Sunday, November 7, 2010

Comfort Food Favorites

While I'm usually more inclined to spend a Sunday afternoon drinking mimosas and eating delicious things other people make ... I decided to roll up my sleeves and put the pots, pans and mixing bowls from my registry to good use.

Today's kitchen mission: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chili (not to be eaten together, obvs.). After a few flour explosions and some onion-induced tears ... the house smells amazing, no one caught on fire, and we have a lovely home cooked dinner and dessert, perfect for a cozy Sunday night.

If you're feeling Martha Stewart-ish, here are the recipes:

The cookies are from YumSugar -- click here for the AMAZING recipe.

The chili is a recipe my grandma gave me from Cooking Light -- I found it online here.

A few chili tips: When you're slicing the jalapeno pepper, don't touch the seeds. Take it from one who knows, a burning  "jalapeno hand" is sort of a buzzkill. This recipe calls for spicy turkey sausage, but I use spicy chicken sausage instead because my grandma told me to. No other reason. Also -- measure out all the spices/dry ingredients and combine in a bowl. This way, when it's time to dump them in, it's all ready to go. This chili is the shiz. And it's even better the 2nd day. I'd take a picture, but honestly, chili is not very photogenic.

Bon appetit!


  1. YUM! If you want a really easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie try this recipe:
    1 Box spice Cake Mix, 1 Can Pumpkin and 1/2 bag chocolate chips. Mix spice cake and pumpkin together and add chocolate chips. Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for about 25 min. (may need longer, but watch) at 350.

  2. thanks robyn, that recipe sounds amazing!!

  3. Looks delicious! I made cookies like this once, but they didn't look nearly as yummy. I'll have to try this recipe!

  4. Well, aren't you the "Paula, Martha & Rachel" all rolled into one! The cookies look unbelievable and I can't wait to try the chili recipe!!