Archive for the ‘Cream Cheese’ Category

Raspberry Cheesecake Shake

Raspberry Cheesecake Shake
Recipe & picture courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes

  • 1 12-ounce package frozen unsweetened red raspberries, thawed
  • 1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 12-ounces cans or bottles cream soda
  • Fresh raspberries (optional)
  1. In a blender combine the raspberries, cream cheese, almond extract, half the ice cream, and 1/2 cup of the cream soda. Cover and blend until smooth.
  2. Divide blended mixture among six tall 16-ounce chilled glasses. Add a scoop of the remaining ice cream to each shake. Top each shake with remaining cream soda. Top shake with fresh raspberries. Serve immediately.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe & picture courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 oz. dry elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 2 to 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (cream cheese can be substituted)
  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble. Reserve bacon drippings in skillet.
  2. Cook onion in reserved bacon drippings for 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and place in a 1-1/2-quart casserole. Add the crumbled bacon, onions, 1-1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the blue cheese, half-and half, and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir gently. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes more or until top of casserole is brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Apple-Pear Crumble Pie

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Kraft Foods

Prep Time: 40 min
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Makes: 10 servings

  • 3/4 cup crushed NILLA Wafers (about 24 wafers)
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 15-oz. pkg.)
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 large baking apples, peeled, sliced
  • 1 large fresh pear, peeled, sliced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mix wafer crumbs, brown sugar and butter until well blended; set aside.
  2. Place pie crust in greased 9-inch pie plate. Spread cream cheese carefully onto bottom of crust; sprinkle with half of the crumb mixture. Set aside. Combine fruit in large bowl. Add granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon; toss to coat. Spoon over crumb layer in pie crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
  3. Bake 35 min. or until fruit is tender and crust is lightly browned, covering loosely with foil after 25 min. if necessary to prevent crust from overbrowning. Cool on wire rack. Serve topped with the whipped topping. Store any leftover pie in refrigerator.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Corn and Crab Quesadillas

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Betty Crocker

Makes 6 servings

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (11 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions (5 medium)
  • 1 jar (2 oz) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 lb chopped cooked crabmeat or imitation crabmeat (2 cups)
  • 6 sun-dried tomato or spinach-cilantro flavored flour tortillas (8 to 10 inch)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • Sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired
  1. In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, corn, cilantro, onions, pimientos, pepper and red pepper. Fold in crabmeat. Spread 2/3 cup of the crabmeat mixture over each tortilla; fold tortilla in half, pressing lightly. Brush both sides of each tortilla with butter.
  2. In 12-inch skillet, cook 3 tortillas at a time over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, turning once, until light brown. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro.

**Personal Review: This turned out great – we loved it and will make it again!**

Easy Cauliflower & Broccoli Au Gratin

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Kraft Foods

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 23 min
Makes: 10 servings, about 3/4 cup each

  • 1 lb. large cauliflower florets
  • 1 lb. large broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • 1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 10 RITZ Crackers, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Combine vegetables in 2-qt. microwaveable casserole. Add water; cover with lid. Microwave on HIGH 8 to 10 min. or until vegetables are tender; drain. Set aside.
  2. Microwave cream cheese and milk in 2-cup microwaveable measuring cup or medium bowl 1 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended when stirred. Stir in sour cream; pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with Cheddar; microwave 2 min. or until melted.
  3. Mix cracker crumbs and Parmesan; sprinkle over vegetables.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Kraft Foods

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 4 hr 48 min
Makes: 9 servings

  • 12 OREO Cookies, finely crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3 squares BAKER’S White Chocolate, divided
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch square pan. Melt 2 chocolate squares as directed on package.
  2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake 25 to 28 min. or until center is almost set. Cool 5 min.; spread with preserves. Melt remaining chocolate square; drizzle over cheesecake. Cool cheesecake completely. Refrigerate 4 hours.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Kraft Foods

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 43 min
Makes: 4 servings

  • 1-1/2 cups multigrain penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Cook pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water for the last 1 min.
  2. Cook and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 3 min. Add spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel cheese.
  3. Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-qt. or 8-inch square baking dish.
  4. Bake 20 min. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min.

**Personal Review: Really easy to make and it tasted wonderful!  Depending on the spaghetti sauce you’re using I would chop up some onions and add it to the mix.**