Category Archives: cream cheese

Huffington Post: Bagels and Cream Cheese Article

12 Bagel And Cream Cheese Flavors That Shouldn’t Exist – http://huff.to/1fMxlmw

Above you will find the article from the Huffington Post about bagels and cream cheese. After reading this article and laughing about it, I realized that I have eaten almost all of these item, yeah I know kind of crazy. I can totally relate to the authors voice in regards to the items listed because I didn’t know some of them even existed.

Protein Cream Cheese. Where was I when this was announced? I can’t seem to figure this one out, but I’m sure that the amount of carbohydrates in the bagel have canceled out the protein in the cream cheese.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese. Niece know in the fall I am one of those who will be at my favorite coffee shop buying my pumpkin latte. I’ll eat eat pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice butter and sometimes pumpkin pie. But, I think I will pass on the cream cheese, just not sure the flavor can be captured correctly.

Blueberry Bagel and Chocolate Chip Bagel.  Guilt, guilty, guilty. I have ordered both of these from the bakery more than a few times. I enjoy both of them. There is nothing healthy about eating chocolate for breakfast but I do it with no shame. That blueberry bagel toasted with some butter is heavenly for me.

Honey Walnut Cream Cheese and Strawberry Cream Cheese. Again: Guilty, guilty, guilty. These two are staples in my refrigerator (don’t judge me lol) But I love them. Both of these tastes great on that chocolate chip bagel.

After reading this are my foodie points going down the drain due to my crazy guilty pleasures? Be sure to let me know what you think.


Taste Test Tuesday: Pepperidge Farm Carrot Cake Cookies

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter. On Easter during dinner we were having a conversation about cakes and cookies, and someone mentioned Pepperidge Farms Dessert Shop Cookie line that came out a few months ago. While talking about the the new cookies we decided that we would have them on the blog this week.

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These are a very soft cookie. The orange cookie is filled with nuts, pieces of carrots and white chocolate. A great snack idea, but beware you can eat the whole bag in one sitting; we did.

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Some may ask if this really tastes like carrot cake….Yes, it does but it’s not as intense of a flavor as you may think. We had some this morning with our coffee and then again as a dessert after lunch.

Try them out and let us know what you think. What do you think of cakes being made into cookie flavors?


Thanksgiving: Give Your Mashed Potatoes A Tasty Makeover

As many of you know I am a contributing writer the Chesapeake Cooking Examiner. I recently published an article on the site about mashed potatoes and decided that I would share it with you all. It’s a list of ways to give your mashed potatoes a different taste and look, not just for Thanksgiving but for any day.

Mashed Potato Makeover

Thanksgiving is next week and as you are preparing your side dishes, get a little creative with your mashed potatoes, your guests will be surprised. Here are a few ideas to help give your mashed potatoes a makeover everyone will love.

Sausage and Parmesan- Add Italian sausage and some grated parmesan cheese to your creamy potatoes.

Sour Cream and Dill- Add in some sour cream and fresh dill for a tangy but fresh flavor.

Chipotle- Add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the potatoes with a little cilantro for a spicy flare.

Horseradish and Chive- Mix in sour cream, a little horseradish and sprinkle some chives on top.

Gouda- Toss in grated smoked Gouda cheese and some scallions for a nice smoky flavor.

Pesto and Pine Nuts- Stir in some pesto and add some pine nuts for a creamy but crunch kick.

Greek- Mix in crumbled feta cheese, scallions, minced dill, parsley and diced black olives.

Broccoli and Cheddar- Toss in chopped broccoli florets and shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Bacon- Fold in crispy crumbled bacon, a little of the bacon drippings and some sour cream.

Cheddar and Bacon- Mix in shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and crispy crumbled bacon pieces. Add a little bacon drippings too.

Taco- Stir in chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, taco seasoning and place it on a bed of shredded lettuce with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Blue Cheese and Walnut- Mix in blue cheese crumbles, melted butter and chopped walnuts.

