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Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

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Vanillesoße is the little black dress of sauces. Honestly, it just goes with every dessert or Nachtisch… it softens the tartness of Rote Gruetze, gives an added dimension to Apfelstrudel, and it magically transforms boring chocolate pudding to a fancy dessert. My Oma always kept packets of instant Vanillesoße in her “packet drawer” (you know […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

The Katzenjammer Kids- A German-American Comic for over 100 Years

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On Dec.12, 1897 a comic strip featuring a German-American family with a distinctly Denglish accent made its first appearance in a Sunday Supplement of the New York Journal. The Katzenjammer Kids featured twins Hans and Fritz, two boys who were always up to mischief and pranks. The word Katzenjammer basically means “Cat Wailing” or caterwauling, […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

The Candy Bomber – The Berlin Airlift & Operation Little Vittles

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Cover Image-C-54 dropping candy during Berlin Airlift c1949 – Public Domain In a recent newsletter, I mentioned that I would be writing about the Candy Bomber who dropped handkerchief parachutes with chocolate payloads for the children of Berlin during the Airlift. One of my readers, Dorothea Thunig Smith, reached out to me with a lovely […]

The Potato in Germany- From Erd-Apfel to Kartoffel

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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I’m rather proud of my first book! Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple Easy German Cookbook was a labor of love. But sharing German culture and food is what I do online, so this book seemed like the next logical step. Between the covers you’ll find 80 pages of food memories. Foods that […]

Wiener Schnitzel Recipe- An Austrian AND German Favorite

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

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You are at a party, and you hear those notes… Duhda Duhda Dadah Da…clap clap clap clap… and suddenly the dance floor is flooded with people flapping their arms and shaking their tail feathers… It’s the Chicken Dance Song! (… or is it a Duck?). Where did the Chicken Dance originate? And how is it […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

Old World Village in Huntington Beach- A slice of Bavaria in California

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Just 10 minutes from one of Orange County’s famous surfing spots, you’ll find the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. This special enclave of shops and restaurants conceived and built in the late 1970s by Josef and Dolores Bischof to transport guests and residents to a Bavarian Village. Today, the cobblestoned streets, muraled buildings, flower […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

Dirndls from Rare Dirndl – Tradition with Modern Flair

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My One-of-a-Kind Dirndl from Rare Dirndl My mother was visiting when the big box from Rare Dirndl arrived. She couldn’t wait to see what was inside, so we tore off the wrapping… and then I lifted the lid and pulled back the tissue. Inside was my special one-of-a-kind Dirndl from Rare Dirndl. Over the years […]

Where to buy Lederhosen- Authentic Lederhosen for Men and Women

Prime Day Deals for your German-American Home

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It’s Amazon Prime Day/s, which means some interesting deals on all sorts of amazing products. I did some digging, and it turns out, Amazon has loads of  Prime Day deals for your German American  Home! Kitchen gear, Brotzeit boards, Travel Adaptors, Puzzles, Self-Care products and more. Check out the assortment of goodies I found here… […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

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 […]

Wiener Schnitzel Recipe- An Austrian AND German Favorite

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