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Vogelsburg, Volkach
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

Vogelsburg near Volkach

A visit on a mid May afternoon to the best view in Lower Franconia While at a Family Reunion in the area, my cousin took me to this famous Look-out. A former monastery, the Vogelsburg between Escherndorf and Volkach brought back childhood memories. Today there is a Restaurant and Biergarten on the site. A must […]

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Bavarian, Austrian Facade painting, Lüftmalerei
Allgemein
Germany
Southern Europe
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„Lüftmalerei“ or Facade painting

These Facade paintings are very prevalent in Southern Bavaria and Austria It is said the origin of Lüftmalerei comes from the home of the facade painter Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792) from Oberammergau, Zum Lüftl. The Lüftlmalerei is a popular version of the Trompe-l’œil * (illusory) from the Baroque and imitates architectural elements. Imbedded are, as in […]

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Krampus Folklore
Austria
Germany
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The Krampus Folklore

The Krampus is an Alpine custom, a frightening figure of the Advent (beginning of December). While accompanying Saint Nicholas, Nicholas presents good children, and the naughty ones are punished by Krampus, the evil counterpart.  By the middle of the twentieth century, this aspect of Krampus was much more accentuated as a scared-faced, black-faced freak who […]

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Dinner buffet, Glazed Carrots with Walnuts
Recipes
Side dish
Vegetarian

Glazed Carrots with Walnuts

Still looking for a vegetable as a side dish for your next dinner? I found this to be a good fit for my dinner table. I cooked this Carrot dish the first time at my annual Christmas dinner with friends. It was a hit!   Glazed Carrots with Walnuts Print Rate this recipe 1 2 […]

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Potato pancakes, Kartoffelpuffer, Latkes
Appetizer
Austria
Germany
Main Course
Recipes
Side dish

Potato Pancakes or Kartoffelpuffer

This is a quick lunch, dinner or just an appetizer. Eaten with apple sauce, sour cream or anything you desire.

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Schwibbogen Ornament
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Germany
Northern Europe

Schwibbogen Ornament

The Schwibbogen is a candle arch from the Erzgebirge. It’s a Christmas decoration that can be found in almost any home in the region. The Schwibbögen is an integral part of the Erzgebirge folk art.

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Rindsbraten or German Beef Roast
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Rindsbraten or German Beef Roast

This is my mothers recipe. She went to culinary school, and was an excellent cook. She taught me early on, and it must ingrained in me. Back when mother was alive, she must have spend half of her life in the kitchen. Cooking, baking, food decoration was her passion. In our parents house we used […]

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Bamberg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Riverfront
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Bamberg, a little Venice

Bamberg in Upper Franconia is a tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a medieval city in North Bavaria, it lies at the rivers Regnitz and Main, also called “Klein Venedig”. The old town is distinguished by its well-preserved buildings from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Bamberg , a university town and […]

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Homemade Candied Cashews
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Homemade Candied Cashews

Whenever I have a large quantity of cashews, I’m making these scrumptious candied cashews. These are my favorite nuts, they won’t last long. Cashews are on the softer side, and won’t break your teeth. Some recipes ask for water, instead of butter. I prefer this version. Homemade Candied Cashews Print Rate this recipe 1 2 […]

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Thuringia Sausage/Thüringer Rostbratwurst
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Thuringia Sausage/Thüringer Rostbratwurst

I came about this tasty Grill Bratwurst strolling through Eisenach (known by Martin Luther and Wartburg). Born in Würzburg and growing up on Bratwurst from that region, I was intrigued about the Thüringer and their spices they use. My Bavarian Sauerkraut would be a tasty side dish These are the casings that are suitable for […]

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