Follow Your Heart Garden Herb Slices (& Millie’s gelato)

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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We are huge fans of Follow Your Heart Vegenaise (especially in Chipotle, which not only makes any sandwich or veg burger taste incredible, but is also a delicious dipping sauce for just about anything) as well as its salad dressings (the Ranch is amazing), but we haven’t yet tried many of its cheeses. Today we sampled the Garden Herb Slices.

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These slices have a really nice strong herb flavor, which is wonderful; they also, like many sliced cheeses, have a slightly rubbery texture. However, they are great when melted or served on a veggie burger; when warmed, the texture becomes smooth and the flavors pop.

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On another note: dessert. When we were unable to find Miyoko’s at our local health-food store, we consoled ourselves by buying Millie’s boutique vegan gelato in Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt.

In a word: WOW.

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Millie’s is based in Southern California, and so far its locations are limited to San Diego and Orange counties. But the next time you are anywhere near Southern California and are able to try this phenomenal gelato, don’t miss it. (Better yet, write to Millie’s and see if you can get it near you!)

The flavors include Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt, Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake, and Blood Orange Dreamsicle, among others. I look forward to tasting a few more flavors, as this is one of the best vegan treats I’ve ever had — rich and flavorful, organic, made in small batches that are hand-packaged, and overall just about perfect.

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So far I’ve enjoyed the Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt both straight out of the container, as well as on top of warmed vegan chocolate cake … delectable both ways, and probably any other way you have it as well.

Kite Hill Brie

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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This Kite Hill cheese is called “Artisan Almond Milk Product – Soft Ripened.”

In other words, it’s vegan brie. And it’s delicious.

IMG_1071This soft, creamy, melt-in-your mouth vegan cheese has the tangy, ripened flavor of real brie — as well as the texture. It has a sharp rind and a rich, creamy interior.

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I highly recommend this vegan cheese for any occasion in which a cheese plate is called for…I’ve tried it out on non-vegans who couldn’t believe how tasty it is. And, best of all, it’s cholesterol- and cruelty-free.

Enjoy!

Vtopian Aged White Cheddar

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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Of the Vtopian cheeses we’ve tried so far, this one was our favorite.

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The pepper gives this cheddar-flavored cheese a bit of a kick, and ironically we found this aged white cheddar to be sharper in flavor than Vtopian’s sharp cheddar (unlike the sharp cheddar and the caramelized onion camembert, this cheese contains no soy yogurt and doesn’t have the sweetness of the other two).

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While this delicious cheese is firm and easy to slice, it also softens nicely to spread on bread or crackers.

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If you’re looking for a yummy, soft cheddar, we highly recommend this one. And not only can you buy online, but Vtopian is expanding into stores all over the west; click here to find these cheeses in a shop near you.