Miyoko’s Cheesy Garlic Vegan Butter

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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Miyoko’s Cheesy Garlic Vegan Butter is absolutely fantastic. We are not one bit surprised (though we are disappointed it’s no longer in the online store — we hope it’ll return soon!).

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This lovely butter comes in a tub, and it is flaked with herbs and has a very buttery consistency — impossible to tell it’s not “real” butter.

IMG_8107We spread it onto slices of crusty French bread, which we then popped into the oven to make garlic bread.

IMG_8112Our bread emerged from the oven with a perfectly melted, buttery, cheesy, garlicky topping — and it was delectable. (We also tried adding the butter to warmed bread, but it is much better when applied liberally to bread, then warmed.)

You can spread it on as thick or as thin as you’d like, but thin works well because this butter is so incredibly flavorful.  The only problem with this lovely new product is that it sells out so fast — get it while you can!

Miyoko’s cream cheese

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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As ever, Miyoko’s Creamery is always trying new and amazing things. We were thrilled to see a new cream cheese available, and we ordered it right away. (It’s not currently on the Miyoko’s website, but join the mailing list to be notified of new cheeses!)

miyokos-cream-cheeseThe cream cheese doesn’t have the smooth texture that others (such as Daiya) have, and it’s also quite sweet.

mcc2There’s a very pleasant nutty flavor, but there is also slightly chalky aftertaste. As one taster pointed out, “It doesn’t finish well.” In the end, we were split on the bagel factor, with half of us finding this new cream cheese lovely on bagels and the other half not so much.

m-ccIn the interest of further research (this is all for science, people), we decided to see how it would work in a recipe. The good news here is that it’s brilliant. Behold this double-layer, peanut butter-chocolate cheesecake (all vegan, naturally).

cheesecakeThis cheesecake turned out to be quite delicious — though keep in mind that this was a no-bake recipe, so we haven’t yet tried baking with this new Miyoko’s cream cheese. Still, given the success of this recipe, we’ll likely give it a try soon.

Most of all, you should give this new cream cheese a try yourself soon, and see what you think.

Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Butter

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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Butter can be another one of those items that’s tough to veganize — as usual, Miyoko Schinner has outdone herself, and this Cultured Vegan Butter from Miyoko’s Creamery is the very best vegan butter we’ve had.

IMG_8110Probably the best thing about this butter is that it contains no palm oil, which is used by many vegan butters out there (if you don’t know why this is a problem, learn more here, and here).

But even better, this butter is absolutely delicious. It’s thick, creamy, and has just the right balance of salty and sweet. We chose to spread it onto warmed bread, where it melted beautifully, and it was perfect.

IMG_8116We imagine it would also be great to cook with, but it’s so amazingly good you could also just eat it with a spoon. Or, on bread, baked potatoes, popcorn….

This is another one of those popular Miyoko’s items that sells out very quickly, so pounce while you can. Even better, this month, Miyoko’s is donating a portion of online sales to the amazing organization Animal Place — so order soon!

Miyoko’s Double Cream Roasted Garlic Peppercorn

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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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As we’ve advised before, Miyoko’s cheeses are so wonderful and so popular that you have to act quickly if you find one you like. We loved this limited edition Double Cream Roasted Garlic Peppercorn — and are eagerly awaiting its return.

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In the meantime, we’ll tell you all about it. As fans of all of Miyoko’s double-cream cheeses, we couldn’t wait to try this one — and we were not disappointed. This delectable soft cheese is creamy and bursting with flavor.

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We paired this cheese with Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir, which is not only smooth, delicious, and vegan but very affordable. (Which is good when you have this much cheese-tasting to do.)

Keep an eye out for the reappearance of this incredible cheese … and snap it up as soon as you can.

Daiya Cheezy Mac

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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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When we saw this easy-to-prepare Daiya Cheezy Mac on sale at the local grocery, we couldn’t resist.

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This mac-and-cheese is so easy, in part, because it doesn’t require any vegan butter or plant milks to prepare — all you need is in the box.

And, for anyone with food sensitivities, this product is not only vegan but gluten and soy free. The pasta (be careful not to overcook; it takes only 8 minutes!) is nice and chewy, not rubbery as many gluten-free pastas can be.

