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Month: November 2018

Hawaii Toast, Party food of the 80's
Allgemein
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Hawaii Toast, 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. These days I still make it occasionally for an easy evening snack or Brotzeit. My daughter introduced her American husband to it, and he loved […]

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German Spekulatius Cookies
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

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. The relief shape can be easily obtained by wooden models, or silicon baking […]

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Bacherach am Rhein, Rhine
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

Bacharach am Rhein

Bacharach is a tourist destination. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley in the district of Mainz-Bingen in the Rhineland The original name Baccaracus indicates a Celtic origin. Above the village rises the castle Stahleck (now a youth hostel). We stopped for two hours on our Rhine river day cruise […]

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Potato Puree, mashed potato, hedgehog
Germany
Recipes
Side dish

My Mother’s Hedgehog mashed Potato

I was greatly influenced by my mother who went to culinary school. She taught me many tips and tricks about food art, and how to make fancy mashed potatoes. The finished product should resemble a Hedgehog, in German it is called an Igel Serve with Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood or Beef Rouladen Ingredients […]

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Irish boiled Beef, Corned Beef
Ireland
Main Course
Recipes
Western Europe

Irish boiled Beef or Corned Beef

A typical Irish meal is boiled Beef with cabbage, here we called it Corned Beef. We had while visiting a pup in Killarney, Ireland. Very easy, it consists of beef brisket, potatoes, cabbage, and carrots. I married into an Irish (ancestors) family, so this simple dinner is highly appreciated. Irish Boiled Beef would be very […]

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Striezelmarkt in Dresden
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

Striezelmarkt in Dresden

One December a couple years ago, we were fortunate to see one of the oldest Christmas Markets in the world, called Strizelmarkt in Dresden. The Dresdner Striezelmarkt consists of numerous wooden huts selling baked goods and hot street food to the visitor. Also Glühwein or hot Eggnog liquor is offered. The Christmas market has a […]

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Dettelbach City Hall
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

My fathers birthplace, Dettelbach

Dettelbach, a medieval town, was first mentioned in 741 a.D. I spent my summers there with uncles and aunts, where I stayed in my grandfathers home built in 1560. I still hold a special connection with this historic town Also see My Great Grandfather the Journeyman Just as medieval are the narrow cobble stone streets […]

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Gluehwein, Glühwein (hot mulled Red Wine)
Austria
Drinks, mixed
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Glühwein (hot mulled Red Wine)

Standing around the table at a German Christmas Market talking and laughing with friends drinking hot Gluehwein. That’s how I remember. Taste great with my Spekulatius cookies   Easy Glühwein Recipe here Missing the German Christmas Markets. You can get into the mood drinking Glühwein next to a German Christmas Pyramide. Order below:

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Serviettenknoede, bread dumplings
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes
Side dish

Serviettenknödel, or 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 […]

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Bacherach Rhein, Rhine
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

Historic Timbered Style Homes

My Grandparents half-timbered home (Fachwerk) in Dettelbach was built in 1560. They 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 was intrigued by Fachwerk growing up, and always wondered […]

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