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Dec 10, 2017


Oct 22, 2017

More Oktoberfest Goodies


The Oktoberfest's Statue of Liberty,
and Schweinshaxe, a classic Oktoberfest dish

Sept 28, 2017

Get Your Oktoberfest On
Part 1

A little Oktoberfest History and "Pre History:

Oktoberfest Party Platters



Sept14, 2017

a last BBQ




Some Ideas what to do
wit the Harvest

Zucchini -Potato Pancakes

Quick Creamy Zucchini Suppe


May 8, 2017

Springing Up Spring,

Dandelions are Great Healthy Greens,
not Weeds,
Even Better with Bone Broth


April 16, 2017

Easter or Ostern
Traditions and Recipes
part 2

Saffron Easter Bread
Safran Osterbrot


Oster Rosinebrot
German Easter Raisin Bread

German braided Easter bread
in a Crown (Kranz) shape

Easter cake shaped like a lamb

Baked Easter Ham German Style

BBQued Lamb

Also Baked Ham in Rye Dough.
A German Classic


Eier und Grüner Soße
(Eggs in Green Sauce



April 14, 2017

Easter or Ostern
Traditions and Recipes
part 1

The German tradition of the
Osterbaum ( Easter Tree)

Making Easter eggs with natural dye

To the Right.. How Did the Easter Bunny get from Germany to the United States

Easter Fountain



A celebration of spring herb soup served on the Thursday before Easter.





Oct 30, 2016

The Tradition of Zwiebelkuchen

Onion torte and new wine

Feb 7, 2016


Tanz die Marktfrauen

Jan 13, 2016

Making Home Made Noodles
(Handgemachte Nudeln)

Schinken Nudeln Auflauf
(ham and noodle casserole)


Ham, noodle and Cheese Casserole

Making Spaetzle by scraping the dough off of a board
( Handgeschabt Spätzle)

Cheese Spaetzle


Hazelnut Macaroons
(Hasselnüss Markonen)


Dec 31, 2015


Dec 20, 2015

German Christmas Bread
from the 15th Century



Dec 12, 2015

Goulash and Chili Con Carne

A German American Tale of 2 Dishes


Dec 8, 2015

Pfeffernusse (Peppernuts) and Zimtstene

Two of my favorite German Christmas holiday cookies





Nov 10, 2015

If you missed Oktoberfest, you can go to another place
Great German Appetizer platter ideas for the holidays




August 29, 2015

Gefüllte Paprikaschoten

Kalter Hund



July 6, 2015

The German Hamburger
German American Revolutionary
War Hero


June 13, 2015

German Style Roasting
Bread Dumplings

and Rhubarb Strawberry
Dessert with Quarkschaum



May 10, 2015
Alles Liebe zum Mutterstag

(Lots of Love for Mother's Day )


April 30, 2015

Asparagus Season in Germany


April 4, 2015

More German Easter Recipes and traditions

The German origins of the Easter bunny

The German tradition of the
Osterbaum ( Easter Tree)

The 3000 year old tradition of

The Rolling Fire Wheel
a tradition in Lüdge, Germany


Also how to Color Easter eggs with Natural Dye


Baked Easter Ham German Style



Also Baked Ham in Rye Dough.
A German Classic

BBQued Lamb




April 2, 2015

Saffron Easter Bread, Hefekranz and Hefezopf,
Easter Thursday Soup,
Part 1 of Easter

Saffron Easter Bread
Safran Osterbrot


Hagelzopf and Hefezopf

Let's make Green Thursday Soup
with Potato Pancakes

Spring Garnished Green Thursday Soup!


March 30, 2015

Jäger Eintopf, Hot German Potato Salad and Twists,
and Apple Krummeltorte

Jäger Eintopf
German Style Shepherds Pie
Lightening it up on the carbs with Cauliflower

Heisser Kartoffelsalat
(hot German potato salad)
A better way to cook potatoes for this.
Hot Cauliflower Salad also?

