Get amazing recipes and see who wins The Real Women of Philadelphia Contest!

Real Women of Philadelphia originally launched as a video competition with Paula Deen and Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  The RWOP site has taken the web by storm and evolved into much more than just a contest! This interactive community is comprised of professional, amateur, and at-home cooks alike, all passionate about sharing recipes, stories, and so much more.  

After months of gathering recipe entries from fabulous home cooks like you, it’s time to name the winners! “The Live Event” on June 30th is the culmination of months of competition and a week full of friends, family and fun in Savannah. At the event, four women will receive top honors as Paula Deen officially announces them as Real Women of Philadelphia hosts and they are each awarded a contract with Kraft Foods worth $25,000.  These women will go on to be a huge, daily presence on, contribute to a new cookbook, star in their very own cooking videos, make publicity appearances and much more. 

But, the Live Event isn’t just about winners. Or Paula Deen.  Or cream cheese.  It is a celebration of the community that women from all over the country have built together.  And the bloggers from BlogHer are a part of that! They are creating recipes, trying out what the finalists have crafted and following along in the excitement leading up to The Live Event which will be streamed live on  Click on their links below to read more from our own “Philly Women.” 

This week, Adam from The Amateur Gourmet prepared Roasted Strawberry Crostini--a crostini that felt very much like a cream cheese and jelly sandwich! Only MUCH better. Adam is also a fiend for snap peas and this recipe, with its combination of the creamy cheese and the tangy, springy peas was very winning! You can still check out his previous recipes for Jewish Doughnuts and  Spring Asparagus with Citrus, Whipped Ricotta and Cream Cheese.


Susan from Foodblogga made Crispy Corn Fritters with Chipotle Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce -- tender sweet corn is encased in a pillow of sweet batter and fried until doubled in size and tantalizingly golden and crunchy. Hungry yet? You should also try her Triple Espresso-Walnut Bundt Cake with Kahlua Glaze. It’s dense and moist, and with brewed espresso, espresso powder, coffee extract, and Kalhua, you’ll experience one fine coffee buzz. Susan's earlier recipes are worth checking out too: Fettuccine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Arugula, and Italian Creme looks delectable and her Southwest Roasted Yam and Caramelized Onion Tacos were a real hit.


You're going to want to try this Flank Steak with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce -- Ali from Gimme Some Oven's favorite birthday dinner.   Ali Also decided to take a favorite summer drink and translate it into a yummy dessert - Cherry Limeade Cheesecake is the delicious result. More Gimme Some Oven recipes are worth trying too: Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza and Twix Trifles. Don't miss these!


This week Stephanie used the Savory Garlic Cooking Creme for this Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Slow Cooker Dip. Heavenly! Last week Stephanie whipped up a delectable Slow Cooker Corn Chowder. This is a great lunchtime soup -- even your kids will devour it.  Don't miss the previous recipes from A Year of Slow Cooking including Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff and this yummy Slow Cooker Creamy Tacos.


Rhoda of Southern Hospitality tapped her friend Jeanne once again! Jeanne’s Cheese Ball is easy and delicious.  And who doesn't love a Cheese Ball for tasty bites at a party?  Last week, Rhoda made Jeanne's Cream Cheese Danish which she says are great with a cup of coffee in the  morning! She has previously shared her amazing Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie. Yum! Also check out her delicious Chicken Enchiladas with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

 Get more recipes from previous weeks:

From Bakers Royale:  Roasted Cherry Tomato Tart, Chipotle Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Pizza,  Banana Split Surprise Cake and Wilted Salad with Creamy Bacon Dressing.

From Big Mama: Squash Casserole,  Jalapeno and Bacon-Wrapped Duck (or Chicken) (or Turkey), Chocolate Dee Lite and Steak House Twice Baked Potatoes.

From Crepes of Wrath: Fennel & Creme Biscuits,  Baked Potato Pierogi, Kramer's Cream Chese Danish and  Steak House Twice Baked Potatoes.

From Our Life in the Kitchen: Spinach Artichoke Orzo, Sausage, Red Pepper and Cream Cheese Casserole, Cherry Cream Chese Brownies and Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream.

From Pinch My Salt: Creamy Peas with Ham and Mint, Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon, Cheddar, and Chives, Honey Almod Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberries and Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream.

From Steamy Kitchen:  Baked Crab Rangoon;Turtle Cheesecake TrufflesCrispy Prosciutto Wrapped AsparagusCreamy Scallops and Peppers.

From Jamie Cooks it up!Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Cheese DipRaspberry and Cream Cheese Braided Sandwich LoafCrispy Chicken with Creamy Italian Sauce and Bowtie PastaCreamy Macaroni and Cheese.

From Cookin' Canuck:  Shrimp, Cucumber & Curry Cream Cheese Canapes;  Strawberry & Chocolate Cream Cheese Napoleon;  Southwestern Chicken Pizza with Chipotle Cream Cheese SauceBraised Leeks with Red Pepper Cream Cheese Sauce & Capers.

From Buns In My Oven:  Bacon and Cream Cheese AranciniRaspberry Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Cookies;  Chicken, Tomato, & Mozzarella Pizza with Philly Cooking Creme;  Corn Casserole with Bacon and Cream Cheese.     

From Picky Palate:  Creamy Salsa and Black Bean Nachos;  Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip TartPesto Chicken Thighs with Italian Creme Sauce over Parmesan Couscous;  Creamy Bacon and Roasted Red Pepper Broccoli Bake.


Paula Deen is back as our host for Season 2 of the Real Women of Philadelphia!  

Tune in on June 30th, 2011 at 7PM EST and be a part of it all…

Visit for details.