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Oktoberfest - Germany's Largest Party!
October 12, 2011


Newsletter Issue #13 - October 12, 2011


Germany's Largest Party


It's that time of year again. As I sit to write this newsletter, Oktoberfest is being celebrated, not just in Germany, but in many places around the world. I sit in Canada, in Southern Ontario, and right around the corner is Kitchener-Waterloo celebrating it's 43rd year of "Canada'a Greatest Bavarian Festival". It's North America's largest Oktoberfest party, second only to the one held in Munich.

Kitchener, Ontario was once called Berlin - a testimony to the many Germans living in this part of the world. As with their counterparts in Germany, especially in Munich, Bavaria, this time of the year is a time of music, beer, and food.

You can read about the background and history of Oktoberfest at Oktoberfest Food and Celebrations.

Want to celebrate your own Oktoberfest?

Basically, Oktoberfest is a celebration with sausages, sauerkraut, and beer. However, there are many other foods that have been included and make for a fun party.

  • Serving currywurst has become traditional.The currywurst is originally from Berlin but has now become a traditional street food in Germany and is common at Oktoberfest.

  • To make an easy currywurst (curry sausage), fry any type of sausage (you can use the OKtoberfest sausage), cut into pieces to serve with toothpicks. This is served with curry ketchup (an easy recipe if you can't buy this is to combine 5 oz. ketchup, 5 oz. mayonnaise, 1 tsp. curry powder, and about 1/4 onion, finely chopped.) As well as the curry ketchup, the sausage is also dusted with curry powder.

  • Grill bratwurst-type sausage, cut into pieces to serve with toothpicks and serve with various mustards, preferably German mustards if you can find them.

  • Soft pretzels are also served with various mustards including honey mustard dipping sauce.

  • Small crusty buns, rye bread crustini, rye crackers, whole grain bread, etc. along with trays of German cheeses, grapes, and pickles.

  • You can also make skewers of sausage or ham and German cheeses.

  • For sweets, have trays with German cookies. Making a tray cake with the Black Forest Torte recipe using chocolate cake mix, whipping cream, and cherry pie filling is a quick and easy dessert to make.

  • Almost any cake on Quick German Recipes would be a great treat.

  • Apfelschorle is a traditional German drink.

  • Non-alcoholic Punch is also a great alternative to have available besides all the different types of German beer you can get.

Don't know where Munich is? Check out this Map of Germany.

What's New at
Quick German Recipes?

Check out the following NEW recipes at Quick German Recipes

  • Seth from Wisconsin, USA, sent in a recipe for Bayerische Wald Potato Dumplings

  • My name, Gerhild, is a very unusual name. In all my years (over 60), I've never heard of someone else called by that name. AND then it happened! Someone, actually another Gerhild, from the USA, started a FaceBook page to try to find all the Gerhilds there are. To date, approximately 4 months later, we've found a total of 55 others. And most of us never knew another one before this. SO, I just had to dedicate a page to Gerhild and their recipes. You'll find it at Gerhild's. Some of the recipes are in German, but I've translated them. (If you have an unusual name, try finding others using FaceBook. It's absolutely amazing what and who you can discover.)

  • An easy Crumb Cake recipe.

  • Homemade Ice Cream - easy to make, just need a fridge-freezer.

  • Easy Red Cabbage - using jarred red cabbage - especially good for Oktoberfest and Fall dinners.

  • For dessert, how about Cream Roll with Fresh Fruit? Very traditionally German!

  • Kasha, from California, sent in a recipe for Cheese Blintzes, one of her favourites.

Quick Tricks

  • Leftover Bread? Make some croutons by cutting the stale bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Spread them out on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with celery salt, garlic, or other seasonings. Bake at 325%deg F. until nicely browned. Stir them occasionally during the baking. Let them cool completely before storing in plastic baggies. Great for salads or soups.

  • Still picking green tomatoes in the garden? Ripen them quicker by putting them in a brown paper bag. Put an apple in the bag to help.

  • Lettuce wilted? Put it into a bowl of ice water into which you've added a few drops of lemon juice. Let it stand for about an hour.

Any Tricks to Share?
Let your fellow German cooks in on your kitchen tricks by submitting on Kitchen Hints. I'll post it on Quick German Recipes and also include it in the next issue of Quick Fix.

See you next month as we tour another region of Germany!

Gerhild Fulson

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