The Poorman’s Meal, shared by Clara Cannucciari of Great Depression Cooking

I’m frugal. I’ve always been this way. When I was young, my mom would give me my allowance, and I’d peel off a little each week and have some to spare.

-Tyra Banks-

How can we respect and embrace the life experiences of our elders as many Asian cultures do? Maybe those experiences play a vital history lesson in educating our children? Today’s Daily Dose shared by the late Clara Cannucciari and her grandson Christopher Cannucciari is a wonderful experiment in passing down wisdom through generations.

Clara was a teenage girl during the Great Depression. One of the many lessons she learned was how to eat well on a simple and tight budget. Christopher and Clara teamed up to create Clara’s Kitchen and Great Depression Cooking, a book and channel which celebrate all of the wisdom passed down to Clara from her mother. In true Nonna style, Clara’s shows us everything from baking bread to making homemade tomato sauce. Have a look:

In Confucian philosophy, filial piety (Chinese: 孝, xiào) is a virtue of respect for one’s parents, elders, and ancestors. Generally, filial piety means to be good to one’s elders and to engage in good conduct not just towards parents but also outside the home so as to bring a good name to one’s ancestors. Although Clara Cannucciari was Italian, her grandson Chris has succeeded in a beautiful gesture of filial piety.

Please check out this channel, Clara’s book and learn more about how to embrace frugality. Well done Chris, may Clara’s legacy continue to grow and spread throughout our culture.

Enjoy the day and Stay Wise!


8 thoughts on “The Poorman’s Meal, shared by Clara Cannucciari of Great Depression Cooking

  1. I am in tears… my parents made this for us ALL the time. They used ketchup instead of jarred sauce. My grandmother used to come over once a week with a sack of potatoes, a sack of onions, a bottle of ketchup and two pounds of hot dogs. Oh, and a few boxes of flavored jello. My parents were in their early 20’s, my brother and I were toddlers, it was the late 50’s. What a memory!

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  2. This one really made me smile. My grandparents passed along so many tips about how to survive poverty. We didn’t have a lot, but we ate like royalty. Always home made, with simple, inexpensive ingredients. I am still really frugal (aka cheap) and cook all the time. Nice post. Thanks.

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