I wanted to share a couple of new foods with you, as my family has absolutely fallen in love with them. These both fit niches of foods that we just didn't have substitutes for, so we're very thankful to these companies.
daiya cheese is free of dairy, gluten, soy and other common allergens. But, don't let that scare you off! This wonderful product even melts and stretches! Taste is pretty decent - a little tangy - a little like a sharp cheddar, but not too much so. It's shredded, so definitely better for melting than eating straight, and its texture is a little dry in the mouthfeel department. It's a bit spendy, but definitely a worthwhile splurge for those recipes (grilled cheese sandwich, anyone?) that require it. The Moscow Food Co-op now carries the cheddar version.
Earth Balance has finally come out with a wonderful buttery spread that's soy and dairy free. It's very close in flavor to the real thing and has a great texture and melts perfectly. Delicious on fresh, hot bread! They even claim you can "fry, saute, bake and cook" with it. Again, the Moscow Food Co-op carries this product.