Landeskunde und Kultur
A Quote from Hildegard von Bingen
How Do You "Shop Small" for German Products in the US?
One of the best ways to put your dollars to use is, of course, to shop locally and to buy from independent retailers. So if you want to shop direct or shop small for German products, one of the best ways to spend those dollars effectively is to shop direct.
You don't even have to search for a lot of things now, either, as I've created a collection of German, Swiss and Austrian products and services right here at GermanWithNicole.com. It's all listed on the Produkte page.
Here are a few highlig…
Where Do You Buy German Products Online?
When you want to buy a German, Swiss, or Austrian product online, it can be hard to track down. Do you search for the German term or the English translation?
What if you want to "shop small?" How do you do that without searching through page after page of online search results?
You can now easily find more German, Swiss, and Austrian products and shop small/direct on the Einkaufen page.
For months now I've been searching, gathering, and creating this collection of German, Swiss, and Austrian …
Woche der deutschen Küche: Kartoffelsalat
When you grow up in Wisconsin, potato salad is a fairly common salad. But the "German Potato Salad" I had growing up was...not...what I ate in Germany.
I wonder if the recipes that so many of German heritage here in Wisconsin enjoy are from the generations that immigrated to the US?
I ate a lot of Kartoffelsalat in Germany. As in two servings (at least) at any party I went to. Except for one, that one Kartoffelsalat was not good. It was that bad that I remember it 15 years later. As we say her…
Woche der deutschen Küche: Kräuterbutter
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…
Woche der deutschen Küche: Spätzle
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…
3 Easy Ideas for Your «Adventskranz»
der Adventskranz = advent wreath
Do you know the difference between Advent and Christmas?
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 used to conduc…
What does "zwischen den Jahren" mean?
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…
The 5-Day Weekend, Courtesy of the Reformation
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…