German Red Lentil Soup Recipe

A hearty red lentil soup recipe, aka Rote Linsensuppe, is so easy to make. In fact, I giving two recipes that both cook in 30 minutes. Once cooked, the red lentils take on a reddish-golden color and taste similar to yellow split pea soup. It’s a staple in winter, but is good all year round.


You can use many types of meat such as smoked meat, kielbasa, sausage, ham, or even any kind of wieners you may have. Wunderbar!


  • 2 – 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 cups water, hot or boiling
  • 2 cups rinsed red lentils
  • 3 bay leaves
  • pinch curry powder
  • Montreal Steak Spice (about 1 tsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Vegeta* Food Seasoning
  • smoked sausages or wieners (about 3 or 4)
  • salt, pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Sauté onions until translucent.
  • Add carrots, celery and garlic. Continue sautéing for several minutes.
  • Add hot water, lentils, bay leaves and pinch curry powder.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes or until lentils are soft and veggies are tender.
  • Add sliced sausages or wieners. Simmer for a few minutes to heat the meat.
  • Season with salt, pepper and Montreal Steak Spice.
  • Remove bay leaves and serve.
  • Makes 8 servings











History and Origins of the German Shepherd Dog


The German Shepherd breed appeared late at the end of the 19th century in Germany and they were first exhibited at a show in Hanover in 1882. They were not like German Shepherds as we know them today though being rough coated, short tailed and rather resembling mongrels. The German Shepherd Dog as we now know it didn’t really appear until after the Second World War.

The breed was actually created by the cross breeding of working sheep dogs from rural Germany by an ex cavalry officer called Max von Stephanitz whose aim was to create a working dog for herding which could trot for long periods.

A breed standard was drawn up and the first breed show took place in 1899 following which the GSD became firmly established across Germany. In 1906 the first dogs were exported to the USA .

Since then, the breed has grown enormously in popularity and is now one of the most popular pedigree breeds in the UK as a pet as well as being the favourite working breed for many forces, especially the police. They are widely used for security purposes because of their strong protective instincts.

Many people in the UK still call these dogs Alsatians which may partly be due to the fact that when they were first bred, the Alsace region of France was part of Germany where these dogs were very popular. In part it may also be due to the first and second world wars that the name Alsatian stuck as the word ‘German’ had a negative connotation. I still get people who think that Alsatians are the traditional short coat black and tan dogs and that German Shepherds are the long coated dogs that have become popular.


GSD’s make wonderful family pets and will protect family and home.

These dogs are highly intelligent and will show undying devotion to their master but they are dogs that need company and stimulation to be at their best. It is however, important to remember that this is a working breed and that they do have certain characteristics that some people might find difficult to live with. The German Shepherd should be steady, loyal, self assured, courageous and willing and should not be nervous over aggressive or shy. Nervous aggression is something that we are now seeing more often as a result of bad breeding. It is sad but there has always been indiscriminate breeding of German Shepherds right from the start, which has lead to problems with temperament and health.











Oma’s Homemade Potato Soup❤️

The cold weather has really set in!   Here’s a Homemade Potato Soup! Not much else says “German comfort food” like this! This particular potato soup is a combination of my  Chunky Potato Soup and a creamy version. It’s full of flavor and full of so many optional additions.  Keep it simple or dress it up! It’s creamy and chunky – all in one.



  • 3 – 4 smoked sausages (wieners, kielbasa, Polish sausage, etc.)
  • 1 onion, large dice
  • 3 lbs potatoes, large dice
  • 1 – 2 ribs celery, large dice
  • 2 – 3 carrots, peeled, large dice
  • 2 tsp Vegeta (optional)
  • 6 cups water or broth
  • salt, pepper, parsley


  • In a large pot, put potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, and sausage. Add water (more if needed to cover vegetables)
  • Add about 1 tsp Vegeta powder (or salt) saving the rest to season at the end of cooking, if needed.
  • Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Season to taste. Sprinkle chopped parsley over top.
  • Makes about 6 servings.


  • If soup is too thick, add extra water.
  • Pierce sausage in several places before adding to soup so the flavors can mingle. Cut the sausage into pieces just before serving and return to soup.
  • If you like, add about ½ tsp celery seed.
  • If you do not have Vegeta powder, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Use fresh ground pepper if possible. Also, fresh parsley is great.
  • Season with Maggi before serving.
  • To make the soup creamier, mash the soup lightly with a potato masher to break up some of the potatoes before serving.
  • If you like your soup still creamier, stir in some instant mashed potato flakes until the soup is the consistency you like.
  • I love to add chopped cauliflower to this as well. Add about 1 – 2 cups along with the other vegetables.
  • Sliced or quartered button mushrooms are great as well.
  • 1 – 2 sliced parsnips add a sweetness to the soup.









