Learn To Make Depression Era Recipes With 93-Year-Old Clara

Clara was born in 1915 and grew up in Chicago during the Great Depression. Now she’s on YouTube teaching a new generation how to make the simple, inexpensive food that her family used to eat during those hard times. Clara is so awesome!

Great Depression Cooking with Clara [via BuzzFeed]

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  1. Yan Grinshteyn says:

    I was born in Ukraine and I must say, the poor mans meal during the depression was the meal of kings during my childhood.

    But still seriously awesome video.

  2. Yoko Broke Up The Beatles says:

    I thought the only place for the elderly on YouTube was covering The Who’s “My Generation”?

  3. mac-phisto says:

    where’s the “bathtub gin” episode???

  4. Mooshie says:

    Today’s poor man’s meal is a cup of ramen. It is also the lazy man’s meal.

  5. AceEdit says:

    Clara, you’re a treasure. Thanks for sharing!

  6. YardanCabaret says:

    Throw an egg in there and you’ve got a breakfast scramble. BAM all three meals of the day in one pan.

    • Cafezinha says:

      @YardanCabaret: Hell, you could order something like that at Denny’s (maybe with ham instead of wieners, though) and they’d charge you 7-8 bucks a plate for it.

      Now you can make it at home instead! :)

    • m4ximusprim3 says:

      @YardanCabaret: Sorry, you can’t say BAM due to contractual limitations with another famous food personality. You’ll have to pick a different exclamation.

    • Joyce Godsey says:

      @YardanCabaret: frying pan triple play? how abour turn any 3 ingredients into 3 different meals using only a frying pan. take THAT food network. I choose potatos, eggs, and onions.

      • wardawg says:

        @Joyce Godsey: Actually with a bit of salt that wouldn’t be too bad. It’s like Iron Recession Chef, go to the store and buy one ingredient, whatever is on sale, then go home and try and make a meal with that and whatever you have in your house.

        I’ve been playing Iron Student Chef for the last few years, what can YOU make with two eggplants, a hot dot, and a package of burrito mix?

  7. medfordite says:

    What she made reminds me of what I call “Hash”. Nothing more than ground beef and potatoes cut the way she did. Fried in oil and very tasty. Not healthy, but good and fairly cheap.

    Agreed on Raman or Mac and Cheese. :)

  8. khiltd says:

    Bring back Horn & Hardart

  9. hi says:

    eat cardboard

    • drjayphd says:

      @hi: This is a bunch a’ crap! I’ve been licking this carpet for three hours and I still don’t feel like a lesbian!

  10. Cafezinha says:

    “I had to quit high school because we couldn’t afford socks…we couldn’t afford anything to wear.”

    History books don’t really make you think about individual people’s stories like this. My family is adjusting our habits to work with the current economy, but we are nowhere near not being able to send my daughters to school because they have no clothes that fit.

    I like hot dogs and potatoes. I might make that poorman’s meal tonight for supper. :)

    • madanthony says:

      @Cafezinha:

      as much as we complain about imports from China and other countries, they have made buy clothing very cheap, to the point that it’s unusual for someone to do without clothing.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @Cafezinha: Scalloped potatoes are also cheap and nutritious.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      @Cafezinha: If the fashion of today’s teenage girls is any evidence, compared to the 1920’s today’s clothes consists of much less raw material.

      And might make them more popular.

      I’m an perverted man who was clearly born a good 15 years ahead of his time.

    • JamieSueAustin says:

      @Cafezinha: There’s also a big difference in cultural expectations/dress code. In Clara’s day a person wasn’t allowed to go to school without wearing socks (not to mention having a proper dress, shoes, and styled hair.) Now, no one would even notice if a student came in without socks.

      My next door neighbor used to tell me about getting suspended for leaving her bangs bobby pinned down after showering in the gym because it indicated that she was not “fully dressed.”

      One of my best (older) friend often tells me about not being able to do her final exam because she walked to school during a snow storm wearing *GASP* pants. She was not properly dressed for testing and had to go back.

  11. rpm773 says:

    Ugh! Her kitchen looks like it’s 91 years old, too!

    She should take out an interest only, adjustable rate home equity loan and update that kitchen with cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

  12. hi says:

    eat cardboard with MSG added it’s delicious!

