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Jimeats

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Depression era recipes Mon, 08/29/05 12:57 PM (permalink)
Looking for some old depression era recipes and stories. My grand parents carried over into later life many of these dishes that were frugal, nutritous, and tastey. Thanks Chow Jim
 
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    UncleVic

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    RE: Depression era recipes Mon, 08/29/05 5:59 PM (permalink)
    Late last summer or fall, someone posted a link to scanned cookbooks in some .edu (Or .org or possibly dot com) database. I'll have to do a little digging, but there's a pretty cool link stashed somewhere in this site! They scanned all the old cookbooks they could possibly find.. It's free to use, and there was some intresting reading to go along with the recipes. I'll try to search it out later tonight or early a.m. when I get more time.. Maybe someone here can beat me to it.. (the site is huge)..

     
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      chezkatie

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      RE: Depression era recipes Mon, 08/29/05 6:14 PM (permalink)
      http://www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecades.html#1930s


      This will give you a good idea of what was popular at this time.
       
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        Sundancer7

        RE: Depression era recipes Mon, 08/29/05 6:47 PM (permalink)
        My grandfather who is now deceased discussed the depression many times. He did not feel the effects so much as he was a farmer in upper East Tennessee and he literally lived off the land. He owned several hundred acres and worked his ass off. He raised corn and wheat for grain. His garden consisted of many acres. He raised dozens of pigs, many dozen cows for milk and butter and beef, hundreds of free range chickens for eggs and fried chicken, geese for down and ponds that contained unknown kinds of fish.

        He bartered milk, eggs, flour from his wheat and cornmeal for staples such as coffee and sugar.

        He was so far inland that the effects of the depression had no effect on their culinary life.

        Paul E. Smith
        Knoxville, TN
         
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          Jimeats

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          RE: Depression era recipes Mon, 08/29/05 7:05 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by UncleVic

          Late last summer or fall, someone posted a link to scanned cookbooks in some .edu (Or .org or possibly dot com) database. I'll have to do a little digging, but there's a pretty cool link stashed somewhere in this site! They scanned all the old cookbooks they could possibly find.. It's free to use, and there was some intresting reading to go along with the recipes. I'll try to search it out later tonight or early a.m. when I get more time.. Maybe someone here can beat me to it.. (the site is huge)..


          Thanks Vic but don't go crazy on my behalf Chow Jim. It appears that katie has found it Great Link Thanks folks Chow Jim
           
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            emsmom

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            RE: Depression era recipes Tue, 08/30/05 9:10 AM (permalink)
            The one thing I remember my Grandmother talking about was making "Hoover" gravy. It was made with water instead of milk because they could not afford the milk.
             
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              UncleVic

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              RE: Depression era recipes Tue, 08/30/05 10:14 AM (permalink)
              Here's the link I was thinking of: http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/html/browse.html

              More online recipes of other sorts here: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2168
               
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                efuery

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                RE: Depression era recipes Tue, 08/30/05 10:25 AM (permalink)
                Check out this book if you haven't already

                M.K Fisher
                How to cook a wolf
                 
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                  ocdreamr

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                  RE: Depression era recipes Tue, 08/30/05 8:00 PM (permalink)
                  I remember my Mom talking about the meals her Mother made during the depression. There were 8 kids & the food budget wasn't very big. My Mom said that when they had Stawberry short cake for dinner that's all they had. Not that spongey stuff you see today but a biscuit type of shortbread with sliced strawberries & cream poured over top. Corn was cheap, so they'd make a meal of that. Then there was egg noodles topped with onions fried in butter & stewed tomatoes. These were week night dinners. The meal with meat would be saved for Sunday.
                   
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                    Rex

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                    RE: Depression era recipes Wed, 08/31/05 4:27 PM (permalink)
                    Jimeats,

                    What you are really looking for I bet is a book series called "Foxfire". There are a dozen books (I think) in the series and they talk about food, way of life, cooking, how to's from the turn of the century through the depression. Or how things were done back in the old days. Very interesting series and that would give you the information that you seek. Sometimes you can find e-versions on newsgroups....I found 4 of them. But you can usually get them in the bookstores.
                     
