November 20, 2010

Communal-Living College Chili

Every Saturday my university dining room closes at 2:30 pm in what I think is an attempt to force my library lovin' peers to leave campus and get some food/a social life. This is actually awesome, because it justifies the extravagance of eating a meal out.

On some of these nights, though, my friends and I try to cook. This is more difficult than it might seem because I live in a dorm with a shared kitchen devoid of all cooking basics (flour, sugar, um, spoons?). Stocking an entire kitchen just to make one meal is expensive and time consuming. Thus, I've been trying to come up with tasty, hearty foods that can be cooked on the cheap in my rudimentary kitchen. Tonight, with much success, I made this chili:
Communal-Living College Chili Recipe
To be enjoyed with the single bowl and spoon you keep in your dorm. It's probably that same bowl from Target that everyone else has. (This isn't a joke; at least half of the people in my dorm, including myself, have this bowl and its coordinating plate.)


Ingredients:
2 tbs. "something greasy" (olive oil, canola oil, veggie oil, etc.)
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes (not drained)
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped (or equivalent amount of garlic powder)
3/4 large red onion, chopped
1 15 oz. can kidney beans (drained)
1 15 oz. can black beans (drained)
1 15 oz. can chick peas (drained)
1 15 oz. can corn (drained)
some salt
1/2 packet McCormick's chili seasoning

Heat your "something greasy" in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in your onion. Cook until onion is soft, then add garlic and celery. Cook a little more. Add salt.

Pour in can of tomatoes (this will make the mixture look gross and watery). Bring mixture to a boil. When celery begins to soften, pour in the rest of the ingredients. Continue to cook on high until your mixture looks less like soup and more like chili (water from tomatoes will evaporate). When most of the water has evaporated, turn down heat and simmer until mixture actually looks like chili.

Make one box of Jiffy corn muffin mix (follow the directions on the box). Optional toppings: sour cream and shredded cheddar.

I adapted this recipe from one that I found here. The best part about chili is that you can leave out anything that you don't like, and throw in things you already have. The entire meal (including chili, cornbread, cheese, and sour cream) fed four people and cost a total of $21 to make. Kitchen implements used in preparation: 1 bowl, 1 pot, 1 pan, 1 knife, 1 whisk (for stirring/serving, we didn't have any spoons...)
One of the most entertaining parts of college daily life is seeing how people adapt to living in weird, communal conditions with little spending money. I've seen doorstops made out of everything from duct taped beer cans to dog eared copies of Das Kapital. A friend of mine can produce a dozen or so dips from the contents of the meal-plan salad bar. It's interesting to me how living in identical 10'x12' boxes with limited resources leads to so much creativity....

55 comments:

  1. just an fyi about using garlic powder if anyone makes that choice: when dry, the flavor is diminished, so you need to mix it with the oil and let it sit for a couple minutes to reconstitute. you can just do this in your pot before you turn the heat on.

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  2. I saw your tweet and thought this post was going to be about feeding the hungry. That would've actually been something to get excited about.

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  3. I laughed at your point about everyone having the same bowls... there's 6 students in my flat, 4 of us bought the same Asda/Tesco (huge UK supermarkets) glasses. I love to read about other people's experiences on starting college, since I just started Uni in Scotland and I like to know how it differs in other places.

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  4. Try cooking a little ground beef in the pot after sauteing the onions. It adds a little more protein and makes it yummier too!

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  5. I wouldn't begrudge having to buy a good set of pots and pans when you think you won't need them. When I was in college I didn't think I needed them either, but junior year when we all *had* to live in apartments due to lack of room in the dorms, I had to get a few basics anyway to do my own cooking.. which I ended up doing rarely because I lacked the practical experience of cooking.

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  6. I have the coordinating red mug for your ceramic set that's currently sitting on my dorm room shelf. :)

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  7. This sounds too freaking awesome. I love vegetarian chili.

    My girlfriend goes to your school! I've told her to find and befriend you because I think your blog is awesome (I just followed the link from graphjam this morning but still) but she is notoriously bad at following directions so probably it won't happen.

    I love your insights on the teenage condition and what it means to be an adolescentin today's society. Riveting. I read three pages of back posts before I remembered I'm supposed to pose for my art major friend's photography project this afternoon and I need a shower because Quidditch had our Yule Ball yesterday so I'm all hairspray-y.

    Anyway, keep it on up. I think your writing is very mature and the issues you address are extremely relevant. I'm about to turn 21 at the end of this month so I don't know how much longer I qualify as "adolescent" but I'll probably still think it's an engaging blog, so nyah ageism.

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  8. It is funny to read how cooking your own dinner
    Universities in the Netherlands don't offer you the luxury of having a campus with facilities like dining halls. Faculties are usually clustered in a part of town or spread all over it, and student houses are privately owned. This means you'll have to cook for yourself, which has actually brought me some great cooking skills in the past two and a half years.
    Of course, it takes up time every evening, but you always get to eat what you want and it feels good to cook something really nice.

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  9. Correction of the comment above ^

    First sentence must read:
    It is funny to read how cooking your own dinner can be such a hassle.

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  10. just a reminder: you have a blog on your personal website... maybe this post would be better over there?

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  11. I don't really think it's appropriate to suggest what someone should and should not post on their own blog, no matter how politely.

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  12. One reason your dorm might not have the communal supplies is that they don't get taken care of very well-my dorm has issues with that. Alsoooo, the chili looks great!

    I've been nipping stuff from the dining halls in a tupperware container at times. I've managed to do a really good stir-fry with stuff from the salad bar and rice from whichever station has it that day.

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  13. If you're paying $21 to feed four people...you're doing it wrong. You should be able to achieve the same meal for less than $2 a person.

    -Another UofC First-Year

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  14. $21 is high but so are grocery stores in NYC.

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