So my job for the past 4 years has been a part time Gourmet Cheese specialist in a high end grocery store. i have had every cheese under the sun from Countries all over the world, and I love it! I love helping people pick out cheese, I love suggesting cheeses to people, i love helping them plan parties and describing the flavors of the cheese to people, and telling them what jams and fruits and crackers to go with their cheeses. It's literally been my life. I know how bad cheese is for you. But it is powerful. We have a customer who is a cardiologist. The first time he came in we offered him a sample and he refused saying "I open people up for a living and see what this stuff does to their artieries, I won't eat it" He was told to bring cheese to a party so that's why he was there. Well, the cheese got him! He is now a regular customer!!! That's the hold that cheese can take on people. Once I read TKD I stopped eating the cheese. I gave in on Thanksgiving and had some brie. But haven't had cheese since. Despite having to cut it at work and smell it, I still have been able to stay strong and not give in the past 15 days. So my questions.... What are your favorite vegan "cheese's"? Have any of you made your own fake "cheese"? If I am going to give in and eat cheese once in a while what is the best for me (aged, goat, sheep, imported, local)? I know of many great local cheese makers in my state that sell great gouda's and sheep and goat milk cheeses. I have really been wanting to try the Dr. Cow cheese's because I think they will be the closest to what I am used to eating. But we have three kids and spending $14 to have a tiny bite of cheese mailed to me is a little out of our budget.
So I am soooo excited! I talked to my manager yesterday and was telling her about the Dr. Cow cheese's. I told her how cool would it be to get those in with our imported artisan cheese's and we could put a sign over in our dairy dept next the the veggie shred's and vegan "cheeses" that says "Come check out our new vegan cheese in the Deli dept". She was actually interested! She's gonna do what she can to see if we can get it in! Right after we talked about it this couple came in looking for dairy free cheese alternatives for their son. With all my new knowledge I was able to help them and give them advice, etc! And it just showed my boss that there would be a market for the Dr. Cow cheeses in our store. Yesterday was a great day at work and made me realize I can work this new lifestyle into my current job and still be successful!
I think it's fantastic that you have stopped eating cheese and my response as a vegan to "what cheese is best for me?" would be "No dairy cheese is good for you!" and on a vegan forum that's probably the best response you will get :) I think it's great that you will be stocking Dr Cow and possibly other vegan cheezes too. I don't eat a lot of cheeze as most are soy based but every now and then I will buy some Cheezly or Sheese. I also like making a cheezy sauce using nutritional yeast to put in rice or on pasta or on veggies.
Hmm, Maybe I should have phrased the question, "Which cheese will do the least damage to my insides?" :P But I'd probably get the same response, non. ;-) It's is the hardest thing to give up. I make it a little over two weeks and then I give in. Meat is not a problem bit when cheese has been your life and career for 4 years it's hard to quit instantly. I've found a bunch of recipesfor faux cheese's so I'm gonna try those. and I got all the stuff to make the mac and cheese that Alicia's posted. I'll kick this addiction eventually :)
Oh dear, Daiya. I had a Daiya pizza a couple of days ago and even my husband agreed - it tasts like cheese. Really and truly. We had the Italian (mozzarella) and it melted and browned beautifully. Stretchy and perfect.
I had to order Daiya cheese from a vegan store online because my Wholefoods is not carrying it yet. I made mac and cheese with it for the first time yesterday. It was sooooo good. Can't wait until more places start to carry it.
I actually feel like I have had to mourn the loss of my cheese... I live in Wisconsin, need I say more?? I miss every kind of cheese! Most of all I miss bleu cheese.... I tried the follow your heart cheese and it was a no go for me.... I'll have to see if the Whole Foods we go to has the Daiya yet... I haven't tried the Dr. Cow cheeses either... I'm going to have to do something! BTW, A+ to Tofutti for their "sour cream"!! I'm going to have to try their cream cheese and make a cheesecake!