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Share your Story for a New Book on German History

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This post is a little different. I’m not sharing information, I’m looking for it.  In college I studied history, and I’m still a curious reader about the past. I firmly believe that we can better move forward by learning from what happened before. Stories must be recorded and saved, even the difficult ones. Because of […]

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 […]

Islands in the Storm by Susanne Bacon

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Islands in the Storm: A Novel As a history lover, I get excited when I find a new view into the past… a story I hadn’t heard before, something fascinating that feels like I SHOULD have known about it, but didn’t. And even better, when that view into the past comes in the form of […]

German Towns in America- Where to Get Your Deutsch on in the US!

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One in five Americans identifies as having German heritage, for a while, it was one in FOUR, so it’s no wonder there are so many German Towns in America. And since travel to Germany can be expensive (and is currently almost impossible because of the Covid-19 lockdown), I thought I’d try to list a few […]

Silesian Poppy Seed Roll with Streusel (Other Fillings Too!!)

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In my mom’s German Friend Group, she is famous for her Silesian Poppy Seed Roll with Streusel. (Although, to her it’s just called “Mohnkuchen”.) Made with enriched yeast dough, a filling of Poppy Seed and raisins, and topped with a crunchy flavorful Streusel… it’s usually the first to disappear from the table! The thing is, […]

Cuckoo Clock Shop Black Forest Cuckoo Clock Giveaway!

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It’s Contest Time! Enter to win an Authentic Black Forest Cuckoo Clock from the Cuckoo Clock Shop!   Bring a little Black Forest Magic into your World! The Cuckoo Clock Shop has an amazing selection of Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks   From Classic Vintage Styles to the New Modern Looks!   All are certified as […]

What is a Stammtisch? In Germany, it’s a Table for Regulars

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You walk into a German Gasthaus, Wirtschaft, Restaurant or Biergarten… and you see it! The perfect table! Close to the Bar, the right distance from the bandstand, and the perfect conversation spot… you make a beeline, delighted to rest your legs after a long day of touring. (Remember, in Germany, you generally seat yourself). Then […]

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 False Friends List- German words that SOUND like English

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Sometimes you hear a word in German, and you are certain that you know the meaning, even if you’ve never heard the word before. It makes perfect sense that the word Banane means Banana. And then sometimes, you hear a German word, and it sort of sounds English, but the meaning couldn’t be more different. […]

How to Make Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce

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This post for Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce (Huhnerschnitzel mit Jägersoße) was written by my daughter Katy who is following the Stay at Home order alone in the Bay Area. Luckily, she inherited her Oma’s ability to cook! She also knows how to use what she already has in her kitchen to make a delicious […]