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Old 02-23-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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Depression Era Cooking

I came across these youtube videos from Clara, a 93 year old cook. She makes all kinds of recipes that she had during the depression. She is so cute and the recipes are certainly budget friendly.
Here is one of her video's called the Poorman's Meal.

She has about 9 videos posted. I think she is great!


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Old 02-23-2009, 09:26 PM   #2
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I make something quite similar, no tomato sauce, and I use ham or leftover steak. To make it really good, scramble some eggs in with all of it.

I like a bit of ketchup on it when its done.

Potatoes are still a good bang for the buck. A 10lb bag of potatoes goes a long ways.

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Old 02-23-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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That was great!
Scary knife skills though.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for this. I brings to mind my own Gran. To her, a gourmet meal was lamb shank stew. To me, as a child, it was the ultimate comfort food. I'm not sure what my Mom's reaction was, but I always wanted my Gran's lamb shank stew for my birthday. I wish I still could have it--I've tried to duplicate it, but it's never quite right. As a result of the Depression, she would always count the cost of each plate. Even when she was in her nineties, she would tell me to the penny what the sandwich she made me cost!
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:31 AM   #5
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I loved this! Her knife techniques are the same as mine. I guess I learned that from my Mom who learned it from her Mom....I don't own a chopper. Everything is cut up in my hand by hand. I can prepare an entire meal and only have one knife to wash. I'm off to watch her other videos. Funny thing, we called my Grandma Nana too! Off to watch her other videos. thanks for posting.
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:41 AM   #6
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I watched a bunch of her videos last night. Her peppers and eggs is a good one and so is the bread one. Her stories are so cute. It is a good history lesson, plus recipes.
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:52 AM   #7
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I watched all of her videos also. She uses way too much salt and oil. But I noticed that she didn't use any salt in her bread??????
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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I enjoyed that. Thank you.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:19 PM   #9
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She's great, I really like her. Her videos remind me of another favorite of mine, I've posted it here: http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...-new-post.html
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:18 PM   #10
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"We survived." Loved that phrase and the little shrug she gave!! Words that we can all try to remember when things get tough and tougher. It is ugly out there for lots of folks. Be compassionate when you can.



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