Monday, April 5, 2010

D is for DAIYA!

After weeks and weeks of stalking Whole Foods Market and local Austin natural foods grocer Wheatsville Coop via twitter, blog, AND phone, asking and asking when Daiya cheese would be available. They all said the supplier was out of stock, but that they "should be getting it soon." After reading this, I immediately headed to the ginormous flapship Whole Foods at 5th/Lamar looking for it. I heard the "dairy guy" on the walkie talkie saying that, "Wheatsville is supposed to get it tomorrow, but I still can't place my order." That's all I needed to know! I called Wheatsville immediately - they were, in fact, scheduled to receive a shipment tomorrow. I asked if they could hold "2 packs of each" for me and to call me as soon as it was in. They did.

At $4.99 a pop, these babies are not cheap, but I stocked up just in case. Problem is, now that I have it, I don't know what to make with it! Grilled cheese and pizza have been popular choices, but I'm also considering lasagna and an insanely delicious (albeit a little disgusting if you really think about it) taco casserole that involves layers of ground beef, tortillas, lots of cheese, and crushed fritos. YUM. I'm going to veganize it with lightlife smart grounds, daiya cheese, and fritos b/c guess what? Fritos are vegan! It's comfort food at its finest (and grossest).

Any other ideas?


  1. Yay! We've been nagging our local grocery store for the past month or more about getting Daiya and they said just a couple days ago that it's coming in sometime this month! So excited! I really don't miss cheese as much as I thought I would, but Daiya is yummy stuff! We tried some at a vegan restaurant a couple months ago and were really impressed.

  2. Lucky you!! I still need to trek out to the Vegan STore in the suburbs to get it. I am almost out of Mozzarella flavor in fact - boo. I am holding out for the Whole Foods 3 blocks from me to get it in the meantime.

    Anyways - I like it on pizza mainly (for mozzarella flavor) and melted on black beans (for cheddar flavor) or to make a quick quesadilla (ie just cheese adn tortilla, which i then top with salsa). I keep meaning to make some sort of other cheese-like dish, like lasagna, but I have not gotten around to it yet.

  3. YAY! Just to let you know, it freezes really well. I have mine in the freezer currently.

    I personally like the mozzarella better than the cheddar. The cheddar has a bit of that fake Kraft cheese singles taste to it - but I love it on grilled cheese or melted on beans. Yum!