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This section began as a series of articles for the Jax Beach Journal on eating during the Great Recession. It continues with articles on eating good food economically.

Tightwad Gourmet – Depression cooking – Cooked bread

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(April 8, 2009) - Now 93, Clara shows us how to salvage a rock hard loaf of old bread, using a recipe she perfected during The Great Depression. First, she slices the bread into manageable hunks. Then she adds olive oil - it must be olive oil, not some other kind.  Add salt to taste. [...]

Tightwad Gourmet – Depression cooking – Peppers and eggs

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(April 1, 2009) - Clara was 92 when she made this video.  Once again, she reprises favorite, cheap, recipes from the depression. This time, it's peppers and eggs. First, she cleans out and slices three large  bell peppers.  Be sure to get all the white stuff out of the inside -it's bitter.  Slice them into [...]

Tightwad Gourmet – Depression cooking – Poorman’s Meal

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(March 25, 2009) - 91- year old Clara shows us how to cook meals she once made during the depression.  While the ingredients might make a modern day health nut cringe, the wholesome food kept people alive. As usual, she begins by peeling and dicing a potato and frying it in oil.  She uses a [...]

Tightwad Gourmet – Depression Cooking – Egg Drop Soup

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(March 18, 2009) - Once again, we turn to 91-year old Clara who teaches us about cooking during the depression.  Today's recipe is Egg Drop Soup.  Don't know how healthy it is, but this food kept people alive. First, you peel and dice a potato.  Add olive oil to a deep pot and toss in [...]

Tightwad Gourmet – Pasta with peas

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(March 11, 2009) - A 91-year old grandmother named Clara is reprising her favorite recipes from the depression.  We don't make any health claims for these recipes, but the did fill many bellies during a true financial crisis. First, we'll feature Pasta with Peas. Peal and dice one large potato, and fry gently in oil.  [...]

Tightwad Gourmet – Make stock for soup

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(March 4, 2009) - A good, inexpensive meal can center around soup.  With homemade soup you can control the ingredients - limit salt and sodium and leave out artificial ingredients. The taste can be far superior to canned soups, but the basics should be followed.  And basic to soup is stock.  Stock can be based [...]

Tightwad Gourmet – Make bread at home

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(February 27, 2009) - One way to save money is to make your food at home.  If nothing else, you save money by not driving to a restaurant.   You can make food that's better for you, and if you have food allergies  or need to watch your diet,  you can carefully choose the ingredients in [...]