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#1 Old 07-16-2017, 11:31 AM
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How to make vegan mac and cheese a comforting crowd-pleaser



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When the organizers of a vegan macaroni-and-cheese contest in Baltimore in February sent instructions to contestants, they suggested bringing enough samples to feed a crowd of 500 people. Instead, “we stopped counting at 1,000,” said Rissa Miller, who helps organize social events for a group called Baltimore Vegan Drinks. “Nobody expected that many people to show up.”

One of the Baltimore Vegan Mac ’n’ Cheese Smackdown’s other organizers, Brenda Sanders from PEP Foods, was also floored by the droves who showed up to sample vegan cheesy goodness from 31 home cooks and professional chefs, yet she acknowledges the allure. “Who can resist mac ’n’ cheese?” she says. “We picked it as the theme for the event because we knew it would attract a crowd.”

Indeed, macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes often cited by the newly vegan as one they particularly miss, especially when vegan offerings on restaurant menus tend toward hummus wraps and black bean burgers — not what most Americans would classify as comfort food.

When Miller became vegan 21 years ago, “the idea of eating a vegan version of mac and cheese didn’t even occur to me,” she says. “There was no Daiya vegan cheese yet, and cashew cream wasn’t even fashionable.”

The recent proliferation of commercially available vegan cheeses from companies such as Daiya, Treeline and Miyoko’s Kitchen has opened up a new world of possibility for those who eschew dairy products, inspiring a host of home cooks to try their hands at recreating cheesy childhood memories. Even a popular BuzzFeed recipe video has gotten in on the act, whizzing boiled carrots, onions and potatoes in a blender with raw cashews to create a creamy cheese-like sauce.

“For some bizarre reason, many vegans are obsessed with mac and cheese, and apparently I am no exception,” says Jeanie Ciskowski of Accokeek, Md., who ended up winning the People’s Choice award at the Baltimore event for her entry called Flying Pig Labs Mac ’n’ Cheese, which combined her own handmade cheddar-style cashew cheese with commercially available vegan cheeses.
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I love to use cashews, nooch, garlic powder, miso, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and sometimes some olive oil if i'm not already using sauteed veggies

I've gotta add my dislike of calling potato and carrot sauces 'cheese'. Every time someone raves about it and posts a link I'm disappointed when I see that-I have tried them. No amount of nooch, garlic, or the addition of vegan cheese can take away the veggie taste for me.

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I love to use cashews, nooch, garlic powder, miso, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and sometimes some olive oil if i'm not already using sauteed veggies

I've gotta add my dislike of calling potato and carrot sauces 'cheese'. Every time someone raves about it and posts a link I'm disappointed when I see that-I have tried them. No amount of nooch, garlic, or the addition of vegan cheese can take away the veggie taste for me.
The vegan restaurant near me recently changed their mac and cheese, which I loved, from a butternut squash mac and cheese to a mac and cheese which seems to use potato and carrot for the sauce. So disappointing.

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aw- won't let me look even after unblocking ads!

I have adds blocked. When I went to look there was a greyed out area at the top of the page (where the ads should be?) If the links to the recipes are in that area they don't work but if you scroll the page down so the links are out of the grey they work and you can see the recipes.

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I've gotta add my dislike of calling potato and carrot sauces 'cheese'... No amount of nooch, garlic, or the addition of vegan cheese can take away the veggie taste for me.
We made a HUGE pot of the potato/carrot style mac and "cheese" this weekend for all of our friends who were visiting for vegfest. We had planned on it lasting all weekend but everyone finished it during the first meal.
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