When I posted my review of Vegan Sandwiches Save The Day, tons of people said that grilled cheese sandwiches were there favorites... But I was especially touched by just how many people shared childhood memories of eating grilled cheese sandwiches with their parents. I also definitely remember how special (and tasty!) it was when my mom would make me a grilled cheese sandwich. After reading all those comments, I pretty much couldn't stop thinking about having a grilled cheese sandwich!
These days, everyone is talking about the new book "Artisan Vegan Cheese" (and I have a copy myself, waiting to be explored)... but for last night, I turned to my trusty copy of Vegan Diner, by Julie Hasson. It's one of my favorite cookbooks, and I love the two cheese recipes in it. I couldn't decide which one I wanted to make, so I made a mini half-batch of each. On the left is the glorious Great Smoky Mountain Cheese, and on the right is the Garlic Dill Cheese. Don't they look cute, side by side, in their little vintage pyrex dishes? For the sandwiches, we used the Great Smoky Mountain Cheese, with some slices of tomatoes from the garden, and they were Just Perfect!!!
As for the bread, we used some of the Veganic Lentil Grain bread from One Degree. They sent me FOUR loaves to try out! This is like a bread addict's dream come true.
Many years ago, I had a vegan friend who found out that most farmers use animal products for fertilizer. Once she realized that, she figured it was just too hard to be a perfect vegan, and went back to eating animal products. Sigh! (disclaimer: she was a really great person otherwise) Anyhow, she was the first person to ever tell me about the idea of "veganic" : which is organic farming that is also All Vegan - no animal fertilizers or products even in the growing of the food. It's such a cool idea. Obviously, not much food is grown this way (even as a home gardener, it can be a challenge) - so when I heard about this veganic bread, I was really stoked to try it out. All the ingredients can be traced back to their source, you can learn about the farms where the ingredients were grown. On their website, they have really neat profiles of all their farmers. I LOVE this degree of accountability so much.
All four flavors of bread are hearty and wholesome, and full of whole grain goodness. Honestly, I thought the bread was a little dry to be enjoyed all on its own (it's possible that this was a problem of a shipping delay?) - but for all things toasted and toasty, this bread is really great. And, because of the totally excellent and 1 million percent veganness of this bread, I will definitely get it again!!!
No cows were harmed in the making of these grilled cheese sandwiches!