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. 

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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.

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