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Funfetti Cookies and Boilermaker Chili 
Feb. 2, 2012 1:08 pm 
Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 9:46 pm
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 jelly material.

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!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, myself, and I, Maridele
Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
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Homemade from Scratch Funfetti Cookies
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Sauerkraut Onion Bread
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Microwave Fettucine Alfredo (for one)
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce
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Slow Cooker Gingerbread with Dried Apricots (instead of Cherries)
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Feb. 2, 2012 2:37 pm
I soooo stole that chili recipe! I let my hubby read the ingredients... there goes the barbecue butt idea for Superbowl! He said I can cook that on friday night! Chili is on the menu for Sunday!
Feb. 2, 2012 2:42 pm
My goodness you've been busy! I saved the pizza sauce recipe and am very curious about the funfetti cookies. Wonder where that mix came from...
Feb. 2, 2012 4:39 pm
You have really been busy in the kitchen! My son in law thinks that is the best chili recipe ever written and has copied it and taken it home. I suspect it will be on their menu Sunday.
Feb. 2, 2012 5:42 pm
Terry Tripp and BSM - For the chili, I used the entire bottle of beer (didn't know what I was going to do with the rest after removing 1/2 cup) and didn't drain the beans so mine was a bit loose to begin with. I added another can of tomato paste and after 24 hours in the frig it was good and thick. I recommend making it at least a day ahead.
Feb. 2, 2012 5:43 pm
WD that pizza sauce is so easy to make, you just need to make it at least 30 min ahead so it can "perk". The funfetti cookies are a total mystery but next time in the grocery store I'm looking to see if they are even available.
Feb. 3, 2012 6:33 am
Maridele-thanks for all the great tips on making the above recipes. The funfetti cookies -I will have to look for these at the store. My family are all cookie monsters.
Feb. 3, 2012 7:21 am
Boy that chili certainly sounds good! I'm thinking that sauerkraut bread could be toasted with a few slices of corned beef tucked inside for a sandwich!
Feb. 3, 2012 11:19 am
Lela I think if you can't find the actual cookie mix you can use the cake mix instead. They were awfully good.
Feb. 3, 2012 11:21 am
Cat Hill I can't speak to how good the chili was. Maybe I'll get a taste when it gets thawed for the chili cookoff whenever it happens! The sauerkraut bread so far has been very good just toasted with butter. I love rye bread anyway.
Feb. 5, 2012 7:50 am
Boy oh boy - love the blog. Don't know how you guys find the time with all the cooking you do.
Feb. 6, 2012 9:44 pm
funfette cookie mix is at wal mart here in texas.Look for the cookie mix with the cake mixes. Hope you can find them.
Feb. 6, 2012 9:46 pm
Sorry for the spelling.Just saw them last week.
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