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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. Beef Rouladen, German Braised Beef Rolls Recipe
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rouladen"; thin slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious German classic, once it was saved for celebrations or Sundays but now it's a traditional "cold weather" dinner choice.
2. Lent, Monks and their Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes made sure the Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks. Their traditions, and fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord; an over sized ravioli.
3. Fast Facts about Germany
Fast facts for Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.
4. Germany, Cuckoo Clocks And The Black Forest
Cuckoo Clocks originated in Germany's Black Forest, not Switzerland; an invention using the time, and profiting from, snow filled winter months. Schwarzwald, filled with tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman health resorts and a fascinating Clock Route.
5. Spring in Germany
Fruehling, Spring in Germany. It might be windy, even cold, but tables and chairs begin to appear outside Cafe's and Beer Gardens; Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, outdoor Sports and age old springtime traditions take over the country. All it needs is that first sign of Spring.
6. Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses - A Review
Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power, by former Newsweek staffer Andrew Nagorski, is an insight on 'interwar' life in Germany, from the view point of American journalists and socialites who lived there. Many were initially impressed when the Nazis took over.
7. Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire, but didn't finish until 1880 in a newly United Germany, with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.
8. The Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945, Book Review
Life, revolutions and war changed Marie (Missie) Vassiltchikov’s predestined comfortable and privileged future, from that of a beautiful, spirited "White Russian" princess in Tsarist Russia to aristocratic, but penniless, refugee wandering Europe. Ending in Berlin during WWII.
9. Kaiserschmarrn and Caramelized Apples Recipe
Chopped pancakes with fruit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dessert, at Oktoberfest or in a bar. It might not be what Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria's chef had in mind when he invented what is now known as "Kaiserschmarrn", but a century later it is a favorite throughout Bavaria and Austria.
10. Monk's Chicken, 13th Century Recipe for Lent
Medieval monks really knew how to twist the rule book during Fasts like Lent, and this 13th century recipe, with chicken breasts rather than the "Fish not Fowl" Beaver Tails used in the Middle Ages, is a delicious example.
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