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                      Jimeats

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                      RE: Depression era recipes Thu, 09/15/05 10:27 AM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Rex

                      Jimeats,

                      What you are really looking for I bet is a book series called "Foxfire". There are a dozen books (I think) in the series and they talk about food, way of life, cooking, how to's from the turn of the century through the depression. Or how things were done back in the old days. Very interesting series and that would give you the information that you seek. Sometimes you can find e-versions on newsgroups....I found 4 of them. But you can usually get them in the bookstores.
                      Just picked up a copy of one of the Foxfire series found it at the Good Will store a nice score for 50 cents. Also found a Kichen aide attachment for making pasta still in the box for 2 bucks sometimes it pays to brouse. Grazie Ciao Jim
                       
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                        craigdexter1

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                        RE: Depression era recipes Wed, 09/21/05 9:07 PM (permalink)
                        I remember my Grandpa saying he used to eat alot of potato soup back in the depression.
                         
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                          Jimeats

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                          RE: Depression era recipes Thu, 09/22/05 5:45 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by craigdexter1

                          I remember my Grandpa saying he used to eat alot of potato soup back in the depression.
                          Well Craig it sounds like your Grandad was a gormet before his time. The call it Vishy something or other now don't evan heat it up serve it cold throw in a sprig of parsley and charge $6.95 a bowl for it. Chow Jim
                           
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                            Ashphalt

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                            RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 09/23/05 1:33 PM (permalink)
                            Don't forget that food availability and tastes were much more regional then.

                            My New England parents were children of the Depression. Along with potatoes, they loved all the cold-storage or cannable roots (turnips, parsnips, beets, etc.) as well as winter squashes. Of course, baked beans were appropriate for any meal throughout the winter. My Mom still loves Beans on Toast for breakfast.

                            Two of their favorite nostalgia dinners we were "treated" to regularly as kids set us apart from the Sloppy Joe and Tuna casserole set of the '60s.

                            One was Creamed Salt Cod on Toast. It was always accompanied by the story that the box of Cod used to weigh a whole pound and cost a nickel. We thought the box was cool, but you could never keep it in your room because of the smell.

                            The other was Red Flannel Hash. Of course when they had Corned Beef, every bit of a New England Boiled Dinner (potatoes, onions, turnips, parsnips, cabbage) leftover was chopped and supplemented with boiled beets. For authentic flavor, it was fried in an iron pan so the beets formed a rusty crust. And served with a fried egg on top, when available.
                             
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                              Willly

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                              RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 09/23/05 1:48 PM (permalink)
                              I remember reading The Grapes of Wrath as a kid, and thinking the hamburger gravy made at the end of the book sounded delicious. I now know it's a real food, but when I was young it sounded exotic. I think the way it was eaten with such appreciation in the book made sound even better...
                               
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                                Sandy Eggo

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                                RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 09/23/05 2:57 PM (permalink)
                                My grandfather, who was a young man during the depression, found three ways to keep fed. He joined the Army, he learned to fish and hunt, and he tended a garden on his churches property to share the harvest. He lived to be 100 years old. He never went hungry.
                                 
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                                  Sundancer7

                                  RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 09/23/05 3:32 PM (permalink)
                                  My grandfather who lived in upper East Tennessee lived on the farm and survived off the farm. I believe they made good use of corn in many ways. I am certain that they made a good deal of liquor in those days and in their own mind, it was perfectly OK. They did not sell it and made it for their own use. I have sampled this and for some of the older posters on this forum, you have read my stories on that.

                                  Grand dad also worked with the CCC's. This was the Civil Converation Corp. They fed them daily but it was pinto beans, cornbread and potatoes with a little bacon. This was breakfast, lunch and dinner.

                                  I am sure that it would not be a pleasant place to be around.

                                  Paul E. Smith
                                  Knoxville, TN
                                   
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                                    mbrookes

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                                    RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 09/23/05 4:09 PM (permalink)
                                    Sundancer7, have you seen any of the work done by the CCC? We have lots of parks and such made by them, and the work is beautiful. There's a small ampitheater in Smith Park in downtown Jackson that is realy nice.
                                     
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                                      Sundancer7

                                      RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 09/23/05 4:21 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by mbrookes

                                      Sundancer7, have you seen any of the work done by the CCC? We have lots of parks and such made by them, and the work is beautiful. There's a small ampitheater in Smith Park in downtown Jackson that is realy nice.


                                      What I saw of the CCC,s in upper East Tennessee, it was mostly erosion control. There was a huge amount of it but I saw no evidence of parks or anything like that.

                                      Paul E. Smith
                                      Knoxville, TN
                                       
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                                        leethebard

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                                        RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 01/18/08 7:48 PM (permalink)
                                        Hi my mom has a recipe card box of depression dishes she and her mom made. One we still make is called hot-dog casserole. A pack or two of hotdogs cut into inch size morsals,potatoes cut into stew size,and red& green peppers in inch pieces. Cover with 3-4 Del Monte tomato sauces and salt & pepper and bake at 350 for 35 minutes. GRESAT for young and old alike.....Tons more I could share if anyone is interested.
                                        leethebard
                                         
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                                          Donna Douglass

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                                          RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 01/18/08 7:51 PM (permalink)
                                          I guess I grew up in the depression, I'm 79 years old. But don't remember a thing about being hungry as Mom always had plenty of vegetables from her gardens, put up in cans and jars and bottles (as tomato juice, etc.) and Dad always seemed to have a few hogs or chickens stashed away somewhere that he could tend them, and of course, Grandpa and Grandma lived on a farm always and therefore we had meat readily available. Mom would forage in the summer (or let my brother and me do the foraging) for strawberries along the railroad tracks, elderberries (same places), and blackberries growing wild. From them we had the sweet jams and jellies she would make. All in all, we ate pretty darned well for not having much money to speak of. Dad always worked two jobs to make ends meet, but meet they did. I'm glad I grew up during those years and it has certainly made me appreciate what we have had in our married life of nearly 62 years.

                                          I'm certain there are hundreds and hundreds (maybe millions) of people who have similar memories and had the same experiences we did. What a rich life we truly did have. When we wanted donuts, Mom made them from scratch; we had homemade ginger ale and root beer and of course, cider. If the men wanted something stronger, they had their hard cider usually. I don't recall any really hard liquor being made by my grandpa but I'm sure, having come from the hills of Ohio, he and his peers had knowledge of many people who did make their own libations. Grandpa seemed satisfied with his hard cider.

                                          Lovely memories, lovely life.

                                          Donna
                                           
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                                            boyardee65

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                                            RE: Depression era recipes Fri, 01/18/08 7:55 PM (permalink)
                                            This recipe came from my grandmother. She was a war wife with her husband over seas and several small children at home. I didn't see any recipes so I'll post one or two that I have.

                                            PENNYWISE SWISS STEAK

                                            2 LB round or rump steak
                                            2 TBS A.P. flour
                                            2 tsp salt
                                            2 tsp bacon drippings
                                            2 cups whole canned tomatoes, crushed
                                            3 small onions, sliced thin
                                            3 carrots sliced
                                            1/2 tsp Tobasco sauce
                                            1/4 cup raisins

                                            Trim fat from meat. Combine flour and salt. Pound this mixture into the meat.Brown the meat in a heavy deep skillet for 15-20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except raisins. Simmer on low heat for 2-2 1/2 hours until tender. Add raisins in the last half hour of cooking.

                                            I credit this recipe to my Grandma, Rosetta Lee Bowen.


                                            David O.
                                             
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                                              leethebard

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                                              RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 10:33 AM (permalink)
                                              Hi,
                                              Here's another Depression era meal from my grandmother's file box...This one should also be added to the favorite Spinach recipe thread also.It's called spinach and potatoes...and I've heard from other old timers(over 50) who remember it.
                                              Heat olive oil and garlic in a pot. Add lots of fresh spinach(frozen in a pinch) Boil down...salt generously. Add a generous amount of peeled potatoes,cut in 1 1/2 inch squares. Cook 'til potatoes are soft to the fork...Enjoy! We ate this as a full,stew like meal..but it also makes a wonderful side dish. Remember, OLIVE OIL. Enjoy this old time treat.
                                              leethebard

                                               
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                                                Twinwillow

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                                                RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 10:58 AM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by chezkatie

                                                http://www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecades.html#1930s


                                                This will give you a good idea of what was popular at this time.


