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Re: Favorite Poverty Meal?
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2018, 07:19:42 AM »
Growing up, it was hamburger gravy because one pound of hamburger would stretch to feed six people two separate meals.  We would have it for dinner over mashed potatoes, and the next morning over toast for breakfast.  In a seven day week, it was served no less than two times a week. 

This was the white gravy that was used to make chipped beef or sausage gravy.  We aspired to chipped beef, we dreamed of sausage.  If you could find more than a dime sized piece of hamburger on your toast, you were living.  :)

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Re: Favorite Poverty Meal?
« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2018, 07:23:26 AM »
Surely, a pasty must be on this list!  :-X
(my mother, being a Yupper, loved these things. Me....not so much)
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Re: Favorite Poverty Meal?
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2018, 07:48:34 AM »
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Re: Favorite Poverty Meal?
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2018, 09:00:11 AM »
Roxie,

  I think I'm coming to your house for lunch and breakfast. That sounds pretty good to me. I'm ready to try it over a bowl of rice right now. ;D
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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2018, 04:35:07 PM »
Roxie,

  I think I'm coming to your house for lunch and breakfast. That sounds pretty good to me. I'm ready to try it over a bowl of rice right now. ;D
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« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2018, 06:30:35 PM »
Most of my food is poverty food. Due mainly to laziness, and simple tastes, but I've had spots of being poor in the past. Legitimate poverty was cutting the mold off anything that's even nominally salvageable, and fishing the moth larvae out of my grains. Pseudo poverty is grilled cheese, and canned soup. One of my favorite meals. Extra sharp cheddar, seeded rye, and either tomato or French onion soup. I'll take that over a steak any day of the week  :^)

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« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2018, 07:16:23 PM »
Surely, a pasty must be on this list!  :-X
(my mother, being a Yupper, loved these things. Me....not so much)
Whats a pasty? Maybe it's just my area are what are used to keep uh.... women from poking when its cold.

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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2018, 07:32:33 PM »
Whats a pasty?
We have a '49er mining town a little ways north of me (Grass Valley/Nevada City (aka The Pondarosa)).  The hard rock miners were mostly Welsh and that was a traditional food they brought with them.  Several restaurants use to serve Pastys - a quick search did not find them on any menus. :-\  They are a mainly-potato, maybe some ground meat of some sort, onions and ? wrapped in a flaky pie-type crust - baked to perfection.  Not astounding flavor but very much comfort food especially on a cold day.
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« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2018, 07:49:00 PM »
The Welsh miner's tradition for pastys was to only handle the rolled up crust part because of three toxic material they were handling. The crust was then thrown down the mine as an offering of some sort. In some parts of the country rutabeggers are involved. 
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« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2018, 07:55:38 PM »
Pinto Beans and fried Bologna.  8)
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« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2018, 08:09:32 PM »
Whats a pasty?
We have a '49er mining town a little ways north of me (Grass Valley/Nevada City (aka The Pondarosa)).  The hard rock miners were mostly Welsh and that was a traditional food they brought with them.  Several restaurants use to serve Pastys - a quick search did not find them on any menus. :-\  They are a mainly-potato, maybe some ground meat of some sort, onions and ? wrapped in a flaky pie-type crust - baked to perfection.  Not astounding flavor but very much comfort food especially on a cold day.
Sounds kind of like a pot pie in hot pocket form :)

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« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2018, 08:14:20 PM »
David,

   I never heard of Pinto beans as a main course till I moved to WV. Brown beans and cornbread is often served as a meal here even in the school lunch rooms. In N. Fla where I grew up Pinto beans were something you bought to put in your chili when the grocery store ran out of Kidney beans.

    There is not a big selection of peas and beans here - typically 4-5 kinds in our local grocery stores while in Charlotte, 200 miles south of here, we typically find 15-20 kinds or more. Around here you can find Pinto beans in 50-100 lb bags. Even Wal Mart has them out for bulk sales.
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« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2018, 08:32:42 PM »
 

 
A beef Pasty with a bowl of gravy on the left.


 
A chicken Pasty with gravy.
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« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2018, 08:36:52 PM »

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A beef Pasty with a bowl of gravy on the left.

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A chicken Pasty with gravy.
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« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2018, 09:24:00 PM »
Whats a pasty?
We have a '49er mining town a little ways north of me (Grass Valley/Nevada City (aka The Pondarosa)).  The hard rock miners were mostly Welsh and that was a traditional food they brought with them.  Several restaurants use to serve Pastys - a quick search did not find them on any menus. :-\  They are a mainly-potato, maybe some ground meat of some sort, onions and ? wrapped in a flaky pie-type crust - baked to perfection.  Not astounding flavor but very much comfort food especially on a cold day.
Sounds kind of like a pot pie in hot pocket form :)
Except the potato is mashed - more like a to-go Shepard's Pie.
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« Reply #35 on: August 08, 2018, 09:24:01 PM »
My poverty meals included fried bread with a little salt and pepper. Sometimes them little $1 pack of noodles and Ill tell on my self its odd but I love it. Ill take a couple thick slices of Kentucky border bologna and take lays chips and put on the bologna and roll it up like a burrito and eat it just like that for a quick snack.

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« Reply #36 on: August 08, 2018, 09:40:11 PM »
Sometimes a "hard fried" egg samich on toast will get me by!  ;)
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« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2018, 09:49:58 PM »
I'm not sure if I have any good poverty meals of my own, but my Grandpa told me when they were kids (they were dirt poor) they used to have lard sandwiches- and they thought they were good!
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« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2018, 02:36:45 AM »
when i went to DeVry in Phoenix in 1991 & 1992 i had $20 for food for the month.
basic meal, top ramen noodles + 4 oz of tomato sauce.
Noodles on sale 12 for $1, once in a while 15 for $1
8 oz tomato sauce = 10 for $1

once in a while i would throw in 1/4 cup frozen mix veggies
$0.25 to 0.50
and sometimes the CHEAP hotdogs or meatballs.

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« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2018, 05:54:46 AM »
My mom would make Mac & Cheese with cut up Hot Dogs or Ground Beef mixed in. Served with home made Garlic/ Texas Toast.
I always enjoyed having Chicken Gizzards on noodles.
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