  13. AcceptingTheAward_GitEmSteveDave says:

    When I was a boy, I used to go down to the rail yard and make obscene gestures at the engineer till he would throw pieces of coal at me, so we would have stuff to burn in the stove. But kids today. Bah!

  14. Cafezinha says:

    Oh p.s., editors…she says she’s 91, but your headline says 93.

  15. lockdog says:

    I’m still waiting for the 50 pound sack of potatoes to return to the grocery stores around here. Growing up I always remember us having a sack in the garage near the back kitchen door. They were cheap, and with four kids you could count on potatoes in every meal. Nowadays I’m lucky to find anything bigger than a 10lb bag, and even those are sort of rare. I wouldn’t be surprised to see their return by the end of the spring crop as more and more people are shopping on a budget.

  16. KyleOrton says:

    This makes me sick. Do your civic duty and buy frozen Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches for the morning, eat Subway for lunch and go to Outback Steakhouse for dinner. If you buy food that’s not advertised, you’re just killing the economy.

    This kind of thinking builds a work ethic and that’s worth jack if there are no jobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      @KyleOrton:
      Perhaps its that sort of lazy, non-self-reliant attitude that has raised this country to be so dependent on junk food and everything else the media has to sell us. During the great depression families were more self-sufficient, with a much greater percentage than today sewing and mending their own clothing, and growing, and yes cooking their own food. I find it interesting that you would prefer to live in this fluttering, consumerist economy that is clearly crumbling due to lack of genuine foundation.

    • howie_in_az says:

      @KyleOrton: FYI those Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage sandwiches are more addictive than black tar heroin. I’ve been a vegetarian for three years and every time I see those packages of deliciousness in the grocery store freezer aisle I still debate buying several of them.

  17. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    This obviously isn’t absolutely dirt cheap, but really, really good gumbo can be made for about $30 (or less depending on what deals you catch, what ingredients you exempt and how much you make) and can feed anywhere from one person to 10 people, and can last for weeks and weeks if you’re freezing it. Rotisserie chickens that are baked fresh are awesome, especially if you get them on sale (one of my local grocery stores puts them on sale on Sundays), and a pound of andouille, some bell peppers, spices, chicken broth…amazing.

    The cost seems big at first, but $30 to feed two people for weeks? I made it several weeks ago, and there’s still a little left over in the freezer.

    • 8minutemiles says:

      @pecan 3.14159265: MMMMMMM…gumbo. I can concur with this.

      /from SE Louisana

    • aloe vera says:

      @pecan 3.14159265: Happy Mardi Gras! (tomorrow)

    • Melatonin says:

      @pecan 3.14159265: Yes but how many meals of gumbo can a person take before they’re sick of it. Not many. Bulk cooking is good but only if you have the money to outlay up front and the freezer space (and appropriate containers) to handle the whole process.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        @Melatonin: I have a regular fridge (the kind that has the freezer at the top and the fridge part at the bottom) and the bottom door shelf can hold about 10 servings of Gumbo (you just have to make the rice fresh). And that was after we had eaten most of the frozen stuff (which was stored in one large tupperware container that took up half the bottom shelf of the freezer).

        Since there’s only two of us, we don’t get through it as fast, but it can be done even if there aren’t very many of you. And because you’re freezing it, it’s not like it goes bad. Just don’t stretch it out for more than two months. And don’t forget it’s there. And it’s $30 in groceries, which is mostly fresh veggies and chicken….canned items would surely be cheaper, if you wanted to use those instead. And substitute the Hillshire Farms cooked polish sausage (sometimes $2 a pack) instead of the $6 andouille would be fine too.

        As far as appropriate containers…my parents started ordering containers from restaurant supply stores. You know, the plastic Chinese food takeout ones. They’re cheap, they come in bulk, and you won’t miss them if you have to throw them out. And they’re dishwasher friendly.

      • femmesavante says:

        @Melatonin: SACRILEGE! You’re never ever sick of gumbo!

      • magstheaxe says:

        @Melatonin: “Yes but how many meals of gumbo can a person take before they’re sick of it. Not many.”

        You’d be surprised how many meals a person can take when their only other option is to NOT EAT AT ALL….

    • David Brodbeck says:

      @pecan 3.14159265: Beans and rice is another cheap and tasty food.