Travel to Germany

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  •  Bad Wimpfen  Bad Wimpfen is a historic spa town in the district of Heilbronn in the Baden-Württemberg region of southern Germany. It lies north of the city of Heilbronn, on the river Neckar. In the 16th century Wimpfen was a focal point of the Reformation. Probably the most important reformer was Erhard Schnepf who preached here from […]
  •  Bautzen  Bautzen is a hill-top town in eastern Saxony, Germany, and administrative center of the eponymous district. It is located on the Spree River. Bautzen is often regarded as the unofficial, but historical capital of Upper Lusatia, and it is the most important cultural center of the Sorbs, a Slavic people. The old part of Bautzen […]
  •  Berlin – the City of Great Changes  All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner.” — President John F. Kennedy, West Berlin, 1963 Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany. Berlin was first the capital of Prussia, and then the […]
  •  Bonn  The Federal City of Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine and northwest of the Siebengebirge in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Bonn serves alongside the capital Berlin as the seat of government of Germany. The city is the second official seat and second official residence of the President of Germany, […]
  •  Bremen – the City of the World-Famous Fairytale Musicians  The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. Bremen was very important market place located on Weser river which had port with free exit to the North Sea and connections with the Rhine River. The most influential historical events: 787 – the foundation of the city by Charlemagne 965 – the […]
  •  Burg Satzvey – Moated Castle  Satzvey Castle is one of the best-kept moated castles in Rhineland, whose origins go back to the 13th century. Satzvey Castle is well-known today for its diverse events, showing history and tradition in an interesting and fun way. Burg Satzvey is a medieval water castle, originally from the 12th century, and is located on the […]
  •  Castle Stein in Saxony  Stein Castle, or Burg Stein is a Saxon castle located southeast of Zwickau in the village of Stein in the municipality of Hartenstein on the banks of the Zwickauer Mulde. The settlement of the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) began in the 12th/13th centuries, especially along the rivers. River crossings and religious orders (Niederlassungen) were protected by […]
  •  Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)  Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche Sankt Petrus) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in […]
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  •  Esslingen am Neckar  Esslingen am Neckar is a city in the Stuttgart Region of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany, seat of the District of Esslingen as well as the largest city in the district. It is located on the Neckar River, about 14 km southeast of Stuttgart city center. The regions surrounding the city of Esslingen are also mostly […]
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  •  Fuggerei  The Fuggerei is the world’s oldest social housing complex still in use. It is a walled enclave within the city of Augsburg, Bavaria. It takes its name from the Fugger family and was founded in 1516 by Jakob Fugger the Younger (known as “Jakob Fugger the Rich”) as a place where the needy citizens of […]
  •  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Picture-Perfect German Town  Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a German ski resort in Bavaria, formed when 2 towns united in 1935. It’s a prominent destination for skiing and ice skating as well as hiking. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, with a 2,962m summit accessed by cogwheel train and cable car. Garmisch is considered the more fashionable section, […]
  •  German Castles – Medieval Severe Beauties According to library definitions the word ‘castle’ means ‘fortified building constructed for security and residential purposes. The German ‘burg’ (German “stronghold”) means the same. German castles vary in architecture and design considerably. It can be explained by varieties of traditions and cultures developed and kept in different counties of German lands. But there is one […]
  •  Hamburg – European Melting Pot  Over the years Hamburg is well-known city all over the world and the main reason of such popularity is its famous incredibly huge harbor. Hamburg harbor can be called its ‘gates’ providing both commercial and cultural prosperity of the city. Serving the country as the European entry for centuries Hamburg harbor inhabited city with thousands […]
  •  Heidelberg  Heidelberg is a city situated on the river Neckar in south-west Germany. The fifth-largest town in the State of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg is part of the densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. A former residence of the Electorate of the Palatinate, Heidelberg is the location of Heidelberg University, well […]
  •  Interesting Facts About the Brandenburg Gate Brandenburg gate is one of the most iconic scenes of recent German history. Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated in front of the Brandenburg Gate as the Berlin Wall fell on November 9th, 1989. The Gate has now come to represent German unity and freedom since the end of the Cold War and divided country. […]
  •  Lauingen  Lauingen is a town in the district of Dillingen in Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the left bank of the Danube, 5 km west of Dillingen, and 37 km northeast of Ulm. St. Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus) was born in Lauingen, c. 1200. His monument is in front of the Town Hall in […]


