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A Simple Build Your Own Bagel Bar


This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Setting up a build-your-own bagel bar might be the best idea I’ve had in a long time. It’s the perfect breakfast or brunch spread when entertaining (think book club, bridal shower, baby shower), or when hosting out of town guests. Imagine your in-laws waking up to this spread! The whole thing really looks and feels so fancy when in reality it all takes only about ten minutes to set up (and requires zero cooking!). But, you don’t have to tell anyone that.

Plus, with a variety of toppings, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Bagel Bar Set Up
I like the idea of using mini bagels because then you can make a few different versions and get creative with your toppings without having to commit to a full bagel and be too stuffed to go back for another.

Bagel Bar Spread

I also opted not to toast the bagels (if you can’t get on board with that I totally understand) because I like them a little soft and not warm when I pile my toppings on. You can set a  toaster nearby if you want to give guests the option to toast theirs.

Build your own bagel bar

The secret to a good build-your-own-bagel creation is a good base of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. It’s  Spread it on the bagel before you add your toppings. Made with fresh milk, real cream and no preservatives, nothing  else tastes like Philadelphia Cream Cheese so be sure to be generous with it.

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In the next step you just can’t go wrong–add as many or as few toppings as you’d like.

how to host a bagel bar

My advice is to make a couple different creations and experiment with the flavors. My favorite combo ended up being topping my bagel and cream cheese with smoked salmon, cucumber, red onion, and chives. YUM. You really can’t ever go wrong with avocado either if I’m being honest.setting up a bagel bar

 

What do you think? Ready to impress guests with this easy bagel bar idea?

Build Your Own Bagel Bar
 
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Serves: 8 Servings (One serving equals one mini bagel or two halves)

Ingredients
  • 8 Mini bagels
  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick, softened
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 18 Cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
  • ½ Red inion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 8-ounce Smoked salmon
  • Fresh dill and chives for garnish

To Make
  1. The purpose here is to have guests create their own bagels adding their favorite toppings. So, you’ll want to set out all the ingredients in a nice spread. Remove the softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick and place it in a bowl so guests can easily spread the cream cheese on their bagels. If the bagels are not already pre-sliced, you’ll want to slice them ahead of time. Set all of the other ingredients out in small bowls or on platters.

Philadelphia_AuthorLogo For all of your entertaining needs, turn to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Always have it on hand to create fun appetizers and desserts that pop. I had a great time developing my build-your-own bagel bar
for out of town guests. For more creamy, delicious recipe ideas, click here.

Cream Cheese + Herb Stuffed Peppers


This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

If  you’re looking for a simple appetizer to make this summer, try these cream cheese stuffed peppers. You’ll need just a few ingredients, they require no cooking, and (I promise) you can’t mess them up! Easy, foolproof, and delicious? Cheers to that!

cream cheese stuffed peppersAnother reason that I love this recipe? These peppers are so colorful which means they look gorgeous on a platter. This makes them perfect for entertaining. Whether it’s hosting game night or a family dinner, this appetizer looks as good as it tastes. I also love that you can make these up to a day ahead of time (if you’re expecting guests) but can also whip them up in ten minutes (should you have impromptu guests). I recently made this for a family game night and they were gone in a flash!

how to make cream cheese stuffed peppersThe first step is gathering your ingredients: mini sweet peppers, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, fresh dill, and fresh chives. Don’t grab the dried herbs here, fresh is the way to go. The flavors of the fresh herbs pop so well in the cream cheese.

I love when recipes are easy enough to remember without pulling out a cookbook or opening up Pinterest, don’t you?
making cream cheese stuffed peppersOnce you’ve gathered all of the ingredients, it’s time to whip them up. First, I start by making the cream cheese mixture. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is the base (and it’s delicious because it’s made with fresh milk and real cream and no preservatives), then you mix in the fresh dill and chives (see recipe below). Next, cut the sweet peppers by removing the stem and cutting them in half. Be sure to remove any seeds as well.
easy cream cheese stuffed peppersThe final step is to simply spread the cream cheese mixture into the sweet pepper halves. Serve them on a platter and you’ve got yourself the perfect (and easiest) summer appetizer!
cream cheese stuffed peppers with herbs

What do you think? Will you try this recipe?

Herb + Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
 
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Serves: 8 Servings when a serving equals 4 pieces

Ingredients
  • 16 Sweet Peppers, halved with stems and seeds removed
  • 8-ounce PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick, softened
  • 2 Tbs Fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs Fresh chives, finely chopped

To Make
  1. In a medium bowl, combine softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Brick and fresh herbs.
  2. Cut sweet peppers in half and remove stems and seeds.
  3. Spread ¼ oz of cream cheese mixture onto each pepper.
  4. Serve on a platter.
  5. You can make these up to a day in advance, just store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Philadelphia_AuthorLogo For all of your entertaining needs, turn to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Always have it on hand to create fun appetizers and desserts that pop. I had a great time developing my cream cheese stuffed peppers for family game night. For more creamy, delicious recipe ideas, click here.

