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Some of my best memories are from my Aunt Gloria and Uncle John’s house – – truly the old-fashioned kind. I remember riding my big wheel at the side of their house, near wide green cellar doors, passing by the tire swing where my cousins and I played. Uncle John built us a tree house in the back, and a see-saw. In the summer, my aunt would grow corn and tomatoes, and she always had red geraniums. But what really brings back warm childhood memories is the smell of Aunt Gloria’s pork and sauerkraut. It’s what my Aunt Gloria is known for the best. When it’s cooking, I feel like I’m back in her cozy house, with her wood stove cracking away, and Jenny and I playing Barbies.

I can’t say this is her exact recipe, because I don’t think she ever measured it out. I am making pork and sauerkraut for dinner tonight, and took notes while I put it together so I can share the recipe with you. It looks homely, and when I’ve put it on a platter, I’ve had guests actually scrunch their faces and say, “oh, looks good,” in not a very convincing manner. But when they [continue reading…]

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