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Cream Cheese Saves the Day

Posted by on December 1 2010 in Breakfast, Personal


I’m not sure if I ever told you this before, but I used to hate cream cheese. And then one day, when I decided to keep my mouth shut, I tried it for the first time.

I was leaving my then-boyfriend’s mom’s house, heading back to Jersey at 10 in the morning. I never thought she liked me, as any girl thinks about her boyfriend’s mother. On that particular morning, as I stuffed my sleepover clothes into a backpack, she climbed the stairs and brought me a bagel for the road. The bagel was smeared with cream cheese.

On any other morning, leaving from any other household, I would offer my thanks, and ask for a knife and butter to remedy the situation. I hated cream cheese that much. I wouldn’t even fake it.

But on that particular morning, with that particular boyfriend’s mother, I shut up the cream cheese hater inside me and graciously tucked the bagel into my backpack.

But somewhere along the nondescript I-95 North, I reached into my bag and took a bite. It tasted tangy. And too creamy. Not altogether terrible, though. So I ate a few more bites, deciding cream cheese no longer was an enemy. I never did resolve the uneasy feelings about the cream cheese provider, however.

That happened many years ago, when I only ate Caesar salads and egg and cheese sandwiches. And now cream cheese is, I will say, my life. Along with eggs and butter, it remains a staple in my fridge. Cream cheese moved way beyond the bagel now. It’s actually been saving plenty of dishes.

I threw it in with a cabbage and sweet potato hash, letting it soften the roughage. I let it melt into a faintly seasoned pureed vegetable soup to add flavor and creaminess. And that’s only in the last 5 days. But I think it’s fair to say, cream cheese saves the day.

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010

    I think the real question is, whipped or regular? I can’t stand the regular stuff, but I’d take whipped cream cheese any day.

  2. December 2, 2010

    OMG Michaela it would be impossible for me to disagree with you any more strongly. I have never understood whipped cream cheese. hate it.

  3. December 2, 2010

    where is a picture of this hash?!??!

  4. dad gansie permalink
    December 2, 2010

    Erica. She has it. It was delis; one of the many marvels she made for us for her T D holiday stay
    That’s something I more often eat regular cc vs reduced fat
    Hands down on whipped too

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