Germany was voted #1 for April's Country Challenge! I am so excited Germany was chosen, because it's giving me the opportunity to share some of my family's recipes that have been passed down for years. I am almost 100% German, some of my Great-Grandparents entered America right before WWII, through Ellis Island. They settled on Long Island, New York, which is where I am originally from. My father's side of the family are from Hamburg and Stuttgart, and some family memebers still live there. All of the recipes I'm using this week are from my Nanny Munchinger, who was born in Germany and came over right before the war. She taught these recipes to my mother, who has taught me!
Usually I like to write about the history of a country, but since Germany's history is somewhat well known, I'm going to use this week to talk about the culture and family.
In Germany, Mittagessen (lunch) is the large meal of the day, and Abendessen (dinner) is usually a smaller meal. The dinner's I'm making this week would usually be eaten at lunch, and a common dinner in Germany would be Brot (sandwich) with a beer and of course, big dill pickles!
I've taken 5 years of German through high school and college, so I'll be using many of the German words in my cooking this week.
I hope you enjoy Nanny Munchinger's recipes from Deutschland!