5 Jun, 2020

How to Bake the Perfect Treat for Strawberry Season: German-Style Strawberry Shortcake (Erdbeerkuchen)

June 5th, 2020|Tags: , , |

When I was a kid, my mom always made Erdbeerkuchen, i.e. German-style strawberry shortcake for my birthday because it falls at the beginning of strawberry season. Erdbeerkuchen was pretty much [...]

2 Apr, 2015

Happy Passover with my German Grandmother’s Hazelnut Torte

April 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

I'm in the midst of getting ready for Passover, but I wanted to share that my grandmother's signature Torte made it to Tablet Magazine. Story and recipe here.

25 Feb, 2013

Grönemeyer in Chicago

February 25th, 2013|Tags: , |

Herbert Grönemeyer Concert at Chicago Theatre, February 23, 2013 Lieber Herbert Grönemeyer,   [English translation below] Herrlich, dass Sie da waren! Dass wir Sie in Chicago hautnah erlebt haben, für $50 [...]

31 Jan, 2013

Grönemeyer in Chicago and New York

January 31st, 2013|Tags: , |

Marquee of the Beacon Theatre, New York, January 2013 This is how life works: I have to travel to New York to find out that German rockstar Herbert Grönemeyer, one [...]

11 Dec, 2012

A Menorah in Karlsruhe, Germany

December 11th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Chanukah Menorah at the Christkindlmarkt in Karlsruhe, Germany, December 8, 2012 - photo courtesy of Juergen Schlund Today I am extra thrilled to host one of my best longtime and [...]

17 Feb, 2012


February 17th, 2012|Tags: , |

Today I am going to impose on you the German word "Mitbringsel" because there's really no succinct term in English for these things we bring for someone from a trip. [...]

30 Nov, 2011

My Favorite Poem: Herbsttag by Rainer Maria Rilke

November 30th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of November, high time to share with you my favorite poem, Herbsttag (Autumn Day) by Rainer Maria Rilke. Many of you probably know him as [...]

12 Oct, 2011

Bilingual in More Than One Way

October 12th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Chunky sweaters are all the rage this fall, and a display of shawl-collared knobby jackets reminded me of one I knit when I was a teenager, when my friends and [...]

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