What’s New in February: Lenten Foods, Bockbier, German Soups

Krauts n' Beets - Your Lenten Superfoods

Kool Kraut SaladSauerkraut and red beets, the Lenten Superfoods, are back in vogue, not just with health nuts, but also fast food fans and party animals in Germany and North America. Why? They are healthy, versatile, tasty, and require little preparation, especially when they are consumed in pickled form. More and more chefs and home cooks fuse sauerkraut or red beets into … Read More »

Bockbier: 'Liquid Bread' for Lent and Beyond

German Bock bierIf you can’t eat it, drink it. That’s the basic idea behind the Bock beers customarily consumed between March and May in Munich and other German cities. Bock beers such as Maibock, Doppelbock (Starkbier) or Triplebock are dark and sweet, with a taste somewhere between toasted bread, coffee, and caramel and provide the nutritional equivalent of a rye sandwich. They … Read More »

Feel-Good Foods for Forty Frugal Days: Maultaschen

As the frivolity of the Karneval season comes to a close, so the solemn days of Lent (Fastenzeit) begin and with it a new attitude towards eating and drinking. As the word Fastenzeit suggests, the forty days between Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch) and Easter (Ostern) are a time of fasting, abstinence and prayer for religious observers. The consumption of meat on … Read More »

Recipe Collections - Warming German Winter Soups

Cheese and Beer SoupSoup can be an elegant, light appetizer to whet your appetite or it can be a substantial meal that satisfies your hunger. Germans are great soup makers and find many ways to serve hot, steaming bowls of homemade winter soup. Vegetables, meat broths, sliced cold meats, sausages, creamy cheese — even sauerkraut and fruits — can all form the basis … Read More »

What to Cook This Month

Colorful Beef Stew
Colorful Beef Stew
Berlin Potato Soup
Berlin Potato Soup
Beef Rouladen
Beef Rouladen with Pan Gravy
Grilled Pork Medallions
Grilled Medallions of Pork in Black Cherry-Pepper Sauce with Spaetzle and Braised Fennel