Many of you know I was raised in a little house that was attached to my parents "mom and pop" grocery store, circa 1945-1960. My nephew emailed me wanting some memories of my Dad...his Grandpa. Here's what I wrote, and it occurred to me you all may enjoy it too.
As you remember, my Dad was a good cook. He would often put a pot of something good on the stove in the kitchen, and then open the window above the sink so the smell would drift into the grocery store. Pretty smart actually, as he said it made the customers hungry. One of my favorites is what he called "German Stew" and I've made it hundreds of times over the years. Do you remember it? Everyone loves it and it's super easy too.
Grandpa K's German Stew
4-5 lbs of pork shoulder (often found as "Farmer Style Ribs" these days)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large can of Sauerkraut, drained (reserve the juice) and lightly rinse the Kraut
1 large can of tomatoes (undrained), dice
2 med. size cans of small white beans, drained
3-4 cups of chicken broth
1 large russet potato, peeled and grated
1 tsp. of Caraway Seeds (optional)
Black pepper to taste
Cut up the meat and brown the meat and the onion it in a large pot. Add all the ingredients, cover and simmer about one hour, or till the meat is tender. I pass the reserved "Kraut juice" for those of us who like more "zing".
It smells and tastes WONDERFUL !!