Clara is 93, a great-grandmother, and a child of the Great Depression. Her memory of hard times food is solid, and just might inspire you to turn cheap grocery fare into family-feeding meals.
Up front—if you loathe hearing old-timey stories, or like to make every weeknight’s meal out of a cookbook, these aren’t the videos for you. Clara’s stories, told as she prepares the meal, are alternately intriguing, saddening, or lightly eye-rolling. But the stuff she’s teaching you to make is surprisingly creative fare—some of it standards modified with a frugal flair, like egg drop soup, while other clips, like the “Poorman’s Feast” embedded below, are a hobo/late-night/budget-saving dream:
Got any Depression-derived recipes passed down through your family? Gather ’round the commenter campfire and spill the recipes.