The Authoritative Guide to German Foods and Cuisine


What’s a Turkey Without SidekickCGCC 56

Just like a hero can’t be a hero without his sidekick, a Turkey needs a well-selected side dish, called Beilage in German. If you want to take a break from green bean casserole at Thanksgiving and try something, well…, schnockered, then we suggest a few unique side dishes like Tipsy Plum or Cassis Cured Red Cabbage. Of course, you can also complement the turkey and please your guests with tried and true German Beilagen (side dishes) including Schupfnudeln, Spaetzle, or Semmelknödel. Here are our recipe recommendations … » read more…

Roast a Goose or Bake a Weckmann2007-CMA - Weckmaennchen Cologne

After Halloween is over, German children have another opportunity to do a little more “trick or treating” of sorts. On November 11 each year, they carry candle-lit lanterns and sing “lantern songs” in celebration of St. Martin’s Day, as they walk around the streets in a procession after darkness falls. A special treat awaits them at home: the Weckmann, a sweet bread roll shaped into a gingerbread man form with raisin eyes and a white clay pipe in his mouth, sold at any bakery or made at home by mom. Besides the Weckmann, the main culinary symbol of St. Martin’s Day is the goose.….. » read more…

In Celebration of Crumbling WallsPeople on Wall

The opening of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989 was a seminal moment in world history. For the first time since 1961, East Germans were allowed to visit the West and return home without repercussions. The popular will had removed a repressive regime without bloodshed or deadly aftermath. Germany’s subsequent unification on October 3, 1990 was the last stage of the nation’s transformation from a bloody, dictatorial past to one of the world’s most stable, progressive and liberal democracies. We celebrate in culinary style with nine cake recipes from the East German states» read more…