Thursday, February 12, 2009

Clara is going to be busy this week


Clara will be filming some behind the scenes for her upcoming DVD. She plans to give us all some additional insights on the Great Depression along with a new recipe or two, exclusively for the DVD. 

On top of all that Clara will be giving a very special interview to CBS Evening News for a future broadcast. 

Stay tuned!

52 comments:

  1. clara,
    i just watched a couple of your cooking videos. they were awesome. i am half italian and a lot of the things you do are so familiar to me. my mom has a similar cooking style and i grew up with everything made from scratch. i wish more people knew how to cook from scratch with simple ingredients. i worry that many people could go hungry in the future because they don't know these simple skills. you are doing a great service to pass on your knowledge. thank you.
    cathy
    washington(the state)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congratulations! That's wonderful news.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I just watched all your cooking videos. And I must say - you are the most bad-ass grandmother I've ever seen! When did you start cooking for your family?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Clara, you remind me so much of my grand mother. She's an amazing 88 year-old woman who's gone through a world war and countless ups and downs.
    I actually shed a tear watching you. She lives in France and I'm in the US and I don't get to see her but once a year. I love seating down with her and hearing her talk about her cooking!

    You're great, Clara!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Bless you, Ms Clara.

    My great-grandmother passed on before I could learn her cooking secrets from the Depression Era. so I'm grateful to have stumbled upon your videos.

    I'll be moving out on my own shortly, so your cheap, delicious home style recipes may very well keep me from starving!

    Thank you, and I wish you all the best.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Watch those TV folk. They can't be trusted.

    Look forward to the DVD. Much love!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Dear Clara,

    Thank you so much for sharing your life stories and your Loving Family Food Memories!

    I wept and laughed!

    Keep on cooking and sharing; as so many young families will need your knowledge, wisdom and joy!

    CC

    ReplyDelete
  8. Clara,

    I've learned alot from your videos. Thank you so much for passing on your knowledge and letting us know that we really can survive this terrible situation that we are in now. I have had variants of the very meals you are cooking and they are wonderful. I now know where these recipes my grandparents passed on to my parents and to my sister and myself came from. What a wonderful piece of history and knowledge.

    Thank You :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you for the great videos. I watched these with my 82 year old mother and she confirmed everything that Clara said. These videos provide a great service to history and to help people cope with the hard times ahead. Thanks for the videos and please post more.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Clara,

    My nonna just passed away last year and you reminded me very much of her. I have watched your videos over and over again and it reminds me of her very much and always makes me smile.

    You face is very familiar to me, thank you for reconnecting me to the memories I had of my nonna. Even the way you speak of things, gardening, chickens, everything is as it was when she told me of it. I can't wait to show my dad.

    Ti amo,
    Andrew Hunt-Tosi
    Seattle, Washington

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Clara!

    My mom and I love the cucidati video! My great grandmother used to make them, but of course never wrote down the recipe. Thank you for bringing it back to our family!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Your videos are inspiring and useful. They contain information people need.

    ReplyDelete
  13. My husband and I just stumbled upon your videos the other day and loved them! I made, "Poor Man's Meal" yesterday and my three kids LOVED it! Today I'm going to make "Pasta with Peas". :) Thank you SO much for passing on your wisdom. You are so funny, smart and adorable!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I can't wait to see the CBS Evening News story. I just think you are wonderful. I enjoyed watching your videos. I love cooking and hope to be able to do the same for my family some day. I just need to remember all the stories that go with my recipes! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hello Clara,

    Your videos were amazing. Your videos were re assuring that however tough the times be, there is always a ray of hope.
    I hail from India and there is a lot of similarity in the cooking methods that you showed. You remind me of my grand parents.

    may god keep you in best of your health.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Clara--you're the best! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Lessons we can all use. You remind me of my own Gramma. Simple food made with love. Best of everything to you and your family.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi Clara, I found your videos, and then your blog this evening. My daughter watched the videos with me, and it inspired a discussion of the memories my mother's parents told me about the Great Depression. They were farmers in Vermont, but despite that it was very rough, with my grandfather eventually being lucky enough to get a job with the WPA, to build the first air strip for an airport in the state. My grandmother and her eldest children having to take care of what planting they could, and the few animals they had left.