  18. suburbancowboy says:

    She shoulda killed that lady that was going into her garden, and then made hot dogs out of her corpse. That woulda learned her.

    That’s a real poor man’s meal. Kill anyone who crosses ya, and then ya eat em.

  19. JulesNoctambule says:

    Several friends of mine have approached me for cooking lessons since their take-home pay is not longer covering as much take-away food as it once did. It saddened me when one of them was astonished by the idea that macaroni and cheese didn’t have to come out of a box marked ‘Kraft’.

  20. internal says:

    Looks like those are cheesy hot dogs – not the cheap kind. LIARS!

  21. consumerd says:

    My dad used to make potatoes and onions all the time. Now I have an idea where he got it from. my dad was born in 1948. His parents were always broke, I kept wondering where dad got some of his cooking ideas from. Now watching this lady I know where.

    Although I have to admit she is a good cook for her age and knows about depression cooking. She is right potatoes are cheap and can be grown just about anywhere. My dad planted many rows of potatoes and frankly a potato was never a wasted product. Even if it rotted it grew sprouts you planted and used for next year’s harvest if necessary.

    • Vanilla5 says:

      @consumerdave: I hear ya on the no potato wasting.

      My folks are big on potatoes & onions (great-grandma, born in 1908, specialized in them). Add some eggs with it and I could go for that any day of the week.

      I do like the potatoes a little burned around the edges too. :)

    • Con Seannery gives up on subtlety, BAN FACEBOOKERS! says:

      @consumerdave: Rotting potatoes can damage the soil…

  22. Bladefist says:

    Look, fine, good video great. But this ‘depression’ scare we are making is a bit out of control, and worse, only hurts the economy.

    The fact that we compare today to the great depression is an insult to anyone who lived through that period. Are we all homeless, living in a tent? Where are all the hoover villes?

    I think a lot of people want a depression. They want people to pay. They want an excuse for why their life isn’t going as dreamed.

    Careful what you wish for.

    • David Brodbeck says:

      @Bladefist: There won’t be any Hoovervilles this time. We can all just squat in foreclosed McMansions. ;)

    • orlo says:

      @Bladefist: Standard of living has increased in last 70 years, so we can be doing quite badly financially and still seem wealthier than people in the 30s. Anyway, try setting up a tent someplace. Then try to get a job as a day-laborer building roads. I bet you fare worse than during the Depression.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      @Bladefist: Just because we’re not all living in tents doesn’t mean we can’t learn anything from someone who lived through the Great Depression.

      “Let me show you how to make a Poor Man’s Meal” != “OMG, IT’S A DEPRESSION!!! EVERYONE PANIC!!1!1ELEVENTY!1″

      • ZekeSulastin says:

        @Rectilinear Propagation: No, but it falls as part of the cumulative effect, ergo lumping it into a given category of news due to its timing and effect.

        And he DOES have a point – there is no place to be comparing this to the Great Depression.

  23. FlyersFan says:

    I hope Clara remembered to turn the stove off when she was done cooking.

  24. HogwartsAlum says:

    Oh cool! I can’t wait to get home and watch this. (No speakers and evil bosses at work.)

    I love to go to the flea market and look for those really old pamphlet-style cookbooks. I have one from the 1920s and a couple from the 1940s. It’s interesting to see the recipes from that time, when people ate lard and stuff like that. I have a Gold Medal Flour cookbook from 1910 too, but they wrote recipes (called “receipts”) differently then, so they are hard to figure out sometimes.

    Like this:
    Huckleberry Tea Cake – Two cups of sour milk, half a cup of white sugar, one egg, teaspoonful of soda, teaspoonful of salt, flour enough to make it a stiff dough. Beat it well and fill with berries. To be eaten hot with butter. If made with sweet milk, use baking powder instead of soda. ([www.victorianpride.com])

    They cooked on wood and coal stoves so there are no temperature measurements or anything. The older the receipt, the luckier you are if there are measurements at all. I swear, I had to read the cookbook four times before I figured out what “forcemeat” was.

  25. unobservant says:

    If you have half a head of garlic, four cups of onions, four cups of potatoes, a package of frozen spinach, a pinch of salt, six cups of water, a stock pot and a blender, you’ll have almost three litres of insanely nutritious soup in an hour that’ll last you until the cows come home (and they’ll come home because you didn’t threaten to eat them).

