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German American Heritage
German immigrants to the USA made a huge contribution to its culture, economy and technology. From introducing Santa Claus, founding breweries, popularizing ketchup, producing Presidents to establishing banking, industrial and philanthropic dynasties and designing the Brooklyn Bridge.
German Americans Who Made a Difference
German Americans make up almost 25 percent of the US population. It was 1608 when the first immigrants arrived, with those following mainly hoping to improve on the way their life had been "at home", and their work and lives have had an effect not only in America but worldwide.
German and Mark Twain
"The Awful German Language" is an essay written by Mark Twain after a stay in "The Land of Poets and Thinkers", where the language can be almost as complicated as its reputation. But a sense of humor helped when he tried to learn it, making the process if not easier then at least fun.
German Apple Crumb Cake Recipe
It is a social tradition in Germany. Four o'clock in the afternoon is the time for Kaffee und Kuchen, coffee and cake. One of the most popular cakes to be chosen to accompany that cup of coffee will be 'Streuselkuchen', a delicious Fruit Crumble Cake.
German Beer Gardens
From early Spring through Summer and Autumn a visit to a Beer Garden is a warm weather 'must' throughout Germany. Although originally they were simply a way to make use of the chestnut tree shaded areas covering 19th century underground beer storage cellars in Bavaria.
German Beer, Fast Facts
Beer in Germany has its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres", it's known as 'Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, and is 'Food' in Bavaria but just enjoyed elsewhere. There are over 1,270 breweries and 1,500 varieties that Mark Twain described as "As Different as Hens in a Farmyard". Germany's Beer.
German Caramelized Almonds Recipe
Caramelized Almonds, freshly cooked and bought from festival or street side stalls or homemade, are delicious candied almonds enjoyed throughout the year in Germany. And Christmas, Weihnachtsmaerkte, Gluehwein and Gebrannte Mandeln are an unbeatable combination.
German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Vanilla Crescents and Cinnamon Stars are two of the most popular Weihnachts plaetzen. The traditional 'Holiday Cookies', or Weihnachtskekse, which are a central and indispensable part of a Christmas in Germany.
German Culture Newsletter Sign-Up and Information
German Culture Newsletter Sign-Up Point, with Information
German Drinks, Elderflower Syrup Recipe
Spring means it's time to make 'Elderflower Cordial', also known as Elderflower Syrup, from elder shrubs found in the wild almost everywhere in Germany. It's fragrant, refreshing, easy to make, and used for everything from a topping for ice cream to a 'cure' for arthritis.
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