    Your cooking, and comments about what those times were like are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us, it's a tremendous gift.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Clara
    I really enjoy your videos and am looking forward to seeing the interview on TV.
    I am very famliar with Melrose Park, in fact I have been to your house. I am Toni Bonfanti's neice, daughter of Aldo.
    Thank you for bringing back those foods and memories.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I just watched you on Good Morning America...what a great story and I am glad you are sharing your recipes. I can't wait to try the recipes and look forward to seeing more of you on your new DVD!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Clara,

    Thank you for sharing your stories. They are comforting in these tough economic times.

    I think my generation (I'm 43) and our children could learn a lot from you. You are inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love watching your videos! I was born in 1931.My father was Sicilian and my mother's people were from Naples. Both my parents cooked all of your recipes. Wonderful memories of that food! And so thank you for bringing these recipes back and showing how to make them. Love you!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Clara,
    Thank you for bringing us into your home and sharing your family recipes. Now more than ever people will need to find creative,easy and inexpensive meals to feed their families as the economy is really hurting alot of people.
    Thanks again for your treasured gift.
    Serena In Vermont

    ReplyDelete
  23. Clara, you are simply "top drawer"! And so is Christopher. :-)

    Thanks to both of you for sharing with us.
    Honua Gal

    ReplyDelete
  24. Congratulations on your success paesana :) I am also a sicilian american! Love your cooking videos.

    You take me back to the days when I was a little girl and my nana would almost step on me since I was right there by her side learning everything about cooking cause I wanted to be just like her . . . and I am :)

    Continued success to you . . . Gina

    ReplyDelete
  25. How simple cooking can be. This is right up my alley. I really enjoy Clara. Keep up the great work. I plan to watch all the videos. I'm only on episode three so far when Clara was 91.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Dearest Clara, your recipes are delicious. I am English-Irish and love adding potatoes to everything.Growing up in the 50's we were poor and stretched every morsel to feed six. We ate once a day and very little. For some people the depression drug on, fortunately I am well off now but I still love your cuisine. Makes everyday a blessing.You are a wonderful inspiration and many more years of videos I hope! God Bless You Clara-a national treasure!! Your friend Jean

    ReplyDelete
  27. Clara
    I just want to thank you for your wonderful receipes...Please make sure to tell us when we can buy your DVD and the cookbook. Thanks you.

    angela

    ReplyDelete
  28. Clara
    I just want to thank you for your wonderful receipes...Please make sure to tell us when we can buy your DVD and the cookbook. Thanks you.

    angela

    ReplyDelete
  29. I happened to come across info about you watched one of your video's, and am hooked. What I want to know is how , when, etc., can I get a complete DVD collection of your other recipes. As a disabled person on limited income I'm interested in always saving money and the food looks really good. How much will the Collection be?? can reach me at d_cox74501@yahoo.com. Thankyou.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I just watched one of your wonderful episodes. I love to watch my Mom cook and miss that very much, now that I do not live near her.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful series. It reminds me of being in the kitchen with my own family, and although I'm not good at cooking, the simplicity of the recipes has given me the confidence to try it!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Thank you for sharing! It has brought back wonderful memories of my own Grandmother!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thank you for sharing! It has brought back wonderful memories of my own Grandmother!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Clara,
    Your videos bring a smile to my face & I can fully relate to your cooking style. I am a first generation american born to italian immigrants who lived in a tiny village in Italy during WWII and also cooked with little resources.
    I much prefer those peasant meals my mom taught me how to cook over american meals any day. I've also passed on these traditions to my daughter who now teaches them to her boyfriend.
    It's great, healthy food!
    By the way, we don't eat this way to save money (although this is a perk) we eat this way because we like the food!

    ReplyDelete
  34. This is great, Clara. GO GIRL!

    I'll be checking stuff out in the coming days.

    ReplyDelete
  35. wonderful videos and stories.
    not just Clara's food, but also her kitchen is european style. The Last Supper picture on the kitchen's wall, the thing she used to cut the cookies,all those my mother still have them back home in Europe. I had such a great time watching the videos !
    I love cooking, too!
    God bless you!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Clara,
    My grandmother was Italian American. When WWII started, she had five sons, all old enough to go to war. She promised God that if He spared her sons, she would attend mass every day for the rest of her life. Sure enough, even though one son was injured (my father), they all survived. Grandmom would walk down to the church every single morning for 6:30 mass. I have memories of the parish priest calling up my father during ice storms to ask him to reason with her and tell her not to go to mass that morning. And my grandmother would scold them both and put on her rubber boots and out she would go, because God had spared her sons. She lived into her 80s, and like you, she was a fabulous cook.
    Jeri

    ReplyDelete
  37. Clara, Your cooking video brought in a rush of memories of my grandmother (she was Italian American). I grew up with her and learned to can my own vegetables and Meats and how to make everything from scratch. She always talked to us about the depression and sharing with the less fortunate neighbors down the street when they could.

