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Tour de Krapfen 2020

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Krapfenzeit. Simply put, a Krapfen is a deep-fried ball of yeast dough with a fruit or cream filling. In other regions they may be called Berliner, Pfannkuchen, or Ballen, but in Bavaria and Austria they are Krapfen (I have also seen “Grapfen”… Read more »

Frohes neues Jahr!

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New Year’s Eve in Germany is called Silvester, as Dec 31 is the feast day of a pope by that name.  Why him and not Felis silvestris?  I’m not sure.  Possibly because the traditional German celebration includes setting off copious amounts of fireworks–they started in our neighborhood around 5 p.m…. Read more »