Daiya New York Cheezecake

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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Okay, this New York style cheesecake from Daiya is the best thing ever.

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As someone who used to love cheesecake in my pre-vegan days, I figured I’d said my last good-byes when I gave up dairy. And, given what I’d learned about the dairy industry, I was completely okay with that.

And then, this.

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Hello again, cheesecake.

This Daiya cheesecake is rich, creamy, and perfectly flavored — and, of course, it’s also cruelty free and far healthier than the dairy version (no cholesterol, trans fats, gluten). And while it does have plenty of plant-based fats and calories, the serving size is gigantic, so keep that in mind when you do the math — it’s so rich that a little goes a long way.

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You’ll find this amazing dessert in the freezer section of the grocery store (and there are three additional flavors: strawberry, key lime, and chocolate). Keep in mind that you’ll need to move it to the fridge to thaw for about 5-6 hours, and then it’ll be ready to slice and serve (and it’s best if it has a few moments to sit at room temperature).

If you love cheesecake, and/or if you want a vegan dessert that will impress omnivorous friends and family, this is among the best and most decadent ever. Enjoy!

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.