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Fall into Chili & {Vita-Mix} Bread

I am about to share something with you that humbly, I don’t often tell people but I must admit I do find a great deal of pride & sentimental connection in the subject.  I am sharing it with all of you because although we may never meet, I believe the internet allows us to become fast friends & this detail helped make me who I am today.

My Grandfather invented the Vita-Mix & started Vita-Mix Corporation.

My Garandma & Grandpa
{this is my family’s favorite picture. They look so happy}

My Grandparents both came from humble beginnings.  They lived through the Great Depression & prided themselves on working hard, saving, & surviving.  They lived a simple life even as the company grew larger.  They had plenty of money but we were taught to be frugal, inventive, & well educated.  My Grandfather even built their log home with his own two hands.

He also built Vita-Mix, right next door in the same log cabin style.

They used to travel across the country selling the Vita-Mixes at trade shows while living in a camper.

They had six children  who went on to have many grandchildren & we are still having great grandchildren.

The Vita-Mix was a daily part of our lives.  They didn’t just sell them, they lived the healthy lifestyle they promoted.  I remember many meals spent around this very table, laughing with my Grandparents & family while eating homemade {completely} whole wheat bread & freshly ground applesauce or peanut butter.

We used to help my Grandparents grind the wheat, and make the bread all in the Vintage 3600 Machine.

{I have a very strong memory of helping them with the tap tap movement of the Vita-Mix

while the dough was in it’s ball stage}

I also remember helping pour in the peanuts for the peanut butter or the apples for the applesauce.

My Grandfather was an outgoing character with a ton of personality, he was always fun to be around.

My Grandmother was more quiet.

She was well educated & had an infectious, almost silly giggle that was always completely contagious.

My Grandma loved to garden

My mom holding a litter of puppies.


& they raised Dachshunds puppies.

All in all we are what I think is a very normal, strong, loving family & I feel blessed & honored to be a part of the legacy that two of the most wonderful people I know left behind.

Today I am sharing with you a Vita-Mix bread recipe & a crock-pot chili recipe.

My whole young life, wheat was ground & then made into bread all in the old metal 3600 Vita-Mix machine.

{I honesty believed while I was young, everyone did it that way}.

Although, I have included the Vita-Mix instructions, there are not very many of the old,

metal machines around anymore so I am also including a  recipe that has been altered for use in a Kitchen-aid.

The altered recipe is not my Grandmother’s bread recipe.  It is out of  an older Vita-Mix Cookbook

but it was actually created by my friend Katrina’s Mom Rose who used to be the Home Economist

for the Vita-Mix Test Kitchen developing recipes after my Grandmother retired.

Katrina, her Mom, & sisters.
{I absolutely adore the smiles on the younger two in the stroller
& the best part is, they still have just as cute of personalities today}.

Rose has ALWAYS been an amazing cook & she has developed some of the tastiest recipes.

Katrina shares her Mom’s cooking talents.

I have even seen her measure ingredients with her hands by sight as she states…

“Can I have a Tbsp?  Oh, no bother, my mom taught me to measure with my hands….”

I am also sharing with you my favorite chili recipe.

Another friend from Vita-Mix actually shared the recipe with me so,

not only is it fitting, it is yummy with the perfect mix of spice & taste.

Of course, true to form, the Cozy Cottage Girls couldn’t just do a recipe post, we had to create a tables-cape to go with it.

I’ve included some of the photographs here but if you would like to see even more of our

charming photo shoot, you can see those {here}.

