Lent

Each year, my family has been partaking in a Medieval Style Lent – no meat (chicken, pork, beef) and no dairy (butter/cheese) Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, you’re supposed to celebrate the sabbath, so there shall be meat and cheese aplenty, you know, in celebration.

In the context of the ration project, this sounds like an awesome idea for conserving tons of ration points. Meat and cheese have such high point values that we hardly eat any. We’ve turned to the standard protein source: beans. After a trip to a local Indian grocery, we have stocked up on different kinds of beans and have been experimenting with cooking with them. I’d forgotten just how interesting you could make things by playing with the textures in beans and whatever you cook them with. I guess you get lazy when you can default to turkey or chicken as your central protein

How many of you do something special for lent? Are any of you doing a particular style of Lent, or have any family/church traditions? I’d love to hear about them. Please send them to me either by leaving a comment here, or by sending me email.

Ration Book Story

Aunt Helen’s Ration Book

This scan of Ration Book One was sent to me by Wendy Meka. It belonged to her Aunt Helen, who lived in North Girard, PA (part of Erie, PA that is now called Lake City).

If you have a ration book or a family story to share about their experiences on the home front during World War II, please contact me directly at email.

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Jennifer writes about Food History and other food-related topics on her personal blog when she is not working full time, spending time with her family, or being a full-time student.
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