    3 Years ago we used to sit and discuss the coming depression we knew it before most people (of course I thought we had a couple more years). She said all the signs are there and its going to be a bad one because there is not sense of community anymore and that everyones sense of entitlement is going make it very hard. Thank You for putting this DVD together I plan to purchase as soon as it comes out!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hi Clara,
    I saw a clip of one of your cooking segments on GMA. It was the potatoes, onions, hot dog recipe. It reminded me of my Grandmother making the same thing when I was a lad. She too was a depression survivor.
    She's been gone for 20 years, but memories of her pop into may head from time to time.
    Thanks for passing on your skill in the kitchen. My Grandmother passed her's on to me and I've been cooking for almost 30years because of it.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Clara,

    I just discovered you and what a treasure you are.. how i wish my grandmother had shared some of these things.
    God Bless you Clara !
    Bonnie
    wasilla alaska

    ReplyDelete
  40. Clara, Thank you so much for sharing your stories and recipes with us. I am enjoying your videos so much and will be trying some recipes.

    My parents lived through the Depression so I have heard stories from that time all my life. Your videos really touch my heart.

    Can't wait to see your interview on CBS!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hi, Clara!!
    I just watched your video and i enjoyed it so much!
    Thank you!
    Suzie

    ReplyDelete
  42. Hiya Clara,
    My husband just recently opted for an early retirement so I'm on the lookout for good, rib-sticking meals that are tasty & economical-when I saw a television news piece where Emeril himself said your recipe for Poor Man's Meal was delicious I had to tell the hubby-and now I'm gonna cook it for dinner tonight! Since he loves all the ingredients it'll be a shoo-in. Thanx for sharing not only good eats but a glimpse into the Great Depression that my parents grew up in.....keep up the great work.

    ReplyDelete
  43. How wonderful you are to share all these wonderful recipes that I also grew up with back in New York when I was a child. Both my Italian American Grandmothers cooked just as you do. I now live in Sicily, and cook these dishes usually for my lunch as I remember what we would eat back in the 1960's. They are not only economical but delicious and filling. I was watching the news T.V. tonight from my home in Sicily, and saw a news clip that came from New York about you. You are wonderful...Best wishes all the way from Italy.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Hello Clara, you are awesome! i watched a couple of videos and have been inspired! i grew up in the midwest on a farm and am very familiar with basic, simple cooking. i still cook much the same today. thank you for sharing your legacy of good food, warm memories and steadfast perseverance.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Hello Clara, you are awesome! i watched a couple of videos and have been inspired! i grew up in the midwest on a farm and am very familiar with basic, simple cooking. i still cook much the same today. thank you for sharing your legacy of good food, warm memories and steadfast perseverance.

    ReplyDelete
  46. My husband's last name is Bonfanti...wonder if they are related??? We were recently blessed with our first born son and I am excited to watch these videos. I want to learn as much about his Sicilian-American heritage as I can!

    God Bless!

    ReplyDelete
  47. These videos made me almost cry- I miss my Grandma (who could cook anything by scratch and was so talented in the kitchen) What a joy to watch Clara. I loved it!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Dear Clara. Thank you for making it possible for me to enjoy your videos and recipes. Im going to make one of yours recipes tonight for dinner. This will help stretch our grocery money and give us nurishing meals, I so enjoy watching you. Im going to make the fig cookies for Easter! God bless you!!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Clara,

    So interesting. My parents met each other in Chicago in the early 30's. They were both working at one of J. P. Harding's Restaurants. I still have a collection of items they collected then. They met, married and moved to Oregon in 1935.

    Oh the stories they told about back then. Mom and Dad were both good cooks and we had some wonderful meals from just a few items.

    Al Good, still in Oregon

    ReplyDelete
  50. you were great on CBS News! can't wait to share your recipes with my students as they learn about the great depression!

    ReplyDelete
  51. I so enjoy watching you and listening to your story-telling. You remind me so much of my husband's German grandmother (this is definitely a most high honor). How relevant your wisdom and experiences are at this time to an instant, fast-food society! We can learn so much from you...not only saving $ by cooking at home, but also having family around the dinner table once again!! Thanks for sharing your life with us, Clara!!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Dear Clara,

    I am from São Paulo, Brazil.

    I really enjoyed your family history and recepies.

    You are an example for me!!!!

    Congratulations!!!

    Carla

    ReplyDelete