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German Bread - Fast Facts
With over 3050 registered varieties, Germany is a "Bread Paradise". Almost all available types of grain are used from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch, while bread rolls go under so many different names in the regions it is easier to just point.

Frankfurter Green Herb Sauce Recipe
The traditional season for Frankfurter Grüne Soße begins on Holy (Green) Thursday, the day before Good Friday, and continues until the first frost in Autumn. It is a delicious cold green fresh herb sauce, which is spicy, creamy and full of good things. Here is a great recipe for you.

Fun Facts - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Life, Times and Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Fun Facts. He made his first performance tours at six, wrote a first symphony at eight, kissed an Empress, was an inspired billiards player, spoke 15 languages, there is a popular marzipan candy named after him...and there is more.

Bird's Wedding, Children's Tradition in Sorbia
The unique "Bird's Wedding" is a January tradition for young children in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany. Dressed in miniature wedding costumes, the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven; or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird, and everyone, from guests to chaplain, are colorful "Birds".

Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe
Bavarian Donuts, known as Auszogne or Knieküchle, are a "Kultgebaeck" that, like many things, probably originated in a medieval German monastery. Once a treat to look forward to during church holidays and festivals, they are now enjoyed throughout the year.

Spargelzeit Asparagus Soup Recipe
A classic recipe for Germany's asparagus season; White Asparagus Soup, Deutsche Spargel Suppe. "Spargelzeit", two months filled with recipes made with the Royal Vegetable's white stalks; while these soups are just as delicious with green asparagus.

Palm Bouquets, a Palm Sunday tradition in Germany
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition. Good Luck charms with colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions, blessed in church then kept as a charm/decoration until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. The story and a "How To".

Struwen, Germany's Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Struwen were originally an Easter Tradition, but the delicious and easy to make are fried yeast pancakes are enjoyed throughout the year now. For generations they were a Lenten Fast tradition in Münsterländ, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and eaten only during the Fast, especially on Good Friday.

Johann Sebastian Bach - Composer
German born Johann Sebastian Bach, the last Baroque era composer, and one of the greatest geniuses in music history. Known as a gifted organist during his lifetime, his more than one thousand works had to wait until the 19th century to be "rescued" and their enduring appeal appreciated.

Germany and its Storks
Storks are among Germany's favorite wildlife. Harbingers of Spring, bringer of babies, stars of myth, superstition and a "theme route", their return to nests on cliff-ledges, rooftops, chimneys and purpose-built towers, after a winter in warmer climates, is reason for celebration.

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