Whats your favorite 'poor people' food?

I am doing research for a cookbook that revolves around what american women fed their families during hard times in decade incriments from the 1900s- 2000. if you remember a favorite meal that your mother or grandmother- or yourself made and what decade it was- I would greatly appriciate it- any stories that go... show more I am doing research for a cookbook that revolves around what american women fed their families during hard times in decade incriments from the 1900s- 2000.

if you remember a favorite meal that your mother or grandmother- or yourself made and what decade it was- I would greatly appriciate it- any stories that go along with it- and the region you live in would be awesome too!
Thanks!
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