Win a Little Joy from Philly

With the holidays coming up, many of us are probably looking for some new recipes. A great resource is a new cookbook from Kraft, called, Spread a Little Joy.

I recently had a chance to review the cookbook and I was really impressed with the gorgeous photography and delicious sounding recipes. This Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree is part of the book. Yum!

I love cooking with cream cheese. It’s actually the cheese in the best lasagna ever. Love it! And cream cheese comes in super handy at the holidays. There are so many great seasonal recipes with cream cheese.

Currently, Kraft and Philadelphia are running a promotion that when you buy four Philly products, you can get a free copy of the cookbook. Score!

And in case you’re feeling lucky this week, you might be able to win one here at Good Cheap Eats.

Three winners will each receive: the Spread a Little Joy PHILADEPLPHIA Cookbook, an apron, two Philadelphia product coupons, and a spatula set. ( Approximate retail value: $50)

How to Enter:

Leave a comment telling us your favorite recipe using cream cheese.

Contest will be open until Sunday, October 17 at 8pm PST. Winners to be chosen at random and notified via email. Must respond within 48 hours to claim prize.

Congratulations to the winners: ast0812@,  gilliancarman@, crystalhankey@

Disclosure: I was one of ten bloggers selected by PHILADELPHIA to host a Cookbook promotion giveaway. My opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Kraft Foods is providing the prizes for this giveaway at no cost to me. This giveaway is not administered by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by me. For more information, see my disclosure policy.

Photo Source: Love My Philly

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  1. Michael Meyers says:
  2. Kristi Esquivel says:

    My favorite would have to be tortilla wraps- cream cheese mixed w/ retried beans and green onions and spread onto a tortilla. It is the best finger food.

  3. Susan Comer says:

    My favorite recipe is buffalo chicken dip.

  4. Hands down, my favorite Philly cream cheese recipe is buffalo chicken dip, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE cooking and baking with Philly! My favorite dessert is anything topped with Nutella cream cheese frosting… YUMALICIOUS!

  5. Right now, my favorite recipe is a fall apple dip. Cream cheese, peanut butter, cinnamon and a little brown sugar all mixed together – you can’t keep your apples out of this stuff! Delicious! 🙂

  6. We eat our weight in Philly cream cheese every year! I love to add it to spaghetti sauce to mellow it out as well as soups to make them creamy. We mix ranch dry dressing mix with the spreadable kind and eat it on crackers with or without sandwich meat. Oh and pumpkin cheesecake – yum!

  7. I love to use it to make an alfredo equivalent – add a 8 oz pack cream cheese, 1 c chicken broth, a little garlic and a little balsamic vinagerette.

  8. Oreo cheesecakes! Love Philly products.

  9. I was actually just indulging in my favorite Philly recipe: pumpkin cheesecake bars. Best breakfast ever. 🙂

  10. I have a potato cheese soup where this is added. It is so creamy and good.

  11. There are two main reasons I try to keep cream cheese around: one, for a cream-cheese frosting that only uses brown sugar and honey (the healthiest frosting I know of!), and the other a mock alfredo sauce (incidentally, from the Kraft Food and Family magazine) that tastes GREAT and makes an easy pasta casserole dish to give to someone who needs a meal.

  12. Ohh…I love cream cheese! My favorite recipe using cream cheese is what we call mushroom logs. My mom always made them when I was growing up, and now my kids love them too. It’s a yummy mixture of mushrooms, cream cheese and seasoning rolled up in crescent rolls and baked.

  13. Cheesecake swirl brownies are my favorite – yum!

  14. My favorite is the artichoke-spinach-garlic-mayo-cream cheese-parm cheese hot dip served on top of bread rounds. I’ve even added chopped cooked chicken and served it over pasta for dinner.

  15. Shirley Bowman says:

    I love to put some cream cheese on a cracker and then top it with hot pepper jelly. really good

  16. My favorite recipe with cream cheese is any kind of cheesecake!!!

  17. It’s hard to choose a favorite! I think it’s the simplest though – fruit dip!

  18. My favorite cream cheese recipe is the one that involves mixing it with a jar of marshmallow fluff and then devouring it with strawberries, melon and pineapple. Simple as can be, but oh so tasty!

