Bierschinken German Deli meat Sticky post

Bierschinken made with the “Schinkenfee”

Every few weeks I have a craving for a good quality Wurst that I can eat with my home baked Bauernbrot (German crusty bread). Living in the American South it’s not easy to find a good variety of Deli meats. I like to make my own so I know the quality and what’s inside. I found the Ham-maker “Schinkenfee” on Amazon which made Wurst processing easy. Continue reading Bierschinken made with the “Schinkenfee”

Swabian Krautkrapfen Sticky post

Swabian Krautkrapfen, a stable on the table

Sometimes I get my inspiration while watching a German cooking show “Lecker aufs Land: or “Landfrauenküche”. Five women from rural regions of parts of Germany cook for each other. At the end, the ladies get rated on decorating the table and on the meals they cooked. I was anxious to cook this recipe Continue reading Swabian Krautkrapfen, a stable on the table

Hildegard von Bingen nerve cookies Sticky post

A 1000 year old Cookie recipe that calms your Nerves

According to Hildegard von Bingen ancient written recipe that calms your nerves; the spices that are used strengthen the five senses: a clear vision, acute hearing, a fine taste of sense of smell and a sensitive touch Continue reading A 1000 year old Cookie recipe that calms your Nerves

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Schinkennudeln, a very tasty German Ham and noodle dish

The Schinkennudel dish brings back memories of my childhood that makes me happy. This recipe for this is very simple. In Germany we used cooked ham, but now I like to use fried bacon. I replaced the yellow onions, which is customary, with green onions. Continue reading Schinkennudeln, a very tasty German Ham and noodle dish

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Make old stale bread tasty with Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is an old, almost forgotten way to make stale bread tasty. I turned a three day old Baguette into a delicious dessert

Bread is one of the oldest foods in the world. Bread was originally a staple food, but today Germans tend to eat bread as complementary food or a Continue reading Make old stale bread tasty with Bread Pudding

Walnut cookies with chocolate morsels Sticky post

Melt in your mouth Walnut cookies with Chocolate Truffles

Bake super tasty walnut cookies – a delicious shortcrust pastry, a simple cookie recipe even for Beginners!
Baking cookies couldn’t be quicker or easier: My recipe for delicious walnut works with a little trick without cutting out. The cookie dough is simply rolled in little balls, placed in your hand and pressed with 3 fingers to make grooves. Awesome right? That works really well. Of course, the cookies taste really delicious, and if you like, with confectioner sugar sprinkled on top! Continue reading Melt in your mouth Walnut cookies with Chocolate Truffles

St. Michel, Normandy Sticky post

A Trip to Normandy, Well Worth the Wait

By Guest Author Claudia Clark. Visiting the Northern region of France known as Normandy is somewhere I had always wanted to go because my mother had been a French teacher and spent several years there as part of an exchange program while she was in college and was quite fond of the area. From the time I was a small child she showed me photos and shared her stories of the time she spent there.  Continue reading A Trip to Normandy, Well Worth the Wait

Pützgasse Unkel at the Rhine Sticky post

Honorable well known figures lived in Unkel at the Rhine

It was September, 26, 2021, the German Election day. It was fitting for the moment to visit Unkel at the Rhine. Two very well known political figures in German history spent time there, one taking refuge from the Nazi’s Continue reading Honorable well known figures lived in Unkel at the Rhine

Nussecken, Almond Triangle pastry Sticky post

Nussecken, a German Almond pastry

Nussecken, like the ones from the German bakery, combine three favorite layers: sweet nut mixture, a fine apricot or peach jam and a buttery shortcrust pastry. This Nussecken recipe proves how easy it is to make the pastry yourself. This small Almond pastry is a welcome change as an afternoon snack with your coffee. Continue reading Nussecken, a German Almond pastry

Martin Glas Heimatphotographie Der Riese Miltenberg Sticky post

The”Giant” in Miltenberg

The „Zum Riesen” was documented as a Medieval Hostel, and is now operated as a Hotel. The “Giant” can justifiably be called The Oldest Royal Hostel in Germany. Dr. Ph. Madler mentions in his 1865 historical memorabilia of the Inn “Zum Riesen”, that Charles IV took quarters there for eight days in February 1368. Continue reading The”Giant” in Miltenberg

ancient bread of Pompeii Sticky post

Baking Bread of ancient Rome

On my Romans in Rhineland fact finding trip I became interested in bread baking like it was done in the antiquity. After some research, I plunged into baking the bread like the Romans did as depicted in paintings, and found as carbonised loafs in ovens of Pompeii. Continue reading Baking Bread of ancient Rome

