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Here are the top ten articles for the German Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. German Spaetzle Recipes
Spaetzle. What are they and how are they served. Documented back as far as the 11th Century, it is a traditional German pasta dish that played an important role in every day diets until potatoes were finally accepted in Germany. Try some popular regional Spaetzle favorites.
2. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients. A year-round German favorite it originated in Alsace, an area of Europe which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
3. Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Carnival in Germany began with the masked Teutons who created noise and turmoil to frighten away winter's evil spirits, and now Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in the Rhineland. 'Wieber', women, take over City Halls, cause chaos and no necktie is safe from their jumbo scissors.
4. Birthdays in Germany
It is not a good idea to wish a German "Geburtstagkind", Birthday Child, "Happy Birthday" until the actual day, one minute after midnight but not before, while someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.
5. Carnival in Germany
Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, where the different regions have very different traditions. Crazy, zany, 'Kuesschen, Kater und Krapfen', when "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets. Although it's not enjoyed by everyone, Karnevalsmuffel - Carnival Grouchers head for the hills.
6. 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.
7. Schnitzel, a Breaded Cutlets Recipe
Their original inspiration was an Emperor's love of meat covered with gold leaf. Germany’s Schnitzel are thin breaded cutlets, delicious, simple to make, and in all their variations, different meats, vegetarian alternatives, sauces, are one of Germany’s favorite meals.
8. Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Kaeseigel, the Cheese Hedgehog, a "Retro" party snack from Germany. Now enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance, it was the ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's.
9. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany has a deserved reputation as one of the world's best kept and well ordered countries. In fact house cleaning companies across the globe advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". And even in the "laid back" 21st century this image is reflected in life.
10. Carnival Jelly Donut Recipe
A festival is not a festival in Germany unless there is some type of favorite food involved, and for Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, it is Faschingskrapfen, Berliner, Pfannkuchen, Fastnachtskrapfen. The same thing, different name, depending on your region: The Carnival Jelly Donut.
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