This is a tasty appetizer dip that we usually serve with dry crackers at our family's holiday parties and other special celebrations. It also goes well with a crudite platter. I've tried using canned smoked salmon and thought it tasted more like tuna salad for sandwiches. So I highly recommend using one of those vacuum-sealed packages of smoked salmon for best results.
Break up large pieces of salmon, and place in medium mixing bowl with cream cheese, chives, parsley, half of the cream, and garlic powder (if using). Mix well with electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes, gradually adding additional cream as needed for consistency.
Cover bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.