Spoonfuls of Germany


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From quark to Greek yogurt: Substitution rules

Besides German bread and white asparagus, quark is probably the food Germans living abroad crave the most. Quark was the first real food my parents fed me as a baby so it was only natural that I’ve been on a quark quest since I came to America almost 20 years ago. Continue reading


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Gooseberries demystified: No goose involved but German roots

The notorious German precision and efficiency transpires in the language, too. Zartbitterschokolade (bittersweet chocolate), Hähnchengeschnetzeltes (sliced chicken in cream sauce), Sauerkirschmarmelade (sour cherry jam)… why use several words if you can pack it into one long composite noun?

A German food word that could not be more spot on is Stachelbeeren (gooseberries). Continue reading


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Three generations of Easter eggs

The Easter eggs dangling from forsythia branches are like a virtual family reunion across time and space. I would not want to trade them for any Fabergé eggs in the world. The oldest of these hollowed out eggs were painted by my mother’s cousin when she was a young girl in the 1950s. Continue reading