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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 […]

Sternsinger in Germany – Children helping Children with Song

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 […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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 […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

Smashing a few German Stereotypes

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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. […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

Who Was Baron von Steuben? A German-born American Patriot

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In 1783, in his final letter as Commander of the American forces, George Washington thanked General von Steuben for his “faithful and meritorious Services“. Who was Baron von Steuben? And how did a Prussian Baron end up crossing the ocean, and essentially turn around the American forces to help them win the Revolutionary war? Von […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

German Towns in America- Where to Get Your Deutsch on in the US!

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One in five Americans identifies as having German heritage, for a while, it was one in FOUR, so it’s no wonder there are so many German Towns in America. And since travel to Germany can be expensive (and is currently almost impossible because of the Covid-19 lockdown), I thought I’d try to list a few […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple