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What do you use milk for anyway?

A friend of mine has asked me to write a series of articles on vegan staples, detailing both how they're used and how they compare and contrast to each other and their non-vegan counterparts.  I'm excited about the opportunity, but here's the problem--he wants me to write my first article on milks--soy milk, rice milk, and mayfield's new "nutritionist" milk.  The problem?  Long before I went vegan six years ago, I had been lactose intolerant for many years.  I gave up milk 12 years ago.  A roommate introduced me to soy milk several years ago when he discovered that I eat dry cereal.  The problem is, I was so used to it at that point, I still prefer dry cereal when I eat it.  I'd also already adjusted a lot of the recipes I used to not include milk (I usually just sub water).

So the question is--what do you use soy/rice/almond milk  for?  Other than the occasional splash of soy milk in my cold coffee, I really can't think of a single reason why one would need a milk replacement.  What does milk/milk subs do in recipes?  I know the question is silly, but I'm really stuck.  Thanks for any help!

***EDIT:  Much thanks to everybody.  I think I've got a starting point for research and writing now.  You're all wonderful--thanks for the suggestions and tips!***
Tags: substitutes-dairy-milk
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