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Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe- Black Forest Törtchen for a Crowd

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I’m pretty sure this Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe would confuse my Oma for a bit...but then she’d tuck right in. Granted, cupcakes aren’t much of a German Thing. (Maybe we could call them Black Forest Törtchen…little cakes). So, why did I make them? You see… Black Forest Cake / Schwarzwälder Kirsch Torte is my daughter’s […]

Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

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It turns out, the best time to see witches in Milwaukee is NOT at Halloween… it’s between January 6th and Ash Wednesday, during Fasching/Karneval Season. But the witches are just a supporting role in this performance that goes back 500 years in the Alps of Austria. The 70-member strong Muller Fasching Verein of Nordamerika carries […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

What is the Christkind- The Golden Haired Gift Giver in Germany

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Even though I grew up in the United States where Santa Claus dominated Christmas… the presents my sister and I got came from the Christkind (or Christkindl) on Christmas Eve. It was magical! We would hide in our bedroom peering out the window…wondering when she would arrive. The Christkind coming was a special delivery for […]

Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe

What is a Stutenkerl? Is it the same as a Weckmann?

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On November 11, children in Germany celebrate St Martin’s Day by parading with Lanterns, and munching on a Stutenkerl, also known as Weckmann or Kiepenkerl. But… What IS a Stutenkerl? What is a Weckmann? Are they the same thing? It turns out, these baked men… like a sweetened yeast dough version of a Gingerbread man… […]

Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe

D’lustig’n Wendlstoana Tanzgruppe- Keeping up Tradition with Dance

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The night before GermanFest Milwaukee, we headed to the Bavarian Bierhaus to meet friends and eat delicious food. Little did we know that we would have a lovely surprise… D’lustig’n Wendlstoana Tanzgruppe was holding their dance practice in the basement, preparing for their GermanFest performance! And because my friends Rosie and Bob Forster (who is also […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

Traditional German Tracht Show at German Fest, Milwaukee

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Many people think that the German Fest events, like the one in Milwaukee, are all about “Bavarian” attire. I’m happy to report that not only are other regions of Germany represented in food and culture, the Tracht from other parts of Germany are seen around the grounds…. and on Saturday, there is a special Traditional […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

Sounds of the Alps- The Alpine Echos play Alpenhorns

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There was a huge crowd near the Welcome Gates of German Fest in Milwaukee…WHY? The Alpine Echos were performing, and it’s not every day you see a half dozen Alphorns playing real music! I’m sure it was the first time many people even heard the Alp Horn outside of a Ricola Ad! (You can hear […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

What is Spanferkel? A Roasted Pig, Perfect for Any German Festival!

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I’d heard there would be Spanferkel at Germanfest, and I was a bit confused… What is Spanferkel? A “Ferkel” is a little Pig” (it’s also what my mom would call me when I came home particularly muddy) and “Span” is wood chips. Pig in Wood Chips? That can’t be right. It was time to learn […]

Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe