Category Archives: food

Lockdown Slow Food: Krustenbraten mit Serviettenknödel und Biersoße

Somehow I managed to live here for five years without purchasing any Kümmel (caraway). It’s used in a lot of traditional Bavarian foods, but in normal times I didn’t try to make any of these at home. For example, Krustenbraten, a roasted pork dish characterized by a crispy rind that… Read more »

Thanksgiving 2020

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People often ask if I make the usual foods for Thanksgiving. I don’t. 1) It’s a normal weekday here; and 2) the friends and family we would invite to dinner would decline most of the traditional menu–including the bird–for personal dietary reasons. I prefer to make simple meals for just… Read more »

Foodblogging: Caprese Salad

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After several enjoyable weeks of cool weather with sufficient rain, in which we did nothing remarkable, it is Hochsummer. Iowa temperatures, with additional hours of sunlight, and no air-conditioning. If anybody needs me, I’ll be flopped in front of an oscillating fan in a darkened room, sipping tap water with… Read more »

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 »