Say Cheese!  They were sampling this cheese at Trader Joe’s last week and normally I try to refrain from in-store sampling because one sample leads to four which leads to a cart full of impulse purchases.

Last week I left the store without buying it, but I had been thinking about this cheese ever since.

Trader Joe's thousand day gouda Cheese

Yesterday I went back and purchased the cheese and doesn’t that say something about the power of sampling. Samples do apparently work for their intended usage of driving sales, rather than for the (unintended) usage of feeding children and tiding them over so mom can buy herself another 4.37 minutes of concentration and shopping time.

It’s got a really intense flavor because it’s been aged 1000 days, but it’s not “bitey”.  Just mature and well-aged.

Trader Joe's thousand day gouda Cheese with plastic open

Cheese and grapes, cheese and dried fruit, this cheese platter, oh yes, Cheese Please.

cheese platter with grapes and nuts

Cheese and wine

Wine bottles on shelf

More cheesy recipes to follow that you can add cheese to, add vegan cheese to (Daiya or similar), or keep “cheezy” with nutritional yeast:

Cheddar Cheese and Olive Oil Savory Muffins

Cheddar Cheese and Olive Oil Savory Muffins

Cheesy Taco Casserole

Cheesy Taco Casserole

Spicy Baked Eggs and Hash Brown Casserole (add cheese to it)

Spicy Baked Eggs and Hash Brown Casserole

Spinach and Red Pepper Frittata (add cheese to it)

Spinach and Red Pepper Frittata cut in four

“Spicy Doritos” Cheezy Dip (vegan, GF)

“Spicy Doritos” Cheezy Dip

“Spicy Doritos” Cheezy Dip on crackers

Kale Chips (Raw, Vegan, GF)

Kale chips on pans
Kale chips on pans with orange veggies
Kale chips on pans with orange veggies

Spinach & Artichoke Dip (Fat Free, Vegan)

Spinach & Artichoke Dip with pretzels

Cheezy Vegetable Bake (vegan, GF)

Cheezy Vegetable Bake before cooking with yeast flakes
Cheezy Vegetable Bake
 
 

Salsa & Cheezey Baked Beans & Vegetables on pan

Salsa & Cheezey Baked Beans & Vegetables in bowl

Baked Savory Cream Cheese & Herb Donuts

Baked Savory Cream Cheese & Herb Donuts

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Chips and Cheese Chili Casserole

Chips and Cheese Chili Casserole

Ritz Cracker-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (No-Bake, Vegan, and a little nutritional yeast for added cheezy-ness_

Ritz Cracker-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups

 

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers (vegetarian)

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries (vegetarian)

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Do you like cheese? What kind of cheese, or cheeze, do you eat?

 Favorite cheese recipes or ways to eat it?

I grew up in the Minnesota where dairy cows and cheese are plentiful. I moved on to plenty of wine sampling and cheese plates as I got older, but for the five years or so that I was strictly vegan, I really didn’t miss cheese. Once I just wrote it off, I didn’t miss it (I could never write off chocolate or coffee, but cheese was easier).

It’s rare that I actually buy a block of cheese and just eat cheese, because, well, one bite leads to the block. Not necessarily something one needs to be doing tons of, so you see, the free samples will get you, every time.

I also am a fan of nutritional yeast. I buy mine here (use code AVE630 to save $5 on your order)

I’ve never really used much Daiya or soy-based cheese. It’s either brie or bust, so to speak.

 

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