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Gnocchi di Patate, a pasta with Italian origin

Gnocchi, pronounced “Njocki” rather than “Gnotschi”, is the Italian variant of Nocken. In Italy, three main variants are distinguished: Gnocchi di Patate made from potatoes, Gnocchi di Polenta made from corn semolina and Gnocchi alla Romana (Roman wheat semolina dumplings). Continue reading Gnocchi di Patate, a pasta with Italian origin

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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

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The original Italian Neapolitan Pizza

This original Pizza dough recipe is from an Italian Pizzeria owner in Naples, and is simply tastes unique. Best of all, it has quality simple ingredients you can easily make the dough yourself at home. Top your pizza dough as you like, or make pizza bread, Garlic Knots or pizza sticks from the dough Continue reading The original Italian Neapolitan Pizza

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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

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Flammkuchen or Tarte Flambée 

Tarte flambée, as the French call it, is proof that good recipes don’t need tons of ingredients. But good ones! Tarte flambée is always on our table when we don’t really feel like cooking. This is done so quickly, that it does not require a long rise time or the cumbersome preparation of other ingredients. Continue reading Flammkuchen or Tarte Flambée 

Schlupfnudeln Sticky post

Schupfnudeln, a potato-pasta dish I tasted first at the Bodensee

Conscious connoisseurs, like me in particular, feel like in paradise at the Bodensee. Because many dishes are prepared in the traditional way. While there, I discovered new cuisines and my first Schlupfnudeln, which is a delicious Potato pasta Continue reading Schupfnudeln, a potato-pasta dish I tasted first at the Bodensee

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An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

An exciting day for the people of Würzburg. An empty Wine bottle of 1905 was recently found at a construction work site in NY City at a former Biergarten. The “Bocksbeutel” carries the Coat of Arms of the Bürgerspital in Würzburg Continue reading An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

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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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Marburg, a lovely old town with cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes

A large part of Marburg has many half-timbered homes that have been lovingly renovated and is today again showing its historical charm. My stroll through the picturesque alleys started at the Market square, whose striking Rathaus or town hall in late Gothic style was completed in 1527. I took a pause and shot some pictures of this magnificent building while waiting for the City Trolley Train. Continue reading Marburg, a lovely old town with cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes

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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

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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

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“Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

In the so-called “Haushaltsschulen”, 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. In connection with the women’s movement, around 1900, the first textbooks for home economics were also developed. Initially, however, household training was not viewed as a profession, but rather as a preparation for marriage. But despite … Continue reading “Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

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A Hofbräuhaus opened in 1908, but not in Munich

August L. Janssen, the future “Wirt” and proprietor of the Hofbräuhaus in New York City was born in Emden, Germany. At age 20 and after attending the University of Göttingen in the year of 1887, young Janssen, as so many other Germans at that time, took a ship to NY city in the hope to immigrate to America After Janssen arrived in the US he … Continue reading A Hofbräuhaus opened in 1908, but not in Munich

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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

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Leonhardifahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

The famous Leonhardifahrt or Leonhardiritt in South Bavaria is a solemn pilgrimage of horses and cattle in early November to honor the patron St. Leonhard. The magnificently decorated four wheeled horse drawn carriages, lead by a coachmen, come from near and far in the early hours and ride the streets and alleys of Bavarian towns. Continue reading Leonhardifahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

Tuebingen Sticky post

Tübingen has a Rainbow Row

After a short stop in Ulm to take some pictures, I continued driving to Tübingen which is a University town in the center of Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the Neckar river, around 30 kilometers south of Stuttgart. Old town landmarks include the Rathaus (City Hall) at the Marktplatz (Market Square) and the castle, Schloß Hohentübingen, now part of the University of Tübingen Continue reading Tübingen has a Rainbow Row

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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

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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

Weisswurst, Bavaria, Munich Sticky post

How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

The Viktualienmarkt is a Biergarten in the middle of Munich. There you can buy the famous Weisswurst. It is the custom that you eat the hot Weisswurst with a grainy sweet Mustard and Pretzel. Originally it was served before noon, now all day, in a covered soup bowl submerged in hot water. Continue reading How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

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German Gulasch (Goulash), a traditional home cooked meal

Goulash, in German called Gulasch, is our family tradition for large gatherings and holidays. I prepare two large pots 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. We have Spätzle as a side, or wide Noodles and a Boston. lettuce. Continue reading German Gulasch (Goulash), a traditional home cooked meal

Chamonix, France Sticky post

Chamonix-MontBlanc, the highest Mountain in Western Europe

The charming French town Chamonix initially rose to international fame in 1924 as the first host of the Winter Olympics. Located in the Haute-Savoie department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France between the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. By guest author Claudia Clark Continue reading Chamonix-MontBlanc, the highest Mountain in Western Europe

Croissants aux Amandes, Almond Croissant Sticky post

Croissants aux Amandes in Paris

I ate these decadent Almond Croissants while in Paris at the Les Deux Magots. They are also called croissants aux creme d’amandes or simply croissants fourrés. We arrived at the Parisian district with a special charm, an atmosphere of character and a renowned café name Les Deux Magots! With a patio facing the church, and its waiters in black and white clothes set the tone of Saint-Germain. Continue reading Croissants aux Amandes in Paris

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

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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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The Steckerlfish, a Mackerel on a Stick

