Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dessert Week and Me at Sweetbay Supermarket

This week has been super exciting.  I have been able to make three desserts for the Real Women of Philadelphia cooking contest and I actually got to make one at my local supermarket Sweetbay.
I had a blast and hello to everyone who saw me there.  I learned so much this week and got to pass out information about Paula Dean and Kraft and the journey we are taking.  Simply Yummmmy is how I would describe this recipe. Meaning that other than the fact that it is so easy anyone could easily make this pie, it is equally as delicious. I was able to take these simple ingredients and prepared them in front of a live audience at my local major supermarket. At the same time, I handed out my recipe cards with the recipe, web site and information about the RWOP contest, Paula Dean, and Kraft Foods on them. I explained that Philadelphia Cream Cheese is not just for bagels anymore!!! No cooking, no heating up the kitchen, a perfect dessert. It was a super experience and so many people were able to find out a little bit about the history of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, just how easy and delicious it is to use in a recipe and how Kraft Foods intends to go digital. It was so much fun to execute this dish in front of the audience and show them how Philadelphia Cream Cheese can be added to transform any old style recipe into a modern day marvel that will make them look like a "Internet Food Network Star" when they serve the easy to prepare dish. I presented the pie to the manager and staff who were on duty and overall the entire event was a huge success. Everyone wanted a taste of that pie.  Did you know that Philadelphia Cream cheese has been part of America since 1872.  The cheese adopted the brand name Philadelphia in 1880, after a city known for excellent food back then. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Real Woman Of Philadelphia Spokesperson

Hi Everyone!!!

I am so excited to come to you to announce that Paula Dean and the Real Women of Philadelphia are looking for a spokesperson to cheer on the top 16 contestants in their Real Women of Philadelphia contest.  This contest, which is really a casting for the next new cooking stars, began 8 weeks ago and is going strong.  The interesting thing is that in the beginning they were simply looking for cooks, but since there have been so many women who "got on the band wagon" about how much fun this has been and about cooking with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, they decided to add a spokesperson.

I am really hoping that I can become that person.  There are so many wonderful and qualified women who want the same thing.  Most of them have become my it's a little difficult trying to take a position that someone else who you care for wants too.  So, the question is what to do???  Well, I know we are all going to give our best and then if by some chance it turns out to not be me, I for one am going to cheer on the other words, be happy for her and support her in any way I can. 

So, you might be the next spokesperson for The Real Women of Philadelphia, but you can't  achieve that if you don't go on the web site and try.  So be sure to hurry and go to and submit a recipe or try to become their spokesperson.  Most of all, go on the site and cheer for the girls who are trying and look up some great recipes.  Paula sends personal messages to all of us that are heartwarming and loving.  She really does care about her fans and friends.   

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to join a community that's more like a family.  These chances don't come around very often and I believe you need to step through the door when it opens.    Look for more great recipes and tips from others on the site and don't forget to buy your Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese and get to cookin'!

Love and Blessings,


Cinco de Mayo Black Bean Dip

This dip made in honor of Cinco de Mayo is filled with layers of rich flavor and greatness. Decadent Philadelphia Cream Cheese is the anchor for the surprise rich and creamy sauce that covers the black beans and surrounds the fresh ingredients in the dish. This recipe will make you want to shout and dance! Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
Servings: 25 2 Cans of Black Beans

1/2 cup(s) of Chopped Green Pepper

1/2 cup(s) of Chopped Yellow Onion

1 tsp. of Cumin

1/2 tsp. of Garlic Salt

1 tsp. of Crushed Bay Leaves

1 Red Onion (chopped)

3 Green Onions (chopped)

5 Roma Tomatoes (chopped)

6 ounce(s) of Can of Pitted Black Olives (sliced)

3 Ripe Haas Avacados

1 Small Lemon

3 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)

8 ounce(s) of Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese

1 Can Rotel Tomatoes with Green Chilis

8 ounce(s) of Whipped Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1 tsp. of Adobo Seasoning

3 tsp. of Dry Ranch Dressing

2 tbsp. of Hot Sauce (I use Frank

1 cup(s) of Sour Cream

1/2 cup(s) of Chopped Cilantro (fresh)

2 cup(s) of Cheddar Cheese (shredded)

1 pinch of Salt

1 pinch of Pepper


Open your black beans and put them in a sauce pan to simmer on medium while you chop and prepared your other ingredients.

