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The KimCheeze Kick – Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Kimchee, and Pineapple Grilled Cheese

Whoa. So I just did pilates for the first time in a very long time and let me tell you something – omg wtf… I think I broke my body! How did this happen? I know I’ve used winter as one of my favorite excuses to be lazy, and sure, having a broken arm definitely didn’t help my fit(less)ness. But c’mon! I thought I could at least get through a few blogilates classes before I was knocked out, panting on the floor, flabs throbbing, reaching for a bottle of water like I had woken up from the worst hangover of my life.
This is definitely not the way I thought my little fitness routine would be when I decided to “start working out” earlier today. It’s only been about thirty minutes since I’ve given up and I’m already sore. Walking down two flights of stairs to take my little pup, Pippy, out was torturous. Squatting down to pick up his poop… even more excruciating. I’m just going to go ahead and say this: working out SUCKS. Yeah, yeah, it’s great for you blah blah blah but how the hell do you make yourself to do it when it’s so hard and not fun? And maybe I’m crazy, but is it possible that I could have a headache from doing it for approximately 25 minutes? Or is it my brain’s way of punishing me for being a complete blob all of 2013? Whatever it is, I’m not into it. There’s got to be a better way to get bikini ready (yeah, I’m a little late for this one, i know i know) other than by dieting because there’s no way that I’m cutting anything out of my diet. I’m just not one for that kind of lifestyle. I’m not good at it. I’m a grilled cheese kind of gal. Take that away from me and I’m nuffin!
I am motivated though. That’s one thing I’ve got going for me. Whenever I see Kate Upton prancing around in that infamous cat daddy video, it serves as my mental catalyst to try, try again. In the meantime, here’s a grilled cheese that is probably not going to help me reach my Victoria Secret model body anytime soon, like at all, but it does taste hella good. Sweet chunks of ripe pineapple brighten up spicy kimchi, while cream cheese and cheddar combine to make a creamy mouthfeel, and crunchy, thick slices of Texas toast hold it all together.

Go and getcha some of these!


-2 tbs Wisconsin cheddar (I’m into Carr Valley)
-2 tbsp cream cheese
-2 tbsp pineapple, thinly sliced
-2 tbsp Mother-In-Law’s Kimchi
-2 pats of salted butter
-2 slices of Texas Toast

Start out by combining your kimchi with the cheddar and cream cheese. Twist it up gurl.
Once it’s evenly mixed, it’ll sort of taste and resemble an Asian pimento cheese spread. You can eat this by the spoonful. It’s totally fine, don’t let anyone tell you not to.
If you still have some left, i know you tried more than a bite, then spread it all on to one piece of the Texas toast. Is spreading a thick cheese substance considered an arm workout?
Now sprinkle it with a few chunks of pineapple. OMG! Did I just inadvertently do something healthy? Awesome. *high fives*
Top it with the other piece of toast and admire. Just think, you’re going to get to eat this delicious thing in a minute!
Butter both sides of the sandwich and turn your heat to medium. Place it in and let it cook. Flip it when it gets as golden as your future bronzed self. Repeat. Laugh at my jokes.
Once it’s all done, it’s time to take it off the heat and allow it to cool – letting all those crazy flavors seep into one another and stiffening up just enough so that it doesn’t ooze out all over your plate when you cut into it.
So all in all, i hope you enjoyed this sandwich recipe but I hope even more so that I’ll be able to do more than 25 minutes worth of pilates tomorrow. Goals, pffffff. am I right?

The Comeback – Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Bacon and Pickled Jalapenos Grilled Cheese

If you follow GCS, you’re probably well aware that I’ve been slacking. Like majorly slacking. This isn’t because I’ve given up on my blog or website or whatever you wanna call it, it’s because I’ve grown up. And by grown up, I mean that I got a real person job. I go to work Monday through Friday, 9-5 and I write/internet about food for this awesome website Depanneur. It’s everything I wanted! Everything except the giant windows of free time that I once had. It’s so weird being a “real girl” and not being able to get drunk sleep until 2 pm on a Tuesday. My life that was once so simple, is now a regimented schedule that makes me feel like I should be settling down or something, but that’s not going to happen. My goal is to live everyday like it’s summer vacay, so let me fill you in on what’s been going on in the world of MacKenzie Smith and GCS. 

Since the last post – remember when I freaked out and flew back home to Florida to recuperate from a messy and completely depressing relationship? – well since then I’ve been on awesome (food) dates with awesome dudes, got drunk a little too often, cooked/ate mass amounts of food, became a fucking pro at nail art, watched about a million episodes of The Twilight Zone, made 60 pompoms (because hey, what better way to get happy than by making pompoms), got a supercute dog named Scottie Pippen, went to HBO’s premier of GIRLS at ACME studio, ate some mushrooms, played in the woods, contemplated life and of course, got a real job. 
There was also the that Superbowl Sunday thing that happened last week, which I couldn’t give a shit about but do love because of the major emphasis on food. I ate a bunch of jalapeno poppers that were way too hot. They burned my mouth so bad that I basically drank ranch dressing to get rid of the sting. I know that the tears in my eyes and the ranch dripping out of the side of my mouth must have grossed out the people I was with but it did inspire me to make a new GC. A GC that doesn’t burn your taste buds off, a GC that doesn’t embarrass you, a GC that tastes amazing and makes you rethink the last few months of your life… in a positive way. Oh, and btw, did I mention that it’s 7:30 on a Wednesday and that I’m sitting at work desk drinking my second Sixpoint Resin beer and that I love Sixpoint but i know they totally lie about their alcohol content because I kind of feel drunk. Oh and that I’m really good at rambling, and that I think they’re totally liars, but I ain’t mad. I’ve got my puppy in my lap, a brew in my hand, a food writing trip to Morocco in a week, a blog post that’s about to be done, and fun plans for tonight. It’s a good night and I’m happy to catch up with all you lovely readers, even if I’m a bit tipsy. But enough about me, let’s talk about the GC, the reason that you came here, and the food that keeps us connected.
Ingredients!!! OH MY GOD I’m so excited to be writing a new post.