                                                What a very comprehensive, interesting and informative article. I have saved it for future reading as it is too long to just browse through. Thank you.
                                                 
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                                                  the ancient mariner

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                                                  RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 11:02 AM (permalink)
                                                  Friday night in a Catholic home when the fish weren't biting. Circa 1938/39

                                                  Gordon's dried cod fish flakes made into fish cakes by adding a lot of potatoes
                                                  and frying them up----at the same time a box of Mueller's spagetti was boiling away.
                                                  A can of Del Monte peas was heated along with a can of Campbell's tomato soup, without the water.

                                                  Sit down to a fish cake and spagetti with tomato soup poured over both and a helping of peas on the side. No wonder I was skinny.

                                                  When the blues were running it was all the fish you could eat with all the spuds you wanted and home grown string beans and tomatoes---------now your talkin' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                   
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                                                    leethebard

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                                                    RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 11:11 AM (permalink)
                                                    Ancient Mariner,

                                                    sounds like my childhood Catholic home. But you lost me with the Bluefish...Live in New Jersey where Blues are abundant, but I can't abide that oily,dark meat fish!
                                                    leethebard
                                                     
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                                                      PapaJoe8

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                                                      RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 12:20 PM (permalink)
                                                      I love blue fish! They gotta be fresh, or freshly frozen, and cut up right.

                                                      Ok, my PawPaw only had small stock ponds to fism from back in the depression days. He would catch small perch, grill them over wood... skin ( but scaled ), bones and all. He would cook them that way for me as a kid. You eat em skin, bones and all. That was my favorite kinda fish. Hmm, still is!
                                                      Joe
                                                       
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                                                        the ancient mariner

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                                                        RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 1:02 PM (permalink)
                                                        The old saying---feed a man a fish and he can live for a day, teach
                                                        him to fish and he can survive for a lifetime---or something like that.
                                                        Well that pertained to me. My father taught me and I fished in Far
                                                        Rockaway every day almost----even in winter where we would stand in
                                                        knee deep Atlantic Ocean water in hip boots with a trident and a flash
                                                        light. Stand still and wait a few minutes and flip on the light and there
                                                        would be whiting swimming around the boots. One quick jab an there
                                                        was dinner (or your foot). We called it Frost Fishing back in the 30's.
                                                        By now they are problably on an endangered species list somewhere. In
                                                        the fall we would go out on the old Jennette B and be knee deep in blues
                                                        before we headed home.

                                                        We didn't have a freezer---no one had--so everyone in the neighborhood
                                                        got a fish. We caught 'em, we cleaned 'em and we gave 'em away. Except
                                                        for the biggest one which we had for dinner !!!!!!! Super !!!!!
                                                        I know a lot of people don't like bluefish but I love it and order it
                                                        everytime I see it on a menu. Pizza and Brew in Scarsdale, NY has it
                                                        and they do it great.

                                                        Then we moved to Lake Ronkonkoma and I found a lake full of perch and
                                                        like Papa Joe said they are dee-lich-ous. My father would be sitting
                                                        at the table with knife and fork in hand waiting for me to bring in the
                                                        catch, and I never failed him. Cooked up in a minute. You can keep the
                                                        fancy stuff and all the bar-b-q in the world --I'll take blues and perch.

                                                        Thank you Lord for oceans, lakes and streams and lottsa fish. Amen. Now
                                                        dig in.

                                                         
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                                                          PapaJoe8

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                                                          RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 1:35 PM (permalink)
                                                          Ancient, whiting was one of my Dad's favorite fish. I didn't know about the "frost fishng", thanks! Not that I'm goina try it....

                                                          And yep, blues and perch will do for me.
                                                          Joe
                                                           
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                                                            roossy90

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                                                            RE: Depression era recipes Sat, 01/19/08 2:50 PM (permalink)
                                                            I sold a set of 2 recipe/cookbooks from the 30's and 40's on Ebay a couple years ago.....They used to be my mothers......One of them even had a section with wild game recipes....
                                                            (This is before I hooked up with Roadfood)..
                                                            Sometimes I wish I had kept them... They were sure fun to read...very odd to look at old time cookbooks and think that it actually was very hard to cook lots of things back then......
                                                            I have a whole book of some I kept, but I think most of them are 50's and 60's era....
                                                             
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