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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.

Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept countries is well earned, the universal and regular cleaning of everything in sight even having a name, Putzanfall. So much a passion it's "enjoyable", with anxiety attacks when everything doesn't "sparkle" as it should.

Make A First Grader's Schultüte, School Cone
First graders in Germany begin their first school day with large, colorful, gift and candy filled School Cones. A custom that began in the early 19th century, these Schultüten are as popular as ever and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family and friends.

Rote Grütze, Germany's Fruit Dessert Recipe
Rote Grütze with summer berries is one of Germany's most popular desserts. Light, refreshing, easy to make and for centuries "every day" Hausmannskost, home cooking, in northern Germany, it is a "fruit salad with a difference", and a menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.

Germans and their Beer, Fast Facts
German beer has its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" - Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is "Food" in Bavaria - even the smallest region has a brewery, and remember it is important to raise one thumb when ordering. Germany's beer has a culture of its own.

Schultüten and the First Day of School
The first day of school means a big celebration for Germany's first graders, and when possible the entire family accompany new pupils for welcoming speeches, songs, photo calls. Schultüte/School Cone held close, it's time for their new "Lebensphase" to begin. With link to Schultüte "How To".


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