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Asparagus Recipes, Specialties for 'Spargelzeit'
Asparagus with Orange and Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Schwabian Asparagus Soup with Pancake. Two delicious German specialties that appear during Spargelzeit, Germany's White Asparagus Season.

Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs
It is an ancient practice. Decorating eggs to hang from trees, add color to homes during the Easter holiday, or given as gifts at other times of the the year. A popular custom in German speaking countries, here's a "How To" with some decorating ideas.

Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs to trim homes, gardens, wells and fountains has been an Easter tradition in German speaking countries for centuries. Easter Markets fill with decorated eggs but it's the custom, and more fun, to "Do it Yourself". Great presents anytime of the year, here's an easy "How To".

Easter in Germany - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara
Along with its religious background the Egg, Rabbit, Goddess Ostara, and of course Chocolate, star in Germany’s Easter celebrations. A mixture of History, Easter symbols and Pagan and Christian tradition, which makes the country's Easter customs and traditions special.

Streetwise German - Some of Germany's Idioms
"Alles in gruenen Bereich" - "Everything in the green area", does not mean an area/building in varied shades of green but "Everything is under control/OK". Heard every day it is one of many commonly used German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, and have shaped the language.

Monk's Chicken, 13th Century Recipe for Lent
Medieval monks really knew how to twist the rule book during Fasts like Lent, and this 13th century recipe, with chicken breasts rather than the "Fish not Fowl" Beaver Tails used in the Middle Ages, is a delicious example.

Albert Einstein Quotes
Albert Einstein was a humanist and theoretical physicist, sometime laborer at the Munich Oktoberfest, Nobel Prize winner and, as a 'genius', asked his opinion on many things. These opinions became 'Einstein Quotes'.

Schnitzels and Their Sauces Recipes
Breaded meat cutlets in Germany are Schnitzels, and traditional German Schnitzels are not only easy to make, they have sauces or variations named after everything from Barons and Gypsies to Hunters and Blue Ribbons.

Schnitzel, a Breaded Cutlets Recipe
Its original inspiration was an Emperor's love of meat covered with gold leaf; Schnitzel - thin breaded cutlets, delicious and easy to make. All variations, different types of meat, fish, vegetarian alternatives, sauces, are a favorite meal throughout the German speaking world.

The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany
Just outside Germany's capital Berlin, and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there is a 'Dutch Quarter'. Since the 18th Century a settlement of 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland, has been set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.

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