this post was created in partnership with Green Valley Organics.
in college i had a secret job.
secret because i wasn’t allowed to work
during the school term,
it was deemed that i was to focus on studying,
but i deemed that i needed to focus
on how to pay covers into bars/frat parties.
i worked at a bagel shop
right off campus
where i learned the subtle art
of slapping on full fat cream cheese for sorority girls.
this was in the time before
real dietary restrictions,
like gluten-free or nut allergies for others,
and most notably for me, lactose intolerance.
for a time i didn’t eat bagels,
due to the over-saturation of the stuff,
but also due to not being able to consume it
slathered with full fat cream cheese.
now, both are back in my life.
happy end of july,
we are sweaty, but well,
hope you are too, friends.
this post is sponsored by green valley organics. all thoughts and opinions are my own. the first time i discovered this product, i damn near cried. dairy can be in my diet again without any adverse impact. basically, they’re making my dairy dreams come true. thanks so much for supporting the sponsors that keep morestomachblog up+running, toot-free.
B.O.T.C.H Cream Cheese Spread
*note: this cream cheese is softer than that of regular cream cheese. if you’re using a regular cream cheese, leave container out for 15-20 min to soften a bit.
**note: this was a super popular flavored cream cheese at the shop, but the original recipe uses fresh tomatoes, dried chives and red or white onions. due to the wetter consistency of this product, i went dry with the tomatoes and made sure the chives and spring onion were wiped dry after washing.
1 container of green valley organic lactose-free cream cheese
1/3 cup of crumbled bacon
1/4 cup fine chopped spring onion
1/3 cup rough chopped dried sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil!)
1/4 fresh chives, finely chopped
in a stand mixer whip/cream the cream cheese a bit, not too much, it is soft already but you want it pliable enough to take on the added ingredients.
add all the ingredients in the bowl and mix it real quick, just enough to combine everything together.
transfer mixture to a container with a lid.
fridge, covered, to firm up.
spread on your favorite bagel or toast.
if you’re feeling fancy, it makes a great sub for mayo in a generic BLT sandwich.
4 years ago: green tomato & mint chutney
3 years ago: homemade thai iced tea
2 years ago: not a damn thing
1 year ago: chilled somen noodles with cold mushroom broth
6 thoughts on “B.O.T.C.H. Cream Cheese Spread”
Love this! Such great memories and looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it!
Jess – i miss our early Sunday AM jams to Casey Kasem’s top 40 hits and rolling our eyes at the sorority girls coming in from “church”.
Lol re your secret job and hash tags. I never thought I’d look back fondly on my college or summer jobs, but I do. Sms bagels and cream cheese were a big part of my formative years too. I love the toppings you added here. Beautiful photos too. Glad you are well! Xo
Amanda, personally i loved loved loved loved my time at the bagel tree and the times i was at school. the breaks were the hardest for me, because i was away from my friends. everytime i eat an everything bagel with botch cream cheese i am instantly transported back to 1997.
as always, beautiful photos. and they take me right back to those early mornings at the bagel shop! I heart you, Botch!
i’m running out this weekend to pick up some Green Valley! ❤
Kelcy, you got me that job there, i remember wondering what i had gotten myself into because JENNY WAS CRAZY. i miss those days. ❤