Real people talkin’ about tofu

Reviews from real people. We don't have a bribe budget like some big businesses, so these reviews are from people who are just... people!
 
 

Reviews from real people. We don’t have a bribe budget like some big businesses (ha ha), so these reviews are from people who are just… people!

“Your Wild Mushroom spread is AMAZING in won-ton wrappers with a simple dumpling dipping sauce!”
Robin Serene

I am a total fan of your tofu. It’s so good that I special order it through Organic Harvest in Birmingham, AL. It makes incredible smoked tofu that we use in place of bacon/sausage.”
Laura Second 

Best Tofu EVER!!!! cannot wait to eat some tonight.”
Bonnie Grissom

“Ever since I discovered your extra-firm plain tofu a few months ago, we’ve been happily scarfing it down every couple of weeks. This compares to our previous pattern of having tofu 3-4 times a year because my SO* doesn’t particularly like it and complained if we had it too often. His immediate reaction the first time I served it was to enthusiastically exclaim, ‘I never thought I’d be saying this, but if it’s this kind, we can have tofu all the time!’ Thanks for making a great product.”
Mary H.
*SO=Significant Other

“Twin Oaks Tofu is the best tofu ever. I can’t imagine cooking with any other kind of tofu. And I cook a lot of tofu!”
Karen Smede-Volgun

“Twin Oaks Italian Herb is really great to cook with. It’s really great raw. I love to cook and it’s really easy to add Twin Oaks Italian Herb to dishes and have it taste even better. It will make the dish taste better than without it. The herbs are just perfect.”
Maggie Z.

“I absolutely love your tofu! Recently I posted a recipe that incorporated your tofu. I am anxious to try some of your other products that I have not yet enjoyed. Thanks for making such a great product and I look forward to many more delicious Twin Oaks Tofu recipes!”
Melissa Matheny from eatingtolivelovelaughtri

“I have really loved trying all the different flavors”
Valerie

“Veggie Love adores y’alls tofu! We got a free sample at Asheville Vegfest and think it’s so divine and firm.”
Alison Claire Murphy

“Twin Oaks Tofu has completely rocked my world… Hands down, the best tofu brand I’ve ever had.”
Rachel Fesperman

“Hi Twin Oaks.  I picked up some of your herbed tofu… and it was awesome!
Amy from amytozucchini

“I just had some of your Spicy Thai tofu and it was amazing!”
Tanya Michelle Seibold

“Congrats! Your tofu is the best ever!”
The Jolly Végétale

Twin Oaks is my wife’s absolute favorite tofu. Rarely does our refrigerator not have at least one block ready for a recipe.”
Ron B.

“Delicious tofu!”
Sally Curtis Wimberley

“I’m a big fan of your tofu and always buy it over Nasoya since it’s local and there’s no plastic tub which isn’t recyclable where I live.”
Susan Moss

“Just had your Indian Masala–amazing. First time trying your products. I pan fried it in a tiny bit of EVOO, while sauteing bok choy, red pepper and onions/garlic. Cut it up and mixed in in – seasoned the whole thing with Tamari and curry powder (which I never mixed together before) a bit of sherry and chicken stock. Fantastic. Going to try all of the varieties next time at Whole Foods. Great job!!!”
Barbara Kimmel

 

Tofu lovin’ bloggers

It’s so cool when people discover Twin Oaks tofu. And it’s even cooler when we find out about it.

Here, we’ll introduce you to some bloggers who have raved about our tofu & soyfoods. Generally they are attractive people who like sunsets, long walks on the beach, and speed-metal 80s music. Or not. But whatever, they love Twin Oaks Tofu.

Meet Kath at katheats.com.

Kath began blogging in March of 2006 when she set out to lose 30 pounds. A year and a half later, at the request of family and friends, she started a photo blog of recipes and meals, finally moving it to her own domain. She started out with only five readers, but her enjoyable posts & great recipes have built a loyal following. As she lost weight and felt better, her goals grew to include going back to school to become a Registered Dietitian, which she succeeded at in August 2010. She’s a total inspiration. And a really nice person, too.

She contacted Twin Oaks because she loved our tofu and wanted to come to the community for a Saturday Tour. So, Benji showed Kath & Matt around Twin Oaks, talked with them about our sustainable lifestyle and eco-friendly culture, explained our total dedication and devotion to tofu, and sent them home with a goodie bag. A happy time was had by all. Read about it at http://www.katheats.com/tofu-tour/.

Kath has created lots of recipes to keep healthy. It doesn’t hurt that her well-planned dishes are awesomely delicious, either! And she loves Twin Oaks Tofu. Check out katheats.com. You can get healthy, get happy, and love Twin Oaks Tofu, too. (Do you sense a link between all of these things?)

 

Kath & Matt at Twin Oaks Community. Yep, we made them lunch, too. Tofu, naturally!

Images in this post courtesy of katheats.com.

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Meet blogger Rachel Fesperman.

She’s a fifth-year vegetarian, a first-year vegan, and a coordinator for the Sustainability Living Learning Community at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Says Rachel, “To me,  food is art.  And art is life.  And I believe in doing it all as sustainably as possible.”

And she loves Twin Oaks Tofu. Ergo, our tofu is art, it’s life and—apparently—it’s sexy. So check out supersexysustainability, Rachel’s excellent blog.

Images in this post courtesy of Rachel Fesperman at supersexysustainability.

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From Flannel Jammies Farm: Robert was right… again (Twin Oaks Sausage)

My son is so smart.  (I know, your children are fabulous, too!)  He really is.  And he is usually right.  I discovered a while back that he’s right about thrifting.  He was right about the repairs needed on our keepsake Suzuki Samurai.  He’s always been right about staying calm, extending grace to others, enjoying life.

This weekend I found one more thing he was right about:  Twin Oaks Vegetarian Sausage.  We’ve been using another brand faithfully to make “sausage” gravy and “sausage” patties and “sausage” & potato hash.  It was easily found and easy to work with and easy to keep using.

We tried Twin Oaks Breakfast Style Vegetarian Sausage this weekend to make hash with onions, purple potatoes and sweet potatoes, served with homemade biscuits and sliced tomatoes (from Carolina).  It was delicious!  Just the right amount of spice and heat, perfect sausage-y texture, and SO MUCH BETTER than the other brand (which now seems like bland mush in comparison).  We found it at Organic Food Depot.

Robert, bless him, told us about Twin Oaks outside Richmond some time ago.  From the Twin Oaks website: “Twin Oaks is an egalitarian, resource-sharing eco-village. Since 1967, people have come to the fields and forests of Twin Oaks to share life and work, and participate in a secular society embracing cooperation, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. That’s more than 40 years of good vibes. . .

Our tofu business generates much of the Twin Oaks Community income. Members who want to make tofu volunteer to be involved in the process, and often devote a large part of their time to it. We take pride in making a really good healthy food in an eco-friendly atmosphere. We eat a lot of our own tofu, too… every day! So we’re very focused on quality and consistency in our tofu and soyfoods. The balance of Community income is made by our hand-crafted Twin Oaks Hammocks, indexing books, and helping in an heirloom seed business called Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Twin Oaks Community is self-supporting economically and shares all income with our community members. Our businesses are all run as worker-owned cooperatives.”

So, vegetarian, delicious, perfect texture, local, sustainable, intentional.  Twin Oaks is now permanently on our shopping list!

PS – Robert was also right about his new project.  It really is a beautiful thing:

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Media Reviews

Cheap Eats
C’ville’s Ten Best Dishes Under $10

By Chris Browne ’11
Contributor, Virginia Law Weekly
11 February 2011 • Volume 63, Number 17

And so ends Restaurant Week, the twice annual occasion when otherwise great Charlottesville standbys cut corners and costs to deliver uninspired prix fixe menus to the masses at $26 a pop. Restaurant Week almost invariably means lower quality ingredients, large crowds, and lousy service. Throw in the extra cost of wine, beer, or cocktails, and $26 really isn’t much of a deal.

This is especially true of the Charlottesville dining scene, where cheap, delicious food is easily had. Here, in no particular order or category, are a few of VLW’s favorite cheap eats: a short order short list for the starving, debt-ridden foodies among us.

Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu Soup ($5.25 for a large) Revolutionary Soup 108 2nd Street SW 104 14th Street NW (434) 979-9988 As evidenced by the amount of pork on this list, this reviewer has always been deeply suspicious of vegetarians, vegans especially. I’m not sure if it’s the air of moral superiority or the maddening tendency toward thinness and clean living. Either way, I don’t think I’ll ever understand their tribe. With that said, things like Rev Soup’s vegetarian Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu Soup make me wonder if I’ve been doing it all wrong. The tofu, locally sourced from Twin Oaks farms, crumbles perfectly into this nutty, velvety blend of smoky jalapeño. A sprinkling of cilantro and scallions tops things off nicely.

