Slice Of Life

By Eileen Goltz

Sadly, Daddy’s Day does not receive the same kind of hoopla as the one reserved for moms. Dads donate half of the DNA that makes up our existence but only get about a tenth as much attention on their day of celebration. Yes, I know that Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day) are what I like to call “Hallmark Holidays.” Those special days where cards replace the need for action. With moms it’s all about the candy, calls, brunch, and flowers. Dads like food.

Daddies deserve to be indulged as much as mom. Luckily you still have time to go big. Head out to the grocery and make a gourmet feast of bagels and the goodies that go with them. I’m proposing that a fun brunch with fruit, bagels, and lots of different types of toppings, followed up by the awesome gift of your presence for the day is the best gift any dad could ask for. Going with him to a movie or playing golf or mowing the lawn or cleaning out your closet (like you promised when you moved out nine years ago) wouldn’t hurt either.

Making is better than buying the way-too-expensive, store-bought stuff when it comes to a cream cheese spread. Firstly, you are proving you did not starve when you moved out of the house. Also, almost nothing says “I love you” more to a man than providing a gift he can eat. (Please don’t e-mail me that I’m wrong on this; both my sons told me so.) Finally, you’re paying for it with your own money and parents always love that you’re financially independent (or as close to it as possible).

Get the freshest bagels you can–skip the frozen ones if possible. You can use the low-fat variety but full-fat is the best. Toppings can be smoked salmon, smoked whitefish, caviar, chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and whatever else daddy likes. The following recipes can each be whipped up in about five minutes.

Veggie Spread

Dairy. Makes 2 cups.


1 to 2 tsp. dried dill or 1 Tbsp. fresh

1 small red onion, minced

1 cup chopped fresh spinach

1 carrot, peeled and shredded

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped

2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1 8-oz. package cream cheese, room temperature

salt and pepper


In the bowl of a food processor combine the dill, onion, spinach, carrot, garlic, and water chestnuts. Process just to combine. Add the mayonnaise and cream cheese and process to combine. Season to taste.

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Smoked Trout Spread

Dairy. Makes 1½ cups.


12-oz. package cream cheese

6 to 8 oz. smoked trout, flaked

2 Tbsp. ground pecans

1 tsp. lemon juice

â…› tsp. black pepper

sliced black olives to garnish

lemon slices to garnish


Do not make this in a food processor. Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl and mix to combine. Garnish with olive slices and lemon slices.

Cherry Lime Nut Spread

Dairy. Makes 2 cups.


1 cup dried cherries

1 cup water

2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup chopped toasted pecans

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

½ tsp. fresh thyme leaves

¼ tsp. freshly grated lime zest

salt and pepper


In a small heavy saucepan combine the cherries and water. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Do not boil. Remove pan from heat and cool mixture.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, pecans, lime juice, thyme, zest, and cherry mixture. Mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste until spread is combined well. This can be made two days ahead and kept chilled, covered.

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Seafood Spread

Dairy. Makes 2 cups.


6 green onions

1 tsp. minced garlic

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

â…“ cup sour cream

1 Tbsp. drained white horseradish

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice, or to taste

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. Worcestershire or soy sauce, or to taste

¼ tsp. cayenne

½ lb. smoked whitefish, flaked

½ lb. smoked salmon

salt and pepper


In the bowl of a food processer, combine the green onions and garlic. Pulse once, add the cream cheese and sour cream, and pulse just until combined. Add the horseradish, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne. Pulse to combine. Add the whitefish and salmon and pulse just to combine. Do not over-mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Hershey’s Chocolate Spread

Dairy. Makes 1 cup.


1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened

¼ cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup

2 tsp. Hershey’s cocoa

2 Tbsp. Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips

additional semi-sweet chocolate chips to garnish


In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cream cheese, syrup, and cocoa. Mix to combine. Add the chocolate chips. Mix to just combine. Garnish with extra chocolate chips.

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© Eileen Goltz

Eileen Goltz is a freelance kosher foods writer. She graduated from Indiana University and the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris. She lectures on various food-related topics across the U.S. and Canada and writes columns for the CJN in Chicago,, and the OU Shabbat Shalom website, She also wrote the Perfectly Pareve Cookbook (Feldheim).

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