Friday, June 27, 2014

Depression Babies

That was us.

We came into this world in the middle of a depression, and, Lord help us, I hope we don't "go out" in the middle of one.

But I think most of us will agree that we've lived in perhaps the best time in American history.

I just learned of a book written a number of years ago that talks about that and calls us "the luckiest Americans ever."  It's titled, "The Lucky Few."

It claims that,

"These Lucky Few became the first American generation smaller than the one before them, and the luckiest generation of Americans ever. As children they experienced the most stable intact parental families in the nation’s history. Lucky Few women married earlier than any other generation of the century and helped give birth to the Baby Boom, yet also gained in education compared to earlier generations. Lucky Few men made the greatest gains of the century in schooling, earned veterans benefits like the Greatest Generation but served mostly in peacetime with only a fraction of the casualties, came closest to full employment, and spearheaded the trend toward earlier retirement. Even in retirement/old age the Lucky Few remain in the right place at the right time."

Sounds right to me.

I also came across a list of "Depression" food:

Milk toast
Chipped Beef on Toast
Chipped beef on toast
Cucumber and mustard sandwiches
Mayonnaise sandwiches
Ketchup sandwiches
Hot milk and rice
Potato soup – water base, not milk
Dandelion salad
Lard sandwiches
Bacon grease sandwiches
Sugar sandwiches
One eyed Sam – piece of bread with an easy over egg in the centerHot dogs and baked beans
Oatmeal mixed with lard
Fried potatoes and hot dogs
Onion sandwich – slices of onion between bread
Tomato gravy and biscuits
Deep fried chicken skin
Cornbread in Milk
Cornbread in milk
Gravy and bread – as a main dish
Toast with mashed potatoes on top with gravy
Creamed corn on toast
Corn mush with milk for breakfast, fried corn mush for dinner
Rice in milk with some sugar
Fried potato peel sandwiches
Banana slices with powdered sugar and milk
Boiled cabbage

Tomato gravy on rice
Toast with milk gravy
Water fried pancakes
Chicken feet in broth
Fried bologna
Warm canned tomatoes with bread
Butter and sugar sandwiches
Fried potato and bread cubes
Bean soup
Runny eggs with grits
Butter and grits with sugar and milk
Baked apples
Sliced boiled pork liver on buttered toast (slice liver with potato peeler)
Corn meal mush
Spaghetti with tomato juice and navy beans
Whatever fish or game you could catch/hunt
Tomato sandwiches
Hard boiled eggs in white sauce over rice
Spam and noodles with cream of mushroom soup
Rag soup: spinach, broth and lots of macaroni
Garbanzo beans fried in chicken fat or lard, salted, and eaten cold
Popcorn with milk and sugar – ate it like cereal

Company Chicken
Frankly, some of my favorite dishes are listed here! With the possible exception of Chicken Feet in broth.

However, I once heard someone complain about a major soup company that produced so little chicken meat in its canned soup that he accused them of having a "company chicken" who Quickly ran through the warm water just before it was poured into the can and labeled Chicken Soup.