it quacks, might also be the answer.

Hint 4

The 6th is vegan but ironically is the elimimation focus of a different special diet

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I think the following are the intended answers. Of course others have posted most of them first. (As it happens I did 1-4 independently, but I got 5 and 8 from Rand's answer.)

Bird bird bird, bird is the word

TURKEY (obviously)

What some Europeans thought it was

GUINEA FOWL (related and similar-looking bird)

20 shillings at first

GUINEA (first word)

20 shillings always

POUND (connected via shillings)

Like that but more fists and less hammers

KNEAD (rough synonym)

What you develop when you do

GLUTEN (as the clue says)

Becomes this delicious vegan entree

SEITAN (is made from gluten)

A different, seasonally appropriate vegan entree

TOFURKEY (only connection is that it's another vegan entree)

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  • $\begingroup$ All complete! The alternative for #7 is rot13(ZBPX QHPX), which is made from #6 and fits the theme $\endgroup$ – user662852 Dec 6 '19 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ @user662852 My feedback would be that I think the flow in clues 1-5 is nice and natural, but then the last three clues are more obscure and the connections less clear. My upvote on the puzzle stands though. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Dec 6 '19 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ For what it's worth, I think it's all OK. The step I actually like least is 4 to 5; the way I do the action in 5 isn't much like the action in 4 and doesn't really use fists. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 6 '19 at 19:17
  • $\begingroup$ "Fingers" instead of fists maybe? $\endgroup$ – user662852 Dec 6 '19 at 21:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, that would be better, though the action still isn't very much like 4. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 6 '19 at 21:02
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I have a partial answer I'd like to proffer

Bird bird bird, bird is the word

Turkey (Traditional Christmas Food)

What some Europeans thought it was

Guinea Fowl (thanks to Rand al'Thor)

20 shillings at first

Guinea (thanks to Rand al'Thor)

20 shillings always

Pound (there were 20 shillings in a pound)

Like that but more fists and less hammers

Knead (thanks to Rand al'Thor)

What you develop when you do

Dough (This is what you knead)

Becomes this delicious vegan entree

Dough Balls (apparently a lot of establishments make Vegan ones of these)

A different, seasonally appropriate vegan entree

Vegan Stuffing Balls (Season related)

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  • $\begingroup$ 1 and 4 are right $\endgroup$ – user662852 Nov 30 '19 at 2:55
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @user662852 - have updated last 3 (based on the correct 2,3,5 answers by Rand al'Thor) $\endgroup$ – Smock Dec 2 '19 at 9:52
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Bird bird bird, bird is the word

TURKEY (a type of bird traditionally eaten in an American celebration called Thanksgiving).

What some Europeans thought it was

GUINEAFOWL (reference).

20 shillings at first

GUINEA (a coin once worth 20 shillings).

20 shillings always

POUND (reference).

Like that but more fists and less hammers

KNEAD (pounding with hammers, kneading with fists).

What you develop when you do

BREAD (from kneading dough).

Becomes this delicious vegan entree

LENTIL LOAF? TOFU?

A different, seasonally appropriate vegan entree

TOFURKY? (reference) - thanks @Exal.

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  • $\begingroup$ All so far are right $\endgroup$ – user662852 Nov 30 '19 at 2:56
  • $\begingroup$ @user662852 I think I've made some more progress. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 30 '19 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ 1-5 are now right $\endgroup$ – user662852 Dec 1 '19 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ @user662852 Since I'm neither vegan nor American, I'm now reduced to Googling for vegan Thanksgiving dishes. Lentil loaf maybe? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Dec 1 '19 at 9:21
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    $\begingroup$ I think the last one is Tofurky. $\endgroup$ – Exal Dec 2 '19 at 10:22

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