When the newest issue of VegNews magazine arrived in my mailbox, I was delighted. The issue focuses on artisan vegan cheeses that are easy to make at home. Since I spend a lot of time in my kitchen it seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand my skills.
The recipes are from Miyoko Schinner’s book, Artisan Vegan Cheese. I can honestly say that every single recipe sounds amazing and I had a difficult time choosing which one to make first. A co-worker of mine eased the decision making by sharing a sample of the Philadelphia-Style Cream Cheese she had made at home. I immediately swiped my finger through the spread, went home after work, and gathered the ingredients to make my own batch. That means it’s good stuff. Really good stuff.
I snazzed my batch up a bit by adding minced garlic, fresh parsley, and several pinches of oregano, thyme, tarragon, and basil. It is tangy, creamy, thick, smooth, herby, and garlicky. I love it. My lunch today consisted of toast and generous smears of this wondrous creation.
The recipe does require some patience since the cheese has to sit at room temperature for 1-2 days. But, it is worth it!! You can find the book version of the recipe here, and the version I used in the October 2012 issue of VegNews. They vary slightly but both produce equally yummy results.