I've been reading the boards for a while, but I nearly never post. So, hello! I'll start by saying that I don't have any vegan/vegetarian friends, and my family is omnivorous though very supportive. That said, it's been so hard to go vegan without a buddy/friend going with me.
I've been transitioning-vegan/gluten-free for about 4 months now (I made it through thanksgiving!), but occasionally find that something has dairy/meat/gluten in it, and I give up and finish it. I think this is contributing to an issue I call "The Cheeseburger Dilemma."
Each time I start more carefully watching what I'm eating (when eating out, etc.) to ensure it's vegan, I find myself craving *cheeseburgers*. It's awful! I "remember" the taste of one when I ate meat, but it's not the *actual* taste. It's as though my mind has created a new taste profile of a cheeseburger that simply cannot be obtained through an actual cheeseburger.
I know this fact because I broke down and ate a bite of my husband's during a former Dilemma, just to see if that is really what I was craving; it was so nasty. Just awful. And that was from my formerly favorite burger place! So, I don't actually crave the cheeseburger itself, which makes my transition a lot easier.
However, I still want the delicious cheeseburger experience. So, what is YOUR favorite cheeseburger recipe? I'd love to have a stockpile so I can have a new go-to burger when I'm craving hard.