The Authoritative Guide to German Foods and Culinary Culture

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Fresh Seasonal Fruits That Soak

Eating enough fruits and vegetables can be a challenge in our busy daily routines. But with the warmest weeks of the year ahead – bringing the bounty of fresh seasonal produce – adhering to the “five a day” rule should be a breeze. Rather than forcing ourselves to follow strict nutritional programs and diets, this is the time to glory in the season and enjoy healthy berries and other fruits “au natural” as well as ingredients in May Punch, Bowls or other party drinks … » read more…

Spring, Love & Maypole RobberyMaibaum_3

One of the most ancient and beloved German customs of spring is related to a tree: the Maibaum or May tree. This freshly cut and colorfully decorated birch or spruce is the centerpiece of picturesque Southern German villages, folk dance festivals and open air Maifest parties. In the Rhineland, however, the Maibaum is also a coveted object of desire signifying love and yearning – and motivating nightly raids by mischievous tree thieves.. ... » read more…

 

Culinary Inspirations for Mother’s Daysq_cherry-creme-waffles

Germans have celebrated Muttertag (Mother’s Day) on the second Sunday in May since 1923, when this homage to motherhood and mothers began rather unceremoniously as a marketing campaign of the Verband Deutscher Blumengeschäftsinhaber (Association of German Flower Shop Owners). The idea originated with the American suffrage movement in 1907 and today, moms on both sides of the Atlantic indulge in festive brunches, and a Bee Sting Cake, Butter Cakes or Berry Streusel in the afternoon. Here are some of our culinary suggestions … » read more…