    I’m all for economizing but, after my dad worked in a hot dog factory, I’d touch them with a ten-foot pole only if I wer absolutely starving.

  26. pb5000 says:

    Clara is awesome!

  27. windycity says:

    I grew up in a farming family and the 80’s were some tough times. I will never forget the one pot meal that my mom fixed 5 days out of 7 consisting of rice, hamburger, canned mushrooms and gravy made from the fried hamburger that held it all together. The taste and texture of that dish still haunts me.

  28. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    Consumerist, you gotta plug the More with Less Cookbook!

    I swear, I spend so much time pimping this book the Mennonites should pay me royalties. [www.amazon.com]

    Simple, healthy, hearty cooking … and inexpensive. Meat mostly used as a flavoring/add-on.

    There are two companion books — Extending the Table, which is the same idea but world cooking, I have learned to make a mean curry!, and Simply in Season which focuses on “wtf do I do with three heads of cabbage?” for locavores and gardeners. :)

    • Farquar says:

      @Eyebrows McGee:

      I’m looking it up.. because I like Eyebrows McGee.

    • B1663R says:

      @Eyebrows McGee: you being a mom and all with kids how do they like it?

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @B1663R: Technically I’m not a mom until the end of May. :) But we’ve fed plenty of the food to other people’s kids, and we’ve never had a problem (except this one kid who would only eat hot dogs and cheerios, but you can’t fight that). It’s not, like, grown-up-only food or thin-tasting vegetarian food … it’s hearty, tasty, normal food. One of the vegan dishes we’re always serving to our omnivore friends and they never believe me it’s vegan. :D

        @Farquar: awwwww.

    • FCL says:

      @Eyebrows McGee: Yes, yes, HELL YES. I was just going to post about this. I got MWL from my in-laws at Christmas this past year. I’m making Vietnam Fried Rice RIGHT NOW.

      As for kids enjoying the recipes: I have three children, from 12 months to seven years. My middle child hates everything but, like, “cheez” and other such processed junk, but has been very open to most of what I’ve made from the cookbook. She will probably be very excited by the fried rice this evening. That’s usually a big hit.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @Fried Chicken Little: “I’m making Vietnam Fried Rice RIGHT NOW.”

        OMG, BEST RECIPE EVER. There’s only two of us and this never makes it to leftovers!

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @Fried Chicken Little: BTW, if you don’t have “Extending the Table,” you will like that a lot. Simply in Season isn’t quite as good as a cookbook-qua-cookbook, since it focuses more on single-ingredient dishes, but “Extending” is fantastic. The pilakhi on page 172 is my favorite! (And, yes, I know the page # w/o looking.)

  29. krispykrink says:

    I’m partial to “shit on a shingle” myself…

    • fatcop says:

      @krispykrink: I’m laying in bed, and you just HAD to bring up sos?

      My grandfather was a cook in the navy. He cooked SOS every day onboard for breakfast for the sailors. When he came back to civillian life after WWII, he cooked once a year and it was always SOS.

      Now I’m hungry.

      • ShortBus says:

        @fatcop: That was my father’s specialty as well. Actually it was one of the few things he ever made in the kitchen. Must be a navy thing. I personally hated it as a kid and don’t think I’d even try it as an adult now.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      @krispykrink: Mmmmm, SOS.

      Not so fond of what that actually stands for but still…

  30. BeFrugalNotCheap says:

    Clara is adorable. God bless her.

  31. Joyce Godsey says:

    she’s my new hero. my grandmother taught me all those recipes too.

  32. FuryOfFirestorm says:

    Where’s the recipe for boiled shoe and newspaper slaw?

  33. Keter says:

    The way she cuts stuff scares me.

    I have had the same problem with people stealing out of my garden. I would have called the cops – not only was that woman trespassing, she was stealing. What unmitigated gall!

    I’m a little concerned that those meals aren’t very nutritious. One can cook frugally and still maintain good nutrition, particularly if one has a garden. The “pannacotta” recipe she made could be made with milk, for example, and can be used as a base for leftovers. Or made into a dessert – omit the salt, top with whatever fruit is in season or rehydrated dried fruit (even raisins) and some cinnamon and sugar, maybe a little lemon juice. Potatoes and onions can host spinach or other greens. And beans! Beans are a staple for the frugal diet.

