Great Depression cooking with Grandma Clara

March 5th, 2009 - 12:29 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Grandma cookingThe ninety three year old great-grandmother named Clara Cannucciari and is currently being the hottest cooking show host.

Great Depression Cooking With Clara, a series of 10 videos shot by her filmmaker grandson, Christopher. Showing her skills and ability preparing Italian-American pasta with peas and potatoes, egg drop soup, pepper and egg sandwiches.

“It was cheap, and it was nourishing,” Clara Cannucciari said recently from her upstate New York home. “My mother used to make (the dishes) during the Depression. These are all simple things to make.”

She’s born in Chicago to two Italian immigrants, and had quit high school after her sophomore year and worked filling Hostess Twinkies in a factory. Married to Dino Cannucciari, an opera singer, in 1948 in Rome, and then had a son, Carl, in 1950 and has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

As her Web site states: “The magic of Clara is that she can turn lemons into lemonade and potatoes into just about everything else. She had a childhood that most of us can’t imagine, but she was able to make the best of it and turn those trials into lessons we can all learn from.”

The videos have become an Internet phenomenon, and Clara is suddenly fielding media requests from all over, including ABC and CBS national news programs.

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