Simple Swabian Potato Salad (Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat)

Not many side dishes are as versatile as this authentic Swabian Potato Salad. A humble potato salad recipe made with both, oil and vinegar that originates from Southern Germany. This is the recipe that most people abroad associate with a German potato salad. The recipe differs from American and British potato salad, as the dressing … Read more

German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) – dirndl kitchen

My Oma loved us so much, she’d make us homemade Kartoffelpuffer, German potato pancakes, whenever we would want them! They’re so good and bring up the best of memories eating them hot out of the pan at her kitchen table. What are Kartoffelpuffer? Kartoffelpuffer (pronounced Kah-toff-el-puh-fah) are German potato pancakes that are pan-fried and made … Read more

German Beer Day- Celebrating the Reinheitsgebot of 1516

April 23rd is German Beer Day! (Isn’t every day German Beer Day?) This auspicious date celebrates the signing of the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot (Beer Purity Law) of 1516. Bavarian Duke William IV decreed that beer could only contain Barley, Hops, and Water (the importance of yeast still hadn’t been worked out). Now over 500 years old, … Read more

What is Bock Beer? And Do Germans Really Call it Liquid Bread?

Cover image Calvert Lithography Co. (Detroit, Mich.), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons I regularly see memes and articles about how German beer is considered “flussiges Brot” or liquid bread. But where does this idea come from? Most likely this started with a group of monks and Bock Bier. During Lent, members of the Paulaner order … Read more