  19. Straight-up cheesecake, of course. 🙂 But I also have a pasta recipe that combines cream cheese and roasted red pepper Italian dressing for a yummy sauce.

  20. At this time of year I like to make a dip for apples out of cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla. You can also added chopped peanuts.

  21. Rachel H. says:

    It’s not very imaginative, but OH SO DELICIOUS. My favorite cream cheese recipe has to No Bake Cheesecake! It’s a favorite over the baked New York style cheesecake in our family.

  22. Michelle G says:

    Sopapilla cheesecake is the best! Crescent rolls, Philly cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar and butter–5 ingredients never tasted better!

  23. VictoriaN says:

    What better way to us cream cheese than in a beautiful cheesecake?

  24. My favorite would have to be the classic pumpkin roll… YUM!

  25. Crystal Hankey says:

    My very favorite way is to melt the cream cheese into a can of vegetarian chili. Then sprinkle with jalapenos and serve as a dip for tortilla chips or crackers. YUMMY!

  26. Pecan Tassies with cream cheese crust…yummo!!!

  27. Susie Eckert says:

    Fall fav is a fruit dip: 1 8oz pack of cream cheese, 1 cup packed brown sugar and 2 t vanilla. My Christmas fav is really simple dip of cream cheese with bright green or red pepper jelly slathered on top. ( I think you could serve cardboard with cream cheese on top and it would still be good!)

  28. Christina says:

    My favorite recipe using philly cream cheese is Vegetable Pizza. It is where you mix the cream cheese with dry ranch seasoning for the base and pile it high with chopped veggies. It is a great way to get my picky family to eat more vegetables.

  29. Favorite cream cheese recipe

    1 pkg light Philly cream cheese
    1 c. chopped walnuts
    mix together
    Refridgerate overnight for flavors to blend

    I use this spread on bagels, english muffins, whole wheat toast and raw vegetables etc . Simple and easy

  30. My favorite cream cheese recipe involves dry smoked salmon, chives, capers, lime, garlic. Great spread on crackers or cucumber slices.

  31. My favorite recipe cream cheese is cheesecake or to top homemade bagels.

  32. Meatball Sub Casserole! SO good every time and everybody loves it!

  33. I have two recipes that I love to use cream cheese for. One is an appetizer and that’s Spinach Artichoke Dip and the other is a dinner, Spinach Cream Cheese Lasagna. Both are delicious and always requested at get togethers! Especially the dip!

  34. My favorite cream cheese recipe is a salsa dip…
    Cream cheese
    shredded cheddar or colby/jack mixture (or whatever you like)
    slice black olives.

    Spread cream cheese in pyrex, pour salsa over top, sprinkle cheese to you liking and throw some sliced olives on top. bake at 325 till cheese is melted. I eat this with tortilla chips or a good hearty cracker. Take it for pot lucks at work too and it flys!!

  35. I think I love everything with cream cheese. Seriously!

    But I love to make a cheeseball with cream cheese, onion, worchestershire, and chopped beef (like Buddig). Mmmm….

  36. I love Philly cream cheese! There are so many things you can do with it! My favorite is cheese cake.

  37. I love to make a Turkey sandwich on a bagel with cream cheese and thinly sliced cucumbers.

  38. My favorite would have to be chicken packets (cream cheese, chives, chicken,and garlic powder all wrapped up in a yummy flakey cresent roll: )

  39. I;d have to say my favorite cream cheese recipe is carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Yum yum yum!

  40. My favorite is cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake is heavenly too. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  41. Sara Anderson says:

    A friend of mine gave me a recipe for clam chowder soup that has cream cheese in it. I am going to try it in my potato soup as well.

  42. Cream cheese frosting is one my favorite things =)

  43. I like to stuff boneless chicken breasts with cream cheese, wrap in bacon and bake. If the bacon isn’t crispy enough for me by the time the chicken is done, then I will put it under the broiler.

