Silvesterbowle – New Year’s Eve Punch with Fruit

This is a simpler version of the New Year’s Eve punch and my personal favorite. It is lower in alcoholic content than the Silvesterpunsch (avoid those hangovers!) and very pleasant to drink.

Difficulty: Easy.

Preparation Time: Very little, but best started one day in advance.

Portions: About 10 as specified, can be adjusted.

 Ingredients:

  • One 24 oz can or two smaller cans of canned fruit (strawberries, sliced peaches or pineapple chunks).
  • 750 ml bottle of white wine (preferably Riesling).
  • 750 ml bottle of champagne (not too dry).
  • Sugar.

Preparation:

  1. One day in advance: Put the canned fruit and the white wine into a large punch bowl. Keep in refrigerator until shortly before serving.
  2. When ready to serve, add chilled champagne to punch bowl.
  3. Add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, to taste.
  4. Ladle into punch glasses including pieces of fruit. Serve chilled and provide cocktail spears for the fruit pieces.

The quantities given above will be appropriate for about 3 to 4 persons. Multiply for larger parties.

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Bouletten – German Hamburger Patty Recipe

Bouletten are a Berlin specialty, often eaten cold with mustard. They can also be served warm with peas or red cabbage, and boiled potatoes for a heartier meal.

Difficulty: easy
Preparation Time: about 1 hour
Portions: 6 – 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 rolls or slices of bread (stale is fine)
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 pound chopped beef
  • 1/2 pound chopped pork
  • 1/2 pound chopped veal
  • OR you can use 1 1/2 pounds of meatloaf mix
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Freshly chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Oil

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Bean & Pork Sausage Ragout (Eintopf) Recipe

This is a good one pot stew for cold nights. Serve with some warmed, crusty bread on the side.

  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 15 ounce can, crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can of white kidney beans
  • 1 can, chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup, sauerkraut
  • 1 Tbsp basil, fresh ground
  • 1/2 cup dry macaroni
  • 1/2 cup, romano cheese, grated

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Apfel Maultaschen – Apple Turnovers Recipe

These are yummy! I have had a lot of people ask for recipes for these, and here it is finally! Enjoy!

Difficulty: Moderate.

Preparation Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Ingredients:Apfel Maultaschen

  • 8-10 apples
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Crisco
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3-cup milk
  • Cinnamon & sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Topping
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cups sugar
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Kartoffelkroketten – Potato Croquettes Recipe

This is a great accompaniment for many things. It is fancier than mashed potatoes and french fries, but satisfies the need for a potato side. Try serving with cod in a wine and mustard sauce!

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 kg / 1.6 lbs potatoes (mealy or mashing type like Russet)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • pinch of pepper, preferably white ground
  • oil for frying, canola

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Hoorah! European Specialties in Bed Bath & Beyond!

We had an interesting week in the Stolze household. Last Saturday, we had a freak October snow storm which resulted in 6 inches of snow, fallen trees everywhere, and loss of electricity – for DAYS. Our town is still recuperating. Schools were closed for three days, whole sections of town were essentially boarded up due to no communications, nor electricity. We stuck it out in our home with no heat, and no way to cook other than stove top. No refrigerated food items survived. It was torture.

As you can well imagine, it took a lot of ‘field trips’ to keep our 7 year old warm, fed, and happy. One of these trips, we took a drive to Bed Bath & Beyond to try and find astove-top percolator, as we were coffee-less, and grumpier for it. Imagine my surprise when we walked in and saw their newest addition – World Market. My son and I spent much too much time wandering through, slack-jawed and taste-testing everything they had available. There is more coffee and tea than I have ever seen in any one place before. The Brit in me drooled over the PGTips teas, Cadbury candy, and canned treacle pudding, while the German in us was equally enchanted by the Adventskalendar selection, spaetzle, Milka, Kinderpunsch, and jarred wurst. The Asian palates will find equally exciting items, not easily found elsewhere in the States. The selection of gourmet and international foods is simply wonderful. If I had to make one negative observation, it would be that there are too many choices. One could easily spend an hour wandering through there. And the best part? Given the specialized nature of the items, the prices are very reasonable, and somehow manage to undercut small, niche food markets.

