Vegan Aioli

I was looking for something creamy to use as a spread and a sauce. I also wanted to incorporate extra protein and potassium.

I've learned that kidney beans have a lot of potassium, but I didn't have any kidney beans. I did have great northern beans. They don't have quite as much, but they do still boast a fair amount. White beans in general are a pretty good source of it.

This is a spicy puree that's got a creamy texture and a lot of flavor. You can use it as a dip, a spread, a sauce. It can add richness and flavor to almost anything.

It's simple to make. You just puree all the ingredients in your food process and then let it rest for a few hours in the fridge. When you're not cooking with heat resting in the fridge is pretty important. It helps the flavors coalesce. So when tasting (tasting as you go is a must) you need to keep in mind that everything will gain some intensity during that resting period.

1 can Great Northern Beans
1/2 block silken …

The Cheese Conundrum

Today I was in the local A and P supermarket. I was looking for a suitable vegetarian cheese that was also on sale. They'd raised the price of the Crystal Farms I'd bought the week prior from $2 to $3. There was some borden on sale, which I was not sure about the origins of its enzymes.

I had read on numerous sites that Cabot brand was vegetarian friendly. But I was still hesistant as I'd always heard sharp cheddars could be bad.

But desperate I picked up the package and eyed the ingredients. It's was $2.50 for 8 ounces. When I turned it over, I discovered, much to my surprise and joy, that it clearly stated, in bold no less, that it contained no animal rennet.

How wonderful is that?!

Yay Cabot. No only for not using animal rennet, but for listing it on the packaging. Now if only all cheese makers would choose to or be obligated by law to disclose this vital information to consumers.

Personally I am getting tired of sending emails to ask them. And am wary of their vague responses.

All cheese should be vegetarian. There is no need for otherwise.

Sadly, many still are not.