by Tom Reel, VSO Double Bassist
A unique veterans' benefit that came my way 45 years ago changed my life.
In 1975 I played an audition at the University of Kansas for acceptance as a Performance Major in Double Bass, enrolling as a freshman (albeit one with a college degree), having just returned to civilian life weeks before. My work in the air force had not been in music. I worked at ground based radar sites, including 382 days in Saigon, South Vietnam (but who's counting).
As the weather cools down, I enjoy cooking stews and braises. Aside from being warming, these recipes easily make 4-6 servings, saving me time in the kitchen. I particularly enjoy sopping up the savory broth with a piece of good bread as I eat.
My dear mother, who recently passed, was an amazing cook. I found it fitting for my first recipe submission to be a tribute to her. One of my all-time favorite meals, (and one of the first I learned from my mother) was this recipe. It brings me back to my childhood and on a crisp fall or winter day this melange of sausages and sauerkraut was and is supremely comforting.