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'Frugal Fashionista' Chic Behind The Berlin Wall
Fashion was inseparable from politics in former East Germany, with a one style fits all mentality. A sewing machine, needle, thread and "Sybille", a culture and fashion magazine supplying dreams as well as patterns, made possible a world of individuality and escape from every day grayness.

'Three Kings Day' Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season and in Germany one of many traditions for the day is enjoying a piece of King's Cake, with the 'crowning' of whoever is the 'Lucky One' and finds a 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, and classic, "cold weather meal" in Germany, once considered so special they were saved for celebrations or Sundays, now a very traditional dinner choice.

Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
December 1 signals time to discover the first of the Advent Calendar's twenty-four surprises and it begins the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve. In Germany an Adventskalender has been a much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday tradition for generations.

Advent Wreaths and 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 Gingerbread Recipe
German Lebkuchen makes delicious spicy ginger cookies, Valentines Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, perhaps a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, Christmas decorations, even a Lantern which gives both light and aroma, but whatever you create with this Gingerbread, 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, alternatively Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a Kultgebaeck. A cult baked good that like many things probably originated in a medieval German monastery. Once something to look forward to only during church holidays and festivals now they are enjoyed all year.

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