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Old School Cheeseball Goes Vegan!

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You can admit it. You loved junky cheeseballs. That processed crappy orange cheese, rolled in walnuts. Maybe it was port wine. Or sharp cheddar. Imagine it now… That soft, smelly cheese that you can cut into with a cracker. Yes, we loved it too. Which is why we are so excited to share this recipe in time for holiday parties.

Now you can put out a vegan-friendly cheeseball, and impress your guests by once again serving a processed cheese product rolled in nuts. Did we mention it’s ridiculously easy to make? One note – there is no swap for the Teese Cheddar. You’ve got to find that vegan cheese product to make this work. But don’t worry – it’s widely available. Whole Foods has it nationwide, and Amazon.com can ship anyplace!
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Old School Cheeseball Goes Vegan

1 8-oz. tub of vegan cream cheese, room temperature (we used Tofutti)
1 10-oz. tube cheddar Teese Cheese, room temperature
3 Tbl. vegan margarine ( we used Earth Balance)
1 Tbl. sriracha hot sauce
1 Tbl. A1 sauce (yes, it’s vegan!)
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

In a large mixing bowl, combine vegan cream cheese, Teese cheddar tube, margarine, sriracha, A1 sauce, paprika and green onions. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth, creamy and well-incorporated. You can do this by hand too, but it takes a little longer.

Place in the fridge to chill for at least four hours or up to overnight before rolling into a ball.

Before serving, roll chilled cheese into a ball and press chopped nuts into cheese to completely coat. Keep in fridge until ready to eat. Serve with chopped veggie crudités and crackers.

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Try another flavor profile! Instead of the sriracha, A1 sauce, paprika and green onions, flavor your cheese ball with 2 Tbl. Maple syrup, 1 Tbl. Dijon mustard, a dash of liquid smoke and 1 tsp. white miso. Roll in chopped almonds. Yum! Want more options? Use Teese mozzarella cheese with the vegan cream cheese and maragarine. Flavor with 1 Tbl. Italian spices, 1 Tbl. minced fresh basil, 1/8 cup minced black olives and 1/4 cup minced sundried tomatoes. Roll in pine nuts or sunflower seeds.

Vegan Wine and Cheese – with some goats

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We haven’t run into too many people who aren’t into wine and cheese parties. Even vegans. I mean, hey – you can make cheese from things other than animal milk. Like cashews, almonds, soy milk – you get the idea. Add into that a whole bunch of cutie-pie rescued farm animals and you have the recipe for a great event.

The folks at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary had just such an idea. On June 28th and again on August 16th, they are hosting Vegan Wine and Cheese Tours, which include tastings and a tour of the farm to meet the animals. For families, there is the option for grape juice and cheese, as well.

Now, usually, I would go overboard posting adorable images of the horses, goats, sheep, pigs, cows, mules, chickens, donkeys and other residents at Burleigh to try and entice you to visit the farm for a tour. Their sweet faces are so precious, I don’t know how anyone can resist.

But this event has another star sharing the marquee – it’s the vegan cheese. These creamy delights are coming from several amazing donors – Treeline Artisanal Cheese, Teese Cheese (Chicago Vegan Foods); Chef Dora Siragua from La Cucina Vegana; Chef Kristin Linde from High Impact Vegan – and well, us! Don’t get me wrong, I am not lumping us with the others. We plan to make the blue cheese we posted two years ago as our contribution. nothing like a a nice sharp blue to offset a dry red wine, after all.

Enough of me blathering though… let me SHOW you how amazing these vegan cheeses are…

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Fresh vegan mozzarella from Chef Dora.

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Spreadable caper and olive vegan cheese from Chef Dora.

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Treeline hard cheese wheels.

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Treeline peppered cheese.

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Teese cheese-ball.

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And here’s that  blue cheese we made, with a recipe from the Melomeals blog.

With all this cheesy goodness, are you still deciding?

Do you really want me to post the cute critters, too? Yea… I know. At least a goat.

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These fun-filled days will kick off with a guided tour of Burleigh where you will get to meet some animal friends. Be prepared to walk a bit and be sure to wear closed toed shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and connect with the animals during the tour, so be prepared to have some fun.