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  •  Lübeck – The City of Marzipan and Sea Ports  Lübeck is a northern German city distinguished by Brick Gothic architecture that dates back to its time as the medieval capital of the Hanseatic League, a powerful trading confederation. Lübeck is the largest Baltic harbour of Germany, and the port is a major employer in the city. Paper and wood products, fruit, grain, automobiles, salt, […]
  •  Mainz: Top Sights and Attractions  Mainz is a German city on the Rhine River. It’s known for its beautiful old town, with half-timbered houses and medieval market squares. In the center, the Marktbrunnen is a Renaissance fountain with red columns. Nearby, a distinctive octagonal tower tops the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral, built of deep red sandstone. The Gutenberg Museum honors the […]
  •  Maulbronn Monastery  Maulbronn Monastery (Kloster Maulbronn) is one of Europe’s most complete and bestpreserved Medieval monastery complexes. It combines a multitude of architectural styles, from Romanesque to late Gothic, in one place – creating a unique atmosphere. Construction of the former Cistercian abbey, cradled in the rolling hills of the Stromberg region, commenced in 1147. 
  •  Neuschwanstein Castle – the Legendary King’s Escape  The Neuschwanstein castle was the most favorite place of the king Ludwig II, king of Bavaria conquered by Prussia after the war between alliance of Bavaria and Austria and Prussia. This year 5 September celebrated its 136th anniversary. Ludwig strove to make a reality of his happy childhood in his father’s Hohenschwangau castle and create […]
  •  Rügen Island  Rügen is Germany’s largest island by area. It is located off the Pomeranian coast in the Baltic Sea and belongs to the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Rügen has a maximum length of 51.4 km (from north to south), a maximum width of 42.8 km in the south and an area of 926 km². 
  •  Saarburg  Saarburg is a city of the Trier-Saarburg district in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany, on the banks of the Saar River in the hilly country a few kilometers upstream from the Saar’s junction with the Moselle. Saarburg is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde (“collective municipality”) Saarburg. The area around Saarburg is noted for the cultivation […]
  •  Saxony – a Crossroads of European History, Culture and Art  The free State of Saxony has unique georaphical position which greatly influenced and still influences on its rich possessions. Saxony meets West, East, North and South of Germany. For the centuries this land was independent and free although numerous armies of enemies conquered the land and its people. 
  •  Schloss Bürresheim – a Medieval Castle in the Woodlands  The castle of Bürresheim is located at northwest of Mayen on a rock spur in the Nettetal. It belongs to the local church Sankt Johann. Together with Burg Eltz and the castle Lissingen, it is one of the few castles in the Eifel that were never conquered or devastated and were able to survive unscathed […]
  •  Schramberg  Schramberg is a town in the district of Rottweil, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated in the eastern Black Forest, 25 km northwest of Rottweil. With all of its districts (Talstadt, Sulgen, Waldmössingen, Heiligenbronn, Schönbronn and Tennenbronn (since 2006)), it has about 22,000 inhabitants. 
  •  Spreuerhofstrasse – World’s Narrowest Street  New York has Broadway. Paris, the Champs- Elysées. And Reutlingen? The provincial town in south-western Germany has Spreuerhofstrasse. Spreuerhofstrasse in the south-western town of Reutlingen is just 3.80 meters long and listed as the narrowest alley in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records, with a width of just 31 centimetres (12.2 inches). […]
  •  Stuttgart: Top Sights and Attractions  Stuttgart, capital of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany, is known as a manufacturing hub. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have headquarters and museums here. The city is filled with greenspaces, which wrap around its center. Popular parks include the Schlossgarten, Rosensteinpark and Killesbergpark. Wilhelma, one of the largest zoos and botanical gardens in Europe, is just northeast of […]
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  •  The Island of Reichenau – Monastic Heritage of the Middle Ages  The Island of Reichenau is located in southern Germany. It lies almost due west of the city of Konstanz, between the Gnadensee and the Untersee, two parts of Lake Constance. With a total land surface of 4.3 sq. km and a circumference of 11 km, the island is 4.5 km long and 1.5 km wide […]
  •  Toppler Castle    In Germany, castles come in many shapes and sizes. Built in 1388 partly as a residence and partly as a fortress, this was the home of Rothenburg’s legendary mayor, Heinrich Toppler. Fully intact, the building is furnished with items from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Located in the Tauber Valley and accessed via […]
  •  Wartburg Castle – the Place of Luther’s Inspiration Wartburg Castle, located near town of Eisenach, is one of the oldest castles in Germany. It was founded by the German Duke Ludwig de Springer in 1067 AD. There is an amazing legend about the castle’s name which was told to be given after the Duke saw the fascinating mountains and decided to build a […]
  •  Weimar – The City of Goethe and Bauhaus  Weimar is a city in the federal state of Thuringia, Germany. The city was a focal point of the German Enlightenment and home of the leading characters of the literary genre of Weimar Classicism, the writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. In the 19th century, famous composers like Franz Liszt made a music […]
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  •  Wieskirche – The Pilgrimage Church  The Wieskirche, or Wies Church, is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in southern Germany. It is situated between Steingaden and Wildsteig on the Romantic Road – or, to be more accurate, slightly off the road on a country lane to the small hamlet of Wies. The Pilgrimage Church of Wies is an […]
  •  Würzburg Residence – The Rococo Masterpiece The Würzburg Residence (Würzburger Residenz) is a palace in Würzburg, Germany. Balthasar Neumann, court architect of the Bishop of Würzburg, was the principal architect of the Residence, which was commissioned by the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn and his brother Friedrich Carl von Schönborn in 1720, and completed in 1744. The Venetian […]
  •  Zwinger  The Zwinger is a palace in the eastern German city of Dresden, built in Rococo style and designed by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. It served as the orangery, exhibition gallery and festival arena of the Dresden Court. The location was formerly part of the Dresden fortress of which the outer wall is conserved. The […]







