The Great Depression is near and dear to my heart. My parents grew up during the depression. I loved to hear their stories of how their families made do and pulled together during the tough times.
Growing up with depression era parents was an experience; they were thrifty to say the least. Never wasted anything, spent their money carefully and was into gardening and putting up food. This knowledge of can-do was very helpful during the recession of the 70's, when my father's factory he worked at closed. We pulled through with lots of depression meals and hardy parents that knew what to do. My mom found part-time work at a thrift store and I remember very well our thrift store Christmas.
I found these adorable Great Depression Cooking videos with a sweet 95 year old lady named Clara, teaching depression era cooking. I love her!
I can remember swimming at my Aunt Mary's pool in the summer eating lemon Italian ice. The Great Depression: simple, natural, good, down to earth cooking.