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Guten Tag to the July 4th Weekend, 2014 Newsletter!

July 4th.
Independence day in the United States

Our German Cookbook

Bratwurst on the BBQ

Those thin metal pans you get at the grocer work
well for holding Brats, Kraut and grilled onions,
for your weekend BBQ. also some grilling tips.

My Favorite
Sauerkraut Relish for Brats

A German American who helped
win the American revolution

Friedrich Von Steuben




I always love to share German American surprises. German American trophies and German American's that have influenced the United States .

July 4 th it is no different.

Imagine you are trying to teach a rowdy bunch of farmers to fight together. The rag tag group of every man for himself weren't winning any battles against the most powerful army in the world the British Army.
General Washington brought in a specialist from one of the best armies in the world, The Prussian army named Friedrich von Steuben. There was no internet then through fate he was in Ireland and met Benjamin Franklin who spent a great deal of time in France and Europe even though he was a member of the U.S. congress. He connected him with Washington and volunteered to come over and help the American revolution.
Read about Friedrich Von Steuben Here


Erdberren Tortenboden
Strawberries Torte

A German dessert similar to the American classic
Strawberry Shortcake.
This makes a nice presentation as well as
being great tasting!

Erdbeeren = Strawberries
Tortenboden ...Torte =Cake and Boden = Floor

This cake starts with a cake base called a Biskuit
Tortenboden. ingredients are blended into
Whipped egg whites to make a nice light but
not "flimsy" cake base.

German Cup Cakes
Tassen Kuchen

I wondered if they make small cup cake like Kuchens.
I didn't find too many recipes but I did find some for Tassen Kuchen. Tasse = cup Kuchen = cake

I used a baking mix in this case Bisquick to make these, It works really well. The idea came when I only had a few plums to use up
so I thought I could make some small kuchens. Next time I will make several varieties with what I have to use up.

This simple kuchen dough is handy because you don't need to let it rise. You can have it ready in minutes.

Go here to make Simple Kuchen Dough
and see how I made these Pflaumen Tassen Kuchens

Some other ideas for BBQ this weekend



The more I make this dish the more I like it.

The technique of pressing bruised onion slices into
pork with spices just seems like simple
genius to me.

You can serve these plain or
on Brotchen ( a German bread roll )
If I can't find a crispy crust roll I often
use a Baguette or french bread.




Rib Steak Schwenkbraten

The onion marinade technique works well also on steak.
In particular Rib Eye steak




A German Hamburger

This particular burger is called Frikadellen
It blends beef and ground pork to make
a unique flavor. If you want to bring something
a bit different and with a German flair to your
next BBQ this is a good choice.


Cucumber Salad


This is a salad that works so well with most any BBQ
item. It is a cool refreshing contrast to rich BBQ foods
on the grill as well as rich stews and roasts.


My favorite German Potato Salad
for a BBQ

This classic German dish gains texture and flavor for an outdoor BBQ.The standard ideas for an outdoor meals is either a green salad and or a potato salad. Blending these gives a wonderful balance.

Tradional Hot German Potato Salad



Our Family

from a
German Grandma

Browse Through Our Book Here

Comes with over 50 Bonus recipes with Step by Step color pictures.


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I include
Over 50 Bonus Recipes with Step by Step Pictures

I am very proud of these recipes as they take a lot of the
guess work out of making these fabulous German specialties.

Simply open up the recipes with step by step pictures and print out the item you like. I keep mine in a notebook.

See the Whole List Here of Recipes Here


Apple Kuchen

Apfel Strudel














Old Fashioned Home Made Noodles


German Potato Salad


Potato Dumplings
(Kartoffel Knödel)



Gefulte Nudeln

Chicken and Dumplings

(Sweet and Sour Purple Cabbage)

Potato Pancakes

See the Whole List Here of Recipes Here

From Germany with Love,
By Aileen Block

This is a nice companion book to Recipes from a German Grandma.
From Germany with Love tells the story of my grandma, Emma Block, growing up in a little town in Baden/ Würtemberg, Germany near Heidelberg named Steinsfurt. Then at the age of 15 immigrating to the United States, taking a train with one of her sisters and brothers to Hamburg and sailing the Atlantic with other hope filled Germans wanting to make a life in the "New World". It was not easy but with good values learned in her German upbringing made a full life, had a wonderful family with lots of fun and celebration including the great German meals.

Order Here


German Music

Hubn Bubn Polka Band - Line Dance Polka - Guitar




In den Tiroler Bergen Mit Andreas As
chaber (Auner Andi) aus Westendorf Tirol



Geschwister Niederbacher - Ein Lied für Mama - Grand Prix der Volksmusik 2010





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Over 50 great pickle recipes for all
kinds of vegetables, fruit and even eggs.

View List of Recipes Here

My new book to celebrate pickling season.
Get it now for 16.95



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Stephen Block