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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 […]

West Germany’s Economic Miracle -Wirtschaftswunder

Grünkohlsuppe Recipe from an American Kitchen- German Kale Soup

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In Northern Germany Grünkohl or Kale comes to the table quite often in winter. (I was eating Kale WAY before Kale was cool). People will even make a Grünkohlfahrt (giggle), which is a strenuous hike followed by a traditional meal of Kale. My mother’s kitchen was German, that meant WE ate a lot of Kale […]

German Rhubarb Meringue Cake – Rhabarber Baiser Kuchen

German Good Luck Symbols- We Could All Use a Little Luck

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In Germany, especially around Christmas and the New Year you see them everywhere… Toadstool ornaments, Chimney Sweet figures, Marzipan Piggies with coins or 4 Leaf Clover in their mouths. These German good luck symbols didn’t just come out of nowhere… they all have history and legend to explain why they are lucky. Some luck charms […]

West Germany’s Economic Miracle -Wirtschaftswunder

Christmas Traditions from Germany that are Celebrated in America

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No one does Christmas like the Germans, so it’s no great shock that many Christmas Traditions from Germany found their way to America. You can imagine it, can’t you? Prized ornaments wrapped in paper and safely tucked into suitcases next to hand written recipes for Stollen and Lebkuchen. Memories of celebrating German Weihnachten connecting them […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

German Side Dish Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner

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When I was growing up, my mother never made the traditional American Thanksgiving meal of big roast Turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, etc.  We would have a German meal instead (which was fine by me, I’ll take a pork roast any day). Still, after being married to an American, I learned to make the […]

German Rhubarb Meringue Cake – Rhabarber Baiser Kuchen

What is a Schnitzelbank- A Bench and a Funny Song

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It was another one of those moments where I really wondered if my family was German, but it turned out to be yet another case of family from North Rhine Westphalia vs Midwest German-American. While in Wisconsin, I kept seeing a poster for the Schnitzelbank, so I asked “What is a Schnitzelbank?“. I mean I […]

West Germany’s Economic Miracle -Wirtschaftswunder

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

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Slap the Shoes and then Smack the knees with Flat Hands… Men jumping around, stomping their feet, and slapping their knees and shoes, sometimes alone, sometimes with in a circle with ladies who twirl as if ignoring them. From the outside, the Schuhplattler looks like a version of crazy dance moves you might see on […]

West Germany’s Economic Miracle -Wirtschaftswunder

Smashing a few German Stereotypes – Or Just Clearing them Up

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I’ve come out from behind my computer keyboard a few times lately to do promotion for various projects, and as a result, I’m being asked some strange questions. Now, I realize that stereotypes come from somewhere… but you would think that a few of these German people stereotypes would just vanish because of their ridiculousness. […]

West Germany’s Economic Miracle -Wirtschaftswunder

The Journey System -The Best Travel Backpack to Carry On

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Recently, I was sent the Journey Travel System. A backpack carefully designed to carry everything you need for travel using an intelligent system that makes packing easy, and FINDING things in your bag even easier.  As a life long suitcase user, I was skeptical, I’ve tried new systems before, and they don’t always work out. […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

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