Kite Hill Cheese

As I’ve admitted a few times on this blog, I still have a bit of a cheese addiction.  I find myself cheating with cheese on occasion but I’ve finally found a vegan cheese I’m in love with!

About a year ago I read in VegNews Magazine about an artisan almond milk cheese company out of California called Kite Hill.  The article mentioned that Whole Foods would be carrying their line of cheeses.  Every time I went into Tampa I’d check at the Whole Foods and was continually disappointed that it wasn’t there yet.  We recently got a Whole Foods close to home in Clearwater and I checked in with them during the grand opening sales.  They did confirm that it was on order and to check back.  I was so pleased to find they finally got it in!

Kite Hill has four varieties and we decided to try the Soft Fresh Truffle, Dill, & Chive — wow is it good!  The flavor is divine even though the texture is a bit off when you’re used to the real thing.  My need for cheese is now satisfied with Kite Hill and I highly recommend you give it a try!

Here is their website for more info: http://www.kite-hill.com/

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Garlicky Tahini Dressing

What a treat — I got to meet Rip Esselstyn, the author of My Beef with Meat and The Engine 2 Diet.  You can tell from his photo that he is not difficult to look at!  I thoroughly enjoyed his lecture — he helped me re-commit to a vegan lifestyle and set aside the evil cheese!  He has partnered with the Whole Foods Healthy Eating Campaign and is on a tour of many of the stores to discuss his book and the Healthy Eating Campaign.  Before the lecture Whole Foods had prepared some of the recipes from My Beef with Meat and my favorite was the Garlicky Tahini Dressing.  In fact, every time I go to Whole Foods I can find it on the salad bar!  It’s simple to make at home and it’s now my favorite go-to dressing.

Prep time is no more than five minutes and it makes about 2 1/2 cups of dressing.  This recipe can be found on page 215 of My Beef with Meat.

1 cup tahini

1/2 cup rice vinegar

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari sauce (gluten free soy sauce)

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh garlic

2 scallions, thinly sliced

Mix and enjoy!

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