  44. Stephanie R says:

    Oooo! I love cream cheese! I’m not sure I could pick just one. There is cheesecake (of course!), chicken enchiladas, goodie balls, tortilla rollups, fruit dip, and so many more!

    Ok, fruit dip it is!

    1 8oz cream cheese
    1 jar marshmallow fluff
    Blend together and serve with fruit. Absolutely divine with fresh strawberries!

  45. I love to make my Chocolate Chip Cheeseball with Philly cream cheese. It is a hit at every party!

  46. I love making Pumpkin Gooey Cakes. It uses 2 blocks for just a 1x recipe! I make them at least 5 times between Halloween and Christmas!

  47. I love to make vanilla cream cheese fruit dip. It is so easy and tastes delicious with apples or strawberries!

  48. My husband’s favorite thing to eat with Philly cream cheese is Carr’s water crackers topped with cream cheese and this yummy chipotle raspberry sauce we get at Costco.

  49. Cheesecake is my favorite food with cream cheese.

  50. Well, I just had a cream cheese and jelly sandwich for lunch, but my favorite recipe has to be Libby’s pumpkin roll. I could eat the whole thing by myself I think. 🙂 (I basically love anything with cream cheese frosting ~ I power through the cake so I can savor the frosting. 🙂 ) Oh, and I also happen to LOVE cheesecake. Thanks for the chance!

  51. Fruit Dip! – Just cream cheese and marshmallow fluff. Sometimes I add just a little caramel sauce too.

  52. I adore baking with cream cheese and it’s impossible for me to choose one favorite recipe….but since it’s Fall…one of my fave Cream Cheese Fall recipes are Pumpkin Muffins with a cream cheese filling, yummy!

  53. I love to make Key Lime Pie with cream cheese. So good!

  54. My favorite recipe for cream cheese is Apple Dip – I really like the version from Amy’s Finer Things website.

  55. AllieZirkle says:

    I love a good cheesecake with a caramel drizzle 🙂

  56. Jaclyn F. says:

    Cream cheese pecan pie! Or 3 step cheese cake 🙂

  57. Cheesecake. Specifically gourmet cheesecake. Every year I make a bunch of cheesecakey things for my husband’s birthday, and the past few years I’ve cooked up the Junior’s famous classic cheesecake. (You know the kind that’s 500 calories a slice? Yep. And the two of us eat in a weekend. Yikes.)

  58. Christina says:

    There are SO many good recipes to choose from. But Turtle Cheesecake and Margarita Pie are my two favorites! YUM!!! My husband’s favorite is buffalo chicken dip. My children love it plain on crackers or on a rollup with turkey & pickles.

  59. I love cheesecake! It doesn’t really matter what flavor it is!

  60. Mine would be brown bottom cake . Yummy!

  61. That would be New York style Cheesecake!

  62. My favorite cream cheese recipe is cream cheese frosting. Especially on my grandma’s pumpkin bars. Yum!

  63. My favorite is a layered jello pudding dessert where you mix cream cheese and powdered sugar and spread it on top of a flour, butter and pecan crust, then mix vanilla and chocolate pudding together, then put cool whip on top.

  64. Oreo cheesecake!

  65. Rizzo Dip

    cream cheese, chili, cheese on top
    Bake until warm.
    Serve with tortilla chips.

    So yummy!

  66. I LOVE almost anything made with cream cheese — I even love just plain cream cheese on a bagel!!!!!

  67. Kelly Vaughn says:

    My fav is Broccoli & Wild Rice soup….the cream cheese makes it thick and of course, creamy!

  68. I just ate some of the best mashed potatoes made with cream cheese.

  69. Amanda Y. says:

    Seven layer dip. but this sweet potato and carrot one might change that!

  70. Kathy Jacobs says:

    My favorite recipe using cream cheese is a long-time family favorite called Larry’s Hot Dip. It’s kinda old school, but is great comfort food served with tortilla chips:
    – Brown a pound of ground beef and drain.
    – Lower heat to medium low and add one 8 ounce package of cream cheese
    – After cream cheese is melted, add a small can of enchilada sauce (8 oz?), 1/2 tsp onion powder, and hot sauce to taste.
    – Serve warm.

