Cream Cheese Two Ways: Mixed Veggie and Smoked Salmon

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Yesterday, my brother and I surprised my mom with tickets to the Radio 104.5 Birthday Show. We all have very similar taste in music, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to take our momma out for Mother’s Day. With artists like Vance Joy, Hozier, AWOLNATION, Death Cab for Cutie, and Of Monsters and Men playing, we knew we were in for a day full of awesome music. However, having been to many full-day music events before, I knew that with days full of awesome music comes booze and subsequent hunger pangs. As such, I decided to prepare us a delicious, filling brunch to enjoy prior to taking the ferry over to Camden.

I’ve always wanted to make homemade cream cheese, and I saw this as the perfect opportunity. I’m all about options, so I was determined to make two varieties. I ultimately decided on mixed veggie and smoked salmon. Mixed veggie seemed like a great option because it’s almost always a crowd favorite. Smoked salmon, on the other hand, seemed like a great option because while I’m obsessed with lox bagels, they can sometimes be challenging to eat due to all of their components. By adding smoked salmon, capers, and dill to the cream cheese, we were able to chow down on lox bagels much more gracefully than usual. To ensure a balanced and bubbly meal, I added some fresh fruit and grapefruit mimosas into the mix. I think it’s safe to say that, afterwards, our bellies were happy and our bodies were fueled for hours to come.

It ended up being an incredible day! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, and it was lovely to relax on some blankets in the lawn area while listening to amazing music. Even better, it was wonderful to spend some quality time together on a very special Mother’s Day. I’m so grateful to have such a strong female role model in my life, and I’m thankful to have her each and every day. Shout out to all the fabulous mommas out there! I hope your kiddies showered you with all the love you deserve. :)

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Mixed Veggie Cream Cheese

What you’ll need:

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 large radishes, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese
  • Cracked black pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

  • Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl; soften in the microwave for approximately 1 minute
  • Add all remaining ingredients, and stir until just combined

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Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese

What you’ll need:

  • 4 oz. smoked salmon slices, chopped
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl; soften in the microwave for approximately 1 minute
  • Add all remaining ingredients, and stir until just combined

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3 thoughts on “Cream Cheese Two Ways: Mixed Veggie and Smoked Salmon

  1. Denise Zimmerman Skergan says:

    I am so impressed by your flair for putting this all together Lauren. I love looking at your blogs.!

  2. Mom says:

    Lula, Your words are so sweet! It really means so much that you feel that way. The day was so special from beginning to end. The brunch really did carry us through the day. It was delicious and I loved the grapefruit mimosas too, yum!

    You are the best and spending the day with you and Chris listening to some of our favorite music is a great memory to have. You really are so thoughtful.

    Love you!

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