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And the cheese sauce is thick, cheesy,  rich, and has a sharp-cheddar taste — but it has a slightly chemical smell and flavor as well. (This should probably be expected of something that comes in a foil package.)

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Obviously, nothing comes close to good, homemade vegan mac-and-cheese (and Miyoko’s cheesy cheddar sauce tastes a lot more fresh), but this is pretty good, and insanely convenient, if you must have a packaged variety. And the fact that all the ingredients are in this little box and that it takes about 10 minutes to prepare, start to finish, makes it a good product to keep handy.

Miyoko’s Pub Crock Cheddar with Onions

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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Now that winter is on its way — as well as the holidays — it’s time to think of what sort of cheese you can curl up with, as well as serve to guests. Miyoko’s Pub Crock Cheddar with Onions is another terrific Miyoko’s creation.

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This cheese comes not in a wheel like so many other Miyoko’s cheeses but in a tub; it’s far softer and very spreadable.

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This new spread, according to its website description, “combines our farmhouse cheese with Oktoberfest vegan lager from Iron Springs Brewery, just down the street from us here in Fairfax.” Along with onions and mustard seeds, the combination of ingredients is wonderfully flavorful and is perfect on crusty bread.

pub cheese2Don’t miss this new one, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner; this is a cheese vegans and omnivores alike will love. And remember, this month Miyoko’s will donate 1% of all online sales to Farm Sanctuary!

Miyoko’s Sharp Cheddar-Style Cheese Sauce

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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Here’s the thing about the very best Miyoko’s cheeses: You have to act fast. And when we learned that Miyoko’s had a new cheese sauce, we did just that. (It was then sold out for a while, and now it’s back! So…act fast.)

This Sharp Cheddar-Style Cheese Sauce is phenomenal. While many plant-based folks make homemade cheese sauce that is very good, I’m not among them, and, until recently, I had yet to find a truly incredible cheesy sauce that requires nothing more than pouring it over pasta to make a delicious meal.

But now, there’s this:

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As with other Miyoko’s cheeses, this ships in two days via FedEx, and it comes in smallish containers (one meal, basically, for no more than a pound of pasta, and less if you want it to be super cheesy).

IMG_4514Because it’s cashew-based, the ingredients separate a bit, so you have to give it a good stir, then heat it over the stove until it gets thick and creamy — about 10 minutes or so.

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The result is a beautiful, thick, cheesy sauce that is perfect for pasta shells. And, just for a little variety, we also tried it with macaroni, which was equally delicious.

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As many vegan cheese lovers know, consistency is among the toughest things to perfect when it comes to plant-based cheeses, but Miyoko’s nails it. And this sauce also has the sharp, cheddary flavor of any classic mac-and-cheese recipe.

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Don’t forget to ask your local retailers about carrying Miyoko’s cheeses … we are thrilled to see them in no fewer than four of our local stores, and counting, in many different flavors. But ordering online has its benefits, too — Mikoyo’s donates 1% of its online sales to an animal rights/vegan nonprofit.

 

 

 

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.

Miyoko’s Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash

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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 admit we put off trying Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash because it seemed a little strange — a cheese covered in black ash? And indeed, it looks a little odd…

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We half-expected the cheese to be a little gritty, or to have a smoky or charcoal flavor. However,  the black ash is so fine that it barely registers, and it has no flavor at all.

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The only flavor that comes through in this delicious cheese is the gouda-like flavor of the cheese itself, which is very smooth and creamy. It’s a little firmer than Miyoko’s double-cream cheeses but still highly spreadable.

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I highly recommend this one, as it’s so unique and fun. And vegans who miss gouda will especially love it.

Miyoko’s Smoked Chive Farmhouse

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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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Because we’re such huge fans of Miyoko’s Double Cream Chive as well as Smoked Farmhouse, we couldn’t resist this limited edition Smoked Chive Farmhouse.

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This lovely cheese is far more smoky than chivey, and for those who love a bit of smoke, this one tastes even smokier than the regular Smoked Farmhouse. It’s a firm cheese, more sliceable than spreadable, and while it was terrific on crusty bread, it would also be very tasty on any sandwich or chopped/shredded into a salad.

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Because it’s a limited edition cheese, don’t miss your chance to order. And, as if you need a reason to eat this yummy vegan cheese, Miyoko’s will donate 1% of online sales this June to Vegan Outreach.