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Go Veggie! And Signed Spork-Fed Cookbook Giveaway!

Ladies, Gentlemen, Mammals of all orders,

I have a secret to spill:

GoVeggie! or as I like to call it, Go Veggie Exclamation Point (GVEP), formerly known as Galaxy Nutritional Foods (which never had astronomical imagery as part of its branding, nor was it made on the moon), a switch I wrote about earlier, are the makers of the new vegan cheese products available at Trader Joe’s (a store that is so very good to us). Their new and improved shreds are their shreds, and their new and improved cream cheese is their Not Your Average Tub Of Cream Cheese (which I think should be called Above Average Cream Cheese). How did I find this out? I never kiss and tell! Wait. Yes, I do: some good ol’ fashioned sleuthin’ and um, this blog post.

To celebrate all the cheesy goodness, GVEP threw a rager last night that was hosted, and when I say hosted, I mean “Hi, how are you, thanks so much for coming, I’m Heather, let me feed your face!” HOSTED by the effervescent energy balls (but pretty), the Spork Sisters, Jenny and Heather. There were people; like Rory Freedman, who has given up cursing (oh, the irony for a Skinny Bitch!) and has a new book called Beg: A Radical New Way Of Regarding Animals coming out on April 23rd. Television’s Jason Wrobel who is waiting to hear if the pilot episode of his Cooking Channel show How To Live To 100 did well enough to get picked-up and in the interim told us all about the importance of Vitamin K2 (which sounds like Scrubbing Bubbles for your heart). And my friend The Insufferable Vegan and I both masquerading as QuarryGirl.

There was Sporktastic food:

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Cream Cheese and Olive Tapenade Layered Dip, Mini Mediterranean Pita Pizza Bites, Saffron Scented Arancini with Mushrooms

There was drink:

frey wine

Courtesy Frey Wines– America’s First Organic Winery

And there was a cooking demo, where I learned pepper is now just called ‘pep’ and a Vita-Mix is a ‘Vity’:

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Heather & Jenny make basil oil!

And best of all, for one lucky SuperVegan reader (that could be you!) there’s a copy of Spork-Fed, the cookbook any vegan who wants to make Strawberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast must own, the cookbook I personally had signed by both sisters just for you, PLUS a coupon for one free GVEP product!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment (make sure to leave an e-mail address!) telling us about the best or worst vegan cheese dish you’ve ever eaten, by Monday at noon, PT. Good luck!

19 Comments

  1. Comment by

    Michael D. Fellows

    on #

    I have used Trader Joe’s Vegan Cheese in many recipes but I love to use it for vegan mac and cheese.

    I use:

    1 poound pasta of your choice. I like spirals or elbows for the classic way.

    10 cups water for boiling

    4-6 oz Trader Joes cheddar style Cheese

    1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

    1/4 cup Trade Joe’s Not Your Average Tub Of Cream Cheese

    1/4 cup Olive Oil Earth Balance

    1 1/2-2 cups Plain hemp milk, depending on how creamy you want it

    To taste:

    salt

    pepper

    smoked paprika

    fresh basil

    Then: 1. Boil water in large, add pasta, cook for 15 min and drain.
    2. Put the pasta back in the pot. Add all the ingredients together and heat over low-medium heat until combined and delicious. Season with the salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and fresh basil.

  2. Comment by

    J.T. Yost

    on #

    The worst vegan cheese I’ve ever had was pretty much any vegan cheese I ate in the fifteen or so years before Daiya hit the scene. I’ll definitely have to try that new TJ’s stuff!

  3. Comment by

    christine

    on #

    Everything sounds yummy!

  4. Comment by

    Cory Bellamy

    on #

    I’ve only recently become vegan, but I’ve had both good and bad vegan “cheese” dishes. The worst would be a vegan grilled cheese. The best would be a vegan queso dish in Austin, Tx at a place called Kerbey Lane Cafe.

  5. Comment by

    Barry

    on #

    I’ve been vegan 17 or 18 years. The vegan cheeses back in the mid 90s were so terrible, I’ve not eaten one since. I hear they’re much better now, but I can’t get them locally.