A delicacy is the “Steckerlfisch” or Fish on a Stick is a Spanish Mackerel that is grilled over a dug out pit with a grey layer of amber. This type of fish is one of my favorites visiting German or Austrian folk festivals.
The Steckerlfisch originates from the “kitchen” of the former Danube fishermen, and has been written about in books of the early 1900’s. Continue reading The Steckerlfish, a Mackerel on a Stick

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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

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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

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Versailles on Wheels, two glorious Wagons of King Ludwig ll

While in Nürnberg we spent time exploring the DB Museum (Train Museum) on Lessingstrasse. There we saw two magnificent, original train wagons of the King of Bavaria, Ludwig II (1860’s). Ludwig took over the train from his father Maximilian II in 1864. He not only wanted the train to be technically modern, but also culturally and feudal. Over the next six years, after inheriting the … Continue reading Versailles on Wheels, two glorious Wagons of King Ludwig ll

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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

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Nuremberg Albrecht Dürer Haus

A couple years back, while in Nürnberg, we were eating 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 just a couple feet away. Dürer was Germany’s most famous painter and lived from 1509 in the large half-timbered house for almost 20 years. The … 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”

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Germany’s highest Waterfall is in the Black Forest

Last Fall I had the pleasure to view a natural spectacle of a special kind, the waterfall in Triberg in the Black Forest. Foaming and roaring, the waters of the Gutach river plunge down 163 meters. On the paths along the waterfall cascades, I experienced this magnificent natural wonder. Continue reading Germany’s highest Waterfall is in the Black Forest

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A spicy and savory Apple-Cranberry Chutney

One of my favorite condiment or side for my Christmas dinner table is an Apple Cranberry Chutney that will go with Beef, Pork, Poultry, or whatever you like.
Also see my Horseradish sauce recipe
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Frohe Weihnachten from my Dinner table to yours! Continue reading A spicy and savory Apple-Cranberry Chutney

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

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“Zwetschgemännle” made out of dried Prunes

For decades the “Zwetschgenmännle” which are popular figures from dried Prunes, can be found at the colorful world of the Christkindlesmarkt. There are over 350 different figures – from “Nackerte” (Naked) to “Schlotfeger” (Chimney sweeper) to Lovers. The repertoire ranges. There are hundreds of Gnomes and bass Violin players, Guitarists and Pianists, Cooks and Waiters, Mushroom pickers, Pastors, and even Devils etc. Continue reading “Zwetschgemännle” made out of dried Prunes

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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

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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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Thermal Spas in Germany for healing and relaxation

When I was staying in Passau recently, I didn’t know what to do on a rainy and cool day, so I decided to take a 45 minute drive to the Bad Füssing Kur town, which means a place to cure an illness. Some towns have Thermal Bath houses or Thermal Spas  Continue reading Thermal Spas in Germany for healing and relaxation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Amsterdam and its exciting and turbulent history

A couple years back we decided to drive to Amsterdam. I booked a hotel three days ahead online and got a good deal for three nights. This was our first time to this vibrant city, and it turned out to be a wonderful short trip, We immediately noticed the beautiful river “Amstel”, which runs through the city, therefore Amsterdam is often compared to Venice I … Continue reading Amsterdam and its exciting and turbulent history

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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

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Krautwickel or Stuffed Cabbage

The other weekend I took advantage of the “man-is-not-at-home hour” and made my mothers cabbage wraps – and really celebrated it! Winter vegetables arouse little enthusiasm in men. And that’s expressed nicely. So on that Saturday I treated myself to this classic. Leaf by leaf filled with spiced hamburger meat and tied into small packs. Yes, admittedly, at the end I still had a lot of cabbage wraps left over. But the good thing about it, they can be frozen. Perfect for lazy weekends when I feel like eating hearty home cooked meal. Continue reading Krautwickel or Stuffed Cabbage

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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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French Crêpes, a thin, melt in your mouth kinda pancake

On my last visit to Colmar, France, I watched a Crepe maker making these very thin delicate pancakes. I learned, they are not sweet, but instead savory. Unlike pancakes, Crêpes have a very smooth batter, mostly achieved with a hand mixer, but whisking in a bowl can do the job. Continue reading French Crêpes, a thin, melt in your mouth kinda pancake

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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

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Crispy German Spice Cookies, the Spekulatius

Spekulatius are crispy, spiced cookies that most people probably know because of their beautiful shape. The typical German spice cookies are made with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, that also gives the cookie not only taste but also a wonderfully dark brown color. Continue reading Crispy German Spice Cookies, the Spekulatius

Serviettenknoede, bread dumplings Sticky post

Serviettenknödel and Semmelknödel in a Loaf pan

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 Serviettenknödel and Semmelknödel in a Loaf pan

Bacherach Rhein, Rhine Sticky post

Historic Timbered Style Homes and the building process

My Grandparents half-timbered home (Fachwerk) in Dettelbach was built in 1560. My uncle discovered it by chance when renovating it. Of course it has plumbing and electric for decades, it’s just the ceilings are really low and walls are crooked. The town has strict architectural guidelines. I am intrigued about the building process of those medieval half timbered homes. I did some research and I … Continue reading Historic Timbered Style Homes and the building process

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

Osterlamm Kuchen. German Easter lamb cake

German Easter Lamb cake or Osterlamm

Jasmin’s old family recipe A juicy Easter lamb made from a cake batter has become a beloved tradition for many families in Germany. Instead of a large cake, you can bake little Easter lambs and Easter bunnies, which I personally like much better. This way everyone gets their own mini cake. You can flavor the Easter lamb batter in different ways, vanilla and/or rum or … Continue reading German Easter Lamb cake or Osterlamm