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Streuseltaler Recipe- Tasty Pastries with Fruit and Streusel

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When I arrived at the Frankfurt airport, my daughter and I needed to fill an hour before our train. Fortunately, we found a bakery at the airport… so we filled the hour and our stomachs. I grabbed a fruit topped Streuseltaler because…YUM!  A fruit compote, jam, or pudding sit on a yeast dough pastry, topped […]

The History of the Brandenburg Gate- A Berlin Icon

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I remember the first time I stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate. On that drizzley day in 1988, the Gate stood behind a graffiti covered section of the Berlin Wall. The backside of the Quadriga only just visible from my low vantage point… the Iron Cross in Victory’s staff removed. The Gate, no longer […]

Why is the German Chimney Sweep so Lucky?

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You see him down the way, and your heart skips a beat with excitement… the man in black. He turns and gives you a smile,  touching his top hat with a little salute, his gold buttons shining bright in the sunshine. You feel lucky, do you dare push it? Why not…. you approach him, this […]

The Wild Hunt- One of the Oldest Germanic Stories

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Cover image- Johann Wilhelm Cordes, Wilde Jagd Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons A ferocious storm hit my corner of California in December. The wind howled as it battered the house, moaning sounds came down the chimney, doors rattled, and we could hear branches cracking outside. A sudden popping sound, and we were plunged into darkness. […]

Top 10 Visited Pages on the German Girl in America Site for 2022

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Every year I take a deeper look at under the hood of the German Girl in America website to get an idea of what interested all of you the most. I’ve been at this since 2014, and now with over 600 pages on the website (you read that right… 600 PAGES), it’s easy to lose […]

Christmas Eve Dinner in Germany – Würstchen mit Kartoffelsalat?

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In the Netflix series “Over Christmas” (Über Weihnachten), the Christmas Eve Dinner is Würstchen und Kartoffelsalat (Sausages and Potato Salad). The Oma complains, saying that it’s also just the regular Thursday meal at her Old Age Home. But as her daughter points out, it’s Tradition, that’s what they’ve ALWAYS had, in fact OMA used to […]

Spekulatius Truffles- An easy and delicious Christmas Treat

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A few years ago I started making simple Truffels around the Holidays as little gifts and to help corners of my Bunter Teller. Making these rich (and I mean REALLY RICH) Spekulatius Truffles doesn’t take that much time, and it’s easy to find helpers, since everyone loves playing with the chocolate. You can even get […]

Germanology Unlocked- Old German Handwriting & Genealogy

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There’s a running joke lately that says we can frustrate and confuse the whole next generation by using handwriting instead of printing. And anyone hoping to research their German Genealogy from original documents… or even read letters from their Oma… understands that frustration all too well. I’ve written before about German Handwriting, and how it’s […]

Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Sales on German Products

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Why fight the crowds when you can take care of you Holiday Shopping Online! Check out these great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on German foods, German bedding, Travel, Wine, puzzles and games, clothing, and much much more. Keep checking back! I will update as more sales cross my desktop!   This post contains affiliate links, […]

Buy German Bread Online from The Brot Box

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Ask most people what they miss the most about Germany, and they will say…”The Bread”. Flavorful loaves made from rye for Abendbrot, Brötchen (rolls) with crisp crust at the breakfast table, seeded loaves to accompany soups. And while the artisanal breads are starting to gain traction here in the United States, NOTHING compares to a […]
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