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 Post subject: Am I the only one who didn't like...
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:53 pm 
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Lachesis' Alfredo and VegNews mac and cheese.

I made both of them on the same night, exactly to the recipe, for a taste test and was disappointed with both. The mac and cheese was okay but very salty.

They both tasted too starchy for me, both reminiscent of home made play dough.

I know tastes vary.


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 Post subject: Re: Am I the only one who didn't like...
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:01 pm 
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the first time i made the vegnews mac i didn't like how much crumb topping there was (something i'm surprised to find is possible), and there was way too much EB. when i make it now, i up the cashews and use a few tbs of EB for the sauce. i also decreased the bread crumbs. it's still pretty starchy (the base is potatoes), but i find the flavor much more balanced and a lot less like eating melted EB. it's now my favorite vegan mac, but i've also never been a fan of the "nooch+mustard+onion powder=cheese" vegan macs that so many people seem to like.

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I really like the veg news mac n cheese, but I've never made it with all the EB it calls for. When I see that much EB in a non pastry recipe I just can't do it. I use about a tablespoon of earth balance and then the rest olive oil, but i dont usually even put in the full amount of fat called for. it just seems like too much and I also don't add as much salt as the recipe calls for. Using all that EB and all that salt would definitely make it too salty. I really love the base of the recipe though. I just make some adjustments to it so that it seems a little healthier and cheaper to make without all that margarine.

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I really do love the Lachesis alfredo, it can get kinda gloppy if I'm not careful with it though. As for the VegNews mac-n-cheese, I've loved it about 60% of the times I've made it...the problem lies, for me, in measuring out a cup of potato (dumb, I know...but I always have trouble with measuring stuff that is cut up, with space in between the pieces, you know?), because if its not really a full cup then the dish becomes unbearably salty. Once I started remembering to go easy on the salt until I taste the finished sauce it became a favorite with me, my boyfriend and our toddler. Ooh also I always add nooch, just because we love it.


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Call me crazy, but I've yet to make either. Weird! I am usually all over the recipes trending on the PPK and vegan internets.

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I wasn't crazy about the alfredo but I love the VegNews mac and cheese.

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I really like the VN mac & cheese, but I've never followed the recipe to a T, just eyeballed everything and seasoned to taste. It's the only mac recipe I've found that doesn't start to get gummy as soon as it cools down to a temperature you can actually put in your mouth.


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I didn't like the mac and cheese, it wasn't bad it just wasn't the best by far!

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I liked them both

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That mac and cheese is my favorite! But I always reduce the salt (to 1 tsp, I think?) and mention that to anyone I recommend it to. And I usually skip the breadcrumbs and just cover the pan with foil. Not that I don't like breadcrumbs, it's just laziness.


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I haven't tried the mac and cheese but I love Lachesis' Alfredo to death.


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I made an almost fat-free version of the VegNews recipe [no margarine or cashews, but a bit of almond milk] and mixed in a can of tomatoes before baking. Hot out of the oven, it was rather bland. The next day, however, it was delicious. I have no idea why!


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I haven't tried either, but I love Isa's VWaV alfreda sauce. The ingredient list sounds so gross, but is comes together to make magic.

GuineaPigs recipes in Vegan Comfort Food actually taste like alfredo.

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I made the alfredo tonight and it's a bit grainy, to me.

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I love that alfredo. I've made it twice in the last month. Haven't tried the mac & cheese. It'll be on my list.

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I did not like that alfredo at all.

LOVE the Veg News mac and cheese.

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 Post subject: Re: Am I the only one who didn't like...
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I haven't tried either yet but thanks for the heads up that some adjustments need to be made. Have you tried the New Farm recipe?

If it makes you feel any better, I think I'm the only one out there that hates the chickpea cutlets.

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