Posts Tagged ‘depression era cooking’

Depression Era Cooking Revisited – Real Frugal Challenge

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The homemakers during WWI and The Great Depression didn’t just WANT to cook frugal meals; they HAD to cook frugal meals.  Oftentimes, it wasn’t a matter of a tight budget, it was a matter of limited food supplies.

A year ago, we did a short series of Depression Era Recipes that sparked a lot of discussion.  The recipes are very interesting and the videos are heartwarming and informative, much to the credit of  Clara Cannucciari and her recounting of cooking and living during those times.

Click on the picture here to take a look at Clara’s incredible cookbook,  Clara’s Kitchen.Clara's Kitchen

Then, please take a moment to revisit the following videos and recipes and see if you can find something useful for your own family’s frugal meals.

Peas and Pasta – Frugal Recipes From The Great Depression

Egg Soup – Frugal Recipes From The Great Depression

Poorman’s Meal – Frugal Recipes From The Great Depression

Peppers and Eggs – Frugal Recipes From The Great Depression

Simple Bread – Frugal Recipes From The Great Depression

Cooked Bread – Frugal Recipes From The Great Depression

Cook Some Depression Era Meals – Frugal Challenge Monday

Frugal Recipes From World War I

Vinegar Cobbler – Depression Era Recipe

Here’s one more video from Depression Era Cooking that I thought families with kids would especially like because it’s PIZZA. Enjoy!

p.s.  If you haven’t already, be sure to click on Clara’s cookbook, Clara’s Kitchen, as the stories she tells and the wisdom she shares alone are worth the read.  This is NOT just another cookbook.

p.p.s.  Clara dvdAnd, if you just can’t get enough of Clara’s great videos, click on the picture you see here to enjoy the entire collection from Season 1 of Great Depression Cooking With Clara on DVD.

p.p.s. All these videos played as of time of posting, but if any are taken down, I apologize.

Depression Era Cooking Once Again – Frugal Challenge

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Cast Iron Pans websizeMaybe it’s because kids are back in school, or maybe it’s just the change of seasons peeking out from deep in the woods, but I’m feeling nostalgic these days, whatever the reason.  Putting your youngster on the school bus once again is always cause to stop and reflect.

Folks I know are all looking in the rear view mirror these days.  Frugal living tips often are pulled from our ancestor’s experiences and are the topic of increasingly robust debates in all corners of the world.  What may be one person’s most trusted frugal idea, can be another person’s most vehemently opposed idea to save money.  No matter what the answer is for saving the most money and resources, the debate will rage on and it is a good thing, indeed.

One topic that gets a lot of discussion is saving money on food.  Earlier in the year I raised the issue of cooking like our grandmothers and mothers did during the Depression Era.  When I look back on some of the discussions, I realize that we all have the same desire – to cook good, frugal meals that our families will enjoy.  Take a look at some of our discussions and great family recipes that our readers were willing to share by clicking here.

The issue of frugal cooking seems to resonate with many folks.  Once again, we’re trying to dig our way out of a depressed economy.  We’re all counting our food dollars and trying to make every penny stretch just a little further, while keeping our families’ tummies full.

I’ll share one of my family’s Depression Era recipes with you that I’ve enjoyed.  After you read through this recipe, click here to re-visit the Depression Era Cooking discussion that we held earlier this year.  There are a lot of great ideas, very user-friendly recipes, and even a question or two about healthy-versus-frugal ingredients.  I hope you can find a few recipes to use in your own frugal kitchens.

Plentiful Zucchini Cheese Hot Dish

  • 6 or 7 medium sized zucchini
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green pepper (if you have it)
  • oil enough to fry vegetables
  • 2 or 3 medium sized tomatoes (or use some canned)
  • 1/2 teaspoon or so of salt
  • 6 or so slices of stale bread, cut in cubes
  • a little more oil
  • 1/2 cup or more grated cheese (if you have it)
  • a little butter if you have it

Use what you can out of your garden. Fry up the zucchini, onion, and green pepper in oil until vegetables are softened a little.  Add the tomatoes and salt, then pour the mixture in baking pan for the oven.  Throw the bread cubes in the hot skillet that the vegetables were in and brown them, adding more oil if you have to.  Put the bread cubes on top of the vegetables in the baking pan.  If you have cheese, grate it for a topping.  If you have butter, a few pats on top is nice.  Put the dish in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour or until everything is hot and cooked.

This recipe was handwritten on a slip of paper in one of the old cookbooks I inherited from family members years ago.  You can see that the idea is to use what you have and stretch the meal with stale bread.  Cheese may have been a luxury by the looks of the instructions.  And, as we all know if we’ve planted zucchini, that is one crop that gives and gives and gives.  The more zucchini recipes you have on hand, the better off you and your budget will be!

Please take the time to look around the other Depression Era discussions we had, watch the video, and see if you can find something that can help you deal with the challenges that face your family’s budget today.