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Subject: The Uncheese Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 12:35 AM ET
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I bought this years ago and recently pulled it back out. This is a great book! I am avoiding all prepackaged foods...and anything with corn syrup etc... in it. So we cook a lot of vegatarian from scratch and vegan when I can because I think Bovine growth hormone is bad...I spiced up the macaroni and uncheese tonight with a can of chopped drained chilli peppers and this was EXCELLENT!! If you are looking for a lower fat way to make comfort foods with less animal products try this book!!!

deborah

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:20 AM ET
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Do the other recipes seem fairly low fat? I'm trying mostly to eat lower fat/higher fiber and am always looking for some good vegetarian recipes..not vegetarian since I was raised on meat but I try to eat more vegetarian meals.

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 1:08 PM ET
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what is uncheese?!

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 7:45 PM ET
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I'*think* it's a cookbook for people who don't/can't eat cheese so the recipes don't contain cheese and probably not dairy..not sure but I think this is the book someone was talking about on another thread once in general discussion asking about cookbooks without dairy...

Subject: uncheese
Date Posted: 4/16/2008 8:28 PM ET
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This uncheese cookbook is filled with recipes that use homemade vegan cheeses. these are made from things like raw cahsew, tofu and even oatmeal and garbanzo beans. the recipes are much lower fat than those made with dairy cheese. the cookbook has pizzas, mac and cheese, a 3 cheese lasagna and even cream cheese and cheesecake recipes all non dairy and homemade. The foods are not exactly like dairy but they sure are good for those of us who miss cheese.

deborah

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 5:57 PM ET
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Wow, I apologize, but those substitutes sound horrible.  If you miss cheese, eat some cheese!  If you're worried about hormones, buy cheese from organic farms.  It's easy enough to even order it online.  I purchased a small wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano from Whole Foods over the weekend.  Amazing!  I highly doubt any amount of tofu or cashews could get anywhere near that flavor.



Last Edited on: 4/17/08 5:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/18/2008 12:59 PM ET
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sounds like a good way to get in some fiber!

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 4:23 PM ET
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Joanne Stepaniak is aligned with the wonderful Farm Sanctuary near where I live, which doesn't promote factory farming, including dairy.  

I've tried a few vegan cheeses and they're not great, but perhaps making my own substitutes like what she has here is the answer.

Subject: I dislike storebought vegan cheeses
Date Posted: 4/21/2008 2:04 PM ET
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they always seemed dry and rubbery to me. The cashew cheddars I make are really good...some melt..some make a drier baked mac and cheese dish that kids love. They are not exactly like dairy but they are close enough and so much cheaper than buying dairy and organic dairy stuff is sky high these days. I used to live on  a branvch of The Farm in New York state many many years ago....sigh...homesick

deborah