Treeline Green Peppercorn

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 love Treeline‘s many cheeses, especially the French-style spreadable cheeses, and so were thrilled to discover a new flavor (to us, anyway) at a local grocery: Green Peppercorn.

This one is indeed, exactly as the package reads, “mild yet subtly tangy” — it’s terrific on crackers but mild enough to put on bagels as a cream-cheese substitute if you like a little bit of flavor.

This vegan cheese has the wonderful consistency all of Treeline’s spreadable cheeses have, and if you like pepper, you’ll love this — the pepper flavor gives it a nice kick. If your local store doesn’t have it yet, check Treeline’s website to learn more. Because you definitely want this in your fridge.

NuCulture Bacony Chipotle cashew spread

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 were delighted to discover two NuCulture cashew spreads at our local food co-op (stay tuned for the review of the Garden Herbs variety).

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NuCulture has four plant-based spreads (including a dessert flavor, pumpkin spice), and all are vegan as well as gluten- and soy-free. The Bacony Chipotle is slightly bacony and incredibly spicy (in a great way).

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We enjoyed this spread on crackers and fresh bread, and it would also be delicious on a baked potato or as a dip for french fries … it’s light and creamy in texture and would be incredibly versatile on just about anything you wanted to add a bit of spice to (or make that a lot of spice).

NuCulture offers recipes on its website, and we also discovered that this variety, combined with the Garden Herbs flavor, created a wonderful cool-hot sensation (but that’s as far as we went, recipe-wise). Stay tuned for our next review…

Treeline Chipotle Serrano Pepper

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 love Treeline‘s French-style cheeses, and while our local co-op only has one variety, we found this Chipotle Serrano Pepper flavor at a California Whole Foods.

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The texture of this variety is ever-so-slightly chalky (probably not noticeable to most), but the spices are fantastic — hot and a little smoky.

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This cheese would pair very well with a light, crispy white wine, a sparkling wine — or any cool drink, for that matter — and due to its heat, it would be even better with veggies than with bread or crackers.

Treeline Classic Aged Artisanal Treenut 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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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.

Treeline’s French-style cheeses

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 we covered these French-style nut cheeses as part of another post, we wanted to be sure to give them a little more attention, as they are fantastic.

Treeline Herb-Garlic

So far, our local groceries have only Herb-Garlic flavor (we’ve had to venture out of town for the Scallion) — so while we’re hoping they branch out, we’re still very happy with whatever Treeline cheese is readily available. If you’re looking for a Boursin-style vegan cheese, this is it.

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These nut cheeses (made from Brazilian cashews) are smooth, creamy, flavorful, and just about perfect (especially given they have zero cholesterol and zero cruelty). Visit Treeline’s FAQ  and  Why We’re Dairy Free pages for more on the benefits. And meanwhile: enjoy.

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There are two new flavors now available — Chipotle Serrano Pepper and Green Peppercorn, so we hope to get our hands on these soon…