Apfel Krummeltorte and other crumb desserts using Streusel


March 17, 2015

The German Influence of Corned Beef and Cabbage


Dublin Coddle
Could easily be a German Dish

Creamed Spinach my Grandma Emma's way

Want a green vegetable for St. Patrick's?
Put a little German in it too.


March 15, 2015

Gefüllte Schweinebraten
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin,
White and Purple Kraut

German Chocolate Käsekuchen

Gefüllter Schweinebraten

Fresh Sauerkraut made with
White and Purple Cabbages
shredded carrot and garlic

German Chocolate Kaesekuchen



Feb 28, 2015

Let's make some Eintopf Dishes

Gaisburger Marsch

Rindfleisch Stew with Potato Cheese Knoephla

Birnen Bohnen und Speck
(Pears, Beans and Ham Shank)


Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

Beet Borcht

Gaisburger Marsch

Rindfleisch Stew with Potato Cheese Knoephla

Birnen Bohnen und Speck
(Pears, Beans and Ham Shank)


Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

Beet Borcht



Feb 16, 2015

Guten Rosenmontag
(Rose Monday)
Helau, Alaaf!

Tomorrow is Faschingdienstag
Let's make some Fasching Pastries!


Jan 30, 2015

Some Sauerbraten Recipes
There are so Many


Jan 28, 2015

All about Sauerbraten


Part 1 Sauerbraten History and the different styles around Germany


Varieties in Different


Dec 29, 2014

Some Interesting
New Years Food Traditions
in Germany

Why is Pork and Sauerkraut
a New Years Eve Tradition?


Kassler Rippchen
mit Sauerkraut, Himmel und Erde

Smoked Pork Loin Roast with
Sauerkraut and potato and apple mash

Herring Salat

Linsensuppe mit Frankfurter

Karpfen Bleu

Carp with in special sauce with boiled



Dec 12, 2014

Lebkuchen Season!
Comforting Soups for the Cold Weather




Oct 21, 2014

Oktoberfest, Pretzels and Geschnetzeltes

Aug 29 , 2014

A "Toast" to Some German Vintage Specialties, Hawaii,
Plum Kuchens, Bohnensuppe



Aug 9, 2014

For a Cool Summer Dinner
Fleischsalat or Wurstsalat


July 4th Weekend 2014


May 9, 2014

This Sunday is

Some Desserts and Memories

April 30, 2014

Some Spring German
Dishes and Hawaiian Schnitzel

Hawaiian Schnitzel
Pork Schnitzel with ham,Muenster cheese and Fresh Pineapple Ring

Dandelion Green Salad
with Boiled Egg Vinaigrette
(Löwenzahnsalat mit Eire salatsosse)

Dandelion Greens with Hot German Potato Salad

Spring Tonic
Ham and Dandelion with Hot bacon dressing


April 19, 2014






Make your own natural dye Easter eggs


The German tradition of the
Osterbaum ( Easter Tree)



Baked Easter Ham German Style




April 17, 2014

Easter Traditions in
Germany part 1
because it is Thursday..
Gründonnerstag Suppe

"Maundy Thursday Soup"

Let's make Green Thursday Soup
with Potato Pancakes

Spring Garnished Green Thursday Soup!

April 3, 2014

Germanizing French Onion Soup

A recipe and technique from long ago by German immigrants
that settled just southeast of Montreal, Quebec


Happy St Patrick's Day

Yup there is some German influence

March 17, 2014


Guten Rosenmontag
Some Fasching Recipes for you!

March 3, 2014

Feb 8, 2014

Beef Comfort Food Dishes
in Germany, Why they Dress
up Cows with Flowers and Bells


Nov 14, 2013

Hooray to the Haxe!
Schweinshaxe and Eisbein
Pork Knuckle
with a German Soul


Sept 10, 2013


Aug 26, 2013

Kalter Hund
(Cold Dog)

This is a simple chocolate filling layered with
butter cookies and chilled.

Kalte Ente
Cold Duck

This is a nice summer refreshing cocktail that originated in Germany. It consists of a Mosel wine and a sparkling wine, lemon and mint



Aug 13, 2013

German Style Baked Beans

Drei Bohnensalat
(3 bean salad)

Apfel Mürbeteig


July 20, 2013

For a cool summer dinner..

Fleischsalat and Wurstsalat
with a great German Beer



June 27, 2013

A German Technique for Wirsing and other Vegetables

My Dad's Favorite Style, Chopped and Lightly Creamed


June 4, 2013

(Asparagus Time)
in Germany

May11, 2013

Liebe Grüße zum Muttertag!
( Best Wishes on Mother's Day)

May 4, 2013


April 28, 2013

Rhubarb Sheet Cake
Rhabarber Blechkuchen

Rhubarb Kuchen with Meringue
Rhabarberkuchen mit Baiser

Rhubarb Spritzer

Rhubarb drink

Rhubarb compote wjth

Rhubarb Compote
(Rhabarber Kompott)


April 17, 2013


Blaubeeren Kenebble



April 7, 2013

The Sweeter side of Dumplings

Potato dumpling with plum, stuffed with raspberry jelly with brown butter crumb sauce


Pflaumenknödel 2
Sour cream pastry wrapped around a plum stuffed with a sugar cube.



Black Forest Cherry Soup

Black Forest Cherry Soup with Egg White Dumplings.


Dampfnudel with Vanilla Sauce



Apple Maultaschen


March 28, 2013

Easter or Ostern
Traditions and Recipes
part 2

Eier und Grüner Soße
(Eggs in Green Sauce with
potatoes )

Oster Rosinebrot
German Easter Raisin Bread

German braided Easter bread
in a Crown (Kranz) shape

Easter cake shaped like a lamb

Baked Easter Ham German Style

BBQued Lamb

Also Baked Ham in Rye Dough.
A German Classic


March 26, 2013

Easter or Ostern
Traditions and Recipes
part 1

The German tradition of the
Osterbaum ( Easter Tree)

Making Easter eggs with natural dye

To the Right.. How Did the Easter Bunny get from Germany to the United States

Easter Fountain



A celebration of spring herb soup served on the Thursday before Easter.



March 19, 2013

Corned Beef Dishes German Style

Some things to do with Your Left Over St Patrick's Day Corned Beef

The German Influence of Corned Beef and Cabbage


Corned Beef, Sauerkraut and Potato Auflauf (casserole)

Corned Beef Salat

(Corned Beef Swiss and Pickles)

Very traditional Northern German dish with Beets, and pickled herring

Corned Beef Kohlrouladen
A cabbage Roll is the perfect way to express your fillings.

Dublin Coddle
Could easily be a German Dish



March 2, 2013

Play with your Dumplings
Part 2

So Much to Know about Spätzles!

Emma's Spätzle
(Swabian drop like)

Muhling's Spätzle
(Swabian long and round)

Layered with Emmentaller cheese and

Handgeschabt (Handcut) Spätzle
Same dough but done on a board with a knife.

Gaisburger Marsch
a famous soup/stew with Spätzle

Knoephla Soup
A popular soup in parts of the U.S.
from the Germans-from-Russia with the cousin to the Spätzle..Knöpfle



Feb 24, 2013

Playing with Your Dumplings
Part 1

So many things to make from flour ....from noodles last month to the many styles of the food we call in the new world Dumplings.
Sometimes the lines are blurry between , a noodle, dumpling , Spaetzle, Krapfen, and other dishes.
The one thing in common is they are boiled or steamed.

Part 1

Simple baking powder Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Blueberry Dumplings

Spoon Dumplings

Cloud Soup

Pears and (Bread) Dumplings


Feb 7, 2013

It's Fasching Season

Berliner Pfankuchen
Jelly or Custard Donuts

Twisted Pasry

Also like a Jelly Donut



Jan 27, 2013

Making your own noodles (Handgemachte Nudeln)
German Auflauf (casserole)
Schinkennudeln and Schinkenfleckerln
(Ham and Noodle Casseroles)


Dec 12, 2012

Lebkuchen History, Spitzbuben, Roy's Pfeffernusse,
The Christmas Goose, Königsberger Klopse and Beer Steins.