  34. Hoss says:

    Gawd, how’d she keep all ten fingers with that kind of knife handling?

    • Sam I Am says:

      @Hoss: My grandma used to cut things the same way. She was born in 1920, just a short time after our friend Clara here, so maybe that’s how they did things in the day. I was always afraid my grandma was going to pull through a potato and right through her thumb but thankfully she never did.

  35. beckalina says:

    I grew up eating dinner with my grandparents, both of whom were raised in farming families in the 30s (and raised six kids themselves). Two of the more frequent meals were cabbage and noodles, and noodles with cottage cheese. Meat was definitely a once in awhile thing.

  36. savdavid says:

    “One plate Bush-Cheney Legacy Special, hold the mayo!”

  37. howie_in_az says:

    So wait, she wants us to buy a DVD of Depression-era cooking classes?

  38. Juliekins says:

    Aww, this makes me so happy. It reminds me of my grandparents. They still cook fried potatoes and onions (no hotdogs) pretty frequently. Their families farmed through the Great Depression, and I think everything my granddad ate was grown and/or made on the farm. They even made their own soap.

    My grandparents have e-mail these days. I’ve sent this to them, they’ll get a kick out of it.

  39. AllenK says:

    What a cool lady Clara is! She reminds me of my grandma a whole bunch! She just turned 90 on the 13th,and is in remarkable shape. She can COOK too.

    My grandmother will tell you that they never knew there was a “Great Depression.” Most folks around here didn’t have much to start with.

    Hopefully things won’t get that bad again.

  40. richcreamerybutter says:

    I’ve always wanted to put my Grandma’s Depression cooking on Youtube, but proximity is a problem. :(

    Often the “Depression edits” of some recipes ended up becoming the standard for grandkids (as in this case).

    Julia Child’s potato and leek soup recipe is a delicious, cheap meal (even without adding the optional cream):

    [www.starchefs.com]

  41. BytheSea says:

    Bear in mind that this isn’t the new cheap diet, yall. People in 1930s got several times as much exercise as us and suffered far worse vitamin deficiency.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      @BytheSea: Yeah, potatoes and hot dogs are not the best thing for you by far – but consider if you have a hard working job you can get by on a pan of this stuff for several meals on the cheap, and not have to worry about your calories!

  42. fatcop says:

    I’d hit it.

  43. Wasabe says:

    Puhtaytuh, puhtaytuh, puhtaytuh, puhtaytuh….Stop saying puhtaytuh!

  44. Anonymous says:

    I realize that Clara didn’t have a microwave in 1932, but she probably has one now, and pre-cooking those taters for a minute or two will greatly reduce both the amount of electricity you need to fry them and the amount of oil you use. Also, hotdogs are yucky. Also also, her dinner guests are cute. That is all.

  45. MrFrankenstein says:

    Rule of thumb is its easy to get and eat enough food, and do it very cheaply. The rest of the world has been doing it for a long time, now it might finally be America’s turn again.

    Forget about buying processed ‘anything.’

    Learn to cook. I repeat: learn to cook. That doesn’t mean learn to ‘open a can’ or ‘mix a packet of garbage with water/egg’.

    If you have access to vegetables, especially onions (as one of the base building blocks for most meals) flour, oil, sugar and yeast – you can eat very well, including making your own soups, breads and just about anything else.

    ‘Cheap food’ doesn’t have to mean surviving on grease-laden stodgy stuff that’ll kill you over time.

    Its clearly a question of ‘education’ in this country – or rather the lack of it. People seem to think that eating healthily and well requires a lot of money. It doesn’t. (Go speak to any East Europeans – or Indians, for that matter.)

    It just requires an understanding of nutrition, and an ability to cook.

    Given the current obesity rates – 66% – I think the population of the US can afford to skip a few meals anyway, and downgrade their piggy urges, and be forced into eating saner foods, and experience a little crimping of their desires.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Its clearly a question of ‘education’ in this country – or rather the lack of it.

      @MrFrankenstein: And time, don’t forget time.

