Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Zucchini will soon be starting to flow in the gardens. This hearty cake is a great way to use some of it. While it has sugar, it's far lower than a traditional cake. Chocolate Zucchini Cake Ingredients: 2½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp fine sea salt 1… Continue reading Chocolate Zucchini Cake


Date Gingerbread

I found this recipe online with a scanned picture from Better Homes & Gardens. What era is it from? It is hard to tell, but there are a few clues about when the original recipe originated. Using baking soda with vinegar to activate the soda is an older method, often seen in Great Depression recipes… Continue reading Date Gingerbread


Depression Era Recipes: Tomato Spice Cake

The Campbell Soup Company first sold canned condensed tomato soup in 1895. A pantry staple long ago, it was affordable as America plunged headfirst into the Great Depression in the summer of 1929. The tomato spice cake came out of the extreme recipes created in that time period. The cake/bread required no eggs, milk, or… Continue reading Depression Era Recipes: Tomato Spice Cake


Lemon Blueberry Sheet Cake

This Lemon blueberry sheet cake is an indulgent treat. One to make when you have many to enjoy it. It's full of eggs, butter and sugar. All the tasty things, no? It's a great recipe to brighten the cold days of January. Lemon Blueberry Sheet Cake Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder… Continue reading Lemon Blueberry Sheet Cake

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Great Depression Era Recipes: My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

I know as a child I saw the original book of My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (and it was an antique by then): My Mom had friends who were off-grid homesteaders who lived up in the foothills. Living their best early 80's hippy lifestyle. She was also friends with elder ladies who had vast… Continue reading Great Depression Era Recipes: My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook