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Prague, Prag
Czech Republic
Eastern European Travel
Northern Europe
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Prague and the remarkable Astronomical Clock

Prague is a beautiful old city in the Czech Republic. It was largely undamaged in World War II, so it’s full of original history and character. It was founded in the 9th century, but really grew in the 14th century when many of the current structures were built. It has the second oldest astronomical clock in the world

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French Onion Soup
France
Recipes
Soups

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 […]

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Kaiserschmarrn with berries, Austrian dish
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

While strolling through the cobblestone streets of Vienna, Austria, we stopped for lunch at Café Central (est. 1876) for some original Austrian food. The waiter highly recommended this Austrian dish Kaiserschmarrn is an original Austrian sweet dish, made from Palatschinken (pancake) dough. It was created for Kaiser Franz Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) in 1854. He […]

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Zwiebelkuchen, Onion tart
Appetizer
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Angie’s Zwiebelkuchen

Zwiebelkuchen is a popular German onion pastry. It is served with Federweissen (a new fermented wine). Those two just go hand in hand. You could just use a regular yeast dough, I prefer Puff Pastry, and the dough can be found in the freezer isle (Pepperidge Farms or at Lidl US).  You need a deep […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Austria
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

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 […]

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German yeast rolls. Eierweck
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Eierweck, a German sweet yeast roll

These yeast rolls taste excellent, kind of reminds me a little of brioche. The crust is really thin and tender. The crumb is loose, fluffy-soft and has a buttery aroma. These “Eierweck” sweet bread yeast roll and croissants are found in my Franconia Bakery and the region of Würzburg. As a kid, I remember visiting […]

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Tafelspitz, Krenfleisch
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Tafelspitz, or Franconian Wedding Dinner

Also called “Fränkisches Hochzeitsessen”, or Franconian Wedding Dinner. Beef boiled in spices and vegetables, it was a staple at our dinner table when growing up. Can be eaten with potatoes or wide noodles. Besides Horseradish sauce in recipe below, the condiment of my choice is Cranberry Chutney. I have not found Preiselbeeren, so this is […]

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Steckerlfish. Spanish Makrele, Fish on a stick
Austria
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes
Seafood

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.

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Drachenburg Castle, Königswinter
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

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. The Old Trolley Train “Drachenfelsbahn” is the oldest operated Rack or […]

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Spaghetti Bolognese
Italy
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

What? Spaghetti Bolognese not from Italy??!!

To make one thing clear, the Spaghetti Bolognese dish is not an Italian invention. Nevertheless, you can often find it on menus in many other countries prepared in different ways. The name “Spaghetti Bolognese” is actually used when you mean the long pasta that is served with minced meat sauce. So whenever I am in […]

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