-2 slices of multigrain bread
-bacon (as much as you fucking want)
-2 tbs pickled jalapenos, sliced
-2 tbs cream cheese
-1/2 cup Wisconsin smoked applewood cheddar
-2 pats of salted butter
 (which I forgot to photograph)

Wow. Step 1. It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve wrote about you. You and your cheesy layer of goodness. You and you’re repetitive step that happens in every single post that I write. Step 1, you used to bore me and make me anxious with your repetitiveness, but now I’m happy to see you again. Am I drunk? Probably, thank god for spell check. But yea, sprinkle on half the cheese and listen to Dan Deacon.

Peter Piper pickled pepper time. Add some pickled jalapenos and start to get excited. 

Then it’s everyone’s favorite time… BACON TIME. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ve read the food trends and think that all those people who say bacon is out can suck a D. I love it and I always will love it. It’s my main reason for not being vegetarian and it tastes amazing on everything that you put it on. Those haters need to shut up because this sandwich wouldn’t be the same without the smoked bacon goodness layer.  

Now smear on a layer of cream cheese and close the sandwich. You should be getting really excited at this point.

Look how pretty it is! Turn your burner to medium and melt a pat of butter all up in that bitch. Add your sandwich in and smear it all around until the bread soaks up that buttery goodness.

Cook for a few minutes on each side and wait until it gets all golden and delicious and melty and oh my gahhhhhhhhh

When it’s done on both sides and the cheese is oozing out, take it off the heat and let it set for a minute to concentrate all those awesome flavors. Then eat it and don’t look back. Enjoy the moment, live it up, and keep it real. It’s good to be back. Thanks for keeping me excited about the blog, dear readers.



Team Cream – Bagel Grilled Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes and Thyme Cream Cheese

I haven’t made a breakfast grilled cheese in a while and to tell you the truth, I’m quite sad about it.  We all hear how breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why the heck have I neglected this lovely mealtime for so long? In order to end this cycle of negligence I’ve created a super yummy and easy to eat-on-the-go breakfast themed grilled cheese! Forget about your typical breakfast and switch it up by rooting for TEAM CREAM! chhhaaaaayeaahhhh!!!!!!

Here’s what I used to switch it up:


-1 everything bagel
-1 handful of  baby hierloom tomatoes (sliced in half)
-2 pads of real salted butter
-1 tsp of fresh thyme
-2 heaping tbs of organic cream cheese (or less if you’re not obsessed with it like me)

So my beef with bagel sandwiches is that everything falls out all over the place when you try to cram it in your mouth.  Every time I eat one of these I find myself with food all over my face, hands, and clothes, and quite frankly it stresses me out.  So when I started to think about how I was going to build the perfect bagel grilled cheese I knew this was going to be the first and most important thing I had to address.  
I finally solved this problem by hollowing out my bagel! I found that it kept everything nice and neat and afterward, my clothes didn’t reflect the image of one of the regulars of Tompkins Square Park.  To do this, I cut the bagel in half and placed it on my cutting board flat side down.  From there, I took a serrated grapefruit spoon and started scooping out the top and bottom of the bagel. 

Once I removed all the excess bits of bagel, I smeared a ton of cream cheese into the crevices.  I am absolutely obsessed with cream cheese and I completely admit that I’m one of those gross people that pile it on super thick and then lick the rest off the knife. Gross, i know.  But anyways, if you’re still reading this and not on the same page as me, put on as much cream cheese as you can handle and start slicing your tomatoes in half.

Now gently push the halved baby tomatoes into the crevices of one side of the bagel.  The more snug you can get them, the better.  You don’t want the front of your shirt covered in tomato seeds, now do you?!

For the other half of the bagel, evenly sprinkle on 1 teaspoon of the thyme leaves.

Since the cream cheese acts like a glue onto the other ingredients, basically just pick up both halves of the bagel and mash them together!

At this point you’ll want to put a pad of butter into the pan and turn the heat to medium high.  Once the butter starts to melt and spread out, lay your bagel in and sort of rub it around in the pan.  This will help the butter to spread evenly onto your bagel.

After about 2 minutes on each side the bagel should start to form a golden brown crust. Once it’s like this take it off the stove-top and eat it!  If you’re in a rush, simply wrap this guy in some tinfoil and take off. It actually keeps pretty well for a grilled cheese. YAY!

So do yourself a favor and start your day by enjoying a wonderful breakfast. And remember, mornings suck less if you involve some tasty food. If you start your day like this (as Midlake put it) “mornings will be kind to you in the future“. Go team cream!