Our children and youth of today, don’t see things the same way as their grandparents. Most of my generation had grandparents that lived in the depression and have some heartbreaking and moving stories about that era. We forget to ask sometimes what they did to make things better for themselves; what did they do for fun? How did they manage to feed families and be content?
This video below introduces us to a beautiful senior, and she shows us how food could still be delicious and happy during depressing times. At 94 years old, Clara Cannucciari shares how she and her family survived throughout the Great Depression. Using the same simple, cheap ingredients they relied on back in the day, the great-grandmother also shares her stories of the era.
For this episode, she makes one of my personal favorite dishes! Pizza! That’s right; even when times were at their bleakest, no one could deny the healing power of sauce, dough, and cheese. She explains how they were much simpler back then and “not like all this fancy stuff they put on it now.”
Although Clara does pick an unusual topping for her pie, you can create your own customized version however you’d like! While she prepares her meal, Clara talks about how close-knit her family was, huddling together around a lamp before their house had electricity. Take a look below the video for more stories.