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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the German Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your German Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Three Kings Day in Germany, Epiphany
January 5 is Twelfth Night and is followed by "Dreikoenigstag", Three Kings Day. Epiphany. In Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and end to Christmas celebrations, are a mixture of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.
2. 'Three Kings Day' Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season and in many regions of Germany and German speaking countries one tradition for the day is a King's Cake, and 'crowning' as "King for the Day" whoever finds the hidden Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.
3. Bavaria, Germany, A Winter Wonderland
Enjoying the winter months is a way of life in Bavaria. It has breathtaking mountain scenery, snow covered forests, castles, palaces, abbeys and ski slopes, mixed with culture, shopping streets and a regional cuisine designed to keep the cold out and warmth in.
4. Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe
A spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Germany, ideal for all those chilly autumn and winter days which call for warm, comforting and tasty seasonal food. Especially as it is also colorful, vitamin packed and nutritious.
5. Stolpersteine, Stones of Remembrance
Stolpersteine, Stumbling stones, are a memorial built one stone at a time. Small 'memory' blocks embedded in sidewalks in front of homes where victims of Nazism last lived freely, simple memorials bearing their names and documenting their lives with the barest of details.
6. Schnitzels and Their Sauces Recipes
Breaded meat cutlets in Germany are 'Schnitzels', and traditional German Schnitzels are not only easy to make, they have sauces or variations named after everything from 'Barons' and 'Gypsies' to 'Hunters' and 'Blue Ribbons'.
7. Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
A cough? Then out come onions, garlic and honey, for arthritis - chili. For centuries German speaking countries have used herbs, plants, vegetables and nature to make folk medicines, effective remedies. In combination with conventional equivalents, natural medicine is as relevant today as ever.
8. Germany's 'Lucky' Chimney Sweeps
Tradition and superstition surrounds Chimney Sweeps in Europe. Including Germany where the practice and customs of the "Lucky" Schornsteinfeger, in black gold buttoned suit and top hat, are rooted far in the past. In "real life", crafted or in chocolate, a favorite "Good Luck" symbol.
9. Strammer Max, Germany's 'Anytime' Sandwich
Strammer Max has been one of Germany's most popular 'anytime' meals for generations. Delicious and simple to put together it's an open faced sandwich combination with regional variations, but always including an egg. Here are the recipes and all of them are worth trying.
10. Spaetzle, German Noodles Recipe
German Spaetzle, little egg rich pasta noodles or dumplings, have been one of Southern Germany's "Comfort Foods" for centuries, and have not only spread all over the country but across the world. A treasured memory from home for German emigrants. Short history and authentic recipe.
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