How to make a German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen) Two Ways!

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  Seems like whenever you are invited to coffee in a German household in Summertime, you will find a German Plum Cake on the table. Such a wonderful summertime dessert… a bit tart, a bit sweet, delicious to eat… nice enough for a Sunday Coffee… but easy enough for every day. It’s even Yummy for […]

Delicious Recipes

How to Schwenker Grill- Where to find a Schwenker Grill, How to Use it, and a delicious Schwenkbraten Recipe!

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Somewhere in my mom’s photo albums is a photo of my Uncle using his German Schwenker Grill. He took his job very seriously (we kids weren’t allowed to fool with it). And it took a long time for dinner to be ready on this crazy looking contraption, because my Uncle took his job seriously, and […]


Würzfleisch Recipe from the DDR

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German food is more than Sausage, Rouladen, and big roasts. Home cooks in Germany are especially good at making something delicious out of what they have. The goal is to fill the tummy and satisfy the soul. Since I’m not a “fancy” person when it comes to food. Comfort foods done well will make me […]

Traditional German Clothing

What is a Gamsbart? A Plume to wear with your Bavarian Tracht

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The first time I heart the word Gamsbart… I completely misunderstood. I heard “Gansbart” (Goose Beard) and figured that the person telling me about them had completely lost their mind. (Although…In a way, I wasn’t THAT far off…). So, what is a Gamsbart? This special hat decoration that looks like an old fashioned shaving brush […]


All About Cuckoo Clocks! A Symbol of the Black Forest

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Cuckoo Clocks are a symbol of the Black Forest (and to many people… a symbol of Germany). We had a small one in our hallway when I was a child… and I remember watching it closely to see when it would open up to “Cuckoo!” (I’d giggle EVERY TIME!) And who can forget the Von […]

German Games and Toys

Steiff Stuffed Animals – Toys to Love for a Lifetime

Steiff Classic 1920 Teddy Bear Light Brown 10 Like so many German kids, I was lucky enough to have a few stuffed Steiff Stuffed Animals & Plush toys. A  small Dog with a blue collar and a bell, an Owl, and a Goldfish. One very memorable Christmas, I found a Steiff Bear sitting in the […]