Nov 29, 2012

Schweizer Steak

German Style Swiss Steak


St Nikolaus Day Dec. 6th

I am putting this cookie recipe out early if you want to do it. It is one of the more challenging. It is so important a tradition in so many German families.



Nov 11, 2012



Oct 30, 2012

Just wanted to share some of the recipes that have come through the forum when a simple topic is brought up.
Lo and behold one recipe leads to another and new dishes I have never heard of pop up that are unique and
there are new challenges in my kitchen and I am sure others.
Recipes include Lentil soup with Franfurter, Rose Hip Jam (Haggebutte Konfitüre) Blaue Zipel, Bratwurst simmered in
a sweet and sour broth with onions and carrots. and a Goulash from Dieter Monka.

Go Here for the Newsletter with the Recipes

Oct 22, 2012

Potato Dumpling Diary
(Kartoffel Klöß)


Sept 29, 2012

This is my granda Emma's recipe that is over 100 years old that uses old fashioned dry curd cottage sometimes called farmers cheese or Handkäse. You can also rinse off the cream from store bought cottage cheese so you can crush it to make it creamy. You can also make your own dry curd cottage cheese, Which is as easy as adding a bit of lemon juice to milk at the right temperature, below there is a link to a pictoral recipe.

Go Here for the Newsletter


Sept 22, 2012

Oktoberfest Time in Munichand around the World.

With some tips on your own Okteberfest from my friend Frank Reiter who is having his this weekend!



Sept 10, 2012

My Grandma Emma's

Basic meat, onions and spices.
Simple and heartwarming

Jan's Goulash Soup

From a Hungarian recipe that has root vegetables and pinch dumplings.

The History of Goulash

Find out everything from how the name came to be to paprika being it's main spice.


Aug 29, 2012

Snipped Green Beans, Simmered with Potatoes, Sausage and Ham

Birnen Bohnen und Speck
Pears, Green Beans and Bacon

Apfel Mürbetieg
German Apple Pie

Himmel and Erde
Potatoes and apples

Go here for the Aug 29, 2012 Newsletter


Extra info on 1-2-3 Mürbeteig



Aug 18, 2012

Apple Krummeltorte
Apple filling surrounded by a crumby pie crust pastry.

Plum Dumplings, the best dessert!

Chicken Roulade
Sabine's recipe for bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breast done on the grill.

David Beale's wife's Apple Krummeltorte, Pflaumenknoedel, one of my favorite of ALL
Desserts, and Chef Sabine Woern's great BBQ Chicken Roulade. Renate Smith
visit to the historical medieval city of Rothenburg, another fun Vid by Roy Denman
and of course some music to warm us up for Oktoberfest.

Read more of the Aug. 18 German Goodies Newsletter here

Aug. 12, 2012
Pflaumenzeit ist Zwetschgenzeit!
It's Plums and Plums Time!

Folks have been writing me that their plums are ripening, and that has always been an exciting time for me. Growing up in the Northwest we had lots of plums and grandma had so many Zwetschgen, (what she called an Italian plum) that we gathered them off the ground. She made not only plum kuchen but put up lots of an extraordinary jam that she called Prune Conserve.

Go here for recipes of 4 different styles of plum kuchen, a tip for freezing plums for the winter, a neat vid on German engineering, some good German music. ......


Aug 7, 2012

Simone's Zwiebelkuchen
also Flammenkuchen in the Oven on the Grill


July 29, 2012

More German Potato Salad Goodies from You,German Walnut Cake and Queen of Sheba

July 24, 2012

Cold German Potato Salads
How are they different than hot German potato salads?

Swabian Potato Salad

Becky's Potato Salad

Potato Wurst Salat

My grandma always made German Potato Salad the hot way with bacon, onions, vinegar and sugar. I thought maybe all German's thought alike :-)))) When I first had one without the bacon and it was even chilled and it was nothing but potatoes and a nice clingy dressing that made the salad hold together,... I thought wow that is good for just taters.

