Whipped Cream Cheese Gets a Twist

Weight Watchers Cheese has recently added two delicious new varieties to its lineup of whipped cream cheeses: Chocolate and Chocolate Raspberry. The new whipped cream cheese flavors are perfect for putting to use in inventive yet simple recipes that push whipped cream cheese’s repertoire beyond the typical bagel. Now, Weight Watchers has made up a few recipes but I tried one of my own for this product.


I found my new favorite frosting. Ok, so maybe it’s not really frosting so much as it is a whipped chocolate cream cheese spread, however it makes the most amazing frosting!! Weight Watchers has come up with new reduced fat Whipped Chocolate and Whipped Chocolate Raspberry cream cheese spreads that are out of this world. Not only do they have 33% less fat than whipped cream cheese spreads, they are also only 60 calories per serving and have 2g of fiber per serving. When I first opened these spreads, I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with them, but after taste testing with a spoon I decided that if nothing else I would just eat it with a spoon!! That’s how delicious these cream cheese spreads are to eat! Alright, maybe that wasn’t the best decision on how to eat it, so I opted to try it as a frosting. I found a recipe for chocolate chip cookie cupcakes (they are amazing) that uses a cream cheese frosting. It is a match made in heaven!! I no longer need to make my own cream cheese frosting for anything-Weight Watchers Whipped Chocolate cream cheese spread is my new favorite. I can’t wait to try it on a chocolate chip bagel for breakfast or dip pretzels in it for a low fat snack!

Weight Watchers has done it again-another deliciously successful product!

Game Day Fan Fare Giveaway and a Pepperoni Roll-up Recipe Too!

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As I wait for the Chicago Blackhawks game tonight, I am looking for some great recipes to make for this momentous Game 5. All of the games have been awesome so far, so this one shouldn’t disappoint. That being said, we have a summer full of sports events and that’s where the Gooseberry Patch Game Day Fan Fare is a lifesaver! Game Day Fan Fare is all about spending time with family & friends, cheering on the home team and all those mouthwatering tailgating treats.

Get an early start with filling brunches like Goal-Line Sausage Casserole, Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes and Pumpkin-Caramel Doughnut Holes. Whip up some Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Nachos, Pepperoni Bread and Beer-Battered Fried Veggies just before kick-off to keep them cheering for more. Everyone will love a Spicy Italian Sausage Sub to go with their big, steamy bowl of White Chicken Chili. There are easy-to-make mains & sides like Race-Day Shredded Pork, Prosciutto Burgers and Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob. For dessert, have a slice of Peanut Butter Fudge Pie and a Brownie-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie! There’s even a whole chapter dedicated to recipes that make enough to feed the whole team!

Packed with over 240 scrumptious recipes, helpful entertaining tips and ideas to show your team spirit, Game-Day Fan Fare is sure to be the newest superstar in your cookbook collection! I personally made this Pepperoni Roll-ups with the kids (sorry, we couldn’t wait till game time! Though an appetizer, they make an excellent lunch too!)

Pepperoni Roll-up
Serves: 8
  • 8 oz tube refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 16 slices of pepperoni, quartered
  • 2 mozzarella cheese sticks, quartered
  • ¾ t Italian seasoning, divided
  • ¼ t garlic salt, divided
  • Garnish: pizza sauce, warmed
  1. Separate crescent roll dough into 8 triangles.
  2. Place 8 quartered pepperoni pieces on each triangle
  3. Place a piece of string cheese on the long edge of each triangle and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  4. Starting with the long edge, roll up the dough.
  5. Sprinkle rolls with garlic salt and remaining Italian seasoning.
  6. Place seam side down, 2 inches apart, on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.
  8. Serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.

Hungry now? I know you are! Since this is such a great cookbook, I have arranged for one lucky winner to win a copy. Here’s what you need to do:

Game Day Fan Fare Giveaway

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking

Everyday Baking features 118 original recipes by celebrated baker and longtime Almanac collaborator Ken Haedrich. A winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award, Haedrich may be best known as the author of Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie, which was recently named one of the best baking books of the past 25 years by Cooking Light magazine.

Everyday Baking, with its handy reference section and time-tested advice sprinkled throughout, demystifies the art of baking and will inspire home bakers of all skill levels to make delicious breakfast treats, after-school snacks, and impressive desserts. The easy-to-follow recipes in Everyday Baking don’t demand unusual ingredients or abstract cooking techniques, but rather just a desire to make delicious home-baked goods completely from scratch.

Everyday Baking is available online at Almanac.com or wherever books and magazines are sold.

I love this baking cookbook. All the ingredients are easily found in your pantry. I also love some of the little tips in here — like have warm ingredients when making cookies. I never thought about my eggs needing to be room temperature! They have recipes for things you are actually going to make – like Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

I highly recommend checking out The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking.