Sunday, July 12, 2009

"Economical" Cooking Class ideas...

Hi Sisters;

I found this recipe on an enrichment website. It might be a fun idea once school starts, summer ends, and winter is around the corner. Perhaps you could invite older sisters to contribute their recipes they remember from those infamous Depression days - maybe even ask them to help present, or do a little "intro" for the class (before the demo, etc...) It would even be fun (if your group is small enough) to do this in a home, allowing everyone to help prepare the meal to share at the conclusion.

Depression Era Recipes

Depression Era Recipes
Preparedness Helps

MAIN DISH - Poor Man's Soup

1 soup bone
1 cup dry beans
2 cup tomatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup diced potatoes
1/2 cup rice
1/3 cup gound beef
1/3 cup chopped onion
salt and pepper
1/8 tsp basil
Soak beans over ight and drain.
Simmer soup bone in 8 qts of water for several house. Add drained beans and simmer for 45 minutes. Fry beef and onion. Add to soup along with remaining ingredients and simmer for one hour. Serve with bisquits.

BREAKFAST - Pancakes From Scratch

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Stir tegther dry ingredients. Make a well and add wet ingredients. Mix til moistened. Cook on hot griddle or skillet.
Makes 8-10 starde sized pancakes.
Serve with Applesauce or homemade berry jam, jelly or syrup.

BREAD - Baking Powder Bisquits

2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbls lard (shortening, butter etc.)
1 cup milk
Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in lard and add milk gradually. Mix to a smooth dough. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with bisquit cutter (or cup). Place on cookie sheet. Bake in quick oven. (400* for 8-10 mins).

DESSERT - Vintage WW1 Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake

1 cup water
2 cups raisins (Opt)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup lard (shortening)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Place water, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, lard (shortening), nutmeg and salt in a saucepan and mix. Place on heat and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Allow to cool, then sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir into cooked mixture.Place in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350F for one hour.

Grandma's Brown Sugar Fudge

An old family recipe passed down for generations.

4 cups brown sugar, packed
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine brown sugar & milk in saucepan, and stir until the sugar begins to dissolve.
Cook over medium-high heat until mixture reaches the “soft ball” stage (about 235 degrees).
Remove from heat, and add butter & vanilla.
Mix until smooth & creamy. Fudge will lose its shine and feel somewhat gritty on the bottom of the pot.
Pour into buttered 9 x 13 glass pan.
Let partially set and cut into squares.

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