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Ostalgie or Ostalgia for East German Products

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What is Ostalgie? Ostalgie or Ostalgia, words that combines the German words for East and Nostalgia, describe a feeling of longing or desire for bits and pieces of the now wiped-away DDR (GDR). Now, while very few people can look you square in the face and say how wonderful the East German government was, or […]

“Berlin: The Story of a City” by Barney White-Spunner

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“Germany has long had in its capital city the model to which it aspires as a nation” In“Berlin: The Story of a City, Barney White-Spunner looks back at the 1000+ year history of the everchanging city and presents it as a captivating, and I must admit, a late into the night “just one more chapter”, […]

Cold War TV Dramas set in Germany Guest post by Randall Schroeder

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I’m excited to share this Guest Post written by Randall Schroeder! The post originally appeared in My German America, a newsletter about German Heritage in America, put out a few times a month by Lukas Schroeder. Lukas who describes himself as the Fourth-Generation German American, Tubist & Manager BierkellerBoys, let his dad Randall, Third-generation descendant […]

Kase Sahne Torte Recipe Made EASY with Dr Oetker Mix

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Two minutes after my guy said, “I really don’t want to eat a piece of cake”, the plate was empty. (And it looks like a few more pieces are missing….). Now, I LOVE Kase Sahne Torte. To those who taste it, this deceptively light cake seems like a magic trick. All that cream! and it’s […]

Statues of Roland – Who was Roland?

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Tucked against a front corner of the Quedlinburg Rathaus stands a statue of Roland. The figure is small compared to the massive Roland statue in Bremen. Our tour guide told us that Statues of Roland were the sign of a free market town and a symbol of strength. (She also mentioned that Roland used to […]

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany

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  Celebrating the German Easter Holidays is much more than just finding eggs or church on Sunday. You celebrate the Easter weekend in Germany! Although the country is becoming more secular, Easter feels much more celebrated or acknowledged than here in the US. I’m not talking about the commercial aspect. Yes, there are colorful eggs […]

How to make Eierlikör at Home

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My Oma always had a bottle of Eierlikör and a bottle of Schnapps in the door of her refrigerator. The Schnapps was there for when my Onkel stopped in on his way home to Mittagessen for a ‘Kurzen’ with her… and the Eierlikör was for us. We would get our warm meal mid-day, and there […]

Eierlikör Torte Recipe – Perfect for Easter or the Kaffeeklatsch

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I am not a trained baker. What I am is a woman who loves to eat baked goods, so I started baking at home. I had a theory… If I have to bake it myself, I won’t eat as much, because it will take time/energy to create delicious baked goods, and I’m a bit lazy […]

South Dakota Kuchen Recipe- A Volga German Legacy

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The South Dakota Kuchen recipe sent me on a deep dive through two of my favorite topics… German Immigration History and Food. (I bet you can tell, I’m lots of fun at parties) I can already hear all the Germans saying… “Kuchen means Cake”! And yes, generally, when speaking German, if you say Kuchen, you […]

Bavarian Kaiserschmarrn mit Apfel Compote ala Xaver’s Munich

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This week I traveled to Bavaria by Zoom for a semi-private cooking lesson with the chef and owner of Xaver’s in Munich… step-by-step they led me through the process, and in the end I had a delicious plate loaded with powder sugar dusted Bavarian Kaiserschmarrn and an extraordinarily tasty Apfel Compote. Granted, it wasn’t nearly […]