Spoonfuls of Germany


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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), H√§hnchengeschnetzeltes (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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Solving the mystery of Hannchen Jensen Torte

Hannchen Jensen Torte 1

Little did I know that when I looked for a new German gooseberry cake recipe to try that it would lead to what is likely my most exciting discovery since I started this blog almost three years ago. Continue reading


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My German berry patch

Red currants

Down the street from us is a log chalet that looks right out of the Bavarian Alps, except without the red geraniums spilling over window boxes. Houses like this are not a rare sight in the United States. They tie German-Americans to their roots and make them feel at home. Continue reading