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'Three Kings Day' Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season and in many regions of Germany and German speaking countries one tradition for the day is a King's Cake, and 'crowning' as "King for the Day" whoever finds the hidden Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.

A Beef Rollups Recipe - Rinderrouladen
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rollups", slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious, classic, "cold weather meal", and in Germany considered so special at one time it was saved for celebrations or Sundays. Now a traditional dinner choice.

Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
December 1 means it's time to open one of the doors of the Advent Calendar, and discover the first of its twenty-four surprises. The countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, has begun. For generations an Adventskalender has been one of Germany's much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday traditions.

Advent Wreaths and an Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany, they sit on flat surfaces or hang from a height and have four candles surrounded by evergreen foliage. One for each of Advent's four weeks. "Die Adventskraenze", just one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.

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'.

Asparagus Recipes, Specialties for 'Spargelzeit'
Asparagus with Orange and Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Schwabian Asparagus Soup with Pancake. These are just two of the delicious German recipes for Spargelzeit, Germany's White Asparagus Season.

Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe
German Lebkuchen, that special German gingerbread, makes spicy ginger cookies, Valentine's Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, Witches' Cottages, Gingerbread Men, Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations, Lanterns giving light and aroma. But whatever you create with this recipe it will always be delicious.

Bavaria, Germany, A Winter Wonderland
Enjoying the winter months is a way of life in Bavaria. It has breathtaking mountain scenery, snow covered forests, castles, palaces, abbeys and ski slopes, mixed with culture, shopping streets and a regional cuisine designed to keep the cold out and warmth in.

Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe
Bavarian Donuts, also known as Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a "Kultgebaeck". A cult baked good that, like many things, probably originated in a medieval German monastery. They were once something to look forward to during church holidays and festivals but now are enjoyed the whole year.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony and The Ode to Joy
The European Union's Anthem 'The Ode to Joy' is Beethoven's emotive and idealistic choral finale from the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. First performances were thought revolutionary, but now it is heard in everything from Die Hard and Japanese New Year celebrations to Olympic openings.

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