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Wirsinggemüse, a creamed Savoy Cabbage dish from the Franconia region

I was in the vegetable section of the grocery store the other day and found a Savoy Cabbage. I remembered that my mother used to make a creamed Cabbage vegetable dish at family gatherings. You can find Savoy Cabbage in certain grocery stores in the US. Maybe try Harris Teeter, Publix, Wegmans, Whole Foods or Earth Fare Continue reading Wirsinggemüse, a creamed Savoy Cabbage dish from the Franconia region

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The Linderhof Palace of King Ludwig ll

The Linderhof Palace follows the “Pleasure Palace” type, which originated in France in the 18th century and was soon built in palace gardens across Europe. The splendid furnishings are a mixture of the French, but also the Bavarian Rococo. This Palace, which resulted from a long period of construction and renovation, is the only larger castle King Ludwig II experienced complete while still alive. Ludwig was a loner and created his own empire with the Linderhof Castle, his palace all for himself. Continue reading The Linderhof Palace of King Ludwig ll

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A Crooked or “Schiefes Haus” in Ulm

I sat down at an Italian Eiscafé at the Fisherman’s Quarter in Ulm. I had an excellent view to the „Crooked House“ or in German “Schiefes Haus” while eating an Cherry Amaretto ice cream. Besides this precarious building, I visited the Ulm Cathedral that has the highest church tower in world Continue reading A Crooked or “Schiefes Haus” in Ulm

Apfelstrudel with vanilla ice cream Sticky post

Anneliese’s scrumptious “Apfelstrudel” or Apple Strudel

Whenever in Würzburg I visit my friends, the Schwarzmann girls. The sisters Margarete and Anneliese Schwarzmann and their parents (RIP) have a 100 year history in the hospitality field. They owned the Hotel and Restaurant “Stadt Mainz” in Würzburg where Anneliese has been the chef. Continue reading Anneliese’s scrumptious “Apfelstrudel” or Apple Strudel

Haushaltsschule 1900's Sticky post

“Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

In the so-called “Haushaltsschulen” of the 1900’s, young, middle-class women were taught household skills, such as cooking, baking, sewing, handicrafts, gardening and cleaning to prepare them to be good housewives and wives. Continue reading “Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

Roman villa in Ahrweiler, Römervilla Sticky post

An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

It was a rainy day in Germany, so a visit to a Museum came to mind. Only 45 minutes from where I was staying is Ahrweiler in the North of the Rhineland. There, in 1980, construction workers discovered the remains of an ancient building at the foot of the so called “Silberberg” Continue reading An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

Dallmayr Deli Munich Sticky post

Dallmayr is known for Coffee, but also for their famous delicacies in Munich

The Dallmayr, also a Delicatessen House in Munich, is a tradition since the 17th century and a parent company of the famous German coffee “Prodomo”. One morning while staying at the Hotel du Train, I strolled down to the Marienplatz. There, right behind the Townhall at the Dienerstrasse, I found the Dallmayr Coffee house and Deli. Dallmayr Munich has been the finest delicacies for almost 300 years, and the largest delicatessen in Europe. Continue reading Dallmayr is known for Coffee, but also for their famous delicacies in Munich

Hotel du train, Munich Sticky post

The Orient Express is in Munich – as a hotel

After arriving in Munich, I wanted to experience a hotel stay of a special kind. I took the public transportation to the Sendlinger Tor or Gate. From there I rolled my large suitcase to the Hotel du Train. I found this hotel fascinating after I read about it in a Munich online newspaper. To my amazement it has the theme of Agatha Christie’s Orient Express … Continue reading The Orient Express is in Munich – as a hotel

German Goulash (Gulasch) Sticky post

German Gulasch (Goulash), a traditional home cooked meal

Goulash, in German called Gulasch, is our family tradition for large gatherings and holidays . At Christmas I prepare two large pots of Gulasch for my daughter and family, and also for the visiting neighbors and friends. Every year at the holidays, they are looking forward to my home cooked meals Continue reading German Gulasch (Goulash), a traditional home cooked meal

Schinken, Speck, Prosciutto Sticky post

Homemade Schinken or Prosciutto

I pride myself to have mastered the art of smoking a German Schinken, a type of Prosciutto. The difference is that Schinken is cold smoked and dried, versus Prosciutto is hung/dried for about a year. I watched many YouTube clips and joined Social media groups about smoking meats. I held on to this recipe for a very long time, and since I am traveling more, I thought it is time to pass it on. Continue reading Homemade Schinken or Prosciutto

French Onion Soup Sticky post

A delicious Soup with simple ingredients

French Onion Soup is quickly prepared and a great, delicious starter on your table. This soup has long been considered a classic “poor people’s food”. Hardly surprising, because the ingredients are simple and almost everyone has them in the house. On top of that, the recipe also offers a good opportunity to use stale bread in this wholesome dish. There are other types of onion … Continue reading A delicious Soup with simple ingredients

Salzburg, Austria Sticky post

Three days in Salzburg, Austria

On the way to Austria, we stopped for a couple days in the in the Salzburg area. Salzburg is located on the border with Germany at the foot of the Eastern Alps. A river name Salzach flows through the middle of the city. On the left bank is the old town, designated as a pedestrian zone, with buildings from the Middle Ages and Baroque Continue reading Three days in Salzburg, Austria

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Austrian Käsespätzle, or Cheese Spaetzle

While on vacation in Sankt Gilgen, Austria I had this typical Austrian dish called “Käsespatzen”. It consists of Spaetzle noodles and grated hard cheese that is alternately stacked and garnished with fried onions, then baked in a hot oven Continue reading Austrian Käsespätzle, or Cheese Spaetzle

Drachenburg Castle, Königswinter Sticky post

Drachenburg Castle, an elegant Palace with a magnificent Terrace

One day a couple years ago we took the Old Trolly train halfway up to the Drachenburg Castle. It is a newer castle built in 1884, located about a mile below the Drachenfels ruin and a jewel of the romantic Middle Rhine and Königswinter. Continue reading Drachenburg Castle, an elegant Palace with a magnificent Terrace

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A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

One wonders if you have a genuine “Kaisergugelhupf” (Emperor bundt cake) on your plate at the Café. Only bakers and baking enthusiasts, who do a little research would be familiar with the true consistency of the dough. After all, we know there are many different variations on the internet, and there is very large collections of fake recipes among them Continue reading A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

Apple puff pastry roses Sticky post

Easy, tasty and pretty, Apple Rose Muffins

These Apple Rose Cubcakes or muffins are beautiful to look at, simply made with store bought puff pastry dough and fresh apples. These cup cakes are not only pretty, they also taste uniquely delicious. The fruity-sweet taste of the apples goes perfectly with the puff pastry dough Continue reading Easy, tasty and pretty, Apple Rose Muffins

Colmar, France Sticky post

Colmar, the most picturesque, historic town in the Alsace

The Alsace region with all its beauty is a real place for connoisseurs, but above all, it causes tourists to be amazed. The town of Colmar, is arguably the most delightful city in France! While staying in the Black Forest, I left one morning after breakfast to drive to the French side. Colmar, the third largest city in the region, is no longer a real small town with its almost 67,000 inhabitants, but is often regarded as such due to its intimacy and its enticing small town charm. My expectations were rewarded visiting this magnificent city. Continue reading Colmar, the most picturesque, historic town in the Alsace

Swabian dish, Maultaschen on a Plate3 Sticky post

Maultaschen, a typical Swabian Dish

On the way driving south to the Black Forest, we stopped for a couple of days at some friends house near Stuttgart. The next day we were served “Maultaschen” for lunch, which is a type of meat pocket. It instantly reminded me of an oversized Ravioli. Maybe there was an Italien influence? Continue reading Maultaschen, a typical Swabian Dish

Aachen Cathedral Sticky post

Aachen has a place of Pilgrimage and Royal Coronations

Staying near Bonn, we decided to take an hour’s drive to the Aachen Cathedral or Dom, which was founded 800 a.D. by Charlemagne “Charles the Great” and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic and glamorous building is an emblem of Aachen and a landmark in occidental architecture Around 800 AD., Charlemagne built a major imperial palace in Aachen with the Palatine chapel … Continue reading Aachen has a place of Pilgrimage and Royal Coronations

Yoghurt-Fruit cheese cake with blueberry and raspberry Sticky post

Eat a Yoghurt-Fruit Cheese cake without the Guilt

If you miss the German cheese cakes and think it’s not good for your hips, then bake it with Quark, in this case Greek-Yoghurt with Fruit. To make it easy, you can use Graham crackers as a crust. When you reduce the sugar, add the Fruits like Mandarines, Cherries and/or dark Berries. It will complete a healthy combination. Continue reading Eat a Yoghurt-Fruit Cheese cake without the Guilt

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Feel like a Royalty at the Lieser Castle, now a Luxury Hotel