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3:10 to Yummy
By VARMIT PICKERAL for Richmond.com
February 26, 2010

Sadly, Cafe Gutenberg has recently closed its doors. While we heard only wild praise for the incredible food it served, it seemed that even loyal customers were not happy with the service. And, let us pause and remember, running a restaurant is hard in any economy. Our best wishes for the future go with co-owners and chefs Jen Mindell and Garrett Berry. These two gifted chefs put the cafe up for sale, but did not get a bite. So now we are leaving this post up as a fond farewell to Cafe Gutenberg. Long may you live in pleasant memories of meals past. (sob)

 

Café Gutenberg makes a wicked good brunch.

Fractious by nature, mornings amplify my irritability until I’ve consumed a press pot of French roast. It isn’t until lunchtime that my inner tiger, quelled by coffee, turns to kitten mode.

The vegan Caesar, $8.25, a tangle of romaine with zippy hearts of palm and grilled Twin Oaks tofu, dressed with a lemon-caper dressing, was on time. My consort’s mock duck rooster sandwich, $8.50, crispy seitan dressed with Sriracha, lettuce, cucumber and mayo was a filling, whistle-stop of a lunch. Both dishes were out in 15 minutes and gone in sixty seconds.

Café Gutenberg

1700 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA
(804) 497-5000

Images courtesy of Richmond.com and Cafe Gutenberg

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Over 70 people came together at Moishe House Silver Spring (now Montgomery County) to share in a delicious Kosher BBQ made entirely from local and/or organic food.  Moishe House partnered with Jews United for Justice, AVODAH-AJWS, and Shomrei Adamah of Greater Washington, to put together a “Food Justice” program, touching on environmental and health concerns with our industrial food production, the benefits of local or organic food, worker rights, and of course, Judaism. The food was paid for through a generous grant from the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Moishe House writes:

On Sunday, August 9th, we at Moishe House Silver Spring — along with several local social justice and envinronmental organizations — hosted a Food Justice barbeque featuring an extensive variety of hechshered, organic, locally-produced foods, one of which was produced by Twin Oaks Community: tofu! The food was wonderful and delicious, and was central (especially for the vegans and vegetarians!) to the feeding and educating of approximately 80 people about the possibilities, local opportunities, and philosophies regarding kosher, organic, sustainable eating choices.

We’d like to thank you for offering such products and for making a huge impact on the success of this event!

We have photos of the event on www.moishehouse.org, should you care to see them — click on Silver Spring and make your way to the Food Justice BBQ album. The event was featured in the August 12th issue of Washington Jewish Week (article here) and may be featured as well in Within Reach, a film documenting 100 sustainable communities in the continental United States. For a complete list of and supplemental information about participating co-sponsors, organizations, suppliers, and speakers, feel free to visit our Food Justice entries at www.moishehousesilverspring.blogspot.com.

Thank you once again for providing a needed service to our community!

Sincerely,
Moishe House Silver Spring

* Twin Oaks Community tofu was our vegetarian protein staple at this Food Justice event, purchased at the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op *

Moishe House Silver Spring is one of more than 20 houses throughout the world that serves as a community space and resource for Jewish young adults; for more information, please visit www.moishehouse.org.

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Edible Chesapeake, Fall 2008
By Kristi Bahrenburg Janzen

 

The technique for making tofu may come to us from far away, but our tofu doesn’t have to. Twin Oaks Community Foods of Louisa, Virginia, and Sunergia Soyfoods of Charlottesville, Virginia, are making it right here, and they’re using certified organic soy grown in Virginia, too.

Twin Oaks Community Foods, a worker-owned cooperative that’s been making tofu since 1991, offers extra-firm tofu in plain, Italian herb and fine herb flavors. The products of Sunergia, an offshoot of Twin Oaks formed in 1997, offer spicier, more adventurous flavors such as Indian Masala, Spicy Thai and Spinach Jalapeno. Sunergia’s tofu, made by Twin Oaks Community Foods using Sunergia’s recipes, is also mixed with other ingredients like organic textured soy flour to lend it a chewier consistency. Both companies’ tofu products, available at many area stores and co-ops, are certified organic, certified kosher and wheat-free, and are made using soy from Gouldman Creek Farms based in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Sourcing their soy locally fits in with the overarching beliefs of the people involved in Twin Oaks Community Foods, a business of the Twin Oaks Intentional Community, an income-sharing group founded back in 1967 on principles of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality and ecology. “It’s our philosophy to keep things as sustainable as possible… and support the local businesses that are here,” says Kelly Tassinari, who has been working with the community’s tofu business for about four years. “It’s a big part of the intention behind Twin Oaks, and the way we, as a community, live our lives,” she says.

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