From An Old Sow's Ear?
The answer to the "silk purse making" is, of course, "probably not."
To many of us who grew up during The Great Depression of the 1930s, however, it seemed our mothers could actually accomplish such miracles when it came to cooking!
Yes, growing up in the depression was rough, but most of us had Moms who could turn whatever food we had into something "so good"... rejected clothing into something "brand new".
Janet Van Amber Paske has captured the essence of those times and happenings in an emotional book entitled, "Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression."
It's been said that the "good old days" would probably kill off half of today's generation in a week's time.
Maybe - maybe not.
It's difficult, however, for the present generation to understand the strange changes that went through our country in the 1930s. It was a turning point in our history.
It was a time when drought turned the land into a dust bowl. What crops the drought didn't destroy, locusts or grasshoppers did. You could hear them coming... like the core of a frightening storm, a steady ominous hum getting louder and LOUDER.
It was a time when everything was dirt cheap - but, no one had any money to buy anything.
Raisins were 5 cents a pound, but you seldom had the 5 cents. Double-dip ice cream cones were 5 cents each, but you didn't have the nickel.
It was a time when taxes were 25 cents an acre per year. There was always a worry trying to find the funds to take care of this... knowing the farm wouldn't be yours for long if it was neglected.
When the gardens burned up, only weeds grew. Then, we ate the weeds.
Mrs. Paske tells about a farmer in Minnesota who shipped a freight car load of sheep. When he got his check, he found it didn't pay for the shipping. He owed 37 cents more than the sheep brought!
During the Depression we learned to survive for days on bread and milk or bread and gravy.
It was a time when corn meal was a staple... when some relied on it more than others and became experts at different preparations and variations. Among many people's favorite was Buttermilk Johnny Cake - known in some sections of the nation as "fried cornbread".
Yes..., the depression was a time when life was simple..., when friends and neighbors cared about one another.
A time when nothing was thrown away... we ate what was fixed. We never said "Yuk" about food or we would have surely been disciplined.
It was a time when women helped the men in the fields and with chores. Morning, noon, and in the evenings... the women also made the meals and did other household work... almost never sitting down.
A sad time - maybe - but we didn't know it then!
It was a time when caring and sharing was a way of life taught by example. Children grew up with concern for others.
If you are a child of the Depression... Mrs. Paske's book will bring back memories that will surge over you like the rushing tide.
You'll want to pass the book onto your daughters, grand daughters and great-grand daughters. Show them how you lived and help them learn to prepare the tasty dishes you knew as a youngster. Then if times ever get that tough again, they'll know how to "make a silk purse from a sow's ear" in the kitchen and help their family survive.
If you are from a later generation... you'll love learning how your parents, grandparents or earlier ancestors "got-by" in those difficult days.
You'll get "bring tears to your eyes" stories and scads of "make-do," but delicious recipes. If you're dissatisfied for any reason, you may simply return for a full refund within three months.
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