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http://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking

These videos are GREAT! Clara, 93 year old Sicilian great-grandma (1st generation American) was in high school during the Depression, but had to quit partway through because her family couldn't afford socks. Each video is about 6 minutes long. Watch with pen and paper in hand to write down the recipes. Her great-grandson filmed her - she's a lovely woman, with skills we certainly need to remember.

Watch the videos in order. This is simple cooking served up with stories of Clara's childhood. Go, grandma!

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Thanks! :

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OMG, she is AWESOME!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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She is so cool!! I want to be like her when I grow up!!
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Yeah, I saw that link over on homesteadingtoday a few days ago, but never got around to looking at her videos. I love her little stories of the depression she dots her instruction with.

Thanks for the reminder!
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She is adorable! Loved it!
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I love her videos!

One thing I've started doing (because of her) is using a base of fried onions & potatoes for a lot of things. All of her recipes sound good except for her egg drop soup, lol.
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Ooh, I love egg drop soup in any form. That one was my favorite. Mmm.

I saw these about a year ago... there were three at the time. Are there any more?

I remember just being fascinated at how she hoarded (can't think of a better word) red sauce and olive oil- she used them like they were condiments instead of the base of recipes, which is the opposite of a lot of modern Italian American cookbooks.

I also remember laughing aloud at the shot of the camera guys just getting down on her Poor Man's Meal.

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So great! Thanks for the link!

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Wow! What a treasure and a blessing that Lady is!: I can't wait to sit and relax and watch every one of her videos.

May I recommend some books on the depression that may be helpful?
"Recipes and Stories from the Great Depression" by Rita van Amber. There are 5 volumes and they are wonderful! Too bad there aren't very many Depression era people left! We can certainly learn so much from those that have been there.
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I watched the first one. Can I adopt her?

Will watch more later on in the day.

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This is great. I need to do something like this with my grandfather's writings-- he didn't cook, as a young boy, but he writes down all kinds of memories of what his mother and sisters cooked.
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Wonderful! I watched the first one (pasta w/potatoes and peas), and look forward to the rest. Love her stories.
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How precious! (And useful). I really, really wish someone had thought to do something like this with my great-grandmother before she passed on.
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I watched a few and thought it was interesting she only puts a few Tbs of sauce in the stuff. Most people today would have added the whole jar! Makes me think what I could use less of in recipes to make it stretch further.
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Very cool! Gotta love how she dices the potatoes, strip by strip. It must take forever!

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I watched these videos with my oldest dd today. We both enjoyed them so much we decided that we need a great grandma like that! :

I'm already anxious for more videos.

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She is sooooo my 80 year old mother who lived through hard war times in Malta and still uses her percolator and talks of the time that tomato sauce on bread was dinner! Thanks for the great link and memories! :
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Thanks for posting this - I'm already on the sixth one.

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Thanks for sharing the link. As a previous poster mentioned using less sauce and other things could stretch things or use up quantities for things that might have otherwise been discarded. I'm enjoying watching these and getting ideas.
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What really struck me was adding the pasta, bringing the water to a boil, and then turning off the burner to save energy, and covering the pot for it to finish cooking with its own heat. I did that yesterday. Worked quite well.

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What really struck me was adding the pasta, bringing the water to a boil, and then turning off the burner to save energy, and covering the pot for it to finish cooking with its own heat. I did that yesterday. Worked quite well.
That struck me as a great idea as well!

Watching these videos, I started to feel really proud of my survival skills. Usually I feel like I have no skills, especially when I am on the internet and reading about folks going off the grid or doing homesteading and stuff. That is so not me.

But these videos made me feel like I have more skills than I thought. Money is tight in our home, and I see a lot of familiar methods of economical decision making about food, food storage and handling, and food preparation. Anything on her videos that I don't do are things I've considered-- like growing our own produce which I don't do because we don't have a yard-- and have some idea how to do (in the case of growing our produce, we've found a friend with a yard ).

In fact, in her sixth video, when she talks about making coffee, we've done well making coffee with even less. We've ground coffee in a bag with a hammer and rolling pin, and when our coffee maker broke a year or two ago, dw started making coffee using the coffee maker's filter simply stratled over a jar. She further refined the process when she found she could make a stronger coffee by letting the coffee grounds steep directly in hot water in a pot for a bit and then transfer the coffee into the jar through the filter.

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What really struck me was adding the pasta, bringing the water to a boil, and then turning off the burner to save energy, and covering the pot for it to finish cooking with its own heat. I did that yesterday. Worked quite well.
I noticed this as well! It's ingenius, really. I also noticed that all her cooking materials were sturdy, all metal items that would last. All her bread pans looked like a heavy weight metal, maybe Stainless Steel? (please tell me I'm not the only one drooling over her bread pans. Oh, and that beautiful huge mixing bowl!!!)

Also the manual, all metal cookie press was awesome. It makes me sad thinking about how disposable a lot of our everyday items have become. Especially now with teflon, there's no way a baking pan I buy today will be usable in 40 yrs, kwim? It's irritating that these things need to be searched out whereas not too long ago they were plentiful and everyone used them.

I also found it interesting when she was talking about having chickens & the city no longer allowing it. The eggs must have been the best 'free' source of protein for the majority of people. It's sad to think how many people have been cut off from this way to be self-sufficient. Even line drying is forbidden in many areas.:

The other interesting tidbit was when she mentioned how one of her neighbors walked into her yard with her shopping bag to get her fill of produce. I knew there was a problem with theft (I transcribed some letters from that era) but the audacity! Especially for back then when everyone knew one another, for a neighbor to just walk over to get some produce without asking is mind boggling, ya know? I like how Clara handled it though--"you should ask me first, not just help yourself." lol

Those were a few items that really stood out to me. OT, but I soooo want to make those fig cookies! That mix of nuts & dried fruits....:

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I noticed this as well! It's ingenius, really. I also noticed that all her cooking materials were sturdy, all metal items that would last. All her bread pans looked like a heavy weight metal, maybe Stainless Steel? (please tell me I'm not the only one drooling over her bread pans. Oh, and that beautiful huge mixing bowl!!!)
I know! That giant white enamel pan that she uses as a bread pan? So pretty.

DH and I are actually watching The 1900 House right now, and their dishpan looks just like Clara's bread pan, so I wonder how old it actually is.

OTOH, our dishpan is plastic and would have to have to be sanitized with bleach water before you could mix up bread in it. Bummer. Maybe I'll keep my eye out for an enameled metal dishpan at the antique store...

And Clara has the prettiest measuring cup I've ever seen. I love that she uses all that pretty glassware, too. The bowls that they use for her mise en place aren't just boring clear glass like on every food network show, they're all individual things of beauty.

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watching Clara just made me get up and call my own Nana - She emigrated from Sicily when she was 4 and lived in Brooklyn during the Depression. So much of those videos reminded me of her!! When I was a girl, she used to make me pasta with peas every time I went to her house for lunch.
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She is so cute!! I really like her stories too, what an awesome lady.

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I watched the first one. Can I adopt her?

Will watch more later on in the day.
I guess I will have to get in line. I even have an extra room, big kitchen for her, her own private bath....and I am 1/2 Italian.....

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This looks like it would be a good match for Clara's dishpan:

http://www.lehmans.com/shopping/prod...iProductID=111

Probably the hand basin is more like her bowl.

Coffee percolator, although not the one Clara has:

http://www.lehmans.com/shopping/prod...iProductID=130

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