I am unsure as to how many Bed Bath & Beyond stores are adding the World Market section, but I can tell you that there is one in East Hanover, New Jersey. Very new, and very wonderful. If you are in North Jersey, I highly recommend it. They are apparently not putting money into marketing the opening yet, as they want to ensure that there is a real interest. So please, stop by and show them how much we love the idea!

As an aside, we never did find a percolator. However, we did find stollen, lebkuchen, jarred bockwurst, and Milka bars had somehow found their way into our basket. Today we returned with my husband, who was equally flummoxed by the selection of German and Indian foods. All in all, a very good find! :)

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OKTOBERFEST 2011 – Everyone is Invited!

Title: OKTOBERFEST 2011 – Everyone is Invited!
Location: Forest Lodge, 11 Reinman Road, Warren, NJ 07059
Link out: Click here
Description: Spread the Word!! Everyone’s invited to OKTOBERFEST. The celebration begins on Saturday, October 8th from 11am to 6pm. Rain Date; Saturday, October 15th. Join us at FOREST LODGE, 11 Reinman Road, Warren NJ and help us kick-off this year’s OKTOBERFEST. The Food & Beverage Pavilion opens at 12noon. Bring your appetite and feast on authentic German food!

The Festhalle will keep everyone entertained! We have Bernie’s Orchestra, a five piece ensemble which will keep your toes tapping! Sway, Dance & Sing-a-long to all your favorite songs!

OKTOBERFEST attendees will be treated to a special performance by The Saengerchor. Attendees will hear the glorious sounds of German-American songs from the chorus’ repertoire. Come, join us and celebrate!

OKTOBERFEST has something for everyone! Bring your friends and family and don’t forget the kids! They will keep busy with Amusement Rides, Inflatables and more.

Get out your wallet and shop, shop, shop! The VENDOR FAIR has vendors selling a wide variety of products. Get in the holiday spirit and start your shopping early!

Non-Food VENDORS WANTED!! Email Oktoberfest2011@aol.com for details.

OKTOBERFEST IS WUNDERBAR!!

See You at OKTOBERFEST!
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2011-10-08
End Time: 18:00

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Streuselkuchen – Streusel (Crumb) Cake Recipe

This is a wonderful, easy to make crumb cake, in which you can prepare your own fruit for a filling, or use canned pie filling. Filling the cake with apple or cherry are my two favorite options, but I have also used peaches. This is as close to pie as Germans get, and honestly, this is much better with a strong cup of coffee than American pie. Enjoy!

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 70 minutes.
Portions: 10 slices.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/3 c. all-purpose flour (400 grams)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp. double acting baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 14 Tbsp. butter or margarine (250 grams)
  • one can of pie filling, or prepared fruit as for a pie

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Silvesterpunsch – New Year’s Eve Punch Bowl Recipe

New Year’s Eve in Germany wouldn’t be the same without a large bowl of this, for even a meager gathering of 4 people. Very easy to make, and delicious.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes.
Portions: 11 cups, approximate.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 750 ml bottle of dry white wine
  • 750 ml bottle of dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup dark Jamaican rum

Preparation:

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a large pot, while stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the wines and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir in the rum and lemon juice.
  3. Ladle the punch into cups and serve warm.
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Pfeffernüsse I – Pepper Nut Cookie Recipe I

These are traditional German Christmas cookies, but are wonderful anytime. The nice thing about these is that they are so well-known, you can find them sold through many brands right in your local grocery store. Of course, homemade is always nice – especially when giving the gift of cookies to family and friends.

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation Time: *See recipe.
Portions: 3 – 4 dozen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 c. blanched almonds or hazelnuts (about 1/2 pound)
  • 4 c. unbleached flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. finely ground black or white pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. dry powdered mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. ground mace
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter (10 ounces), softened
  • 1 1/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 1/3 c. warm water
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

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