Last week, I bought this Cooking Light magazine that was ridiculously expensive (for a magazine). I was determined to make everything in it that looked good to me, starting tonight with some sort of potato jalapeno tart. I’d written down the ingredients on Friday and took my list to the grocery store after work. I got home and could not find the magazine anywhere! So, I ended up making chili instead. Holly made a version of this recently and I’d bought the ingredients intending to put them in my crockpot tomorrow morning. I really wanted a real meal, instead of random snacks parading as dinner, so I just made the chili on the stovetop. I followed the recipe but added about a cup of Pace Picante Sauce that I got for free as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. I love picante sauce and salsa so this couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
I also made cornbread from scratch. I used this recipe. Jason was very impressed when I told him that it wasn’t from a mix and said he was going to buy me a “Southern Belle” apron. Then he tasted it and the apron offer was revoked! It was dry and crumbly and not that great. I grew up eating Jiffy cornbread which is on the sweet side. I guess that’s how I like cornbread, sweet like a muffin, because this wasn’t sweet enough for my taste, but it wasn’t savory either.
The chili was decent. Even after adding the picante sauce, it wasn’t saucy enough. I guess most chilis have tomato sauce and this one did not. It was still good and we both liked the tofu in it. I think Jason liked it more than I did, he gave me a big thumbs up.
We found the magazine, by the way, it was under Jason’s keyboard on his desk.