One of Amy’s favorite cream cheeses is the one made with Mama Lil’s Peppers; when you talk to Amy, you can tell she is an evangelist for these particular peppers. “They’re amazing brined peppers, then they’re packed in oil and garlic and spices and they are so flipping good. And they have a medium heat and are chopped up fine and mixed in,” she says. Add that spicy cream cheese to a sea salt bagel, generously dusted with Maldon sea salt, and you’re in for a treat. Another can’t-miss is the ranch cream cheese, which is nothing more than Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packets added to whipped cream cheese. It’s deceptively simple, but wickedly good.