Pineapple + Peach Vodka Slush

This post is sponsored by DOLE® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice.

If you’re looking for a new summer-go-to drink recipe, frozen drinks are the perfect choice! This vodka slush is perfect for a crowd and is so pretty guests will love the bright summer colors!

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Summer is here which means my mind is on frozen cocktails. I love how versatile they can be (and how simple they are to whip up). I recently made these pineapple and peach slushes for a day lounging poolside. When the temps rise your mouth will be watering for one of these tropical drinks, trust me!

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The exotic flavors in this drink are so refreshing which makes it great for sipping on a hot day. I topped it off with a big splash of DOLE® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice which was just that perfect added touch. Bring out a couple pitchers or serve individual glasses on a tray. No matter how you bring them out, guests will be very happy. (more…)

Peanut Butter Breakfast Parfait

This post is sponsored by ConAgra Foods.
breakfast parfait recipe

About three months ago, I completely revamped my eating habits and daily diet. The truth is, I was eating out way too often and finding myself grabbing whatever was on hand from the fridge or in the pantry when hunger would strike (which often wasn’t a very healthy choice). One of the biggest changes I made that has helped me eat much healthier is to prepare meals and snacks on the weekend for the upcoming week. If this sounds familiar and you want to eat out less, eat in more, and feel healthier overall, I encourage you to check out The Great American Cook In Challenge (don’t worry there are lots of tips and recipes to make it simple!).

I’m eating in a lot and I never skip breakfast anymore. It really is the most important meal of the day (duh, I was totally ignoring that little fact).This recipe is much healthier and much more delicious than grabbing a pastry at the coffee shop or running through a drive-through on the way to work. Trust me!

parfait recipesIn fact, it’s almost too delicious to call breakfast. Which is great because it makes a great snack any time of the day. The ingredients (see them below in the recipe) are easy to keep stocked. Having versatile staple ingredients on hand in the kitchen is really the best tip I have for becoming better at eating in. (more…)

Simple Strawberry Shortcake Donuts


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strawberry shortcake donut

I’ve been on a donut-making kick lately because you can make so many variations and they are pretty easy to make. Especially if you’re like me and you take shortcuts. I love baking but don’t have a lot of time, so I often think of ways I can make recipes easier and faster. These strawberry shortcake donuts were so simple to whip up! I decided to make them for a brunch I recently had. A few friends and I gathered one Saturday morning to visit and have a little time just chatting over coffee. These donuts went perfectly with our tea and coffee, and they were simple enough to whip up that morning before guests arrived.

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My secret weapon for homemade donuts is boxed cake mix. I pick a flavor (here I used pink velvet) and then jazz it up a little. By placing sliced strawberries right into the batter, I made these donuts seem extra special. (more…)

Serve It :: Simple Olive Cheese Bread Bites


This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

If you’ve never made olive cheese bread before, I hope this simple recipe changes your mind.

Olive Bread Recipe

This recipe only has four ingredients, which makes it super simple to whip up the next time you have friends over. All you need is: bread, black and green olives, Monterey Jack cheese, and Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Why Philadelphia Cream Cheese, you ask? Because it’s made with fresh milk, real cream, and no preservatives. I always have some on hand and nothing else tastes like it!

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I use a food processor to turn the whole black and green olives into the perfectly diced olive confetti.

Olive Bread Recipe

In a bowl, combine the diced olives, monterey jack cheese, and Philadelphia Cream Cheese and mix well. You can continue making the appetizer, or prepare the spread ahead of time and store (covered) in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the apps.

When ready, spread olive mixture onto small sliced of bread (about 1 tablespoon for each piece). Top with a little shredded monterey jack cheese. Pop them into an oven preheated at 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes.

Olive Bread Recipe

These olive bread bites are great to serve to a crowd. Pass a tray around and everyone will be happy. The saltiness of the olives pairs perfectly with the natural and fresh taste of the cream cheese. So delicious!

Olive Bread Recipe

 

Olive Cheese Bread Bites
 
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Serves: Serves: 8 servings (3 appetizers = 1 serving)

Ingredients
  • 1 sourdough baguette, sliced into 24 slices
  • 1 6-oz can black olives
  • 1 6-oz can pimento stuffed green olives
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 8-oz. brick PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread, softened

To Make
  1. Drain olives and finely chop them. In a medium bowl, mix olives, ¾ cup of the monterey jack cheese, and brick of cream cheese. Once mixed, spread one tablespoon onto each piece of bread. Top with a sprinkle of the remaining monterey jack cheese. Back on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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For quick and easy entertaining, turn to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Always have it on hand to create fun appetizers and desserts that pop. I had a great time developing my Variety Crostini Platter for a get-together with friends. For more creamy, delicious recipe ideas, click here.

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