After the tour,  the wine and cheese event will be on the lawn of the estate. There will be a few tables set up but please feel free to bring a blanket or small camp style chair to sit on and enjoy your snacks. Grape juice will be provided for children and adults who prefer not to drink. This event is rain or shine. If it does rain, the wine and cheese tasting will be moved to one of our indoor facilities.

Tickets are available online and there are 3 tours to choose from: 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm.

Alphie the goat hopes to see you there! He also hopes for some snacks…

 

Parmela: Doin’ It Parmesan Style

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It’s unassuming, that little yellow box. It arrived in the mail from Vegan Cuts, a new Parm “cheese” and we planned a pasta dinner to try it out. Parmela looks like real Parmesan; it smells like real Parmesan, even sprinkles like it from your spoon… but what exactly is it? What is aged nut cheese?parmela_lrYou would not believe the jokes we came up with over “aged nut cheese.” If the product wasn’t so darn good, no one could ever take it seriously with a label like that. But it IS good. It’s delish in fact, and we used up three container of Parmela in record speed. It was great on pasta, of course. But also sprinkled over soups, salads, on sandwiches, wraps. It added a depth of flavor not unlike aged dairy cheese.

Parmela is a fermented vegan cheese created wholly from non-dairy, cholesterol free ingredients. Dairy cheese is one of the foods highest in cholesterol and the link between a high cholesterol diet and heart disease is well documented. Nuts, in addition to being cholesterol free can play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease.  Almonds and cashews form the base for Parmela and nutritional yeast adds a range of B vitamins.  The formation of Parmela‘s authentic “cheese” flavor occurs during fermentation, which is also where the soy is broken down into a form that is more easily digested. All ingredients are non-GMO.

It even sounds dreamy…Parmela. Like the name of some supermodel.  But this little beauty is attainable! Parmela is available locally at Pangea Vegan Store in Rockville. You can also buy it online at Vegan Essentials or check this link to see if it’s for sale a store near you!

Now you don’t have to miss Parmesan. Grab some aged nut cheese and sprinkle over the spaghetti to your heart’s content!

Locality: Anything Vegan Sauces

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In our various travels we cross paths with many awesome, small vegan companies. Anything Vegan is one of those. We met them at an event in Washington D.C. and bought two jars of their O’So Cheesy vegan cheese alternative sauces. What can we say but… hot damn! They are good!

Based in Virginia, Anything Vegan is made of up of two chefs, Jasmine and Marjorie and their motto is “Anything you can make, I can make vegan.”  Which rocks! They offer vegan coaching services, home chef services and have written two cookbooks: Juice Power and How to Create a Very Merry Vegan Holiday Meal. Both are available for your Kindle or e-reader.

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In all honesty, when I walked away from their table with this wonderful jarred cheesy sauce, I had the complete, total intention to write a recipe to go with it. Unfortunately, that never happened because we ate it like ravenous beasts. The O’So Cheesy sauce really lives up to its name. It’s thick and cheesy and freaking delicious. The Roasted Red Pepper has a slight tanginess and the Original is smooth and gorgeous. (There is a third flavor, too, 7-Herb & Garlic, but they were sold out of that one.)

To be totally honest, we ate a good deal of it off spoons. I’d like to say we at least poured it into a cute dish and dipped in sliced carrots or broccoli or even chips. That would have been great, too. The reality is, it didn’t make it that long. It was just too darn delicious.

At the event where we met them, they were giving away recipe booklets for the O’So Cheesy sauce, which included menu ideas like Vegan Bacon & O’So Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Mushrooms, O’So Cheesy 7-Herb & Garlic Baked Eggplant Rolls and Vegan O’So Cheesy “Hamburger” Soup. Alas, our jars of cheesy goodness didn’t last long enough to try these!

But while you’re on their site, there are some recipes worthy of your time – be sure to look at Apple-Almond Buttery Pancakes, Stuff Me Vegan Sensuous Stuffing, Super Food Herb Garden Burgers and Mushroom Pate Pastry.

While you can find lots of photos of this wonderous O’So Cheesy sauce on the website, there is not a link to buy it online, nor directions on where it is available locally. It could be that the site is under construction. Perhaps drop the ladies an email if you want some. 🙂  Thanks Jasmine and Marjorie – we cannot wait to get more O’So Cheesy sauces!!