Oma’s Cheese Spätzle Recipe



Cheese Spätzle is a traditional German way of serving this favorite German noodle. Using either the homemade recipe or store-bought noodles, the resulting dinner is delicious. Follow my recipe below to serve them in a delicious cheese spätzle casserole. It’s German “Mac & Cheese” only better! Really.

Oma’s Cheese Spätzle ❤️


  • 3 – 4 cups cooked Spätzle (12 oz. dry Spätzle)
  • 2 – 3 cups shredded Emmentaler cheese
  • 2 Tbsp butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 small onions (sliced)
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Heat butter (or oil) in skillet and sauté onions until tender and lightly browned, about 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Butter casserole dish. Begin by layering with ½ of the Spätzle, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with ½ of the cheese. Repeat, ending with the cheese.
  • Top with the sautéed onions.
  • Bake, uncovered, about 20 – 30 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.
  • makes 4 – 6 servings.


  • Try this with Cheddar or Jarlsberg cheeses or a combination of the two.

How to Cook Asparagus ~ German-style


This traditional way how to cook asparagus, aka Spargel, is so popular in Germany. White asparagus is the most common type that’s sold. It’s different than the normal green asparagus and needs to be treated differently. It must be peeled and cooked longer … and most Germans will say that it’s the best asparagus there is.

In fact, when it’s asparagus season (springtime), most German restaurants have special ‘asparagus menus’ and the featured dish, is the one shown above. Serve the cooked asparagus with boiled potatoes, ham, and Hollandaise sauce. You’ll also find the recipe for the sauce below.

How to Cook Asparagus ~ German-style


  • 2 lbs white asparagus
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt


  • Put an asparagus cooker/steamer or a  large pot of water on high to bring to a boil.
  • Peel the asparagus, cutting off the woody ends.
  • Add sugar and salt to boiling water. Gently place asparagus into the water and, once it is boiling again, reduce heat and simmer gently for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
  • Remove from water and serve.
  • Makes 4 servings

Blender Hollandaise Sauce


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup butter (salted)
  • salt, cayenne


  • Into a blender, place the egg yolks, water, and lemon juice. Blend for about 30 seconds or until frothy.
  • Melt butter (either in microwave or on stove).
  • With the blender turned on, slowly add the hot butter to the egg mixture. Blend until sauce is thickened.
  • Season with salt and a pinch of cayenne, if desired.
  • Serve over asparagus.









Spargelzeit! Sunshine kicks off asparagus season in Germany


The Spargelino, the vegetable’s mascot, in Beelitz. Photo: DPA
Following the sunny weather after Easter, ‘Spargelsaison’ officially began with a celebration on Thursday in Brandenburg’s Beelitz.

With lots of sunshine in the days following Easter and more forecast for new week, one of Germany’s most beloved spring celebrations, Spargelsaison (asparagus season), has just launched.

On Thursday afternoon, the season officially kicked off through a celebration in Brandenburg’s Beelitz, which has been growing the venerated vegetable since 1861.

The Spargelino – the vegetable’s jolly mascot – was on hand, surrounded by women costumed in traditional countryside garb. He was joined by Brandenburg’s agricultural minister Jörg Vogelsänger, as well as this year’s “Asparagus Queen” Lara Luisa Kramer, who bore a basket of the sleek stalk that Germans love to mix in their salads or slather with Hollandaise sauce.

In Germany, Spargelsaison traditionally lasts until June 24th on Johannistag, or Saint John’s Eve.

Beelitz’s rich, sandy soils lend themselves well to the production of the white vegetable, which Germans prefer to its green variant. During the winter off-season, Greek farmers typically satiate the Germans’ appetite for the crop, importing much more than they consume domestically.

Despite April kicking off with colder-than-usual temperatures in Germany, the warm and mild temperatures of the past few days have helped the oft-dubbed “white gold” grow.

Brandenburg is already a base for asparagus production, with 100 companies growing on 4,900 hectares, according to German broadcaster rbb.

By the end of next week asparagus should be available from regions all over the country, experts state.