The Philadelphia Brand

When I think about the Philadelphia Sound, the first song that comes to my mind is Disco Inferno by The Trammps. I loved that song! The refrain, "Burn baby burn" and those horns playing in the background are ingrained in memories of my youth. Watch the video here and enjoy a real classic.

According to the Wikipedia entry, the song first came out in 1976, which I remember as being the year of the Bicentennial. The 4th of July was huge that year! I think that my parents brought me and my brother to Plimouth Plantation at one point and also to see the Tall Ships. It seemed like that summer was filled with activity and music and fun. I remember wanting to see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. We didn't go and I've still never seen it. Philadelphia is also the hometown of two of my favorite artists, Jill Scott and Will Smith. What is it about Philadelphia?

Well last night, I came home from work and made Raspberry-Cream Cheese Muffins. See the original recipe here. Many of my groceries are the store brand, because they are cheaper and usually taste the same as the more expensive brands. As I was combining the ingredients, I realized that I was NOT using Philadelphia Cream Cheese! That brand really sticks in your mind. And I think I even saw one of their angel commercials while I was watching Medium. Love that show!

Then of course, today is the Pennsylvania Primary. The day we Democrats have anticipated for more than a month. Subconsciously politics and food get combined in my head. Or maybe food and everything get combined in my head? Hmmm. Well, I don't expect Obama to win today, but I hope that the votes will be close. Maybe even a tie. Now wouldn't that be something? By the way, these muffins are delicious.

Raspberry-Cream Cheese Muffins
(adapted from

2 cups flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup light cream cheese
2 eggs
3/4 cup vanilla rice milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup frozen raspberries

In large bowl, combine cream cheese, eggs, and sugar with spoon. The cream cheese will remain in clumps. Add milk, and vanilla. Stir well. Add salt, soda, powder, and flour. Stir just until combined, then stir in raspberries. Pour batter into prepared muffin pans and bake at 400 degrees for twenty minutes.

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I'm partial to Philly things too :) I lived there for 5 years--great city!

Also my family is voting today! Woohoo! They're all so excited that the PA primary finally matters; usually it's all said and done by the time they get to us. I voted in the "global expat primary" otherwise my vote would be counting today too.

Those muffins look *so* good. I love cream cheese--and if you want to talk brand recognition, here in Italy, cream cheese simply called "Philadelphia." Kind of like all tissues being called "Kleenex" ;)
Lisa Johnson said…
bleeding espresso - Well now I'll know how to order cream cheese when I finally make it to Italy. ; )
Tera said…
Those look wonderfully delicious!!!
Anali, they look absolutely delicious :)

Enjoy your weekend, Margot
Anonymous said…
I lived in the Philly area for 13 years, so I know what you mean. Wow, "Disco Inferno" sure brings back memories!

Those muffins look fabulous!
Lisa Johnson said…
tera - They were good! I have only one left! ; )

coffee & vanilla - Good to see you around here again! You have a good weekend too Margot. ; )

cheryl - You must have a lot of good memories from there. There really does seem to be a certain cool style and vibe that comes out of Philly. I have to visit! And glad you liked the muffins. :D
So So Simple said…
You know Anali Phili cream cheese is the best known brand here in NZ.

I ,love the look of thoses muffins
might make a treat for the staff next week

Lisa Johnson said…
so simple - Hi Gilli! Well now I know that Phili cream cheese is known worldwide - from New Zealand to Italy! Did you try the muffins? ; )

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