Honorable Mentions:

Applesauce- Fold in applesauce and sprinkle in some nutmeg and cinnamon.

Buffalo- Pour in your favorite buffalo wing sauce and mix with some blue cheese crumbles, then sprinkle some chopped celery on top.

Wasabi- Mix in equal parts wasabi powder and water to create the paste, then add into potatoes for spicy touch.

I hope you have enjoyed these variations for your mashed potatoes. Be sure to come back and let us know if you tried any of these or if you want to add your own variations to the table. Don’t forget to subscribe to our column so you don’t miss a story when it’s published.


Taste Test Tuesday: Harry & David Signature Relishes

Good day everyone, we were blessed with another Tuesday. We hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. A few weeks ago we were out at Mac Arthur Square Mall in downtown Norfolk and happened to pass by Harry and David, and decided that we wanted something festive to kick off a series of ideas for holiday cooking. Thanks to Heather and Star we enjoyed our visit and got three amazing relishes to try.

Upon entering the store we were immediately recommended to try the Pepper and Onion Relish. It’s a bestseller of theirs, and after a small sample we could immediately see why. It has a sweet and savory flavor to it with a little bit of tangyness to it. We tried three flavors (there are 4) of this Signature Pepper and Onion relish and enjoyed every last drop. Each jar is $5.95, you can’t beat that.

  • Pepper and Onion Relish – Hot and Smoky
  • Pepper and Onion Relish with Zinfandel (Yes, wine!)
  • Pepper and Onion Relish – Classic Recipe
  • Pepper and Onion Relish Sweet Recipe
There are so many ways to use each of these relishes, we will share with you just a few ways that we used them.
  • Pour them over cream cheese cheese and eat with veggies, crackers or crostini bread
  • POR with Zinfadel is amazing with angel hair pasta and shrimp, scallops or even mussels.
  • Use as a dip (add a little honey) for pot stickers, egg rolls, crab rangoons
  • Mix it in with ground hamburger, turkey or chicken for patties.
  • Give your crab cakes and salmon patties a kick
  • Baste your spare ribs, chicken, pot roast or fish
We are already starting to think of other ways to use this relish, we know it will be paired with something for our Thanksgiving appetizers. These relishes also make good gifts. You can pair them with crackers, a bottle of wine or create a gift basket of your own.
We greatly appreciate all the help we received at the MacArthur Square Mall. Heather and Star, we will be back!!

Taste Test Tuesday: Pepperidge Farm Strawberry Banana Swirl Bread

Good day everyone, happy Tuesday. We hope you are enjoying your week so far. School has started back for some kids so for the next few weeks we will feature some products that we think you and your kids will love. Today in the kitchen we are tasting some bread from Pepperidge Farm.

Strawberry Banana Swirl Bread

Pepperidge Farm has had swirl bread for years. They are known for their Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread. Well they decided to change things up a bit and create a Strawberry Banana Swirl Bread. This loaf of bread is very good. It’s enjoyable any way you decide to use it. Each slice shows the swirls of bananas and strawberries, and you can taste them. This is a great addition to our household and helps with putting a spin on toast for breakfast. Remember, it’s bread so it isn’t just there to be toasted and then add butter. Be creative and check out what we did with our Pepperidge Farm Strawberry Banana Bread.

Ways to Incorporate Bread Into Your Meals

  • Toast and spread on Nutella
  • Make a parfait with yogurt, strawberries and bananas
  • Dip in egg wash to make french toast, or use butter instead of eggs
  • Toast and spread on cream cheese
  • Cut a circle in the middle and fry an egg (french toast and eggs)
  • Use it to make bread pudding
  • Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich 
  • Spread on Peanut Butter, and add slices of strawberries, bananas, or apples                                                                                              

So how will you add this sweet bread into your home? Remember, this bread freezes well. Since it’s a limited edition it won’t be around for long.

Thanks for joining us today in the kitchen, we appreciate it.