No one can do it better than Clara - on Depression Era Cooking! Please if you have not viewed her video's, then you are missing a real TREAT! She's everyone's Nana.
I am blown away at how many of her recipes are ones my Mom made occasionally - Even CD says he remembers his own Mom, cooking that way to save money. Both our Moms, having lived through the depression. I also believe, those who lived through it, never left it behind. It became a part of them. I know my folks used to stock pile certain things. One item in particular was funny - toilet paper. I don't know if it was rare or hard to find during the depression but I am positive the only real reason they got a Costco card, was so they could buy toilet paper in bulk. Then they stored it in a back bedroom. They took it a step higher and also stock piled paper towels.(God rest their sweet souls)
Both my folks were children in the depression - born in 32 and 34 - but boy times were hard enough, that they could still remember back to when they were 4 and sometimes 3. Plus the war years were not easy either. They could not waste a thing - they all needed to do their part for the war effort. I know my dad lived on a farm in Eastern Tennessee and worked the coal mines with his father- so they lived a little better than my Mom did, who was a "city girl" in Dayton, Ohio. Grandma (a single mom) did factory work and at times it was literally feast to famine. Grandma would get paid on a Friday - and since she was not good at managing her money, spend it all on a steak some potatoes, and a few other things and they would eat real good for 2-3 nights. Then starve till next pay day! Whereas my dad's family always had meat, and veggies - and they had a home. Never mind, the fact that my dad had to wear lard buckets on his feet as shoes...
|Dad standing on his horse|