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.


  • 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.


  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.

Wiener Schnitzel – Veal Cutlets With Lemon Recipe

Veal cutlets are a popular way to prepare veal, and usually combined with a sauce, which can vary from region to region. They can also be prepared and eaten on bread, or as an entrée without sauce.

Difficulty: simple.
Preparation Time: 1 h 30 min.
Portions: 4.

Wiener Schnitzel


  • 4 large veal chops boned
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (plain)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 4 parsley sprigs

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Eierkuchen – German Pancakes Recipe

Eierkuchen is usually served as a midday meal in Germany, with applesauce spread on. It is a sweet dish, and is somewhat comparable to crepes – in shape, that is. This is usually a big hit with kids, and fairly easy to make.


Difficulty: very simple.
Preparation Time: 10 min.
Portions: 3.

  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • Butter, about 6 tbs.
  • applesauce (Optional)

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Baumkuchen – Tree Cake Recipe

While traditional Baumkuchen would be impossible to create in a home kitchen, it is possible to make a mock version which is almost as good.  This recipe requires some work, but will go well with coffee, especially around the holidays.

Difficulty: normal.
Preparation Time: 45 min.
Portions: 8.

  • 7/8 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 7/8 cup cornstarch
  • 5 1/2 ounces almond paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 9 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil

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Schweinebraten – German Pork Roast Recipe

A pork roast traditionally served with a mild sauce, red cabbage, and potato dumplings (Kartoffelknödel) in the South, or peas and boiled potatoes in the North-East.

Difficulty: normal.
Preparation Time: over 2.5 h.
Portions: 4.



  • 2 – 3 pound pork loin roast
  • 4 slices pork bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup carrot slices
  • 2 c. white wine (substitute water, beer or broth if desired)
  • caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • olive, canola, or almond oil
  • 1 apple (or 1/4 c. apple juice)
  • 1 tbsp. sour cream, optional

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