Thursday, March 22, 2012

Aunt Barbara's Famous Chili and Homemade Rolls

I really needed a quick meal tonight, as I just ran out of time today!
So I jumped ahead in my menu plan and made chili and homemade rolls...mmmm!
Chili was actually a widely used economical meal during the Depression. 
I am not sure why I found that to be amazing...chili dates back to the early 1800's:).
Today I am sharing my Aunt's recipe because it is by far THE BEST! 
You can just pop the ingredients into a crock pot in the morning and have a delicious meal in the evening.
The rolls are a depression recipe and so light and flaky!
Jack {age 4} said he could eat 300 of them.
I did add a salad ...again making the meal larger...but I can't live without my salad!

Aunt Barbara's Famous Chili

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-16oz. can diced tomatoes
1-16oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained
1-8oz. can tomato sauce
2-3 TBS. chili powder {to taste}
1/2 tsp. crushed basil
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
dash paprika
dash cayenne pepper

In a large pot, cook ground beef, onion, celery, green pepper until meat is brown. Drain fat.
Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil, salt, pepper, bay leaf, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, occasionally adding water as needed. Add kidney beans about 30 minutes before serving.

cook beef, put everything in the crockpot, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
It is a great leftover and even better the second day!

Homemade Rolls

Homemade Rolls 

3 cups scalded milk 
4 tablespoons butter 
3 tablespoons sugar 
1 teaspoons salt 
8 cups sifted flour 
1 cake yeast {2 1/4 tsp. dry yeast} foam dissolved in 
1/4 cup lukewarm water 

Pour scalded milk over sugar, salt and butter. When lukewarm beat in 4 cups flour. 
Mix well and add the dissolved yeast foam. Cover closely and let rise in a warm place. 
When light add enough flour to knead. {4 cups.} Cover, let rise until light. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Shape with biscuit cutter. Brush each piece with melted butter, crease through the center, fold over and press the edges together. Place in buttered pan 1 inch apart, and let rise until very light. Then bake in a brisk oven 15 minutes. { I used 400 degree oven to bake them. }

* I actually shaped the dough into about 2 inch balls, placed in pan, and brushed with butter. 

More Interesting Facts About the Great Depression


By 1932, 40% of the banks in the US had failed.
In 1932 the government announced a temporary halt by banks of home foreclosures.
Unemployment reaches its worst point in 1933 with the unemployment rate at 25.2%.
When people think of the great Depression and the US presidents, they usually think of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). When the depression started and for the next three years, the president was Herbert Hoover and FDR wasn’t elected until the fall of 1932.
Shortly after his inauguration, President Roosevelt blamed “unscrupulous money lenders” and a “generation of self-seekers” for the economic problems.
Between 1929 and 1932 the average income of the average American family dropped by 40% from $2,300 to $1,500 per year.
During the depression of the 1930s the average wage of manufacturer was $17 per week, for a doctor the average wage was $61 per week.
By the end of 1930, some 3 million children were forced to quit school and at least 200,000 of them took to the roads on their own.
The government came up with programs to put Americans to work repairing and building. The Empire State building, the Chrysler building, the Golden Gate Bridge and Rockefeller Center were all built during the depression.
The depression changed clothing as well when the zipper became widely used because buttons became too expensive.

Have a lovely day.



Gina said...

I'm surprised chili was eaten "back then." The recipe sounds great. I used to use the seasoning packets but just started making mine "homemade" this year. Going to try your recipe though. We eat ours with cornbread or crackers. :)

Laura said...

We love chili around here! I make it with whatever meat I have on hand, home-canned tomatoes, onions and peppers from our garden, and dry beans that I cook and season, then freeze in chili recipe sized portions. It's tasty and thrifty. Growing up, my family stretched it with macaroni, and my Hubby's family stretched it with rice.

I've been following this series of Depression recipes, and I think you're OK with the salad, really! Actually, my dad (born in 1930) grew up in the city, they didn't garden or anything, so it would have probably been just the chili at their house. My mom, on the other hand, grew up on a farm, so there were definitely lots of vegetables at all the meals - salads in spring and fall (it's too hot where she's from in the summer and the lettuces bolt).

Snooks said...

This chili looks so good. We eat chili here at least once a month if not more. It is just that good. The biscuits look yummy and the facts on the depression were neat to read too.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

~Kristin~ said...

Julia~ I love the recipe sharing!
But, I especially am enjoying the historical facts as well.

It's kind of disconcerting...
The parallels with then and now.

Thank you so much.

Love, Kristin

Valerie said...

Love reading your posts and the comments from your readers. Kristin's comment resonated with me...I was struck by your quote that read, "unscrupulous money lenders" and "a generation of self-seekers". Hmmm...

Gumbo Lily said...

Chili is a staple at our house, especially for cold days. Nothing like fresh bread to go with it. I'm enjoying reading the depression facts. Sounds similar to today's troubles, doesn't it?


sylvia ketchum said...

Used this recipe to make chili but I use 2 cans of Crushed Tomatoes and 6 cans of Kidney Beans or Half Kidney Beans and Half Pinto Beans and it's makes a Great Tasting Chili!

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