Vita-Mix Bread {Doubled in a Kitchen-Aid}

Vita-Mix Bread {Doubled in a Kitchen-Aid} Recipe
Bread, Whole wheat, Vita-mix, White, Old, Vintage
   Serves 2 Loaves
  • 2Tbsp. active dry yeast {1 pkg}
  • 2-1/2 c. warm water
  • 2Tbsp. oil
  • 1/4 c. wheat gluten (can be omitted)
  • 5-6c. flour {or half whole wheat flour}
  • 2-3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3Tbsp. flax-seed if desired
  • 1, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two bread pans. Place yeast & water in a Kitchen Aide bowl. Rest for 2 minutes to allow yeast to foam. Add the oil.
  • 2. Add 4c. flour, the salt, & the sugar. Mix using the dough hook. Add more flour 1/2c. at a time as needed until dough reaches the desired consistency. Knead just until dough collect around dough hook in a ball.
  • 3. Shape dough into two loaves & place in greased bread pans. Allow dough to rise in a warm place until the sides of the dough come to the top of the pan, about 20-30 minutes. The dough should nearly double in size.
  • 4. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • Cook\\\'s Note: The gluten flour makes your bread stay spongy for days longer, like store bought bread. It also helps with the texture. It doesn\\\'t change the flavor. It also increases the protein content of your bread.
  • Recipe Created by Rose Wride

Favorite Chili

Favorite Chili Recipe
Hamburger, Chili, Tomatoes, Sausage, Beans, Autumn, Crock pot, Kidney, Stewed, Make-a-head
   Serves Serves 8
  • 1 lb. country sausage
  • 1 lb. ground beef,
  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 1 (28oz.) can diced, peeled tomatoes
  • 2 (16oz.) cans red chili beans
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1c water
  • Saute sausage, ground beef, onion, green pepper, & garlic in a heavy saucepan until browned. Stir to crumble sausage. Drain excess grease. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 1 to 11/2 hrs. or pour into a crock-pot for a longer simmer. Additional water may be added as needed.
  • Cook\'s Note: I usually double mine. It fills up a large crock-pot & leftovers reheat well.

Warm Homemade Applesauce

Warm Homemade Applesauce Recipe
Sauce, Apples, Warm, Mix, Applesauce, Vita, Blender
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Cut the apples into cubes with or without the peel. Boil in water until soft. place the softened apples into a Vita-Mix, blender, or Kitchen-aid. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

{Completely} Whole Wheat Bread {vintage Vita-Mix Recipe}

{Completely} Whole Wheat Bread {vintage Vita-Mix Recipe} Recipe
Vegetarian, Bread, Vegan, Low fat, Recipe, Wheat, Vita-mix, Old, Vintage, Snippets of design, Whole, Loaf, Diabetic friendly, Low sodium, Low cholesterol, Heart healthy, 3600
   Serves 1 loaf
  • 1 1/4 c. (300ml.) warm water
  • 1 pkg. (1 Tbsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (or two, optional)
  • 1 3/4 c. (350 g) whole kernel wheat or 2 1/2 (300 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. light olive or grapeseed oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 1. Combine yeast, honey and 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) warm water and set aside to proof, about 5 minutes.
  • 2. When starting with whole kernel wheat: Place wheat, and if desired, salt into the Vitamix dry blade container and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Grind wheat for 1 minute. (Do not over process) Stop the machine and allow the flour to cool for a few minutes.
  • 3. When starting with whole wheat flour: Place flour and, if desired, salt into the Vitamix dry or wet blade container and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 6. Blend until a hole forms in the center of the mixture, about 5 seconds. Remove the lid.
  • 4. Pour oil, lemon juice and yeast mixture into the hole in the flour. Replace the lid.
  • 5. To mix the dough, turn the machine on High for 1 second. Stop the machine. Remove lid.
  • 6. While the dough rests, lightly coat a loaf pan with vegetable cooking spray or shortening.
  • 7. To knead dough, two steps are required:
  • Step 1: Use a nylon spatula to scrape the sides of the container. Pull the dough away from the container sides and into the center of the mixture.
  • Step 2: With the switch in High, quickly turn the machine on and off five times.
  • 8. Repeat the above two-step process five times, or until the dough binds together in a soft elastic mixture.
  • 9. To remove the dough from the container, turn the machine on and off five times (to lift the dough up and away from the blades). Invert the container over the prepared pan and let the dough fall into the pan. Use a wet nylon spatula to remove any remaining dough.
  • 10. Use a wet (or oiled) nylon spatula to shape the loaf. Allow the dough to rise until the top of it reaches the top of the pan, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 11. Bake at 350F for 35 minutes. Makes one loaf.

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