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Old 12-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #51
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Good smell towns? Ever been to Gilmore, CA? Really, when I was there, the entire town smelled of garlic. And I know Dole has shut down their pineapple operations outside of Honolulu, but I used to love driving through when they were in operations and the entire part of town had the aroma of pineapple upside down cake!
And if you happen to be walking in that part of town when it would start to sun shower, you would get pineapple juice rain on you. Left you sticky all over. Also, the acid in that juice would land on your car and if you didn't keep the car washed off regulary, the acid would do a number on your paint job.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #52
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Thank you toots!

What a sweet lady and I love the storytelling.

Mom is 85 now and still makes a version of the poor mans meal.

Potatoes, onions, kielbasa, red peppers and sauerkraut with caraway seeds, salt and black pepper.

I squirt a bit of good mustard on the edge of the plate and dip each bite.

I just ate! Why am I hungry all of a sudden?
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:56 PM   #53
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Good smell towns? Ever been to Gilmore, CA?
I lived in San Jose for several years. When the wind and time of year were right we could smell the garlic.

It made me hungry every time.

Went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

http://gilroygarlicfestival.com/

What a treat! Garlic peanut brittle? You bet!
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:59 PM   #54
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My Mom used to make what she called depression cookies. I don't know the recipe, all I know is that they were based on a package of butterscotch pudding mix which was used when there wasn't enough sugar. They were really delicious. Apparently my Grandma used to make them as a treat whenever she could buy a pudding mix. I wish I had the recipe. I saw one once a few years ago but it called for instant pudding...they didn't have any in the depression era and I tried using cooked pudding but it didn't turn out.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #55
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And if you happen to be walking in that part of town when it would start to sun shower, you would get pineapple juice rain on you. Left you sticky all over. Also, the acid in that juice would land on your car and if you didn't keep the car washed off regulary, the acid would do a number on your paint job.
Oh how funny. My husband worked at the Dole cannery for a summer job when he was young. He says he still gets nauseous when he smells cooking pineapple. I've had to delete it from my holiday ham. I think it might smell delicious for about a week or two.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:02 AM   #56
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i've just read through the entire thread and i can't believe people have actually mentioned bad knife skills and too much oil or salt. gimme a break.

when you've survived a depression, a few wars, some police actions, and a few recessions and have made it to 93 years old to be on youtube by your grandkids, you can complain about her knife skills or way of cooking.

i'm going to make a poor man's dinner this week in her honour.

i'll have to ask my parents if they've eaten something similar since they were born in the mid 1920's.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:39 AM   #57
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This is a simple little cake recipe that got its start during the great depression.

It is great to mix up during a blizzard or day before payday when you are low on milk and eggs.

Depression Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa powder
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup water
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together by hand. Add all the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour into an 88 pan that has been greased and dusted with cocoa powder.
Bake for 30 minutes until done. Allow to completely cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost as desired.



I've been told that this cake is even better if eaten the next day but, I will probably never know!
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:57 AM   #58
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Aunt bea - your cake is what I grew up with only it was called Wacky cake. It was a very moist cake.

The lady in the videos Clara lives in Skaneatles, NY - which is approx 6 mi from where I live, She is a doll and made news all over our area.
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Aunt bea - your cake is what I grew up with only it was called Wacky cake. It was a very moist cake.

The lady in the videos Clara lives in Skaneatles, NY - which is approx 6 mi from where I live, She is a doll and made news all over our area.

This cake has many names. It is so good that each generation seems to rediscover it.

I am a big fan of Clara! I really enjoy her cookbook. It is a collection of stories and recipes that are covered in the videos.

I have collected recipes from the great depression as a hobby and it is interesting how some of the inexpensive meals they enjoyed have become prohibitively expensive.

I sometimes wonder what our own depression style meals might look like.

Ramen noodles and Cap'n Crunch!
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I remember a cake my grandmother used to make called a hot milk cake. Don't know if it was a "Depression Era" thing or not as she was born in 1893. My mom was 39 when I was born. I really liked that cake, but since my mom was not a good cook, she didn't keep the recipe after granny passed.
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