Friday, March 16, 2012

Depression Era Cooking

I am absolutely fascinated by the Depression Era that many of our Grandparents lived through.
Fact is, I think we are living through another one right now.
I know everyone has been touched by our economy in some way. 
And really, that isn't a bad thing.
It certainly makes you focus on what is important in life!

Great Depression 

My husband is amazing and works a full time job, a part-time on call job, plus farms to keep me at home with the children {which is important to us}... and keep everyone fed.
I am truly thankful for all that he does... 
I contribute in any way I can and work hard to manage our home and
we all work on the farm to help things run smoothly!

Food is probably my biggest planning activity, as far as budgeting goes.
I plan out a whole week's worth of dinners and lunches...breakfast is usually a rotation of pancakes, oatmeal, eggs and toast, and granola.

I love how people ate during the Great Depression. 
Simple.
Filling.
From the garden.
And nutritious.

So, this next week, we are eating dinners from the Depression Era.
I thought it would be so fun and a great challenge!
 I am interested to see if planning my week out like this will save money.
What do you think?

Here are some of my sources of inspiration: 

I own all of these books by Jane Watson Hopping....they are SO worth the investment and true treasures.
The Lazy Days of Summer Cookbook: A Celebration of Summer's Bounty 
Jane has many delicious and practical Depression era recipes along with sweet accounts of memories enjoying food with family.

 
Countrytime Recipes has a great collection of simple food fare.

And this sweet lady...
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Clara is 96 and recounts her childhood during the Great Depression as she prepares meals on her you Tube series seen HERE.
She is absolutely dear and really has wonderful recipes!
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So, this weekend, I will post our menu plan for next week.
Maybe you would like to follow along?

Have a great day!
~Julia



19 comments:

slip4 said...

I like the look of the Hopping books, but can't find them available on B & N or Amazon. Where did you find yours? I look forward to your menu plan

Julia said...

Hi Slip4...just click on Jane's name in italics and it will link you to all of her books on Amazon:).

~Julia

2busy said...

Well gosh! I'm most impressed her by the fact that Clara is 96 and using youtube!

Please share your recipes. :)

Teresa said...

This sounds like fun, and educational to boot! Thanks for sharing!

Gina said...

Oh, this sounds like a great idea. I'm sure it will be a learning experience. I'd love to do it but something tells me my husband wouldn't bite. ;) :) The books look really interesting. :) Looking forward to your menu. :)

www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

Awesome post! Such a beautiful tribute to bring this part of our history to the here and now.

Lana

www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

Awesome post! Such a beautiful tribute to bring this part of our history to the here and now.

Lana

Sherri said...

The Depression Era is my favorite time in our countries history. It's actually what inspired me to homestead & get back to basics. Can't wait to see the menus.

Suzy said...

I am cooking out of a cook book that my great grandmother put together during the depression era to the early 60's. She gave it to my mom, who has given it to me. On my blog, I document how it is going, and I am making this into a cookbook. The Record Book as I call it. You can find out info on that particular page. I agree with you, it is a simpler time. It had to be, and I think people are looking for that simplicity today.
Suzy
http://bitsofthepastantiquesandcrafts.blogspot.com/

Valerie said...

What a great post!!! I can't wait to see what you serve up...please do share. Amazing...we are always on the same wavelength...even if you don't know it. I just the entire afternoon watching The Waltons while I simplified/pitched/donated from our Master Bedroom. The episodes were so good for my soul! Mostly, I focused on all of the wonderful linens I saw in each room...patchwork quilts on each child's bed...hand/face towels and wash basins in each bedroom...tea towels in the kitchen...farmhouse table and benches! Loved it all today...and then to read your post!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Kristin said...

Julia~
I too, stay home because of a hard working husband. And appreciate it so much.
And for me, managing our food budget is about the biggest way that I contribute financially, that and making do without spending a fortune, out and about.

I hope to see your menu plan and some recipes that you loved...
If you have a chance and feel up to it.

Happy, beautiful weekend!
Love, Kristin

Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

Sounds interesting! Can't wait to see your posts!

Alexis said...

What a neat post! Since my husband and I moved for a job, we've needed to be more careful with money since groceries and everything else is expensive where we live. This is a wonderful idea, and I might very well join you in planning Depression era meals this week. Thank you for sharing!

Jacqueline said...

I love this post and I really am looking forward to you sharing your meals with us!

Tangi of Bowling Green, KY said...

Great idea! This will be an exciting thing to try! Thanks!!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

OH PLEASE JULIA, DO IT!
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING SOME RECIPES OF THOSE!

THIS ECONOMICAL CRISIS HAS A POSITIVE ASPECT, THE VERY ONE YOU'VE WRITTEN IN THIS POST.

XOXO

Fra

Theresa said...

I love this post and the idea of Depression era cooking.

Tonight we are having a ham (that I got free for spending $300 at the grocery store during December--getting another for Easter, so we had to eat this one). We are having it with broccoli salad and sweet potatoes tonight. Tomorrow we can have sandwiches for lunch and maybe some kind of hash or just fried ham and eggs. Hopefully this ham will get us through three days :)

Gumbo Lily said...

I learned about Clara a year or so ago and she is so interesting. The meals they made during Depression cooking wasn't fancy, but always filling. I think today we want so much variety that simple home cookin' gets lost and shoved aside. It'll be fun to see what you come up with.

Jody

Alicia said...

What a great great blog! I found you on Pinterest when I was searching for Great Depression ideas. Thanks for posting all these recipes!! We're definately doing this :)

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