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Recession Recipe: Brown Flour Soup

Okay, this comes from my old files of Elizabeth Coblentz's recipes exactly as she wrote it.  Anyone brave enough to try THIS one??

2 tablespoons flour

Brown the flour in lard in a skillet, adding 1 cup watrer to it.  When browned then add 1 cup of milk.  Season with salt and pepper to your taste.  Bring to a boil then pour this over two or three slices of bread cubed in a bowl

 

Such recipes were common concoctions on Amish farmsteads during the tough years of the Great Depression.  Such dishes may be making a comeback in today's times.

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My mom used to talk about pretzel soup, with hot milk and butter and pretzels crumbled into it.

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Oooh, interesting.....I'll have to tell Lovina about that one...thanks, Oley, and welcome to Amishcookonline!

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this soup is traditionally still made in Basel, Switzerland, during carnival.

also eaten throughout the year.

tastes wonderful when sprinkled with grated cheese.

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Dad was raised Amish in northern Indiana.  He said that they'd carry lard sandwiches in their lunchbox with an apple, and dip water for drinking.  During the depression, it never occurred to them that they were maybe just "getting by"... there were others who carried plain bread.

I'm guessing this gravy soup was a variation on the other "soups" Dad's family had then.  They'd open a jar of home-canned corn or green beans, dump it into a pan, then pour a gallon of fresh milk into it.  Heat it up, stir in some salt and pepper, and serve it over sliced bread (with or without butter).  We had it too often when we were going through hard times, though we weren't Amish.

Another thing they did was make cornmeal mush... with just water and salt.  Dad absolutely refused to eat it the first time my mother made it.  He said he had "that stuff" WAY too much for his lifetime, growing up, and he sure wasn't going to eat it "now"!  He watched as Mom poured milk and sugar into our bowls of mush, like warm cereal, and asked, "You mean you can eat it like THAT?"  *smile*  After that, he learned to like it.

There was "coffee soup" (sweetened coffee poured over bread) and "banana soup" (sweetened milk and mashed bananas over saltine crackers or bread) and who knows what other concoctions a creative and frugal mother made.

I suppose while they certainly got tired of eating it, it got them through another day, and enough days to raise their own families. 

 

 

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Stutzman, welcome, and thank you for sharing those memories.  Amazing what meals one can scratch out of nothing...and, you know, the "banana soup" doesn't sound half bad!:)

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 At home we ate this gravy over bread.  Tom ,my husband love mayonnaise sandwiches. My go to quick meal is peanut /jelly sandwich.

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sounds like the "booey sop" that my great grandmother made. I only know what the words sounded like. not the spelling.  

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There's was also my grand -dad favorite: here suck on this rock it will take your mind off things!   Darn if it didn't work too....

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Add some shrimp and you have gumbo!

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Just a brown roux used to thicken the milk...  You could add ground beef and have a good "SOS"!

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or sausage and have sausage gravy

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Sounds like whiten whipped grease gravy to me...Smile

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My mom made this as gravy, that's southern biscuit gravy. 

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Funny how different people use the same recipes for different purposes......I wouldn't want to eat gravy as a soup....eeww

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Well, if they are pouring the gravy over cubed bread, you could consider it EXTREMELY poor man's biscuits and gravy. :P

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I ate alot of bread and gravy while growing up. Hunger makes a great sauce!!

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What a fantastic quote... did you make that up?  Very deep!

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I only wish that I had, actually it is from one of the "Little House " books. Ma said it when the reverend complimented her cooking. I used to say it to my kids when they would complain about dinner!!

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"Hunger makes a great sauce", I like that:)

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Mayonnaise sandwiches was another good one.

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My mom would eat Miracle Whip sandwiches, just because she liked them.  They weren't bad, really!

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So did my Mom!!