On one of our trips to Trier we planned to stay a couple nights at a B&B at Bernkastel-Kues at the Mosel. We happen to drive through the town of Lieser and saw a beautiful castle to our left. When we arrived at our accommodation, I asked about this gorgeous building, and we were told it is now a Luxury hotel. We drove back to Lieser to take some pictures in the evening. Continue reading Feel like a Royalty at the Lieser Castle, now a Luxury Hotel

Nuernberg Albrecht Duerer Haus Sticky post

Nuremberg Albrecht Dürer Haus

A couple years back, while in Nürnberg, we were eating lunch at the Augustiner Restaurant. As we were enjoying our lunch, we struck a conversation with the waitress about places to explore. She mentioned the historic Albrecht Dürer half-timbered Fachwerk home that was just a couple feet away. Albrecht Dürer was Germany’s most famous painter and lived from 1509 in the large half-timbered house for … Continue reading Nuremberg Albrecht Dürer Haus

Noerdlingen Sticky post

A German town built on a “Crater”

A couple years ago we did a four day trip down the Romantic Road and stopped in Nördlingen. It is one of the most attractive towns in the central part of the Romantic Road. It has been found that there was a meteorite impact 15 million years ago which formed a crater
The town of Nördlingen is the largest town in the Swabian district of Donau-Ries in Bavaria. Continue reading A German town built on a “Crater”

Käsesahne Cream cake, Käsesahne Torte mit Mandarinen Sticky post

Käsesahne Torte, or Cream Cake

One of my favorite Cakes or Tortes when sitting at a street cafe in Germany. It’s a little challenging for a beginner, but it’s worthwhile and tastes great! Best to start planning and preparing the cake 2 to 3 days before. The Cake bottom needs to be baked the day ahead and Cream topping should rest in the refrigerator approximately 12 hours to get firm Continue reading Käsesahne Torte, or Cream Cake

Passau boat ride, Schifffahrt Stephansdom, Cathedral, Passau Sticky post

Passau, the city where three Rivers meet

After settling in at my Airbnb in Passau, a city in Lower Bavaria, I took a walk at the beautiful waterfront promenade. There were colorful flowers and buildings as I strolled along. I noticed the architecture of Passau’s old city buildings, and as I was reading later, there is a reason why it has an Italian flair. After the catastrophic city fire of 1662, the Italian influence can be seen everywhere…. Continue reading Passau, the city where three Rivers meet

Landshut, Bavaria streetscape Sticky post

Landshut, a Bavarian Jewel just north of Munich

Landshut is the capital of Lower Bavaria. This considerable small town of about 70,000 inhabitants was a pleasant surprise when visiting friends recently. Just 20 minutes north of the Munich Airport, Landshut is one of the richest industrialized towns in Bavaria with a striving economy.  Continue reading Landshut, a Bavarian Jewel just north of Munich

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Stift Melk and Dürnstein in the Wachau, Austria

While staying in Weissenkirchen, Austria, and the wine region of Wachau, we did day trips to Vienna, the castle of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Schloss Artstetten), and took a day cruise to Stift Melk. It was a week full of history and sightseeings Arriving at our Bed & Breakfast “Donauhof” Hotel Garni in Weissenkirchen Wachau is a Wine region along the Danube, with a mild climate … Continue reading Stift Melk and Dürnstein in the Wachau, Austria

Burg Eltz castle Sticky post

Burg Eltz, the oldest castle with a unique architecture

Located between Koblenz and Trier, the Eltz castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River, a tributary on the north side of the Moselle. I have been there several times with family and friends Burg Eltz built in the 1200’s, has been owned by the same family for 34 generations. It is built on a 230 ft rock on an important Roman trade … Continue reading Burg Eltz, the oldest castle with a unique architecture

Geselle, Journeyman in Cologne Sticky post

My Great-Grandfather, the Journeyman

The Journeyman years (Wanderjahre or Walz) are a time of travel for several years after completing an apprenticeship as a craftsman. The guild has died in the 1920’s, but made a comeback after the 1980’s. The journeyman is required to wear distinctive clothing named “Kluft “ Continue reading My Great-Grandfather, the Journeyman

Marmorkuchen or German Marble Cake Sticky post

Marmorkuchen or Marble Cake

Cake and birthdays inevitably belong together. Especially the marble cake is popular with children and guests alike. Optically, this classic marble cake on the birthday table is a little eye-catcher: while cutting the bright sponge meets the chocolate counterpart, the nice pattern appears, and is likely a hit. Continue reading Marmorkuchen or Marble Cake

