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Depression Era Recipes

AUNT BILL'S BROWN CANDY Original recipe. This is a word-for-word version that ran in the Dec. 19, 1931, edition of The Oklahoman. Sounds really good!

Aunt Bill's Brown Candy is a holiday tradition

Cracklins used to be common fare on southern tables. Sometimes you have to go back to your roots and eat the food of your heritage. My folks and the neighboring farm families had hog killings in the winter and they made cracklins/cracklings. So in cold weather we ate cracklin bread. Buy the cracklins without skins, your teeth will thank you. Don't think cracklins are just for us down home folks anymore. Emeril Lagasse has a recipe on how to make Cracklins and a Cracklin Bread recipe!

Old-School Cornbread recipe! Some otherwise reasonable Southerners will argue that cornbread is no good without sugar in it. I suspect many of these folks would repent if they had a chance to taste the kind made in a cast-iron skillet with stone ground cornmeal and real buttermilk.

The Return of Real Buttermilk | Garden and Gun
  • Tami Baker

    It has been my experience that Southerners DON'T believe that sugar should be added.

  • Debi Griffin

    True...southerners like cornbread without sugar and with bacon grease...

Cushaw pie is an old southern recipe. Recently cushaw has been a forgotten gourd but now I am growing it in my garden.

~ Potato Candy, I learned to make this candy from my mother-in-law, it is an old southern recipe, very easy to make and I make it every year at Christmas.

grandmother's potato candy | the merry gourmet
  • Angelique Swords

    My husbands family make this for Christmas to. It is so good! So happy i have a recipe now!

Biscuits with cracklings-old recipe (translator on sidebar)

Biscuits with cracklings-old recipe

Squash pickles are a family favorite - using a recipe from my grandmother, this 24HR version brought about a tangy taste, almost like a cross of bread n butter with hamburger chips.

Squash Pickle Recipe - 24 hour recipe | Drick's Rambling Cafe

Gingerbread/Gingerbread Cake from This is my grandmother's recipe from the 1930's. It's my favorite spicy gingerbread/cake recipe that's wonderful served warm with whipped cream or butter. Prep time is estimated.

Gingerbread/Gingerbread Cake

An Irish Grandmother's recipe for Dandelion Wine from 1926

My Irish Grandmother's recipe for Dandelion Wine

Based on my grandmother Mur’s recipe, this is the pie I tote to Thanksgiving dinner and the go-to pie when berries and peaches aren’t in season. It is simple and delicious, based on just eggs, butter, sugar, buttermilk, a little cornmeal, and a pie crust. So simple, so the story goes, that the first baker of this classic Southern recipe didn’t want praise for the pie, saying “it’s jess pie.”

My Buttermilk Chess Pie « Cake Mix Doctor :