To the black beans add, your chopped green pepper, chopped yellow onion, cumin, bay leaves and garlic salt. Allow to simmer for approximately 15 minutes.Delete

Chop and prepared your other ingredients at this time. Peel avacado and chop into small pieces, squeeze lemon juice over avacado so it will not brown. Chop red onion, green onions (reserve tops for garnish), tomatoes, black olives, cilantro and garlic.

Take beans off of stove and cool in dish that you are going to serve your layered dip in. Spread evenly on bottom.

Mix together 8 oz Original Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Rotel Tomatoes (drain a few tablespoons of liquid off of tomatoes first). When this is incorporated, add the Whipped Philadelphia Cream Cheese and stir with a spoon. Add your adobo, dry ranch dressing, hot sauce, chopped garlic and chopped green onions to the sauce mixture.

Pour Cream Cheese Sauce over the beans and evenly layer it on top of the beans with a little of the beans showing around the edge of the dish.

Evenly add a layer of your chopped avacado.

Add layer of shredded cheddar cheese. (use 1 1/2 cups)

Add a layer of chopped tomatoes. (reserve a few for top)

Add a layer of red onion. (add to taste 1/2 - 1 cup)

Add a layer of sliced black olives.

Add the rest of your tomatoes and layer with chopped green onion tops.

Add the remainder of the cheddar cheese.

Sprinkle top with chopped cilantro.

Add dollops of sour cream on top of dish and sprinkle cilantro on top of sour cream.

To Garnish with tortillia chips, stick a few chips upright around the edge of your bowl for interest and decoration. You may also want to place a couple of chips right in the center of your dip.

Serve with fresh, crispy tortillia chips and have a fiesta! Celebrate!


Sounds Good Deb!

Elaine Barbee 3 – May 7, 2010

Debbie - beautiful!!! You are so comfortable in front of the camera, but then I'm seeing that after 6 weeks of this we are ALL becoming more comfortable! I want your dip!!!

Sandi 4 – May 7, 2010

Kudos to you and YOUR HUSBAND!!!!! That's incredible-mine hasn't even watched one of my selfmade videos....hmmmmmmm - You Win! Great Recipe, Good Luck, Paula

Paula Todora 5 – May 7, 2010

Got a chance to see this video. Yummy in the Tummy! I think those judges would be out of their collective gourds is they don't choose you! You really know how to cook and add flavors. You are so photogenic and have a lovely voice. Go Debbie!!!

Audrey Mack 6 – May 7, 2010

Oh my gosh Debbie I wanted to come right through the screen and have some. I didn't have lunch and wow this made me even more hungry. YUM!! Wondeful Video. Hey you've got it girl. This may be the one to get you to Savannah. Everything was absolutely perfect. And you look amazing and presented it so well.

lady nann 7 – May 7, 2010 Like

Debbie, your recipe looks great and so do you! You are so great at this! I so hope they pick you. This looks so easy for you!

Alicia Kammler 8 – May 7, 2010

great job!!!!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Having Fun With The Real Woman of Philadelphia and Paula Dean

Let the games begin and they did.  Approximately 7 weeks ago I saw an ad on television that described a contest to submit recipes to Paula Dean and the Kraft Company that utilized Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  Since I have always LOVED Paula Dean and frequently use Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I decided that this would be a fun contest to "get my feet wet" in.  I had never entered a cooking contest before even though cooking and food are very important to me.  I have been a at home cook, mini-caterer, and personal chef for years.....this had to be for as I said, let the games begin.

I have entered 14 recipes as of yet and have one more week of the 8 week contest to submit some more dessert recipes.  This blog will begin by highlighting this journey though the 8 week contest and also continue to follow what Kraft and Paula Dean have up their sleeve's next.

Join me as I feature recipes from this fun and exciting journey!!  It's not too late for you to get in on the fun also.  After the 8 weeks, Paula has announced that the fun will continue with more contests and the creation of a new cookbook!  You can have a recipe published in that cookbook as well...see the Real Women of Philadelphia website to find out more.  

Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

Mounds of Joy Whipped Pie

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Cinco de Mayo Layered Black Bean Dip