Monday, February 13, 2012

Baked Penne


I'm really excited to be sharing this next recipe with you.
I was recently challenged by the folks who make Philadelphia Cooking Creme to change up my weekly dinner routine. They asked me to swap out one of my usual dinner meals and try one of their Fresh Family Favorite meals.
Each month Philadelphia Cooking Creme features Fresh Family Favorite recipes.
Many of these creamy recipes have very few ingredients, are simple to make and are sure to please even your pickiest of eaters.  

And believe me, I have picky eaters in my family so I was definitely up for this challenge.

Have any of y'all tried this product yet?
My first experience with it was when I got a recipe card last summer from Kroger that involved the Italian Cheese and Herb Creme with orzo pasta, grilled chicken and chopped zucchini. I have been hooked on this stuff ever since.
It really is a great way to add a lot of flavor to your favorite dishes. 
You can use it in recipes that may call for sour cream or condensed soups to add a little extra zing to your meal.

So I picked one of Philadelphia's Fresh Family Favorite recipes, Baked Penne.
This recipe had just a handful of ingredients and it sounded tasty and simple to make.

Have I mentioned that I like simple?
Ingredients:
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup onions, diced
1/2 cup green peppers, diced
1 jar (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 tub (10 oz.) Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme, divided use
1 cup Kraft shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided use
3 cups cooked penne pasta

I love green peppers but my family isn't too crazy about them so I left those out.

Directions:
If you haven't already cooked your pasta, do so first.
You'll need to bring water to a boil and then add in about 1 3/4 cups uncooked pasta (this should give you about 3 cups cooked since pasta nearly doubles in size after cooked). I always throw a little extra in for good measure.
When pasta is ready, make sure you drain excess water thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray a 2-quart casserole dish (or 9x9 baking dish) with nonstick cooking spray.
Begin browning and crumbling ground beef with onions and green peppers (if using).
You'll need to do this in a large skillet because you'll be adding in your sauce and pasta to it later.
Once beef is browned, drain any excess grease.
Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 cup cooking creme and 1/2 cup mozzarella.
Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until mozzarella is melted. 
Add pasta and mix lightly.
Spoon mixture into your prepared baking dish. 
Top with remaining cooking creme.
Then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
I sprinkled a little dried parsley on top for a touch of color.
Cover with lid or aluminum foil. 
When using aluminum foil, I like to spray the inside of the foil with nonstick spray so the cheese doesn't stick to it while baking.
Bake for 15 minutes. Then uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes so the cheese can get nice and melted and bubbly.
Serve it up with a crisp salad and enjoy.
Then tell your family it's their turn to do dishes!
We really enjoyed this meal.
Now you know it's a good sign when fingers are being licked.
Easy to make and filling.
Enjoy!








This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft foods or its affiliates, but solely by The Country Cook.
I am one of 9 bloggers selected by Kraft Foods to participate in the Philadelphia Cooking Creme recipe program.  
While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to post positive comments.

168 comments :

  1. I SUBSTITUTE PHILADELPHIA COOKING CREAM FOR SOUR CREAM. WORKS GREAT, TASTES EVEN BETTER.

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  2. I used the Philly cooking cream and made twice baked potatoes. Bake your taters, scoop out insides, add the cooking cream, bake again. So delish!!

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  3. Hi!
    I haven't tried it yet. I almost got some at the store last time I was there. I would try the baked Penne as well! :)
    ~Mippy :)

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  4. Hi!
    I liked Philadelphia on FB
    ~Mippy :)

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  5. Hi!
    I follow PhillyCream cheese via TWitter (MippyFoofalina)
    ~Mippy :)

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful product, I would probably put it in my cheesy hash brown casserole!

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  7. Yep tried them. Love them. Posted my version of this today! LOL That's too funny! ~EMM

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  8. I liked Philadelphia on FB. Haven't tried it yet but the Baked Penne looks good. :)

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  9. I am now following and "liking" on FB, also.

