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Great Depression Cooking with Clara [via BuzzFeed]
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
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.
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!
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.
She reminds me of my Nunnie. Thanks for the memory!!
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.
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