      Skipping meals probably isn’t going to make anyone lose weight.

      • Ninjanice says:

        @Rectilinear Propagation: It really doesn’t take any more time to make a decent meal from scratch if you’re organized. I buy everything I need for the week and do all the prep work ahead of time. It may take an hour or two to prep everything, but it saves a ton of time during the week. I can make a much healthier, cheaper, more delicious meal in less time than it takes to order carry out and go pick it up.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      @MrFrankenstein: Agreed! I went to the cheapo grocery store the other day, stayed around the outside, and got about 2 weeks worth of veggies (fresh & frozen) a bottle of oil, avocados, tomatoes, onions, celery, and 3 bags of frozen veg for $13!!!!!

      Mix that with some lentils I have at home, beans, fish, whatever – and I’ll eat like a king for weeks.

  46. battra92 says:

    Most of my relatives actually did well during the depression. I had no one out of work and no one really all that bad off. Heck, my grandmother (dad’s mom) bought a house during the depression.

    My mom’s mother grew up dirt poor though before during and after the depression. That was more due to her father being a lousy farmer, though. She has lived her life certain that she’d be back in abject poverty again so she never really cared much about monetary possessions and what not. She never skimps on spending on food though. Perhaps depression eating was why.

  47. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    I wish my grandparents were still here so I could ask them about this. My grandma was a kickass cook.

  48. xnihilx says:

    For more historic recipes try this website:

    Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
    [digital.lib.msu.edu]

    It can be a little clunky to navigate but there are some good recipes in there.

  49. hardtoremember says:

    We have a very old family cook book that covers from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s. A lot of recipes for meat you can get from your backyard.
    I doubt I am going to get a squirrel or a rabbit in Las Vegas though.

    • telepanda says:

      @hardtoremember: I have a copy of the 1943 edition of The Joy of Cooking. It has some truly terrifying recipes.

      For example:
      Opossum: Trap ‘possum and feed for ten days on milk and cereal before killing. Clean, but do not skin. Treat as for pig by immersing the unskinned animal in water just below the boiling point. Test frequently by plucking at the hair. When it slips out readily, remove the possum from the water and scrape. While scraping repeadedly, pour cool water over the surface of the animal. Remove small red glands in small of back and under each foreleg between shoulder and rib. Parboil… 1 hour. Roast as for pork, page 421. Serve with turnip greens.”

      *fear*

  50. Gaianna says:

    Feed me Bubbe is great too!!
    [www.youtube.com]

  51. grins says:

    Seems like clara’s site has exceeded it’s bandwidth.

    I can’t wait to check out some of the recipe books in the comments, though :-)

  52. Morton Fox says:

    I made that dish when I was in college and I didn’t even know anything about Depression-era cooking. I also added eggs sometimes.

  53. Thunderdome says:

    My dad used to cook this same recipe for us all the time except we used pre-cooked beef sausage instead of hotdogs. He was born right around the same time as ConsumerDaves dad, 1949. My girlfriend and I now have sausage and potatoes every few weeks or so. Some of the best things in life are tucked away in the heads of our elders.

    Not only is this recipe cheap ($2 a head), and not only is it tasty, but it’s fast. It takes about 5 minutes from fridge to plate. You just can’t beat that!

  54. very_rachel says:

    I find the biggest savings are in cooking with what I already have at home. Picking up one extra ingredient for a certain recipe for which I already most of the ingredients at home never works out well. I buy more extras than needed, and Im still spending not saving. I save the most when I push one more day without buying groceries.

    My favourite cookbook for doing this is Arthur Schwartz’s “What To Cook When You Think There’s Nothing in the House To Eat: More Than 175 Easy Recipes And Meal Ideas.” The book is out of print (although I have no idea why!) but you can order used copies off amazon. All the recipes are made with simple, staple ingredients and are arranged in sections by ingredient. It’s probably the most useful cookbook I have.

  55. Julie Greco Goehring says:

    She reminds me of my Nunnie. Thanks for the memory!!

  56. Anonymous says:

    Clara. I saw an ad for you on CBC news this morning and was very interested, so I went to your website. I must say I was very impressed with you and your video and I congratulate for your efforts. I am going to try your Poorman’s fried potatoe dinner tonight. Thanks and keep on with your project.