April 12, 2012

National Grilled Cheese Day

“Not that anybody needs a recipe... but it was a piece of nostalgia... that is the foundation for our grilled cheese experience.” - Laura Werlin

It's National Grilled Cheese Day!

Sponsored byWayFare

Let's forget the wit and sass today, and focus on sincerity . . .

WayFare - and the mission they adhere to - is lovely; it makes me want to drive out to Montana and hug them all (in a totally non-creepy, entirely appreciative kind of way): "To work unselfishly for the benefit of all people by creating simple, delicious, healthful, plant-based foods, that will promote life and not bring disease."

I am absolutely honored that they've chosen to help me with this food project!

Now, for some strange reason I had it stuck in my head that the consistency of the "We Can't Say It's Cheese" was going to be that of onion dip. I'm not sure why my brain wrapped itself around that specific food, but it did (I think this is a visual association kind of thing, because it's in the same sort of container that onion dip generally comes in). So I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the tub of Hickory Smoked Cheddar-Style Spread to find that it was far thicker than I was expecting (i.e. it's NOTHING like the consistency of dip - onion or otherwise).

Overall, I was impressed with both the texture and the flavor. It didn't liquefy or become slimy; truly, it held up really well in my grilled cheese sandwich (better then some real cheeses, to be honest). Stereotypically, packaged vegan food has a bizarre aftertaste. For some reason, every time I went to take a bite of this, both my mouth and stomach prepared for that weird taste. But it never happened, and I'm thinking that's because WayFare uses oatmeal to make their products. Oatmeal generally has a very distinct, hearty, but mellow flavor - I feel that beautifully transitioned to this alternative cheese product, especially with those hickory notes!

Yum. Yum. Yum!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.