  6. Comment by

    Sharon

    on #

    Daiya is the best vegan cheese. I can eat it out of the bag it’s so freakin good.

  7. Comment by

    Jena

    on #

    Worst vegan cheese experience: my first time making nooch-based cheese sauce as a veglet, several years ago now. I purchased the powdered variety of nutritional yeast, and carefully prepared a recipe that called for the flakes. My mother came into the kitchen as I was about to taste my masterpiece and asked why everything smelled like beef.

  8. Comment by

    heather

    on #

    the best is without question homemade fermented cashew cheese. have fooled many a non-vegan with this!
    the worst… a memory: during the dark ages of vegan cheese production, while visiting middle of nowhere iowa, going to a cookout with my bocas and inferior vegan cheese product and everyone being so curious to “try my cheese”… raw. plain. and me saying “no you don’t want to really”. and everyone trying it:(

  9. Comment by

    thomas

    on #

    dr. cow is good. had a great cashew cheese sampler plate back in the day when cocoa v was still in business.

  10. Comment by

    Audrey

    on #

    I’ve had great and bad vegan cheese experiences. One of the most catastrophic bad ones for me (because of the waste of time, energy, and ingredients) was a mac and cheese I made that I ended up throwing out. It was a sad day, made all the sadder because every where I have read that people love said recipe. Well, not me. Some of my great vegan cheese experiences include lots of stuff made with Daiya (pizza and mac and cheese are my favorites). For a cheese spread, I really love Wayfare’s We Can’t Say It’s Cheese (the Hickory is my favorite).

  11. Comment by

    Lori M.

    on #

    The best cheesy dish I’ve made was a layered polenta casserole. I used Daiya cheese which was way better than I was expecting. We don’t have a Trader Joes here but there are rumors one is coming….it’d be a dream!

  12. Comment by

    Doreen

    on #

    Brand new vegan here about two weeks now! This would be a great item to have! :)

  13. Comment by

    Marcia S

    on #

    I best was stuffed shells with Daiya. I love Daiya Cheese but my husband doesn’t. It would be nice to find something we both like. Maybe this is it!

  14. Comment by

    Alisha

    on #

    The best vegan cheese dish I had was at Dough Bakery in Atlanta Georgia. It was a yummy cheese scone, which surprisingly was very similar to the one I make. Why is it when someone else makes food for you it taste so much better? Guess I need to move to a town with more veg restaurants. If your ever in Atlanta stop by the punk rock cafe called Dough Bakery. You will not be disappointed… unless you go on a Monday. They are closed on Mondays… truly the only bad thing about them is that they are closed Mondays and not located in my kitchen!

  15. Comment by

    Jennifer Tallady

    on #

    The worst vegan cheese dish I’ve ever had was the 1st time I tried to make mac and cheese on my own. I followed a recipe I found online, but it didn’t turn out very good and I was barely able to eat it.

  16. Comment by

    Jess

    on #

    I noticed that tub of cream cheese at Trader Joe’s last time and was curious! To date my favorite is a tofu cream cheese that a local bagel shop makes. Yum! I haven’t had much luck with the hard cheese types, although I’m in the process of trying to make a couple of the cheeses from “Artisan Vegan Cheese.” The bad experiences outweigh the good ones over many years, unfortunately, but perhaps there’s hope for the future!

  17. Comment by

    sarabeth

    on #

    the best vegan dish i’ve had is “swimming rama with tofu”. i make my own peanut sauce (i add 3-4 jalapenos to make it spicy), saute lots of spinach with garlic, and then bake or lightly pan fry tofu. i make a bed of spinach, top it with the tofu and pour the peanut sauce over the top. it’s quick, easy, and always delicious!

  18. Comment by

    Rachael

    on #

    I made a vegan pumpkin cheesecake that was so amazing. I wanted to eat the mix right out of the batter before cooking it! :) the worst thing I have ever had was my bf tried to veganize a traditional Bosnian dish which is basically like a cheese spread mixed with garlic and onions. There is more too it than that but It was pretty bad. Lol

  19. Comment by

    saniel

    on #

    the best vegan cheese is the one my mom makes- cashews, nutritional yeast, roasted tomatoes, water-super yummy and oh so good. thanks
    sanielj@gmail.com

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