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German Flammkuchen Recipe – How to Make Flammkuchen at Home

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I still remember my first Flammkuchen…. We were visiting my cousin and her family at their Hotel in Vechta. They served it to us for dinner (my kids even got to help make them) and we were all hooked. Fast forward a few years, and I want to make it here at home in the […]

What is a Strandkorb? And where can You BUY a Strandkorb?

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I still remember the first time I saw a Strandkorb (a “Beach Basket”) on the beach. Since I grew up in California, it was wildly confusing… I mean, when we went to the beach, we just needed a few towels, a cooler with drinks and snacks, MAYBE a folding chair (if you felt like schlepping […]

Tanzmariechen- Those Fabulous Karneval Dancers!

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  Featured Photo “Rosenmontagsumzug Sondershausen” by Tobias Nordhausen | used under creative commons license Ever wonder about those beautiful dancing girls in “military uniforms” at Karneval/Fasching celebrations? They march and move in perfect synchronicity and even tumble through the air without landing on their head. But did you know that these “Tanzmariechen” or “Funkenmariechen” are […]

What is Smoked Beer? A Visit to Schlenkerla in Bamberg!

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I admit, I had never heard about smoked beer until a few years ago when I was out to dinner with my parents. My father was so excited to find Sclenkerla Rauch Bier on the menu! He had enjoyed it years before when stationed in Bamberg, but had never seen it in the US before. […]

Why is it Called Silvester? And other New Year’s Traditions in Germany

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Silvester or New Year’s Traditions in Germany are a nice mix between staying in with family and friends… and sending the old year out with a BANG and Fireworks! How you celebrate depends on you. Personally, I’m a big fan of stay in… but ever since I was a child, we’ve made noise fireworks and […]

What is Raclette Cheese? A Cheesy New Year’s Eve Tradition in Germany

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Whenever anyone asks me “What’s your favorite kind of Cheese?” my automatic answer is “the melted kind”. And yes, I have the kind of family that loves cheese, eats loads of cheese, and spends a lot of time talking about cheese. It’s no wonder that there were loud CHEERS when I brought home the Raclette […]

A German Christmas Market Tour – Magic, Food and lots of Glühwein

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I spend more time regretting the things I didn’t do, than the mistakes I may have made. That’s why when I got an email about taking German Christmas Market Tour a few weeks ago, I only hesitated long enough to clear it with my family. After all, a week away in December (well, 10 days […]

Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe

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Visit any German Christmas Market or Fair, and you will smell the sugary, cinnamon, nutty scent of Gebrannte Mandeln. I think they waft the smell around to lure you in (and it works). Grab a bag to munch as you shop. Crunchy, sweet, nutty… so delicious.  But there is no reason to wait until your […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

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It starts with the smell of spices… ginger… is that cardamom? And then you take that first bite. “oh my gosh”. You get the nuts and citrus. The texture is amazing. I’ve been eating Lebkuchen my whole life, but outside of a German Christmas Market, I’ve never had it as fresh or flavorful as Leckerlee […]

German Dishes Perfect for Thanksgiving Day- German Thanksgiving Food

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(My daughter Katy has taken over my blog again….this time, it’s all about German Thanksgiving food. Thanksgiving never really caught on in our household. Germans don’t celebrate it… their Harvest festival is Erntedankfest. Thanks Katy for taking this on!) Growing up with German grandparents meant that Thanksgiving looked a tad different for me and my […]