Quark, DIY Fresh Cheese Recipe

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I’m putting the final touches on my Bavarian travel/recipe book and it should be ready in the next few weeks on Amazon! I’m so excited to share it with everyone! It has accounts of my experiences here in Germany plus more than 50 authentic German recipes. And I tested and adapted all the recipes to ingredients easily found in the USA. I even converted those pesky metric measurements into the pounds and ounces.

Here’s a recipe lifted straight out of the book to give you a little taste, so to speak: read more

Meatless ‘Sugo Finto’ (“Fake”) Pasta Sauce

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Sugo Finto - "Fake Sauce" - uses celery, carrots and onion in a red wine tomato sauce to produce a rich, hearty flavor for pasta without meat. I learned this recipe at a Tuscan cooking class at Fattoria Corsignano near Siena, Italy. You won't miss the meat, I promise!

St. Patrick’s Day, Munich Style

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Who knew that Munich had such a large Irish population? Or at least those who turn Irish only on St. Patrick’s Day (you know who you are!) But here we are.

My husband saw mention of a St. Patrick’s Day parade online scheduled for last Sunday. So we thought we’d check it out. I was in for a surprise.

We arrived at the starting point just before the parade to find a bagpipe ensemble practicing at the subway stop at Münchner Freiheit, a trendy, fun neighborhood.

Say what you will about the actual sound, I find bagpipes fascinating. Therefore, I shot lots of the dozen or so musicians in their kilted finery. read more

German Königsberger Klopse – Meatballs in Sour Cream and Caper Sauce

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In the course of my teaching I meet such wonderful people, especially my students. Most of them are adults and are in it for business purposes. What’s interesting is that I teach most of them via Skype online so we never meet in person. Nonetheless, we get to know each other quite well and become friends.

One such student is Martina, a young German woman who works for an international bank and so needs English for that purpose. But I have learned that she and her husband have a pair of lovebirds which I hear in the background during our weekly lessons. Martina has the most delightful laugh and uses it often. Whenever she does, the birds raise a crescendo of singing in response. It must be a bright, sunny household! read more