Could you stomach these struggle meals from the Great Depression?

We delved into recipe and history websites, along with food websites, to  uncover a collection of “struggle meals” that emerged during those  trying years.

We’ve heard of “nose to tail” cooking, but the Great Depression brought about “skin to center” potato cooking.

Potato Peel Soup

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Tomato Soup Cake

Tomato soup: Good. Cake: Great. Tomato Soup Cake: …questionable? Surprisingly, this recipe works.

Hot Water Pie

A simple custard made from hot water, sugar, flour, and a bit of vanilla was poured into a pie crust and baked.

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This unlikely pairing was more a result of desperation than culinary  genius. Raw onions were hollowed out and filled with a generous scoop of  peanut butter.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Onions


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