Tchibo Coffee Machine Review- Like a Coffee Shop on My Counter

The Tchibo company recently sent me an amazing new Tchibo Coffee machine to try here at home, and I LOVE it. The compact machine grinds and brews a perfect cup of coffee with the touch of a button. And first thing in the morning, when I’m not quite awake, a button is about all I can handle. Having a Tchibo…

Germany and Coffee- Coffee Culture and History of German Coffee

“Komm, lass uns einen Kaffee trinken“… words I’ve heard my whole life. Come on, let’s drink a coffee. Mornings before a big day, the middle of the afternoon on a shopping trip, or maybe just while sitting and chatting. Germany and coffee go hand in hand. Germans might actually drink more coffee than beer… they certainly import more coffee than…

What is Maggikraut : All about Liebstöckel or Lovage

When my friend Edie told me about Maggikraut, I didn’t believe her. In my world, Maggi exists in liquid form to add flavor to soups and stews. Didn’t I just visit Spicey’s Spice Museum in Hamburg and see the Maggi exhibit (yes, I do realize that the previous sentence makes me sound like a nerd, but we all know how…

Brotzeit- The delicious Bavarian Snack and Meal

In Bavaria, as in the rest of Germany, food is important. You need fuel to put in a hard day’s work. And you need something to soak up the alcohol in the beer (which is legally a bread in Germany… but that’s another story). Grabbing a slice of toast on your way out the door is not going to cut…

German Shop 24 Product Reviews- German Shopping Online

  Recently Germanshop24 approached me, and asked if I would like to do regular reviews of some of their products. Since I do much of my German Shopping online… and already order many of my favorite items from them… I am MORE than happy to share German Shop 24 Product Reviews. GermanShop24 carries HUNDREDS of items… from food to cleaning…

A German Kitchen Witch Brings Good Luck to Your Kitchen!

When I was growing up, my mother always had a flying Kitchen Witch hanging in the kitchen window. And naturally, as an adult with my own kitchen, I have one too. Now, the legend says that a German Kitchen Witch will protect your food as you cook it… no more pots boiling over, no more burnt cakes…. just delicious foods that…

German Kitchen Tools from My Oma’s Kitchen- Who Remembers These?

The world is changing all the time, and “improvements” in home appliances have made cooking faster and easier. Still … somehow, despite all the technological advances, are any of our meals as memorable as the ones made by our Omas on these simpler German kitchen tools? My Oma never had a microwave or food processor… she didn’t use much in…

German Breakfast Boards for Frühstück, Abendbrot or Brotzeit

It is typical in Germany to have Abendbrot on wooden boards or Resopal (Formica), that acted as plate and cutting board. In Bavaria, they have Brotzeit, also eaten on a board. My whole family in Germany at this way… and here in the US, my mom would often do a simple Abendbrot dinner on Sunday evenings. At Oma’s house, we each…

Eierbecher German Egg Cups for a Soft Boiled Egg

We always had German Egg Cups in the house, I still do, because I love a Soft-Boiled Egg. I tried to order one in a restaurant once, but my mom stopped me, and told me her story about Eggs. When she first arrived in America, she and my father had breakfast in a restaurant. Mom ordered a soft boiled egg.…

Using a German Hand Grinder- There’s One in Every German Kitchen

I don’t know if German cooking uses more bread crumbs than other places…. but it seems like we were always using a German Hand Grinder to make them. For Schnitzel, Kotlett, Frikadellen and of course, toasted in butter for a yummy cauliflower topping. In our home no bread was ever thrown away. If it was too stale to eat, mom…

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