Family Recipes from the Depression Era

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Kenny and I went to the grocery store today for some staples and, while there, he decided he wanted to make a dish from his childhood for our children this evening. I decided to do the same, so tonight we are having …

Kenny’s Creamed Macaroni
16oz box of Creamette elbow macaroni (cooked & drained)
2 cans of Carnation evaporated milk
Combine, heat through, and serve

I recommend adding an additional can of evaporated milk to the Creamed Macaroni. Kenny also said the macaroni needed to cook until it was very soft if it were to be just like his childhood meal. We prefer our pasta al dente and he wasn’t in the kitchen to correct us in time.

My family never had Creamed Macaroni, though both Kenny and I were born and raised in Ohio. I liked the dish better with some of the sauce from the stewed tomatoes drizzled over top.

Michelle’s Creamed Stewed Tomatoes
Quart jar of tomatoes (We used 2 14 oz cans)
Chunk of butter (2 or 3 Tbsp)
Splash of evaporated milk
Heat through and serve over torn-up bread

This was a great way to use up stale bread. For families with a cow, butter and cream were added to the tomatoes. For those without access to fresh dairy products, canned evaporated milk was most often used.

Kenny’s family had Stewed Tomatoes, but they prepared it differently. They simply warmed the stewed tomatoes and mixed them in a large bowl with torn bread. No milk/cream and no butter. He said that he prefers my “rich man’s” version. 😉

I found mention of Creamed Macaroni over at The Blind Pig blog in the comments of this post. There are many mentions of Creamed Stewed Tomatoes on the internet, though not many connected the food with the Great Depression.

Did your family eat these foods when you were young? Do you serve them to your family? Tell me about it in the comments!

Michelle

P.S. I know this violates our “Just Eat Real Food” philosophy, but we spent our meal sharing family memories and lessons from history. It was time well spent and food well eaten.


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Family Recipes from the Depression Era — 3 Comments

  1. I was raised on a farm in se Ohio. Creamed tomatoes over biscuits was a breakfast meal, which we had quite often. [tomatoes, milk, sugar,salt, pepper thickened with flour]

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