Saturday, January 22, 2011

bear down chicago bears

We are less than a day away from witnessing the much anticipated championship game between our beloved Chicago Bears and rival Green Bay Packers.  In honor of this moment, I share the Bears fight song lyrics which was introduced in 1941.  Though Jerry Downs is listed as the composer, it actually is a pseudonym for Al Hoffman (who also wrote the words and music for the song If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked a Cake.  Hoffman's lyrics:

Bear down, Chicago Bears, make every play clear the way to victory;
Bear down, Chicago Bears, put up a fight with a might so fearlessly.
We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T-formation
Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the crown.
You're the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, bear down.

I decided a double batch of homemade oatmeal raisin cookies might satisfy those with a sweet tooth in our humble abode.  Chili is on the main menu for the game so this will provide a nice balance - all men love cookies!

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt
6 cups oats
2 cups raisins
1 cup chocolate morsels
2 cups processed assorted nuts
1 heaping spoonful Nutella

Heat oven to 350.  In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.  Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Mix well. Add oats, then raisins, nuts, chocolate morsels and Nutella.  Mix well.  Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, remove to wire rack.  Cool completely. Store tightly covered.