« Last post by blarg314 on Yesterday at 07:50:00 PM »
I think you can reproduce something like a cream cheese spread or dip not too badly with things like nuts and tofu, and some of the commercial vegan cheese subs work reasonably well as a substitute for processed cheese slices. If you look at reviews it sounds like there are a few vegan cheese substitutes out there that aren't horrible.
But if she's missing something like aged cheddar, or ripe brie, or blue cheese, it's going to be a lot harder.
I took a quick look at vegan cheese recipes out there. The simpler ones involve typically involve things like ground nuts, or coconut butter, plus seasonings like lemon juice, garlic, salt, and structural ingredients like agar-agar or gelatin. I suspect these will give you something that will fit in the cheese place in sandwiches, dips and pizza, but doesn't really taste much like an actual good cheese. If I were going to experiment, I'd go more for those recipes that involve things like miso, nutritional yeast, liquid smoke, some sort of fermenting process, aging, or bacterial culture - that's more likely to give you that hit of umami that good cheese has.