Landeskunde und Kultur
Have you ever had a Grillabend (grill evening)? If you haven't, there are two condiments that stand out the most: Soßen und Kräuterbutter. Sauces and herbed butter.
Sauces are fun, like Curryketchup and BBQ sauce.
But Kräuterbutter? Now that speaks to my dairy-consuming, Wisconsin-raised heart.
What is Kräuterbutter?
Kräuterbutter is simply a bunch of butter mixed with several herbs and some salt. It's really easy to make, easy to enjoy, and sehr, sehr lecker on grilled meats and vegetable…
What are they, noodles? Dumplings?
It doesn't matter--it's SPÄTZLE!
I don't believe you've really had German food until you've had homemade Spätzle.
Maybe you've tried dried Spätzle noodles? They're ok. You can find them at ALDI several times a year here.
Spätzle at many Germanic restaurants here is usually pre-made and then reheated in a pan. They're ok but usually they dry out quickly and then they're tough to eat.
The best Spätzle are made at home. They take time, it's effort, and if you…
Do these words sound like they would be delicious when baked together?
If so, you're in for a treat. (See what I did there?)
Here are three easy Christmas cookie recipes you can try baking at home, one each from a website in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
1. Vanillekipferl von GuteKüche.at
GuteKueche.at calls itself «Das österreichische Gourmet-Portal» and I've been on their mailing list for several months now. It's quite e…
der Adventskranz = advent wreath
Growing up, I never really understood the difference. I even got an Advent calendar from my grandmother every year, but nobody ever explained to me the difference very clearly.
So you can imagine that it was a bit of a shock when I moved to Germany and found out: »Advent ist nicht Weihnachten!«.
No, Advent is *not* Christmas. It is the time before Christmas.
Here's how I learned the difference. I us…
Oktoberfest is almost here--this year it's September 21st through Oktober 6th--only ten days away!
Pack up your Dirndl, your Lederhosen, your Maß and your Handy, and make sure you take enough cash with you. This year one liter of Bier costs anywhere from EUR 11,40 to EUR 15,90. A soda costs at least EUR 8 in any tent, plus you're going to need some fabulous Bavarian food to sustain you through all the rides and singing.
So what if you're going to Oktoberfest but you don't speak German?
Hallo ihr Lieben,
diese Woche mache ich Urlaub. Ich mache einen Fahrradurlaub! Hurra!
(Damit Sie Bescheid wissen: ich trage immer einen Fahrradhelm, wenn ich mit dem Fahrrad fahre. Das sollen Sie auch immer machen.)
Ich lese diese Woche keine E-Mails und beantworte keine Nachrichten.
Freizeit muss auch sein!
At the end of the year a lot of Germans use the phrase zwischen den Jahren. Between the years?! That's not possible!
Or is it?
There are two things you need to know about this phrase zwischen den Jahren.
1. It's a real thing.
A lot of German offices shut down on Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) and don't open again until after Neujahr (New Year's Day). That means all their everything must be done on December 23rd! Since they won't be back to work until the new year has begun, then they have finis…
Today is the first day of Hanukkah (or Chanukka...no matter which way you spell it, it's the Festival of Lights!) It's the perfect opportunity for you to learn about Chanukka - auf Deutsch!
Currently there are approximately 98,500 members of Jewish communities in Germany. These members are a part of about 110 Jewish communities all around Germany, which you can read about here.
More on Chanukka - auf Deutsch!
When you've learned the vocabulary words, try reading this short article on Chan…
2017 is a huge year for Germans: they get an extra national holiday, Reformationstag. It's the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door, which turned out to be a pillar event of the Reformation movement.
An extra national holiday means that everybody gets an extra day off work. Everything's going to be closed, however I suspect a lot of churches might have more visitors than usual.
So how does this make a 5-day weekend for Germans? Here's how:
Saturday and S…