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YouTube's 93 year old Clara..Great Depression Cooking

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Beach Chick Feb 27, 2009 03:45 PM

She is darling and is a HUGE hit on YouTube..
We can all learn from Clara..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuMkW35BwK8

  1. LindaWhit Feb 27, 2009 04:08 PM

    OMG, I absolutely ADORE her! BeachChick, this is going to be so great watching these videos!

    I love the "generic" can of peas with the label removed and the word "Peas" written on the metal. <vbg>

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      Beach Chick Feb 28, 2009 08:48 AM

      Isn't she just the cutest..and I do love how she dices right into the pot..
      I never had a Grandmother so watching her makes me feel like I have one now!

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        melly Feb 28, 2009 10:29 PM

        I love it too...I was worried she was going to cut her hand.

    2. Seth Chadwick Feb 27, 2009 04:18 PM

      Here videos are wonderful and so adorable. And the stories are perfect.

      I just watched her make the "Poorman's Feast" last night and though, "Dang, that looks 10x better than my dinner tonight" because it did.

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        mdfifi Feb 28, 2009 06:07 AM

        So heartwarming! What a treasure! It makes me miss my grandmothers so much. One of the youtube posters said her cutting and dicing straight into the pot reminded her of her grandmothers and I had thought the same thing. What sense memories. My grandmothers didn't make any of the recipes I've seen so far, but my Nan did make something we call tomato gravy. Not good for the arteries, but tastes great and brings back even better memories. You melt bacon grease and add flour to that and brown it up. S & P to taste. Add a can of diced tomatoes. Then add water until desired consistency. Serve over toast although I prefer mine untoasted. It's cheap and filling. I always have diced tomatoes on hand. If I don't have bacon grease, I have used butter, but it definitely tastes better with bacon grease.

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          LindaWhit Feb 28, 2009 06:11 AM

          I watched several of the videos last night, mdfifi, and thought the *exact* same thing - no cutting boards except when cutting up the hot dogs for the Poorman's Meal. She "diced" the potatoes and onions directly into the pot. :-)

          And it seems BeachChick might have seen her on GMA on 2/27 - cohosted by Emeril Lagasse that day, and he watched her videos and tried out several of her meals, including the Poorman's Meal - he liked it! :-) (That's the one that I'm thinking I'd like to try out of what I've watched so far, maybe using Italian sweet sausage).

          http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=69...

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            mdfifi Feb 28, 2009 06:14 AM

            Linda, I love the idea of the sweet italian sausage, but I have to admit a Nathan's hot dog in the mix doesn't sound bad! :). I saw the GMA piece yesterday, and that's how I found out about Clara.

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              katiepie Mar 1, 2009 07:19 AM

              This brought tears to my eyes, thinking of my grandma cooking in the kitchen... thanks for sharing.

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            jeanmarieok Mar 1, 2009 04:55 PM

            My gram used to make tomato gravy, too - and she served it over anything - toast, biscuits, mashed potatoes. Yummy and filling.

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            annabana Mar 1, 2009 11:36 PM

            My grandmother and my mom used "dice direct" and I still don't understand why they had their whole hands when they died! I "heart" Clara. Reminds a bit of MFK Fisher's "How to Cook to a Wolf" and "How to Keep the Wolf From the Door."

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              small h Mar 9, 2009 04:47 PM

              This gives me hope for YouTube in general, and instructional videos in particular. I was completely scandalized that Clara added oil to a pot AFTER the potatoes and onions. You can DO that? (I have led a sheltered life, obviously.)

              1. PattiCakes Mar 10, 2009 06:31 AM

                I've watched about 5 of her episodes & will watch the rest shortly. What a charmer, and what good lessons to learn. Interesting that she doesn't glamorize the good old days. I love her pots -- much like the ones I started out with because they were passed on to me by my mom (they were probably some one else's before that). We are so fortunate to have what we have now! I just wish my mom were still around to wach Clara.

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