Episodes

Podcast episode names & descriptions along with links to the blog posts and where you can listen to the episode.

SEASON 1

Episode 1 - What Do We Eat Now?
In this first episode, Sarah introduces the nitty gritty details of American food rationing during WWII (yeah, it's confusing!). She also reveals with one ration recipe that there's more than one way to eat a graham cracker.
(Listen HERE)
With a lot of the world's stores of sugar tied up by wartime, America had to figure out how to satisfy its major sweet tooth. Sarah dives into all the details behind sugar rationing and discovers why corn syrup should best be left for candy making. 
In this episode we find out the lengths Americans went to ensure they had their daily cup of coffee (and we thought they were crazy about sugar!) Sarah and a guest try out a homemade coffee replacement, and Sarah tries out a weird Victory Apple Pie recipe.
(Listen HERE)

Episode 4 - There's Dynamite In That Grease!
Fat was arguably the most valuable commodity in WWII. In this episode, Sarah lays out why fat was so important, explains the logistics of the Fat Salvage Program, and a special wartime animated icon learns why her bacon grease shouldn't go to feed her dog.
(Listen HERE)

Special Episode - Modern Lessons from WWII American Food Rationing
If you're one of those that have been drawing parallels between our current global pandemic situation and World War II rationing, you're not alone! In this special episode, Sarah talks about the differences and similarities, offers ideas and suggestions from wartime wisdom, and features a special wartime cookbook. You may or many not want to ignore her wartime/virus pandemic sandwich filling recommendations...
(Listen HERE)

Episode 5 - Liver and Tongue and Brains, Oh My!
In March 1943, Americans loved their meat enough to go on carnivorous shopping sprees before official meat rationing began. In this episode, Sarah explores who got most of the good meat (you know, the kind everyone actually wanted), which exact meats were rationed, and she uncovers a "dastardly" government meat conspiracy that no one seems to be complaining about. Plus - Hot Ham Rolls are on the menu!  
(Listen HERE)

Episode 6 - The Dairy Dilemma
Wartime dairy farmers were no strangers to milk dumping, distribution problems, and irate customers. Sarah lays out the problems dairies faced during WWII and what American consumers had to do without. (Oh, sweet butter!) Two ration recipes for cheese dips are praised and "Nostradamus McLemore" has his say about food rationing.
(Listen HERE)

Episode 7 - Ice Cream Goes to War
With the rationing of dairy cream, Americans had a difficult time getting their hands on their favorite dessert: Ice Cream. Sarah gives the "scoop" on the headaches and the heartbreaks of ice cream rationing and experiments with a Victory "half & half" frozen treat combo. 
{Happy V-E Day! This episode commemorates the 75th anniversary of kicking Hitler's rear!} 
(Listen HERE)

Episode 8 - The National Pantry Census
By the 1940s, Americans had come to rely on the conveniences of canned, dried, and frozen foods, but wartime needs and restrictions changed all that. In this episode finale for Season 1, Sarah explains everything that went into the rationing of processed foods including a national "pantry census." She features two wartime cookbooks with contradictory messages and the homefront farm kitchen gets a highlight. 
(Listen HERE)


SEASON 2

Victory gardens may be one of the most iconic aspects of WWII. In this first episode of the new second season, Sarah explores the various aspects of the National Victory Garden campaign, what makes a garden one of the official "victory" variety, and why these gardens were so important to the war effort. Sarah experiments with a couple 1943 vegetarian recipes, and one Indiana preacher sets the bar for the Victory Garden standard.
(Listen HERE)

Prisons, church yards, department store displays... WWII Victory gardens were planted in some pretty interesting places! In part two about Victory gardens, Sarah discusses the nitty gritty details of the actual Victory garden - what U.S. citizens planted, what tools they needed, and all the gardening helps available, including the discovery of the second most important aspect of Victory gardens after being a food source. Sarah tries two more vegetable recipes, one of which her family won't touch with a ten-foot pole, and the mystery about Indiana mangoes is cleared up!
(Listen HERE)


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