Heidi Ho Creamy Chia Cheeze

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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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While we didn’t love Heidi Ho’s Smoky Chia Cheeze, we thought we’d try the creamy version.

HeidiHo1We found this to be very much the same — not very cheeselike in texture, but it had a very nice flavor.

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Because the label says this cheese sauce can be served hot or cold, we tried it cold this time — and it was spreadable but a little clammy. So we’d definitely recommend heating it. It’s not quite creamy enough for a satisfying mac-and-cheese, but it would make a nice heated dip.

Miyoko’s Sharp Cheddar-Style Cheese Sauce

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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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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.

 

 

 

Kite Hill Cream Cheese – Chive

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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Though I love Daiya’s cream cheese, when I saw Kite Hill‘s chive cream cheese at Whole Foods, I thought I’d give it a try.

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Wow. This cream cheese is even more amazing than Daiya’s. It’s creamier, and the chive flavor is far stronger and fresher.

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The reason the photo below is of a cracker rather than a bagel is because this cream cheese is rich and flavorful enough to serve on crackers (though of course we can’t wait to try it on bagels, too).

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If you can find it, check it out…and 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.

Miyoko’s Double Cream Garlic Herb

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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I so adore Miyoko’s Double Cream Chive that, given the choice, I usually go for that first — but this decadent, flavorful cheese is a very close second.

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Double Cream Garlic Herb seems somewhat less creamy than the Double Cream Chive, but it’s just as full of spice and flavor. And it’s just as rich and scrumptious.

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As with all of Miyoko’s cheeses, this one is fantastic on bread or crackers…it would also slice nicely for sandwiches and wraps, and Miyoko‘s recommends trying it on bagels and baked potatoes as well. Whatever you do with this one, you can’t possibly go wrong.

Treeline Classic Aged Artisanal Treenut Cheese

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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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This Treeline Classic Aged Artisanal Treenut Cheese is the hard aged cheese all vegans have been waiting for.

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While this cheese is a little softer than an aged parmesan, it’s just as flavorful and a bit creamier (and best yet, environmentally friendly and cruelty free).

This Treeline Classic Aged Nut Cheese comes in a small package, but this is for the best: its richness and intense flavor make it difficult to eat too much at once.

IMG_8434This cheese is delicious sliced on crackers, but I especially love it shredded and added to any pasta dish. (Be sure to check out the smokey mushroom risotto recipe on Treeline’s website.)

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The cheese can be shredded even finer for a more parmesan-like experience, but for me, the thick shreds are great (the more, the better).

Check back soon — I saw that Treeline has added new flavors, and we’ll do our best to get our hands on them as soon as humanly possible.