  71. Cream Cheese Rigatoni from For the Mommas

  72. One of my favorites is a Cheesecake Bar recipe from Everyday Foods magazine. I usually have all the ingredients and it is much easier than a typical cheesecake.

  73. We use Philly cream cheese in all kinds of things, but our favorite has got to be Garlic Corn, a treasured family recipe!

  74. Jan Tremaine says:

    Cream Cheese Frosting (to top fabulous carrot cake):

    8 oz. cream cheese
    1/2 c. butter
    4 c. powdered sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla

  75. I love mini cheesecake bars – and even though they’re so simple to make I seem to only make them for special occasions! 🙂

  76. One of my favorite recipes with cream cheese is my Liverwurst Pate recipe. It uses cream cheese in the dish and as an icing. I’ve made it into shapes depending on the holiday. Pumpkin (tinted the ‘icing’ orange), Football, christmas tree…It’s delicious!

  77. Leah Kelley says:

    Buffalo Chicken Dip

  78. Carrot cake with cream cheese FROSTING! Yum.

  79. Gillian Carman says:

    pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting!

  80. blueberry cream cheese pie!

  81. I make ratatouille over wonderful, creamy polenta (thanks to a bit of Philly stirred in at the end.) It’s stick to your ribs food that won’t completely destroy your waistline! 😉

  82. My grandmom calls them “Irish Pototoes” – basically cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and butter mixed and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. So, edible cream cheese frosting. What’s not to love?

  83. Cheesecake, as if there was even a question.

  84. My favorite cream cheese recipe is chicken, mushroom, and spinach enchiladas–cream cheese in the filling makes it rich and creamy without being too heavy. Yum!

  85. Kelly Perry says:

    cheesecake! for sure!

  86. My favorite way (besides a bagel) is to use it on a hot dip that has a block of cream cheese, 3 ounces of sour cream, a small chopped up onion,a jar of hormel real bacon and crushed pecans on top. Heat it up for about 20 minutes at 350 and serve with crackers!! This is the best dip ever!

  87. Pumpkin Cheesecake for Thanksgiving – it takes 4 packages of cream cheese! YUM!

  88. Jill Magnuson says:

    This is a hard choice, cream cheese is one of my most favorite foods! If I would have to pick one, it would be my homemade fettucine alfredo sauce that I make with butter, cream cheese, garlic and milk! It is super yummy! I also make a cheese ball with cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, chives and pepper! Again super delish! 🙂

  89. Georgia Madsen says:

    Cream cheese frosting makes everything better! I also like to add it to mashed potatoes.

  90. Cheesecake of course! My husband makes a killer one.

  91. I love cream cheese frosting! I also like to add it to my mashed potatoes.

  92. I Love to use Philly Cream Cheese in so many things that I make. My newest favorite is using a couple of Tablespoons in homemade mashed potatoes. Talk about Wonderful!

  93. Mix cream cheese with 1/2 jar salsa for a very easy alternative to plain salsa…always a hit! Top with chopped tomatoes and black olives if desired. Super yummy and SO easy!!

  94. It would definitely be dip of some kind…spinach artichoke, bean, or maybe something sweet. This reminds me that we haven’t had “dip night” around here in way too long!

  95. My favorite cream cheese recipe would be a frozen fruit salad that my family loves!

  96. geni hall says:

    added to tomato soup! Perfect for this season 🙂 Bring on the cold weather!

  97. Cheesecake is my favorite by far!

  98. I love to make no bake cheesecake with cream cheese. Also it’s great to have on hand for a quick spread. Just top with your favorite preserves.

  99. cheesecake!

  100. My favorite thing to make with cream cheese is my mom’s clam dip recipe that has been handed down for generation. It is so simple but so good. Our family gatherings aren’t complete without it and I could eat the whole bowl myself.

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