Hello Friends! I’m about to pass along a recipe my friend Rachel and I created, that is so simple…..YOU CAN MAKE IT IN A HOTEL ROOM!!!! That’s right. Literally. We whipped up this tasty organic cream cheese in the mini-kitchen of our hotel room. Who says you can’t enjoy healthy, fresh, delicious choices while traveling? Not these Girls!!! All you need is 2 Chicks & a Bowl, (that’s the name of our future cookbook collaboration, right Rach?!?!?! Cute, huh???)
Rachel is a wonderful friend and amazing in the kitchen! I learn so much from food to organic gardening from her!!! I just wish she lived closer. We met in Alpharetta, GA for few nights to go to a couple of Phish shows. She knew I had just moved and didn’t really have a garden yet, so she brought along all sorts of goodies from her own! Just because we were staying out of town in a hotel, did NOT mean that we had to sacrifice our love of cooking and eat out the whole time. Actually, we cooked in the entire time for ALL OF OUR MEALS!!! And we ate so, so, so, soooooo good. So, take some goodies from home and liven’ up your road trips a little! Rach even surprised me with a Fresh Picked Bouquet! We like to travel in style….
Ok, I think I’ve forgotten the whole reason for this post now. THE RECIPE!!! Whoops, getting back on track….
Of course, this is just a basic recipe. Herbed Cream Cheese can be changed up so many ways…leave something out, add something in, or just use 1 Simple Herb…Like Chives…and KISS (keep it simple stupid). Look around and see what ingredients you have fresh and need to use, and go from there. We compiled a variety of herbs in this particular recipe, because Rach had brought so much to choose from. Maybe at the end I’ll try and give you a few suggestions…but basically: add or omit: Garlic, Lemon, Zest, Pepper, Jalapeños, Onions, Shallots etc to taste. When you are cooking, you want to make something YOU LIKE! If you hate Mint, and we do have it in this one, JUST LEAVE IT OUT. It’s as simple as that to make something your own. So here goes….
1. Choose Your Herbs
2. Chop Herbs and add to Softened Cream Cheese
3. Add Chopped Organic Veggies of Choice
4. Add Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice & Zest
5. Refrigerate & Enjoy!
Organic Herbed Cream Cheese
- 8 oz Organic Cream Cheese, softened
- 2 T EACH chopped Organic Herbs of Choice (NOTE: Mint and Cilantro…a little goes a LONG way)
- 2 T EACH chopped Veggies of Choice (garlic, red onion, jalapeño, shallots)
- 1 T Fresh Organic Lemon Juice & Zest (can substitute lime)
- Sea Salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
- Mix to Combine all Ingredients
We went for a rustic, chunky cream cheese. We wanted to be able to taste the bits of garlic and onion and spicy jalapeño, because we were going to use it right away instead of refrigerate it. The longer it sits, the more time the flavors have to marry! If you want a smoother consistency, you can always put into a food processor and chop the herbs and garlic finer and then pulse the cream cheese to combine. You could also use a microplane grater for the garlic and onion and get smaller bits and lots of the juices for flavor. That would work as well. Like I said, we were in a hotel and did not have the foresight to bring along a good knife. TIP: If going on a road trip, BRING A GOOD KNIFE!!! Lesson Learned. Lucky for us, all fingers remained intact!
It’s so fun to go on a road trip! You never know what’s gonna happen. But, you can be sure that you make good choices while traveling by making your own food. And, it was so much fun for us to be able to cook together! Not much we’d rather be doing!!! Although we did have some craziness, see above pics and below pics of the Ring Around the Sun, we sure had some good damn food for a hotel room!
Some other ideas for Hotel Room Food
WIth Love & Safe Travels
2 Chicks & a Bowl
Kari & Rach