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Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

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The name Francis Daniel Pastorius probably didn’t come up in your American History classes, and he’s probably no more than a footnote in most German history classes… but Pastorius plays a major role in early American history, in German-American immigration history, and even has a role in the Abolitionist Movement. So who was he? A […]

Travel Accessories for a Trip to Germany- What I Take Along

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In the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several trips to Germany for vacations, family visits, research trips, weddings, and even for business.  Over the years I’ve put together a list of travel accessories for a trip to Germany that I always pack.  Some may seem obvious, and you probably already have […]

Buy German Cheese Online from iGourmet- Find all your Favorites!

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Much is said about German bread and German Aufschnitt, but Brotzeit wouldn’t be complete without a piece of good German Cheese. From smooth Butterkäse to stinky Limburger, Germans do love their cheese. And although most American Supermarkets are carrying more variety these days, they still lack German cheese. If you don’t have a fully stocked  […]

A Visit to the Heurich House Museum in Washington DC

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In the early 1940’s,  German-American Brewer, Christian Heurich, owned more land and employed more people in Washington DC than any entity other than the Federal Government. An amazing accomplishment for a man who came to the United States from the small village of Haina in the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen in 1866 with only $200 in […]

European Down Comforters and Pillows -Sleep like at Oma’s

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Remember how well you slept at Oma’s? Cozy and protected, tucked in under a fluffy down comforter, head on a feather pillow? It just felt like the height of luxury. That restful comfort can be found here in the US at Pacific Coast Feather. Their European Goose Down comforters, white Duck Down comforters, and well-made […]

Honey and Dried Fruit Cake Recipe- Honigkuchen mit Trockenobst

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When I was a child, baskets or plates of dried fruit would show up in our house at the beginning of the holidays. They still do. This Honey and Dried Fruit Cake Honigkuchen mit Trockenobst makes a great way to use them up. This is not your average Kaffeeklatsch cake. The recipe feels very old […]

What was the Malleus Maleficarum or Hammer of Witches?

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Witches have long been part of Germanic culture. You’ll find witches in Fairy tales, in legends, in songs and poetry. The Gingerbread house Witch in Hansel and Gretel, the flying witches on Walpurgisnacht, even the Kitchen Witch flying above your stove. Today we look at witches as a bedtime story or cute tale, like Die […]

Reformationsbrötchen Recipe- Luther Rose Reformation Rolls

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October 31st, bakeries in Leipzig, bake up a special treat….Reformationsbrötchen or Reformation Rolls. The rolls with five petals and a blob of red jam in the center represent the Luther Rose, the symbol Martin Luther used to sign all of his documents. So what are they exactly? Reformation Rolls are semi-sweet yeast rolls filled with […]

A Headless Hessian in Sleepy Hollow

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Cover Image- The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane by John Quidor (public domain)   In some form or another most of us heard the Washington Irving short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This terrifying tale is known as America’s first Ghost Story. If you haven’t read the tale of a headless horseman who pursues […]

Pflaumenmus Recipe- How to Make German Plum Butter

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My husband followed his nose into the kitchen. “WOW! that smells so good!”. Yesterday the house smelled of cooking fruit, a little spice, and a lot of yumminess. (Move over Pumpkin spice, the smell of Pflaumenmus cooking is amazing!) I love Pflaumenmus. Thick and flavorful, tart with a hint of spice from cloves, and the […]
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