Well, I finally broke down and joined Twitter. I am not “tweeting”, but signed up because bands and what not have twitter-only news and such. However, most of my followings are now food related. Twitter has pushed me farther into the foodie realm. That is where I stumbled upon this recipe from Pretty Smart Raw Food Ideas.
CASHEW CHEDDAR CHEEZE
1 C raw cashews, soaked 1 – 2 hrs., and drained
1/3 lg orange (or red) bell pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1 t onion powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 T chili seasoning, or to taste (optional)
Water to just cover cashews ***Pour in a little at a time, this is WAY too much water.
* Combine all ingredients in the VitaMix (or a high-speed blender) and process until smooth.
* Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
It is best the next day I think, when the flavors have time to develop. Fresh, it still has a taste of cashews, but then the sharpness of the “cheddar cheeze” hits you. Yum. It has the texture of hummus, and is just as good on crackers and carrot sticks!
It may be blasphemy to put a raw spread on a cooked food, but it’s still delicious! I saved some to put on a grilled cheeze. Of course it’s not ooey-gooey since it is a spread, but it has great flavor and you can pile it on because it is way healthier than the processed fake-cheezes.
Grilled Cheeze with fresh basil and tomatoes.