Elderflower Syrup, Hollunderblueten Sirup Sticky post

Elderflower Syrup, a refreshing drink

Elderberry shows its pretty and fragrant flowers between May and July. They buds can be used to make syrup. It is best to harvest the Elderflower buds on a dry, sunny day, when they will have the most aroma and has fully opened flowers. Then they should be harvested, preferably by cutting. Continue reading Elderflower Syrup, a refreshing drink

German Wurstsalat Sticky post

German Wurstsalat

Many Germans grow up with this Wurstsalat recipe. In my area (Franconia), we make it with Mayonnaise and call it Fleischsalat. I tried this dish first when I visited Stuttgart (Schwabenland). It became my favorite Abendbrot or evening supper. Can be served with German Bread, Rolls or a Pretzel. Use boiled eggs, radishes or tomatoes for garnish and sprinkle with chives Taste great with my … Continue reading German Wurstsalat

Blueberry Yoghurt Streusel cake Sticky post

Oma’s Streusel Yoghurt Cake with Blueberries

Fruity creamy cakes are my favorite. This Streusel Blueberry Quark torte or cake was made often and eaten with an afternoon cup of coffee. Quark can be substituted with 4% Greek yoghurt. The pudding should be the cooking type, like “Dr. Oetker Vanilla pudding”. Any other would do also. Instead of Blueberries, Blackberries or tart Cherries can be used Continue reading Oma’s Streusel Yoghurt Cake with Blueberries

Pork with Sauerkraut, Smoked Meats plate Sticky post

Sauerkraut the Bavarian way

I came to the realization that many people don’t like Sauerkraut. I was puzzled and wondered why, so I asked them. Basically what I was told it has a sour or bitter taste. I also believe when you grow up with certain foods, your taste buds adjust. I explained to my friends that Sauerkraut should be prepared, and not be eaten straight out of a jar or can, they became curious. Continue reading Sauerkraut the Bavarian way

German meat patties, Fleischkräpfle , Frikadellen, Buletten Sticky post

Frikadellen or German Meat Patties

Everyone likes to eat German meat patties or Frikadellen! You can get them at most take-out, like a butcher. But I still believe my mother’s tasted the best! Pretty much everyone has a “family recipe” and this is exactly what I want to share with you today, because these German meat patties are an absolute dream! Continue reading Frikadellen or German Meat Patties

German Rolls, Broetchen, German bread Sticky post

German Bakeries and their Secret

I became a hobby baker when there were no bakeries with fresh breads available; basically out of necessity. So every time I am in Germany, I do my bakery run in the morning, since there are at least two of them in walking distance. I noticed a distinct difference between bakeries, so I did some reading. I had figured out what makes the “Krume” or texture so different Continue reading German Bakeries and their Secret

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“Toast Hawaii”, a 1980’s Party food

This was Germany’s 70/80th party food. I remember when my older sisters had house parties, and these easy toast with ham, pineapple and cheese open faced sandwiches were a hit. Can be decorated with a cherry in the middle Continue reading “Toast Hawaii”, a 1980’s Party food

Serviettenknoede, bread dumplings Sticky post

Semmelknödel for the Fearful and the Brave

Have you ever been afraid of bread dumplings falling apart in the water, because of some experience of the past? There are two foolproof options for beginners. For one recipe I use a 9″x 5″ loaf pan and bake it in the oven, the other is “Serviettenknödel” that you roll into a clean cotton cloth or plastic foil. then boil. Continue reading Semmelknödel for the Fearful and the Brave

Bavarian pork roast, Krustenbraten. Schweinebraten Sticky post

Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood

As a child, I remember waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of my mothers Bavarian Pork Roast in the oven. She would go to the early church service, and then roast the Schweinebraten while we were gone to the later mass. At noon we were ready to sit at the table or Mittagstisch. Continue reading Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood

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Schäufele, a speciality from my hometown Würzburg

Schäufele (Schaufele translates to small shovel) is a traditional dish that is mainly served in my hometown Würzburg and the Franconia region of Germany. Every year, at my class reunion, I treat myself to this meal when meeting at a restaurant with my former classmates
Continue reading Schäufele, a speciality from my hometown Würzburg

Nutella cookies

Nutella Cookies made with a Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

This has to be the fastest and easiest cookies I have ever baked. Just 4 ingredients, Nutella, flour, eggs and baking powder. No need for butter, there is Palm oil and Hazelnuts in Nutella. These cookies have a tender, melting texture, but slightly crisp when you bite into it. Continue reading Nutella Cookies made with a Chocolate Hazelnut Spread