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German Nut Cookie Recipes
For anyone who likes nuts here are two quick, simple and delicious cookie recipes. Classics from "Oma's kitchen" they are favorites found on any dish of German "Weihnachtsplaetzchen", Christmas Cookies, but are enjoyed all year round.

German Potato Pancakes, Rosti/Reibekuchen Recipe
"Rieberkuchen", a German favorite as a snack or a side, and this is an easy recipe that can also be used for Pumpkin Potato Fritters. Traditional Rieberkuchen adding leftover pumpkin. Or if you simply want a different potato recipe how about trying the Apple Potato Fritter recipe?

German Spaetzle Recipes
Spaetzle. What are they and how are they served. Documented back as far as the 11th Century, it is a traditional German pasta dish that played an important role in every day diets until potatoes were finally accepted in Germany. Try some popular regional Spaetzle favorites.

German Specialty, Roast Goose Recipe
"Kölner Martinsgans" is a delicious St. Martin's Goose specialty from Cologne. Roast Goose, Red Cabbage and Dumplings. Enjoyed from autumn onwards, not only for the Christmas, New Year's Eve and St. Martin's Day festivities, and here is a recipe with the traditional side dishes.

German Summer Drink Recipes
Summer in a glass. Cool drinks for the hot days of German summers range from all types of Fruit Bowle and Radler, to Apfelschorle and Cola-Schoppen. The names might be different but there's something for everyone, and they are ideal for sunless as well as sun filled days.

German Unity Day
German Unity Day, Tag der Deutsche Einheit on October 3, commemorates the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially becoming part of the Federal Republic of Germany on that date in 1990. After 40 years, from 1949 to 1989, as a separate "second" Germany. A look back in time.

German Wedding Traditions
May is the most popular month to marry in Germany, and the country's different regions have many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions begin weeks before a wedding takes place, and then the festivities can last for days.

German Wine and Vineyards
Grapes arrived in Germany with the conquering Romans, and the ancient hillside vineyard traditions, and annual harvest celebrations, still continue. But the German wine industry has changed, it has returned to producing high quality wines so sweet Liebfraumilch is on the way out.

German Words Used in English
Where did that word originate? You might be surprised. "Gemuetlich" and "Kindergarten" are at home in English and German, as are many other words which traveled from Germany to international worlds of business, science, technology, history and culture, and there absorbed into English.

Germans and their Beer, Fast Facts
Germany's beer has a culture of its own, and its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres". Beer/flüssiges Brot, liquid bread, is a "food" in Bavaria - even the smallest region has a brewery, and don't forget it is important to raise one thumb when ordering.

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