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German Food/Drink Potpourri

Yes there really is a world beyond Sauerkraut and Liebfraumilch in Germany, and this is the place to find some "foodie" facts as well as seasonal, or just alcoholic or non-alcoholic "liquid", recipes.

Advent, Christmas and Seasonal Holiday and Festive Recipe Links star
In Germany a great deal of October, November, December and even January are devoted to the baking and producing of much loved traditional food and drink recipes for the different holiday celebrations. Here are a few for you to try out.

Authentic German Gingerbread Recipe star
For anything from small ginger cookies, a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, a Lantern which gives aroma as well as light, Christmas decorations or an Oktoberfest Heart, whatever you create with this "Lebkuchen", German Gingerbread, recipe it will always be delicious.

Black Elderberry Syrup Recipe star
Elderberry syrup is an "all rounder". Fun to forage, harvest and easily made in the fall it is a great 'mixer' for summer and winter drinks, delicious with savory and sweet dishes, and in Germany a popular natural remedy for all types of ailments.

Easter in Germany - Traditional Recipes star
The Thursday before Easter is 'Gruendonnerstag', Green Thursday, in Germany, with its custom that meals for the day should by tradition be 'green'. Green Bean Soup and Seven Herb Soup are two of the most popular with any left over herbs used for Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce on Easter Sunday

Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst star
"Federweisser" might look like grape lemonade but it's young wine with a strong "kick" and short season, however its traditional harvest time accompaniments, a rich onion pie "Zwiebelkuchen" and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

German Drinks, Elderflower Syrup Recipe star
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.

German Pumpkin Potato Pancake star
Pumpkin left over and no idea what to do with it, Pumpkin Potato Pancakes, traditional "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, is a recipe which will use up extra pumpkin but also become a family favorite without it. Or if you simply want a different potato recipe how about Apple Potato Pancakes?

German Summer Drinks Recipes star
Cooling drinks for those hot days during a German summer range from all types of colorful Fruit Punch and Radler to Apfelschorle and Cola-Schoppen. "Summer in a Glass" to suit not only all tastes but also sunless as well as sunny days.

German Wine and Vineyards star
Grapes arrived in Germany via the conquering Romans, and ancient traditions surrounding hillside vineyards with huge sundials and the annual harvest continue. But the German wine industry has changed, and is returning to producing high quality wines so Liebfraumilch is on the way out.

Germany and its Cheese Culture star
From the North Sea to Allgaeu, Germany's "foodie" favorite, Cheese, is produced in small mountainside farms and industrial dairies across the country. With hundreds of regional specialties and national varieties that range from mild and buttery to spicy, highly flavored and less than fragrant.

Germany´s Beer Culture, Fast Facts star
Germany has its own ´Day of German Beer´, Tag des Deutschen Bieres, and is by tradition considered a food in Bavaria, but unofficially just enjoyed elsewhere. Here are some FAST FACTS about the age old beverage Mark Twain once described as ´as different as hens in a farmyard´, Germany´s Beer.

International Green Week in Berlin star
January brings "International Green Week" the biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture in the world, which takes place in Berlin each year. It has been held there for over 80 years, a 'one-of-kind' culinary tour of the globe which has kept in step with the times.

Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite star
Sweet Woodruff is the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine makes May Punch, Maibowle, a favorite May time beverage in Germany which joins the months other festivities and customs. Its season is brief but perfect for those first warm spring and summer evenings.

Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes star
In the days of communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day, the queues were long and legendary, and a banana was seen on television but not in a shop. Appetizing and healthy food was served nevertheless, and here are some favorite recipes from the time.

Pumpkin Potato Pancake Recipe star
Pumpkin left and no idea what to do with it? Pumpkin Potato Pancakes, traditional German "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, will use up extra pumpkin but also become a family favorite without it. Or if you simply want a different autumn potato recipe how about Apple Potato Pancakes?

Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe star
Rumtopf has been a German specialty from at least the 17th century. A heady concoction, made with soft seasonal fruit conserved in sugar and rum from late spring until early autumn, it's a treat for the winter months and an indispensable part of "end of year" holiday celebrations.

Rumtopf, Germany´s Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe star
The centuries old Rumtopf tradition, conserving soft seasonal fruit in sugar and rum during the summer and early autumn months, long ago led to the fruit and rum pot becoming an indispensible part of Christmastime celebrations, and a warming treat during Germany´s winter months.

Southern German Potato Salad Recipes star
Potato salads from the country where they originated are just that little bit different so, summer or winter, for those 'Kartoffel' side dishes look no further than these traditional recipes from Baden Wuerttemberg and Bavaria. Two neighboring states in Southern Germany.

White Asparagus Season in Germany star
"Spargelzeit", the springtime "white asparagus" madness which sweeps over Germany, a first symbol of spring. A brief season, "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When the cherries are red the asparagus is dead", beginning around mid-April ending June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist.

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