Hooked On...

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This week I'm hooked on cooking for less. Less is more, ya know! I'd heard on GMA about Clara over on YouTube and her Great Depression cooking shows. There is also a blog.

We are a family of four with only one income so saving money at the grocery store is hard to do. Heck, you don't need a family of four to realize that going to the grocery takes a big chunk of your income. I had forgotten to take anything out of the freezer Wednesday for dinner so I looked up Clara on the internet for something I may be able to use for dinner. Viola! I found it.... the "Poorman's Meal"! Potatoes, hot dogs, an onion, and some spaghetti sauce (I think). I had all but the onion so I improvised.

  1. I peeled the potatoes. *Pay no attention to the fine China I am using....*

  2. I cubed the potatoes. If I'd had an onion this is where I would have diced the onion. I added the taters to the pan.

  3. I added some oil. Began cooking potatoes and *onions*. (Since I didn't have an onion handy, I tossed the potatoes in a bowl with a little seasoning salt, some garlic powder 'cause everything is better with garlic!, and a little fresh dill.)

  4. While the potatoes and onions were cooking, I cut up four hot dogs. I think this would be equally as good, if not better with some polska kielbasa, but since we are ballin' on a budget here... hot dogs work just fine.

  5. I waited until the potatoes where about half way done then I added the hot dogs and a few spoonfuls of spaghetti sauce. I think that's what she used in the video, but I think you could use salsa or alfredo sauce if you wanted to. I used the Wal-Mart brand "Italian Garden Combination" flavor of sauce.

  6. Then I just let it cook. I stirred frequently because I didn't want the potatoes to stick and I wanted them to get done evenly. I noticed in her video that Clara added a little water to the mix towards the end to "soften" up the potatoes so I did so as well and it helped keep the whole thing moist. Once all was done, I spooned some into bowls and.....

It was a hit!

Here's Clara in her own words...

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  1. We all saw Clara on GMA the other morning, and my hubby and children immediately wanted me to fix that dish. They don't even want me to substitute kielbasa for the hotdogs! And isn't Clara just the sweetest little thing?

  2. By the way, I noticed we have the same fine china pattern. LOL.

  3. oh this is terrific, I can't wait to show my friends Clara's web site. We've been talking about cooking in the manner of our great-grandmothers and this is totally what we need to link to the past!

  4. I know what you mean about spending a fortune at the grocery store; I have a family of 5 and I try to only go to the store once or twice a week in order not to spend so much!

  5. I've never had this combination before. It looks really good!

  6. I hadn't heard of Clara. I've got to check out her website. Enjoyed the video!

  7. I may never try the dish, at least not with the hotdogs...I've done potatoes and onions before. But I love the video. In fact, it almost made me teary-eyed. Both my grandmas are gone now, but she made me think of them.

  8. that was really a good idea, "who'd a thunk I'd be gettin'" menu ideas from my daughter ( I like the idea of the kielbasa, too)