What is a Kaffeeklatsch? Therapy with laughter and Coffee

Americans missed out on a good thing by not adopting the “Kaffeeklatsch”. Honestly, meeting friends at Starbucks for a sippy cup of coffee on a tiny table just isn’t the same thing. Kaffeeklatsch… friends coming together for coffee… maybe some cake… and good conversation, is such a lovely way to spend a few hours. In Germany, the concept of Kaffeeklatsch…

Suppengruen- A Flavor Base for German Cooking

At the base of every cultures’ cuisine you’ll find an ingredient set that adds a certain flavor to many of the dishes. This building block sets up a steady base for any other ingredients added in. It’s seldom the star of the show… but the dish just wouldn’t be right without it. In German cooking, this base is known as…

German Goulash Recipe- A Love Letter From the Kitchen

Goulash frequently showed up on my childhood dinner table. Why not? My mom’s recipe tasted delicious, and the meal fills everyone up without argument. Fun added bonus… when things were “tight”, the meal could be stretched ….. more sauce, some added veggies, and less meat. Served over everyone’s favorite homemade Spätzle, Goulash was a crowd pleaser. I can hear it…

German Lentil Soup with Würstchen

Going over the dinner/grocery list the other day, I suddenly had a craving for German Lentil Soup (Linsensuppe)… the kind my mom made…with Würstchen (Frankfurters). When I was a child, we’d each get our own sausage with the soup, and the ends would hang over the bowl. To my 8 year old brain, THAT was the height of luxury! (Honestly,…

German Marble Cake Recipe with Eierlikör- Eierlikör Marmorkuchen

A Marmorkuchen (German Marble cake) usually satisfies everyone everyone at the table… those who like chocolate AND those who like vanilla. Vanilla cake batter is swirled with chocolate cake batter, and the end result is a pretty “marbled” appearance.  This German Marble Cake recipe with Eierlikör ramps up the flavor with the addition of your Oma’s favorite (and quite tasty)…

The Origins of the “German” Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

The “Three P’s” of German topics guaranteed to bring on online arguements between normally levelheaded people are German Potato Salad, the German Christmas Pickle, and the German Pancake. (Potato, Pickle, Pancake). It’s exhausting. All German Potato Salads are authentic… Regional recipes get passed down through generations. So I will concede that your Oma’s warm German Potato Salad is tasty, but…

German Cherry Streusel Cake Recipe

My husband did not want me to share this German Cherry Streusel Cake Recipe. Why? Because he loves it so much, he wants to keep it all for himself. But, I explained to him that although it IS cake, if I share it, there will still be plenty left over for him. (And besides, after baking it 4 times this…

Streuseltaler Recipe- Tasty Pastries with Fruit and Streusel

When I arrived at the Frankfurt airport, my daughter and I needed to fill an hour before our train. Fortunately, we found a bakery at the airport… so we filled the hour and our stomachs. I grabbed a fruit topped Streuseltaler because…YUM!  A fruit compote, jam, or pudding sit on a yeast dough pastry, topped by crunchy sweet streusel, and…

Spekulatius Truffles- An easy and delicious Christmas Treat

A few years ago I started making simple Truffles around the Holidays as little gifts and to help corners of my Bunter Teller. Making these rich (and I mean REALLY RICH) Spekulatius Truffles doesn’t take that much time, and it’s easy to find helpers since everyone loves playing with the chocolate. You can even get the little ones in your…

Buy German Bread Online from The Brot Box

Ask most people what they miss the most about Germany, and they will say…”The Bread”. Flavorful loaves made from rye for Abendbrot, Brötchen (rolls) with crisp crust at the breakfast table, seeded loaves to accompany soups. And while the artisanal breads are starting to gain traction here in the United States, NOTHING compares to a good loaf of German Bread.…

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