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  10. Hi!
    I 'pinned' the recipe! :)
    http://pinterest.com/pin/107242034846668558/
    Have a great day! :D
    ~Mippy :)

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  11. I used the southwestern cream in a fritatta yesterday - served with your butter dipped biscuits. My husband totally enjoyed breakfast. I have now "liked" Philly on facebook - will be looking for new uses.

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  12. I actually have tried that cream cheese when I had a coupon - there are also lots of good recipes on the containers. I printed out yours to make very soon!

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  13. I pinned this at:
    http://pinterest.com/rustownmom/

    Thanks!

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  14. I liked Philadelphia on Facebook.

    jlkaelin8@aol.com

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  15. I followed Philadelphia on Twitter.

    jlkaelin8@aol.com

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  16. I pinned the Baked Penne recipe on Pinterest.

    jlkaelin8@aol.com

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  17. I haven't tried it yet but thought "Creamy Pesto-Stuffed Shells" sounded good.

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  18. We love the Baked Penne!! Been making it the past few months and it's an easy and delicious dinner. We also like the cooking creme with broccoli, pasta and chicken. Or instead of broccoli, I use spinach and sun dried tomatoes.

    jlkaelin8@aol.com

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  19. Hiya Brandie! Just liked Philly on FB. Now I am heading to your wall to share our FAVORITE way to use these awesome cooking creme's, but you'll have to wait until garden time to make it. :P

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  20. i would like to try Creamy Chicken Florentine

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  21. sandra wyrick@hotmail.comFebruary 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Hey Brandie, I just Liked Philadelphia! I use the cooking cream in ground beef, turkey or chicken as a low carb meal with a vegetable!

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  22. I've never tried the cooking creme but I want to try it in place of sour cream and I am going to try it in this recipe. Thanks!

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  23. I made a dish with the creme once, it was a chorizo pasta dish. It was really yummy. My husband doesn't like cream cheese or sour cream so he wasn't a big fan, though.

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  24. I haven't tried the Philly Cooking Creme yet, but I would make the Creamy Chicken Florentine! Yum!

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  25. I haven't used this before, but that creamy mac and cheese recipe sounds AMAZING!

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  26. I haven't tried it yet but there is a recipe for some Shrimp tacos that looks really good!

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  27. I haven't tried it yet, but your recipe looks delicious.

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  28. I love to use the Italian Creme in place of pizza sauce on homemade pizza! So flavorful and delicious and so easy!

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  29. I haven't tried it yet, but I thought the Salisbury Steak with Creamy Sauce would be a good one to try.

    lclee59@centurylink.net

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  30. I like Philadelphia on facebook

    lclee59@centurylink.net

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  31. I follow Philadelphia on twitter

    lclee59@centurylink.net

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  32. I made a great chicken dish using the Santa Fe Southwest, very good. Can't wait to make this one, sounds yummy!

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  33. Brandie - you make everything look soooo yummy! I do LOVE the new cremes....I've made enchiladas with the Sante Fe creme. And another using the Savory Garlic...that one has yet to be posted at my blog. Thanks for sharing this tasty, cheesey, easy dish!

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  34. Liked Philadelphia on facebook & posted on my pinterest

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  35. I made a creamy bowtie pasta with some crispy chicken using the cooking creme and it turned out really tasty! I think I will try the country cooks recipe next!

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  36. I like philadelpha on facebook!

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  37. Thanks for the recipe. I have seem this in the stores but was not sure how to use it or what to make with it. I will give it a try.

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  38. I haven't tried the philly cooking cream YET, but i definitely want to try the baked penne - looks awesome!

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  39. I "FOLLOW" Philly Cream Cheese on Twitter

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  40. I "PINNED" your baked penne recipe on my Pinterest Board - Meats, Seafood, and Entree - Emily Willingham

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  41. I'd like to try Shrimp & Broccoli Fettuccine
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  42. "Like" Philadelphia on facebook
    Jessie c.

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  43. Follow Philadelphia on Twitter @tcarolinep

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  44. "Pin" this recipe onto Pinterest
    Jessie c.

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  45. Yes I love this stuff and I used the Philly garlic flavor cooking cream in a Pasta dish!
    Delicious Hope to try some other flavors as well!

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  46. I liked Philadelphia on FB!!!

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  47. Your recipe is now pinned on my That's Italian board on pinterest!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/272608583664122647/

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  48. I've used the garlic sauce as a substitute for hollandaise over my eggs benedict for sunday brunch!

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  49. I already follow Philadelphia on FB!

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  50. I now follow Philadelphia on Twitter!

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  51. Your baked penne just made me hungry for lunch. I have tried the Santa Fe blend and made chicken enchiladas. It was very good.

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  52. I have yet to try their cooking cream, buy it looks yummy! I'd like to try it in the baked penne recipe that you did :)

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  53. Oh MAN, this looks good! I haven't worked with this cooking cream, but Philly cream cheese is a gold standard :) Lovely!

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  54. i want to try the creamy pesto stuffed shells. i am a sucker for cheesy pasta!

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  55. i pinned this recipe onto my pinterest board!

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  56. I have used the cooking cream to make a creamy sauce and it worked well. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  57. I fixed this for dinner tonight & it was a huge hit!!!
    rhondaree1958@yahoo.com

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  58. I usually add cream cheese to my potato soup. Wel, sine the Philadelphia Cooking Creme has come out, I also add this to my potato soup. We love it. It is also wonderful to use as a baked potato topping!
    rhondaree1958@yahoo.com

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  59. I am a fan of Philadelphia on facebook.
    rhondaree1958@yahoo.com

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  60. I used the original Philly Cooking Creme to make beef stroganoff....it was delicious!

    pamhwkns55@yahoo.com

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  61. I 'liked' Philadelphia on facebook

    pamhwkns55@yahoo.com

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  62. I'm following Philadelphia on Twitter (@MrsHwkns)

    pamhwkns55@yahoo.com

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  63. I pinned this recipe on Pinterest

    pamhwkns55@yahoo.com

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  64. I haven't tried cooking with it yet but would like to try the Creamy Chicken Florentine.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  65. I LIKE them on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  66. I follow you on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  67. Hi. I want to try the Baked Penne recipe using the cooking creme that you made and I also want to try the Crab Cakes with Savory Remoulade using the PHILADELPHIA Reduced Fat Savory Garlic Cooking Creme.

    Krissy
    kbmint@otelco.net

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  68. I like Philadelphia on facebook.

    Krissy
    kbmint@otelco.net

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  69. I haven't tried it yet, but that baked penne looks awesome!

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  70. I am a great fan of Philly and we love the new cooking cream...can't wait to try all the recipes...I also like them on FB...keep up the good work love your fb page and blog.

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  71. I have not tried the cooking creme yet but i have been looking at it in the stores. I would also try this wonderful Penne recipe! Thank you for the chance & a reason to pick it up next time! :) mimieavers@gmail.com

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  72. I follow Philadelphia on twitter. mimieavers@gmail.com

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  73. I liked Philadelphia on Facebook. Thanks again for the chance & a great recipe!

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  74. i have never used it before but i would love to give it a try with the easy chicken enchiladas!

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  75. I "pinned" your recipe for Baked Penne on Pinterest.

    Krissy
    kbmint@otelco.net

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  76. I've used it with twice baked potatoes~ yum!

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  77. http://pinterest.com/pin/57209857736331490/pinned to my board thanks!
    ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

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  78. I haven't used Philadelphia cooking cream, but I will now to make this recipe! Wow, yum!!!

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  79. I have used all the flavors of Philadelphia cooking creme and we like them all!
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  80. I like Philadelphia on fb.
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  81. I follow Philadelphia on Twitter.
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  82. I pinned the recipe on Pinterest.
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  83. No I havent used this product but your recipe looks like a great place to try it!

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  84. I "like" you on facebook, and I just "liked" Philadelphia Cream cheese on there too!

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  85. Brandi, Yum! I found this on Pinterest. I repinned! I will be making soon. I follow you on FB and I follow Philly on FB

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  86. I haven't tried it yet but would love to give it a try and make the Creamy Italian Chicken & Orzo Skillet.
    mosquints@yahoo{DOT}com

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  87. like the Philadelphia FB page
    mosquints@yahoo{DOT}com

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  88. I haven't tried the Philadelphia flavors yet but would love to try the "Ultimate Creamy Beef Stroganoff" and "Spaghetti & Meatballs in Creamy Rosa Sauce", both of these sound wonderful.

    I have "liked" Philadelphia on facebook. I have also pined the recipes I want to try to pintrest as well as the "Baked Penne" recipe.

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

    email: lisa61163@yahoo.com

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  89. I tried this cooking cream when it first came out and the recipe I tried turned out ok. I haven't used it since. I will be trying the recipe on this post. It looks delicious! Pinned this recipe and liked on FB! :)

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  90. I liked them on facebook :)
    durham_81@Yahoo.com (amanda)

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  91. I havn't tried there product yet but after seeing how much your little one enjoyed it, i can see I will be making baked penne in my future. Durham_81@yahoo.com (amanda)

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  92. I have been DYING to try that stuff, baked in this penne it looks delicious!

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  93. I've been wanting to try this. The Santa Fe Chicken Casserole sounds yummy!
    Linda B linda4stuff@tx.rr.com

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  94. I LIKE Philadelphia on FB.

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  95. I just pinned it on pinterest. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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  96. I want to try this recipe! It looks sooo good!

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  97. I like Philadelphia on facebook!

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  98. I would try the creamy chicken pesto & bowtie pasta

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  99. I like Philadelphia on Facebook

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  100. I follow Philadelphia on Twitter

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  101. I use the philadelphia cream cheese in dipping sauces during get togethers and I substitute it for sour cream ingredients! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  102. I like Philadelphia on fb as Dee G

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  103. I follow them on twitter @deegee13 :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  104. I substitute Philadelphia cream cheese in place of sour cream. It makes everything taste so much better.
    Elizabeth
    elizabedu3@aol.com

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  105. I'd like to try the Shrimp Carbonara.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  106. I’m a twitter follower (LuckyDuckyToo)

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  107. I’m a FB fan (Mari Doug)

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  108. I have only used it a couple of times,. Id like to use it more though
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  109. I like philly on facebook
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  110. I would make the chicken florentine
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  111. I have tried both the Italian and Santa Fe cooking creams. Both delicious!

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  112. I used the Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme and made the Santa Fe Chicken Casserole recipe from the Kraft site. It was very good, and easy. Thanks!
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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  113. I like Philadelphia Cream Cheese on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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  114. I follow Philadelphia Cream Cheese on twitter @sharonjo2
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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  115. I follow Philadelphia Cream Cheese on FB

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  116. I would make the Tortellini in Rose sauce

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  117. I would like to try the Shrimp and Broccoli Fettuccine

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  118. I liked Philadelphia Cream Cheese on Facebook under Jennifer Grimm

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  119. I am following on @LoveMyPhilly onTwitter under @MandalynnJDG

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  120. Yes, I have tried Philadelphia Cooking Creme before and it is delicious. I used it to make a pizza with one of their recipes. It was very good. I would love to try the Penne recipe it looks yummy!

    katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

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  121. Like Philadelphia on FB (Kathryn Gatewood Costa)

    katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

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  122. Following Philadelphia on Twitter (@katbirdfl)

    katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

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  123. Hi. I posted a photo on your facebook page of a dish that I made tonight with Philadelphia Cooking Creme. I made the Baked Penne.

    Krissy
    kbmint@otelco.net

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  124. I have not tried Philadelphia Cooking Creme yet but plan to use the Santa Fe flavor in an Enchilada Casserole I make.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  125. I would like to try the Sausage-Vegetable Ragout Pappardelle recipe.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. I like Philadelphia Cream Cheese
    on Facebook. Debbie Christie

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  127. I like Philadelphia Cooking Creme on Facebook. I also posted a recipe video on Pinterest. I would also like to try the recipe you just posted here. Sounds yummy & easy!!

    tammyhodgin@gmail.com

    http://pinterest.com/tahodgin/

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  128. I'm looking forward to trying Santa Fe chicken casserole.

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  129. I liked Philadelphia on Facebook. kareysmith

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  130. I am following Philadelphia on Twitter. @kareysmith

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  131. I have used the Santa Fe on chicken! Delicious!

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  132. I "like" Philadelphia on Facebook!!

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  133. I have used it a few times, usually with pasta

    petrellinyc-blog at yahoo dot com

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  134. like philly on facebook - lori beth c....

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  135. like philly on twitter - lbandj

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  136. I posted on your wall: https://www.facebook.com/thecountrycook?ref=tn_tnmn&sk=app_106171216118819#!/thecountrycook/posts/322142114498461

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  137. I love pasta -- dowloaded both th baked zita and crock pot lasagne to try --I will definitely have to try the philly - sounds wonderful.

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  138. I 'liked' Philadelphia on Facebook :)

    I made this in my 8X8 baking dish and it came out fabulous. I also used .80/lb of ground beef since I didn't want any leftover. The dish was so amazing.My husband said it was much better than my old recipe for baked ziti! Great as leftovers too!

    nbrossi7104@gmail.com

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  139. I have not used philadelphia cream cheese for baking yet but I would like to try the baked penne.

    Judy S
    pookiecat123 at yahoo dot com

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  140. I am a fan of theirs on facebook
    Judy Sue

    Judy S
    pookiecat123 at yahoo dot com

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  141. twitter follower of theirs
    pookiecat123

    Judy S
    pookiecat123 at yahoo dot com

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  142. Here is my email addy:

    Jam_b@comcast.net

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  143. Ooops forgot my name too lol.
    Alyssa aka Lysska
    jam_b@comcast.net

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  144. I would liek to try the penne pasta you made! nanny_yaya81@yahoo.com amanda

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  145. I liked Philadelphia on Facebook!

    tews (at) satx (dot) rr (dot) com

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  146. Mashed potatoes! I use it in the place of sour cream or original Philly. YUM! (especially with Yukon Golds)

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  147. I found this recipe on pinterest and had to try it. It was amazing!! My new favorite!! Thanks so much for sharing this with the world!!!

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  148. I TRIED THIS RECIPE TONIGHT AND IT WAS SO DELICIOUS!! I HAD TO SUBSTITUTE THE HAMBURGER WITH CHICKEN, SINCE I WAS OUT OF HAMBURGER, AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT!!! I DON'T KNOW IF HAMBURGER MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE OR NOT, BUT THIS RECIPE WAS SO DELICIOUS!!! MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH LOVED IT, AS DO MANY OF THE COUNTRY COOK RECIPES!! THIS ONE TAKES A HIGH FIVE IN OUR ACCOUNT OF RECIPES!! GIVING MANY THANKS TO BRANDIE FOR HER WONDERFUL RECIPE IDEAS!!!

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  149. I'm so thrilled this recipe was a hit for you!! Woo hoo!! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how it turned out! ~Brandie

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  150. I found this on Pinterest and have to thank you!! This has become a family favorite that I make often!! It is so delicious and I love it!!! My whole family does! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

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  151. Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to come back & let me know how much you like it! It really means a lot!

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  152. Wow-I tried this tonight with my husband and he ate every last bite! Thanks for the great idea for dinner!! We will be using this again soon!

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  153. I have been using a few table spoons of chive and onion Philly cream cheese in my padta dishes for a while now, or if I want a white sauce. My husband doesn't like cream cheese or so he thinks cause he has no idea! SHHHHH!!!
    sharon
    shana1035a@aol.com

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  154. Samantha SchwanigerAugust 8, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    This is one of my favorite recipies of yours but they no longer sell this type of cream cheese where I am. :( Aby suggestions for replacement?

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