Food

Surprising Sweet Soup for a Holiday Treat

By Sharon Hudgins During the winter holidays, when you make that special dinner for Christmas or New Year, surprise your family and friends with chocolate soup for dessert. That’s right: chocolate soup. Even though it sounds like a modern kid’s idea of t... Read More...

Butter Me Up!

By Sharon Hudgins Photographs courtesy Sharon Hudgins When I was growing up in Texas, we never ate butter at home. The cooking fats of choice were Crisco vegetable shortening and sticks of solid oleomargarine (that’s what it was called back then). Margarin... Read More...

Allergy-Free Baking

By Sharon Hudgins Whenever I invite people to our house for dinner or a big party, I always ask if they have any dietary restrictions. It’s not that I’m nosy. But it can be embarrassing for both hosts and guests if, for instance, several vegetarians show up... Read More...

Allergy-Free Eating in Europe

Food allergies are a growing issue but dining abroad in Europe can be less worrisome. By Sharon Hudgins   What? No bread? No beer? No Bratwurst? No eggs for breakfast? No cake with my coffee break? No Schnitzel and dumplings for dinner? It’s b... Read More...

Alpirsbach Brewery: Town’s Center of Attention

This Black Forest beer originates from a cold, gushing mountain stream. By Don Heimburger / Photographs Courtesy Don Heimburger   In many small German towns, you don’t need a guide to tell you that you’re in the center of the village. It’s here ... Read More...

Fun and Fish in Hamburg

With a plethora of fresh seafood available, dining in Hamburg can be summed up in two words… “It’s fish!” By Leah Larkin   If you like fish, Hamburg is the place. Turbot, cod, red fish, plaice (Steinbutt, Kabeljau, Rotbarsch, Scholle,) and more s... Read More...

Favorite Holiday Treats

By Sharon Hudgins   Photographs courtesy Sharon Hudgins I’m pleased to say that this year is the twentieth anniversary of my “At Home” column in German Life. Many of you have been loyal readers all that time. Others are more recent subscribers to the magaz... Read More...

Common (and Uncommon) Senf

Okay, that title is a play on words. Senf is the common word for mustard in Germany, where you'll find many varieties and flavors, some smooth, some grainy, some mild, some so spicy-hot you'll be gasping for a gulp of cold beer. When many Americans reach fo... Read More...

Praising Pork

Germans aren't just partial to pork, they're passionate about it. They eat all parts of the pig, from the snout, tongue and ears to the rump, tail and feet.  Any way you cut it, the pig is the most popular source of meat in Germany. Pigs are an efficient me... Read More...