What’s New in November: Lebkuchen , Kaffeeklatsch, Thanksgiving

Elisenlebkuchen - the finest German Gingerbread

Glazed Lebkuchen Rounds in BavariaIf the abbots in Franconian monasteries had been stricter, the finest of German gingerbreads would not have been invented. Nuns and monks had started to use Eucharist wafers to produce gingerbread according to their own secret recipes. But the word and the formula spread quickly, and around the year 1345 a whole new industry of specialized gingerbread bakers (Lebküchner) developed … Read More »

On the Origin and Importance of Kaffeeklatsch

When the days get shorter, grey and cold, what is better than hosting a get-together with friends to get the latest gossip over a cup of coffee, tea, cognac, cake and cookies in the afternoon? Germans have a special word for it: Kaffeeklatsch. It literally means coffee chatter and used to be a frequent weekday afternoon activity for personal interaction … Read More »

Erntedank - Thanksgiving in Germany

Harvest celebrations and days of thanksgiving in Europe date back to pre-Christian times. They are derived from pagan traditions that existed before the modern Thanksgiving. Long before the first Europeans arrived in North America, farmers across Europe held celebrations at harvest time. These celebrations were to give thanks for their good fortune and the abundant harvest of the year. In order to give … Read More »

What to Cook This Month

Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake
Ham and Onion Tarts
German Ham and Onion Tart
Goose Breast with Cabbage and Chestnuts
Goose Breast with Potato Dumplings, Red Cabbage, and Chestnuts
Cheese and Beer Soup
German Cheese & Beer Soup with Whole Grain Croutons