This style of salad I found out is often referred to as Schwabisch or Swabian potato salad which is made with a waxy potato and just an oil and vinegar dressing but also Beef broth or maybe chicken. I had heard about making a potato salad with beef broth from some German friends and I thought , wow that sounds strange!


Karen Kinnane sent me a book that I think is one of the best books on German cooking in English that I have read called The Cuisines of Germany

It had a recipe for ...The Definitive German Potato Salad by Alfred Walterspiel, who was a famous German Chef and Hotelier in Germany and author of "My Art in Kitchen and Restaurant". Though this style is popular in lots of areas of Germany, the Swabians put their name on it. Swabia is an area in Germany including a small part of western Bavaria and the southern part of Würtemberg, named after a medieval tribe. This potato salad has variations, but we will go over the basics.

Last year at the Camelot restaurant's Oktoberfest in Palm Springs, I got a taste of the best German potato salad like this, from a German lady chef.

I wondered how to make this light and fresh tasting salad.

It is a great summer salad for picnics because there is no mayonnaise in it.

Swabian Potato Salad

I have had fun making this salad, now several times.
some recipes say that steaming the potatoes is a good way to go, so that they
don't get water-logged and the precious vitamin C gets leeched out.

Come into my kitchen and let's make Swabian Potato Salad
with Step by Step pictures.

As I was researching this potato salad I came across
Andrea Meyers Version of Swabischer Kartoffelsalat
and she said as she was traveling through Swabia they often got this potato
salad as a base, then topped with a green salad.

Also use the left overs for a breakfast dish or any meal topping
it with some fried eggs.

Fingerling Potato Salad

Yukons and Fingerling potatoes have the advantage of having a lower glycemic index.
They are preferred by trainers and health watchers as well for their carbs.


Some other cold Potato Salads

Becky's German Potato Salad

1894 Recipe for Potato Salad
with Dandelion Greens

You can of course use any greens to accent a good potato salad!

19th Century Layered German Potato Salad

From Pickled Herring and Pumpkin Pie
a 19th-Century Cookbook for German Immigrants to America
By Henriette Davidis

Lynn Dubey's Family
Cold Style German Potato Salad

Lynn operates a small resort town newspaper in  Ellicottville   {western} NY.,   She often shares her  German heritage recipes. Her family immigrated in to Cleveland Ohio  when she was 7 years old. (1954 ) 


From the German Deli


Brinker Bakery's


10 slices individually wrapped

Shop for differernt Krauts imported from Germany



Sommertag im Biergarten, München, Westpark





Biergarten in München


Ernst Mosch - Pfeffer und Salz



Munich Bier Garten


Trink Trink Bruderlein Trink


More German Music




July 12, 2012

Schwenkbraten and Spiessbraten

Wood grilled steaks and Roast from the Rhine around the city of Idar Oberstein


July 2, 2012

Cabbage Apple Slaw
(Kohlsalat mit Apfel)

Radish Salad
with Onion Vinaigrette


Marinated pork steak sandwich

Go Here for the July 2 2012 Newsletter


June 19, 2012

Bohnen Salat Ideas
Green Bean Ideas

June 7, 2012

Some Recipes from my friend Annette Engols that owns

The German Cafe in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Potato Pancakes


I added salmon to the Potato pancake recipe



May 24, 2012

2 more Schaschliks!
This time for the BBQ, and great for
celebrating Memorial Day this weekend.

Chicken Schaschlik
Marinated chicken breast with onions and peppers

Pork Schaschlik
Marinated Pork Loin with bacon, peppers, onions and cucumber

If you missed it a few weeks ago, here is a delcious recipe for Beef Schaschlik that is braised till fork tender
Recipe by Trudy Maynard



May 13, 2012

  Liebe Grüße zum Muttertag!
( Best Wishes on Mother's Day)



May 7, 2012

Erdbeer Tortenboden

German Strawberry Torte


This is another way to celebrate Spring with this delicious torte
that is similar to a sponge cake, layered with cream,
then this nice jelled fresh strawberry topping.

