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Dec 7, 2017

Braune Lebkuchen
(Brown gingerbread made with molasses)

This is a crispy wafer type gingerbread cookie
that uses an aged doughn

Nov 19, 2017

My Favorite Dressing Recipe.
I like this because it is very light, and moist with texture like a bread pudding.

This has sausasge, mushrooms, pecans and I like to use fresh herbs.

Nov 11, 2017

Schmorbraten

(Pot roast braised in beer)

Don't settle for water when you can use beef. A good beer not to light and not too dark works great for braising liquid instead of a stock and gives a wonderful flavor in this dish.

Nov 9, 2017

Kaesekuchen with Peach Sauce

This is a German style cheese cake that is made with farmers cheese or cheese curds and cream cheese so it has more texture and also not as sweet. It was my Dad's favorite.

 

 

Sept 23, 2017


Make your own Vanilla Extract

It is starting to cool and think about baking
It is very easy to make and
also make variations
with cherries or almonds


Sept 17, 2017

The History of Oktoberfest

Started with a wedding and a little celebration afterward.
Now it has become the biggest outdoor event on the planet.

Nov 17, 2015
German Appetizer Tray
(Vorpspeisenbrettl)

This is something that you might get in a huge Oktoberfest tent in Munich. It includes Chive Bread (Schnittlauchbrot), A bacon style spread (Griebenschmalz) Obatzda or cheese dip, radish and pretzels.

Sept 16, 2017

Spiessbraten
Stuffed pork loin with onions and spices

This is a specialty from the Southwestern
part of Germany in the Saarland.
They have a long history of a special style of
BBQ grilling that is phenomenal.

Sept 14, 2017

Zucchini and Potato Pancakes
with Applesauce

If you want to cut down on some carbs this is a nice alternative. You can of course use whatever ratio potatoes to zucchini you want but I like it about half and half and I add a bit of mashed potatoes.

Sept 11, 2017

Quick Zucchini Soup

From Karen Kinnane, this easy recipe is great
served cold or hot. A good recipe also if you have
a ton of zucchini from your garden.

Sept 10, 2017

Zoodles with Pork, Parmesan and Spinach

Doing zoodles (zucchini) noodles the right way makes them a great substitute for pasta. Really amazing!

You can also go some zoodles and some pasta like i did in this recipe

July 29, 2017

Asian Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with a flavor like
an egg roll.

June 29, 2017

Plank Roasted
Cheese Burger Stuffed Peppers

In the summer you can avoid heating up the kitchen by cooking home cooked meals on the BBQ. Here I did these peppers on a wood plank using offset heat on the grill.

May7, 2017

Dandelion Greens and Kale Stew

Spring is the time for dandelion greens. There are so
many things you can do with them, one being
a stew.

Feb 10, 2017

The History of the Reuben Sandwich

A truly American sandwich that you would think
would be German but is truly American.
Explore the roots of this classic and the original recipe

 

Feb 9, 2017

The History of Buffalo Wings

Why are they called Buffalo when they are from chicken?

What is the original recipe?

Jan3, 2017

Lentil Soup with Frankfurter

Lentil soup is the perfect winter meal.
The German's enhance it with a frankfurter in the center.

 

Nov 3, 2016

Birnen Bohnen and Speck

This is a classic German dish, that uses non-ripe pears, and simmer them whole in a pot with a good stock simmered with speck,(german bacon) and then add some potatoes and green beans, I substituted a pork shank and streaky American bacon with this.

Nov 1, 2016

Pork Rouladen Cuban Style

This German specialty is a take on the Cuban sandwiches that are very popular in the U.S. that include ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickle.

Oct 30, 2016

Zwiebelkuchen
or
Flammenkuchen

This is the time of year for this tradition
A pizza style or Quiche style onion and bacon delicacy that goes well with Federweisser
(or new wine) that is still bubbly.

Sept. 29, 2016

Pork Geschnetseltes

This is a great German dish similar to a stroganoff with thin strips of meat and a nice sauce. A great dish to make on the spot when you haven't planned anything.

It is also a comfort food popular by most all picky tastes

March 22, 2016

Streusal Kuchen

This is the German version of your basic coffee crumb cake
made with a sweet dough.
The key is the Streusal topping.

I experiment with 3 different Streusal toppings with
this basic great classic.

Feb 12, 2016

The History of the Steakhouse

The big sizzling steaks, garlic mashed, creamed spinach
upscale restaurants with superb quality and service
have an interesting history including the bizarre
"Beef Banquets" in the mid 1800s.

Feb 10, 2016

Tomahawk Rib Eye Steak

To Sear or Reverse Sear?
How to cook a 3 inch steak on the grill, like a
French trimmed long bone in rib eye steak
that looks a bit like a Tomahawk.


Feb 8, 2016

German Pumpkin Fritters
(Kurbis Krapfen)

This is a simple fritter or donut hole that is a popular style
in Germany and everywhere. This recipe features
the option of making it with whole grain whole wheat flour
and had excellent taste and texture.

Jan 30, 2016

The History of Carnegie Deli

The famous Jewish deli across from Carnegie Hall
in New York famous for the overstuffed sandwiches

Jan 17, 2016

Stuffed Pork Chop

with Apple Pumpernickel dressing

Now that bone in pork loin roasts are available at the grocery there are some fun things you can do.
One is to cut a big thick chop and stuff it.

Jan 11, 2016

Kaesespatzle

The Swabian area of Germany is famous for their
Spaetzle. This dish becomes real comfort food
when you add Emmentaler cheese and caramelized onion.

Check out this style of Macaroni and Cheese

Jan 8, 2016

Hazelnut Macaroons

there are several types of macaroons that you may have heard of, the French Macaroon that is like a meringue sandwich and the coconut macaroon, more like shredded coconut piles. This is a German recipe made with a base of nuts, egg whites and sugar.

Jan 5, 2016

Chicken Corn Chowder

This is great winter comfort food. I made this recipe simmering a whole chicken breast then shredding it. I will add other recipes this week.

Chicken Corn Chowder has an interesting 2 fold history.
Read about it here

 

Dec 21, 2015

Stollen

Making the famous German Style Christmas Bread that
is the perfect breakfast treat toasted with butter.


This is so good when you try it. There is so much history behind this Christmas tradition.

 

Dec 15, 2015

Pfeffernusse

This is an interesting recipe by Roy Denman that creates this nice base and mushroom top, from an old family recipe

 

Vanilla Cupcakes
Dec 6, 2015

Have you noticed how many baked goods will lead with “Vanilla” but the cake, cookie, etc. tastes completely bland and doesn’t have the signature flavor of pure vanilla? If so, you will really enjoy this recipe. Not only does vanilla flavor come through loud and clear, the Mascarpone frosting is so good you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful right from the bowl!

Nov 20, 2015

German Chili

This award winning chili uses 3 different meats
and a Hungarian spice mix.

Nov 14, 2014

Sauerkraut
The New Love Food?

How to make Small Batch Sauerkraut
in just a few days, Not much mess at all
no long term fermenting cabbage in the garage for months.

Go Here to make Small Batch Kraut

July 11 , 2013

A Brief History of Cake

This simple article shows how this delicacy
has come from Bread to Cake.

 

 

 

 

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