On my yearly visits to Germany I realize how the once familiar becomes unfamiliar, which often leads to funny situations. A few years ago I wanted to bake an American cheesecake. At the grocery store I paced up and down the cooler section several times looking for eggs and eventually asked a sales clerk. He stared at me, then walked me to a different part of the store with a shelf fully stocked with eggs. I stood there perplexed and it dawned on me that in Germany, unlike in the United States, eggs are often not refrigerated.
This is a preview of German Cuisine: Making Eierlikör.
At the end of last year I received great news: I got a full scholarship to study in Germany. My whole family was excited and, well, why not? Everything about this new experience was exciting for me and for them. I tried to play it cool, taking one step at a time, telling my friends, my family, and everybody in the most calm way possible, but the tears, the congratulations, the parties, and all the related things didn’t stop (and I didn’t complain).
This is a preview of Moving to Germany: Making Friends.
Things seem to be simmering down now, but lately relations between Germany and the U.S. have been less than perfect. I’m not sure about the media coverage back home, but here every newspaper is filled with headlines about the NSA affair that’s taken the world by storm.
Luckily tensions aren’t running too high in my apartment. In fact, last week my landlady, Renate seemed much more concerned with a local project that she’s been working on for the last fews years. Allow me to explain.
Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo
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Normally designer, Erika Neumayer is busy creating fashion forward dirndls, menswear, and blouses, but lately she has been changing her focus to create new and innovative German-inspired accessories for the holiday season. She has added jewelry to her line, Rare Dirndl, as well as purses and winter items.
“One of my favorite new pieces is the Edelweiss Wrap Bracelet. Simply put, it is the most comfortable bracelet I’ve even worn,” says Neumayer. Alongside her own pieces, she also carries another local Chicago artist’s jewelry collection. German jewelry designer, Kristen Hunger is active in the Chicago German community and her husband is the president of the German American Police Association (GAPA). She is working closely with Erika to create jewelry that compliment Rare Dirndls and can also be worn with everyday clothing.
This is a preview of German Culture in Chicago with Erika Neumayer of Rare Dirndls.
When I met my husband, he had been living alone with his two children, 8 and 10 at the time, for several years. I was a 30-something having little experience with children, let alone ever any responsibility for anyone except myself, and an only child at that. As I slowly began to settle in the vast and unknown terrain of parenting, the kitchen was the place where I felt the most comfortable. That’s where I sort of knew what I was doing, and where I could literally bring something new to the table. I remember the times when both kids climbed on the kitchen island to watch me cook.
This is a preview of German Cooking: Comfort in a Clay Pot.