Go Here for the May 7, 2012 Newsletter


April 26, 2012

Beef Schaschlik

This is a German- Turkish- Hungarian fusion dish that is very popular in German Roadside stands. It is unique to me in that it is the first Kebab style dish that is braised rather than BBQued.
The sauce is absolutely delicious.

Go here for the recipe and background of
Beef Schaschlik.


April 17, 2012

Pork Schnitzel (Cuban Style)

So I am curious how come a Cuban Sandwich sounds really German?
Except for the Cuban bread. I had one the other day and Pork , Ham Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Mustard and Onion seem like my kind of cooking, so I decided to do a Rouladen
with them. Check it out plus a 1907 recipe for Rinderrouladen from Germany and other styles as well as the classic Beef Rouladen with pickles, bacon, onions and mustard.

Go here for the newsletter


April 11, 2012

Cheese Strudel
Käse Strudel

Raspberry Strudel
Himbeer Käse Strudel



April 7, 2012

Egg Dish For Easter Breakfast
German Pancake or Dutch Baby

Go Here for the Recipe and History of this
Dish that is as Fun to make and look at as it is to Eat


April 4, 2012

Grünerdonnerstag Suppe
Fresh Herb Soup

Natural Colored Easter Eggs

Roasted Easter Ham

Go Here for These Recipes, their history and How the Easter Bunny
got from Germany to the United States.


March 30, 2012

Spring Tonic

Fresh dandelion greens on top of a smashed potato
and topped with hot bacon dressing with hard boiled eggs.

Burr Fischer sent me a picture of a meal they just made that was a tradition in the Pennsylvania Dutch area where he grew up.

In the old days before freezers and supermarkets often you went all winter without a fresh green vegetable. When Spring came one of the first plants to sprout would be dandelion greens. Now when I was growing up they were always a pest in the lawn.

I can imagine though when you are hungering for a salad, and your body needs Vitamin A and C that these would be a welcome sight!

Go here for the rest of the story and this wonderful recipe!


March 24, 2012

German Style Hash, and Skillet Fry's




Hoppel Poppel

We don't often talk about breakfast dishes
because most of Germany doesn't eat bacon and eggs, omelets or pancakes dishes
similar in the U.S. for breakfast. Breakfast in Germany is called Frühstück,
don't ask me to pronounce it.
When I try to talk to our German guests
at the hotel they can't understand me. Those umlaut letters ü
just seem to make my tongue trip over itself.

Eggs and pancakes are often served for dinner, although a German pancake is not the "Hot Cakes" we have in the states.

A typical German breakfast (Frühstück) that I see our German guests eat falls somewhere between what we'd call a deli platter and a continental breakfast. Cold meats (including their famous sausages) and cheeses are served along side a variety of breads and sweet toppings like jam, marmalade and honey. Soft-boiled eggs, sometimes cereal and fruit and yogurt.

These are some dishes though that resemble a lot of what we serve for breakfast in the states, we would call them a "Breakfast Skillet" or a "Hash" or something similar.

Go Here for the March 24, 2012 Newsletter


March 17, 2012
Froheliche St Patrickstag!

The German Influence of Corned Beef and Cabbage

Dublin Coddle
Could easily be a German Dish

Creamed Spinach Grandma Emma's Way
Want a green vegetable for St. Patrick's?
Put a little German in it too.


Go here for the March 17 Newsletter


March 14, 2012

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

My friend George Moser sent me some Pot Pie Noodles that he made from a recipe from his Childhood growing up on Cabbage Hill in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, called Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie. This is the heart of Penn Dutch area so I always wanted to make the real thing! But this Pot Pie isn't made with a pastry crust but with big wide noodle squares. If you make it you will realize why the big squares. Why is this called a pie? I will explain that ,
and also how they make 2 dishes out of 1, a Fried Chicken Pot Pie.

Go Here for the March 14, 2012 Newsletter and recipes.


March 8, 2012

Bauernbrot , Farmer's Bread

This is my new favorite bread recipe, adapted from Bob Packer's Sour Rye Bread. it is like basic bread. I am definitely a lover of the rye, and wheat blend.

Konigsberger Klöpse

This is a unique German meatball recipe. They are cooked like you would a dumpling. The sauce is so good, you best have some of the Farmer's Bread.

Celery Root
and Apple Salad

If you have never worked with Celeriac you should try it. I see it more and more in supermarkets and the clerey flavor is double what you get in the stalk.

Go here for the March 8 Newsletter



Feb 28, 2012

Kaiserschmarrn , also Rindfleisch Stew with Potato Cheese Knoephla

a fun Austrian specialty, that can be a dessert or a main dish.

Potato Cheese Knoephla
a a stuffed noodle with potato, cheese and onions.

Rindfleisch Stew
I used some German styles to create a hearty beef stew.

Go here to get the recipes for the
Feb 28, 2012 Newsletter



Feb 23, 2012

Some German Crockpot and Dutch Oven Recipes

Gaisburger Marsch

A stew that Sylvia Pollack a reader shared with a long long German history. It is characterized with really tasty broth and meat created by using a bone in beef shank. Along with the carrots and leeks this stew gets good body from both Spaetzle and some good firm potatoes. Then to distinguish this dish even more some fried onions on top.

When you see beef shanks on sale grab em and freeze them, save them for this dish.

Birnen Bohnen und Speck
Braised Ham with Green Beans and Pears

One of the more unusual sounding German classics. If you haven't tried it you must!

You use green pears and cook them whole with the ham and beans. The result is a delicious tender soft pear , the perfect accompaniment to a nice smoky sliced meat and beans.

Sour Beef and Dumplings
Maryland style Sauerbraten ]

The perfect Crockpot recipe, for this style of Sauerbraten.

Marinating the beef with the unique German spice mix, blending with the technique of shredding the beef, and serving it over dumplings became a popular dish in Maryland, USA...and now carries the wonderful states name.


More ! Go here for the Feb 23 newsletter on Crock Pot and Dutch Oven recipes.


Feb 20, 2012

Some Fasching Recipes

Berliner Pfankuchen
Jelly or Custard Donuts

Twisted Pasry

Also like a Jelly Donut

(potato donuts)

Fasching Bowties

Shunkeln Music

Go here for the Feb 20th Newsletter on Fasching Recipes


Feb18, 2012

Pork Tenderloin Sauerbraten
like a Schweinebraten


Sweet and Sout Purple Cabbage

German Bread Dumplings

Thinking about Spring

Faith in Spring

German Music


Go Here for the Feb 18th Newsletter


Feb 14, 2012

Glücklichen Valentinstag
Happy Valentines Day!

Lebkuchen Valentine Hearts

German Valentines Cookies

Black Forest Cherry Parfait
A Simple German Valentines Dessert

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

A sure fire winner with this sweet and tangy dressing




Feb 6, 2012

Chicken Zigeunerschnitzel
Pan fried Chicken Schnitzels simmered lightly in a
paprika sauce with a sweet and sour flavor.

Angel Wings
Thoughs for Fasching or any celebration!

with a pepper sauce flavored with pickles


Ze-GWOIN- er

I love the sound of this word to begin with.

The word means Gypsy in German and with the Schnitzel it means with a Hungarian influence,
with their magical spice paprika.

Go here for
3 different Zigeurner (Gypsy) Schnitzels,
recipe for Angel Wings,
and some nice German music


 Jan 30, 2012

Pork Chops
with Apple Pumpernickel Dressing

Creamed Savoy Cabbage

Potato Dumplings
Kartoffel Knödel

Frankfurter Kranz Torte

Ohh the Joy of stuffing a lowly cutlet and bringing it to elegance.
The aroma of apples and onions filling the room with the pumpernickel and Westphalian ham, the surprise package inside the pork chop, are a symbol of what I like about winter!

a different kind of cabbage I saw on a menu in a German restaurant is perfect creamed with a light cheese sauce, Knödel and Frankfurter Kranz Torte that my friend Ann Moot just got done making for her mom's birthday!

Go here for this newsletter for Jan 30, 2012


Jan 27 2012

Westphalian Pumpernickel
and Chicken Roulade Westphalian

Go here for the Jan 27 2012 newsletter


Jan 23, 2012


I approach the subject of baking German style bread with much trepidation,
as if I can hear my German Grandma with her Hoch Deutch accent telling me
I don't know what I am talking about.

I use to dread her rebuke and now I miss it ..well.kind of

I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard that the bread over in the New World
isn't like what they make in Germany, and how can I make bread that will taste like
what I can get in Germany.

In this newsletter some basic information about the History of Pumpernickel and
How to make Bavarian Pumpernickel bread. Also some music by inga and Marie.




Jan 17, 2012 Newsletter

Eatons German Potato Salad
blended with iceberg lettuce,
Recipe adapted from Nancy Eaton's Grandma from the Pennsylvania Dutch country.

This twist gives this popular German salad a nice crunch.

Kassler Ripchen
with sauerkraut
also with Himmel and Erde

This is a classic German dish using smoked pork chops braised with sauerkraut and potatoes mashed with apples.

Fondue Tips

My sister and family love to do Fondue. Fondue is one of
the national dishes of Germany's nearby Switzerland.
It was a fun family meal that was interactive.

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Jan 10, 2012

Braised Pot Roast
in Beer

Tomato Dumplings
Dumpling batter simmered on top of rich stewed tomatoes

German Buffalo Style Wings
Chicken Wings in Sauerbraten Sauce

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Dec 31, 2011

Frohe Silvester (German New Years Eve) !

Some More New Years Eve German
Cooking Traditions

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Dec 30, 2011

Eating Herring Salad (Herringsalat) at the Stroke of Midnight

I am dedicating this one to Herring salad because if you want
to make it you should get your herring or a substitute
and give it time to marinate. Also I thought you would love to know
about how important Herring was to our ancestors to survive.

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Dec 23 , 2011

A few more quick and easy
to make German Christmas cookies.

and How to roast a goose
(Gänsebraten)for a German holiday dinner

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Dec 18, 2011

Some Advent Christmas Cookies

Pfeffernusse and Zimsterne

Dec 14, 2011

German Christmas Bread
from the 15th century


Dec 7, 2011

Germany's Holiday Glowing Wine


Nov 27, 2011

The History and Some Recipes for Lebkuchen


Nov 19, 2011

Apple Strudel or Apfelstrudels
some different recipes and a similar shaped dessert
apfel-Maultaschen that is baked in sweetened milk with vanilla.

Nov. 10 2011

Flammenkuche, the German Autumn Tradition


Oct 27, 2011

Just Some Recipes For you

Baked Ham in Rye Bread Dough

Macaroni and Cheese

Pumpkin Soup


Oct 20, 2011

Brats and Weiss
the "Wurst" Difference

Charles Weishar contacted me and said that in the September 28 newsletter I was comparing different styles of Bratwurst in different regions of Southern Germany, and said that in Munich the bratwurst is steamed so as not to break the skin. I was showing Weisswurst and not Bratwurst and that they are not even similar. Since Weisswurst is such a tradition Munich it is worth going into. Especially since they ARE so different .

Read More Here ........


Oct 9, 2011

Canadian Thanksgiving with Canadian Germans


The German Thanksgiving called Erntedankfest (Festival of Thanks) is usually held the first sunday of October in Germany, although sources I read say it is not a big national holiday but celebrated regionally and is not the big national holiday that it is in the U.S. or Canada.

Read More Here


The first Oktoberfest. If you look close in the center it is a
horse race that was the main event.
They stopped the races in 1960.

Let's look at some Bratwurst Recipes





Turn on some Oktoberfest Music First!




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Pan fried Chicken Schnitzel


Apfel Strudel

Old Fashioned Home Made Noodles

German Potato Salad




Gefulte Nudeln


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