My darling husband was raised in a home and a family where visitors of any type were offered food and beverage before they had their coats off when entering the home. This was and mostly still is a foreign concept to me and he continues to astound me
when he feels the need to feed all the people in his office. So when he announced that he had arranged for a chili cookoff for this week in honor of the Super Bowl, I took it all in stride and prepared for the ride ahead. I anticipated another of his "everything
but the kitchen sink" concoctions to appear. But his work load this week was overwhelming and I knew I'd better step in or there'd be no chili for him to take.
My usual chili, when I make it, is a knock off of the chili found in the Wendy's fast food chain. But I wanted to make something different and chose to do the #1 chili on this site which is the Boilermaker Tailgate Chili:
The recipe has a large list of ingredients, a total of 26 not including the Fritos and cheese. I was afraid of making it too spicy so I used only one jalapeno and only three cans of beans total instead of four because that is what I had on hand. I never
got to taste the chili. My husband took a bite and said he thought it was spicy but my eldest daughter got to have two bowls of it before it left the house and she doesn't like spicy. It must have been good!
In addition to the chili, I was going to make brownies because we have several boxes of mix around to use but when I went digging in our "stash" I found a box mix for Funfetti Cookies. This is not a Funfetti cake mix but an actual Funfetti cookie mix.
I have no idea how it made it's way into my house. So I made those last night and oh my goodness, I was in love! Those things were good - especially right out of the oven! The mix didn't make too many and between my daughter and I we ate about half of
them - oh so good! Darling husband came home and said the chili cookoff would have to be postponed for a week because too many people were going to be out of the office on the day it was planned. So I put the chili in the freezer and stuck what was left
of the cookie in a bag to enjoy another day.
When I came home from running errands this morning and was preparing lunch for myself, I was dreaming of having more of the cookies for dessert. For lunch I made my first faceless recipe for the month of February, Microwave Fettuccine Alfredo (for one):
and a green salad with my favorite blue cheese dressing:
but I made the mistake of using gorgonzola instead of blue cheese and it really lacked the "zing" of blue cheese.
Imagine my surprise when I went hunting for the cookies and THEY WERE GONE! My darling husband had grabbed them on the way out the door this morning and took them to work. Arrggghhh! I did find a recipe online for a homemade version but they didn't
compare. I'm so disappointed! I guess I wasn't meant to eat anymore of those delicious things.
Other things cooking in my kitchen this past week:
which was an effort to use a bag of sauerkraut that has been sitting in my refrigerator taunting me since early in January. The bread is tasty and you really don't notice the sauerkraut but I'm not sure what to do with it. It isn't exactly toast and
I made the Exquisite Pizza Sauce for the second time sans marjoram or anchovy paste. I had a premade pizza crust that needed to be used so that was lunch one day. The pizza sauce is a keeper!
As a closeout for our January AllStar Activities I needed to make one more slow cooker recipe and found this:
I cut the recipe in half and used dried apricots instead of cherries (personal preference) and added a small handful of crystallized ginger. I used my small slow cooker which only operates on high and went away for two hours. After
that time, it was done but a little too much and some edges were burned. The gingerbread was good but dry and not really spicy enough for me.
In my house gingerbread has to have lemon sauce but I wanted to try lemon curd and found a microwave recipe which was good!
That's it for now. Happy cooking and baking everyone!
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