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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

Making homemade chili

I came from a family of eight,  including five sisters and myself.  We all had to learn how to cook,  wash clothes,  iron clothes,  scrub floors,  do dishes and other household jobs.  I also had to learn how to do outdoor work,  cut grass,  shovel snow,  weed garden,  plant seeds,  take out coal ashes and clinkers,  wash and clean out car.  Doing dishes and and scrubbing the bathroom and kitchen had to be done before we could
play outside.

My dad was an outstanding worker and cook.  He made most of the big meals for the family when he worked
second or third shift.  My sisters and I had to learn how to make daily meals when he did not prepare a meal in advance of going to work.  My mother mainly cooked on weekends because she worked during the week.  I personally feel that her cooked beef could be compared to eating a shoe,  but that is my opinion.  One of my dads favorite dishes was homemade chili.  I have somewhat used his recipe with minor changes.

Ingredients: 2 whole onions cut up
                   1 whole celery  cut up
                   3#  ground beef
                   3 cans of diced tomatoes
                   1 can of stewed tomatoes
                   1 can of tomato sauce
                   1 green pepper cut up
                   3 cans of red kidney beans
                   2 cans of spiced chili beans
                   1 stick of oleo
                   1 large kettle to cook it in

Cook:           Saute  all of the onions,  celery,  green pepper and one stick of oleo
                    sweeten the saute with enough sweetner to make onions tase like Geogia onions
                    Cover with enough water to prevent mix from burning.

                    Add the ground beef to the sauteed vegetables and cook until ground beef is brown in color

                    Add the tomatoes,  tomato sauce and the kidney & chili beans.

                    Cook until the celery is done and then let chili cool off on stove. 
                    Serve when ready--If you want noodles inside of chili, then cook them in a seperate kettle and
                    merge into chili as needed.

As a note:  My family loves this chili.  It does not have all of the pepper spices inside, but you can add whatever you want to your own bowl of chili.  Every so often, my wife will ask me to make a batch of this chili.  In this cold weather,  and if you have a sensitive stomach,  this chili is very good for you and it tastes good.


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