The Train to Crystal City review- German Families Locked Up in WW2

I recently read about Democratic Representative from Texas Joaquin Castros Congressional Bill: The Wartime Violation of German American Civil Liberties Act of 2022. Like many American school children, I learned about the Internment of thousands of Japanese who lived in the US, but my teachers never told us about the over 11,000 German Americans locked up at the same time.…

German Goulash Recipe- A Love Letter From the Kitchen

Goulash frequently showed up on my childhood dinner table. Why not? My mom’s recipe tasted delicious, and the meal fills everyone up without argument. Fun added bonus… when things were “tight”, the meal could be stretched ….. more sauce, some added veggies, and less meat. Served over everyone’s favorite homemade Spätzle, Goulash was a crowd pleaser. I can hear it…

Weltenburg Abbey- Come for the Beer, Stay for the History

Sitting somewhat precariously on the shores of the Danube not too far from Regensburg, you’ll find Weltenburg Abbey. I visited on a warm day in July. The plan was to tour the Brewery, but I was delighted to learn that there is much more to see at the Benedictine Abbey than just big vats of beer (not that big vats…

A German Church on Kauai- Where Aloha means Guten Tag

Over the years I’ve gotten into the habit of seeking out the German history of places I visit. While browsing the history section of my local used bookstore, I stumbled across the book,  “Hawaii and the German-Speaking People” by Niklaus R Schweizer. Since we were planning a trip to the Islands, I grabbed it (a little light reading for the…

German Lentil Soup with Würstchen

Going over the dinner/grocery list the other day, I suddenly had a craving for German Lentil Soup (Linsensuppe)… the kind my mom made…with Würstchen (Frankfurters). When I was a child, we’d each get our own sausage with the soup, and the ends would hang over the bowl. To my 8 year old brain, THAT was the height of luxury! (Honestly,…

German Marble Cake Recipe with Eierlikör- Eierlikör Marmorkuchen

A Marmorkuchen (German Marble cake) usually satisfies everyone everyone at the table… those who like chocolate AND those who like vanilla. Vanilla cake batter is swirled with chocolate cake batter, and the end result is a pretty “marbled” appearance.  This German Marble Cake recipe with Eierlikör ramps up the flavor with the addition of your Oma’s favorite (and quite tasty)…

What is the Difference Between a Burg and a Schloss?

It sounds like a fun game, doesn’t it? Burg or Schloss? (Almost like a harder version of Stadt, Land, Fluß). Those grand, and not so grand, castles in Germany get very specific names. But is it a Castle? Is it a Palace? What is the difference between a Burg and a Schloss?  (To make things even more confusing, there is…

Bierkeller Boys Oompah Band Release their Debut Album -Dive In!!

Lukas Schroeder reached out to me with some great news!  Just in time for the Festival Season, the Bierkeller Boys are releasing their first CD… Dive In! This Polka playing Tuba Quartet has been entertaining people with their fun renditions of German Folk Music, Waltzes, Marches, and of course Oompah music at German venues and Fests across the Midwest. You…

The Origins of the “German” Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

The “Three P’s” of German topics guaranteed to bring on online arguements between normally levelheaded people are German Potato Salad, the German Christmas Pickle, and the German Pancake. (Potato, Pickle, Pancake). It’s exhausting. All German Potato Salads are authentic… Regional recipes get passed down through generations. So I will concede that your Oma’s warm German Potato Salad is tasty, but…

Bryan Berenson- The Man behind the Masks

A few years ago, at German Fest in Milwaukee, I spent some time in the Culture Tent watching a man carve masks. He was swarmed by people watching his artistry. The way he carefully chipped away wood to reveal a face, as if by magic. The special wooden masks or Larvae worn by the Muller Fasching Verein can’t be found…

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