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 Savoy Cabbage, besides other vegetables, is grown in … Continue reading Wirsinggemüse, a creamed Savoy Cabbage dish from the Franconia region
Decorating an “Osterbrunnen” is a German tradition of sprucing up public fountains with garlands and painted eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Upper Franconia (Fränkische Schweiz) but also has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter The tradition of decorating an Easter fountain is still relatively young. A little … Continue reading “Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia
This is my mother’s poultry stuffing recipe given down through generations. The chicken liver is optional, but for me it brings back memories to my Bavarian and Franconian roots.
I remember my childhood, I would get up early on Sunday morning and my mother would put some cooked “Fülle” Stuffing to the side for me to eat before the chicken is filled Continue reading A Chicken Stuffing from my Childhood
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
A Sunday meal I remember growing up. That sweet and sour, tangy taste and smell you won’t forget. Some have to develop taste buds for it. Sauerbraten can be a big hit a the dinner table, you can’t go wrong cooking for a big crowd. The Sunday classic Sauerbraten is perhaps one of the most famous traditional German dishes. It is top round beef roast that … Continue reading Tangy Sauerbraten makes your taste buds happy
I took off on a Saturday morning in late September to take some pictures of the Franconia wine country and ended up at the Volkach Wine festival. After all, it was the the conclusion of the grape picking season. Later in the afternoon I visited the nearby Sommerach to have lunch My first stop was the Vineyards near the Vogelsburg in Volkach. It was too … Continue reading A day at the Volkach Wine Festival
When growing up in Franconia, my parents took me to nearby villages for their Folk Parades. Franconia is in northern Bavaria, many of their costumes or Tracht have their roots from the Baroque period. There are small variations in pattern, color of the traditional clothing, also hair style, depending on the area. The “Splendor of the Tracht” is celebrated in Ochsenfurter Gau (county of Ochsenfurt). The richly … Continue reading Franconia’s traditional Folk clothing or Tracht
In my hometown Veitshöchheim in Franconia, wine cooperatives and winegrowers, wineries and regional restaurants organize so-called Winewalks or Weinwanderung from May to October I have been at some of these Winewalks, and I truly enjoy it. The “Weinschlendern” as they also call it, started at the Restaurant Sonnenschein at the Main River on a Sunday afternoo n in Veitshöchheim, Lower Franconia. The participants, also the Wine Princesses … Continue reading What is a Winewalk or Weinwanderung?