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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 […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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 […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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 […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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… […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

Roman Limes in Germany – Borders of the Roman Frontier

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Cover photo by Michael Graber   The first time I saw the words, “Germanic Limes”, I immediately flashed to those tart green citrus fruits… but I couldn’t have been further from reality. The Roman Limes in Germany are leftover border fortifications from the days of when Germanic Tribes and Roman Troops were keeping a sharp […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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 […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

What is a Volksmarsch? Walking for Fun, Friendship and Fitness

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Germans love to walk. Maybe a short walk to aid digestion, or walking instead of driving to the local market to pick something up, and of course, a Sonntagsspaziergang (Sunday Walk) was a weekly thing, generally through a botanical garden or local scenic area. Germans also love to be organized. That’s why it really comes […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?

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When I told my mother I that my latest research was a deep dive into the Turner Movement, she said “OH! Vater Jahn! Your Opa did gymnastics with the Turners!” Although Freiderich Ludwig Jahn basically invented gymnastics in Germany around 100 years before my grandfather was born he’s still spoken of with reverence by many […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple