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Old 09-08-2012, 09:38 AM   #111
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I remember my ,mother telling me to never pay more than fifty cents a pound for meat. She would tell me that we could wait until it went on sale.
You've got a looong memory. We were paying 59 cents per pound for ground chuck in the early 1950s. During the era of WW2 rationing, it was also pretty expensive, particularly if your butcher had his thumb on the scale .
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:53 AM   #112
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You've got a looong memory. We were paying 59 cents per pound for ground chuck in the early 1950s. During the era of WW2 rationing, it was also pretty expensive, particularly if your butcher had his thumb on the scale .
I am fast approaching 74. I do remember the rationing during the war. The red and blue token and the book of stamps. In the summer we used to bring home clams that we dug up at the beach. We knew we would be having them for supper. Sometimes after a storm, we would rush to get to the beach and pick up lobsters that got washed ashore. Today, I am sick of lobsters. You can have mine. My second husband used to bring them home all the time. That is one food I never considered a luxury.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:34 AM   #113
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I should add my dad was an avid hunter--we ate a lot of venison, wild duck, partridge, and goose. We also did a lot of fishing--ate a lot of walleye. What I wouldn't give to have access to those meats today! We also ate a lot of wild rice because my dad would go to the reservation and buy it in these big burlap sacks of wild rice. A friend also had a license, so we'd go out and harvest wild rice when I was in high school. We picked wild blueberries, grapes, asparagus, milk weed, cattail shoots and tapped our maple trees. In hindsight, we were fortunate--my parents were able to make a decent living and we always had food, especially when they owned the restaurant. I took skating and piano lessons, golfed, and was able to ski. My brothers played hockey, golf, x-c track. I was an exchange student in Germany. I also had my own car (which I bought--I worked at the restaurant and other places from the time I was 14). It wasn't just any car--it was a '67 MGB Roadster. My brothers had domestic cars--a Dodge Colt and a Buick, but I had the cute 2-seater!

My dad was in Hawaii for my 16th b'day. I invited 10-12 of my closest friends to celebrate it at the restaurant. My dad sent a lovely bouquet of flowers from Hawaii and we had shrimp and other goodies. The pastry chef made a lovely cake. Quite the nice sweet 16 b'day.

In the summer, we also had a big garden. No chickens though! Is it any wonder I am into self-sufficiency when it comes to producing food? My brother keeps trying to get me get rid of the chickens--no way! They are a food source (eggs).
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Get rid of the chickens? Has he goone mad? There would be no Chickem Chronicals.
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My father was a truck driver hauling fresh produce from field to cooler to prepare for shipping. Thinking back it was amazing how many full crates of vegetables bounced off that truck and were not suitable for the market. We often had a pile of corn for supper, potato soup, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, asparagus, artichokes. I'm still perfectly happy with a supper of a mountain of asparagus or artichokes. It worked well too since my mother was vegetarian.
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Get rid of the chickens? Has he goone mad? There would be no Chickem Chronicals.
The girls are staying! I could not live with my brother, however. He likes the eggs, just thinks that I might be too attached to the girls--nay--can't be.
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The girls are staying! I could not live with my brother, however. He likes the eggs, just thinks that I might be too attached to the girls--nay--can't be.
He just doesn't understand family love. The girls are part of the family. They are the family.
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Daddy was a military sergeant with a wife and four kids. Mom sure could make a dollar go where most would need $5. Ever hear of stuffed hot dogs? She could make almost any dish out of ground beef. Chicken was inexpensive in those days, but was still mostly a Sunday dish, made every way you can imagine it. But her biggest "budget stretcher" was "New England Boiled Dinner", which I only learned decades later was made by her sisters with a ham. A ham? Mom made it with a couple of beef stew bones, and we loved it!
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Daddy was a military sergeant with a wife and four kids. Mom sure could make a dollar go where most would need $5. Ever hear of stuffed hot dogs? She could make almost any dish out of ground beef. Chicken was inexpensive in those days, but was still mostly a Sunday dish, made every way you can imagine it. But her biggest "budget stretcher" was "New England Boiled Dinner", which I only learned decades later was made by her sisters with a ham. A ham? Mom made it with a couple of beef stew bones, and we loved it!
Throw enough veggies in the pot and you could feed a family of ten. Ask what's for dinner. Get a reply of 'smoked shoulder.' You know it is a New England boiled dinner.
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Haven't had boiled dinner for ages. Mom used to make it a few times during the winter and family would just happen to show up!

My mom always used the smoked shoulder (ham) and dad always made a hash out of the leftovers the next day.

I hear that some use corned beef, but we never had it that way.
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