German Knockwurst In Beer Broth

I don’t know what is going on with me lately but I am on a roll with my German cooking! I promised myself I would try harder to learn these great dishes of Toblerone’s culture..anticipating one day that we have children of our own to share it all with. So far, looks like I’m living up to that promise!

The other day I found a package of German Knockwurst at our grocery store (made by Boar’s Head company) which I liked since it was in it’s natural casing with zero additives. I hate all that “added caramel” for color plus 8,000 extra chemicals. Just trying to stick to what is clean and good! (The German way of course!)

I wasn’t sure what I would make with Knockwurst but there is one thing I know…nothing goes better with Wurst than….yep…you guessed it….BEER!!!

What You Need:

Knockwurst (I used a pacakge of 4 for our smaller family)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Medium onion sliced

12 ounces of light beer (I used a can of Labatt blue…cuz I’m classy like that!)

1 Cup water

Salt & Pepper to taste



Here’s How Its Done: 

First off, heat up a dutch oven with olive oil on medium heat. Add the wurst to oil, turning every couple of minutes to brown each side. I would highly recommend putting the lid on. These suckers spit hot oil at me!



Next up, add the onions until they are soft. I added just a little extra splash of olive oil. Again, lid on and occasionally stirring them around and turning the sausages.



Once onions are cooked through, remove the sausage and place aside. Next comes the fun part…or as some might see it…alcohol abuse. Pour in your 12 ounces of beer! I mean…if you ended up only pouring in 10 ounces because you were feeling a bit thirsty throughout the ordeal, that would be ok too! (I did it. No shame!)



As the beer starts cooking up and the fumes start to slightly intoxicate you…add in your salt, pepper, and parsley to taste! Add your cup of water  and bring to a boil. Once boiling put on low heat and let simmer until reduced and you no longer smell the alcohol. This takes about 12-15 minutes.



Once reduced, add back in your sausage and keep on low heat. Just need to heat the sausages through.



While that continued to warm up, I made my homemade Spätzle and warmed up some Sauerkraut to complete the meal. If you want a thicker sauce you can certainly add a little sauce thickener or cornstarch and water mixture. I didn’t do that to mine, I liked it as it was but to each his own!



There ya have it! It’s a really simple dish which requires very few ingredients. Let’s be honest…most of which you probably have in your home already!

Let me know if you try it out or what you would do to change it up!

Until next time, Readers!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo




An American Easter in Germany

Easter rolled around again and it’s crazy to think that I’ve been here for two Easters already. My how time flies. We were slammed with more snow BUT our home was warm with American friends and a roaring fire of course.

I mean look at these lovely guests!

I mean look at these lovely guests!

We had our American buddies, who live in Stuttgart Germany, drive out to spend the weekend with us which was such a treat for me! I really love having visitors to begin with where I can speak my own language and remind myself of all the slang words I’ve forgotten living out this way! Not only that but these two brought us the most AMAZING gifts!!! I mean…HELLO!! Take a look at these:


Can we talk about that for a moment? They are not in the military but have access to the military base because one of them works on base, which means they have access to the grocery store with all the American stuff. It’s like this treasure hidden away and I’m not allowed in 😦 I wish they would just grant me access to shop there. I’d be all over that! Anywho, we got a normal sized peanut butter jar with YUMMMY peanut butter inside, loads of reese’s, Sam adams beer for Tobi (there were more but those went bye bye in a mere 5 minutes!), and GIRL SCOUT COOKIESSSSSSSS!!!!!!! OMG! I can’t even begin to tell you. Its amazing. The last time I bought girl scout cookies I think I had to leave them with my parents because I was moving to Germany so I never did get my last one 😦 So…THANK YOU, FRIENDS!!! Made out Easter 1 million times more amazing by bringing a piece of home to us!

So we had a great dinner with my strawberry salad and caprese filled burgers. Totally American, totally loved!

After our bellies were overstuffed overjoyed we hopped in the jacuzzi for a long time and discussed wedding plans. Obviously not with each other but our American weddings are a week apart. So that’s fun! We snuggled up on the couch and watched the Syracuse game against Marquette and it was totally amazing to see live (thanks to our new “English” channels).

The following morning was filled of Easter fun and more snow…fantastic. Everyone had to find their basket…including Harley and there was also an Easter egg hunt at the end! Loved doing this and now I know why my mom loved doing it every year too 🙂




We had omelettes for breakfast and then they were on their way home. It was SO nice for us and so easy with these guys. I forget sometimes just how easy going Americans can be and it’s not an all out process like it is with the Germans. Two totally different cultures and two totally different stress levels!

Here’s a little gem for you….check me out in the mornings with the lovely Fe!! WOOHOOOOOOO Sexy thang!


Until next time, Readers!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

Avocado Feta Grilled Cheese

I promise you all that you will be thanking your lucky stars once you make this (and tomorrow’s post – SOUP!) It’s an incredible burst of flavor in your mouth that you didn’t know was possible. I’ll be taking donations for the excruciating feat of testing a new recipe in case of any poisonous reactions and the like. Indeed, I took one for the team on this one. You’re welcome.


Naturally, grilled cheese was the first thing I learned how to make. Simple. Fast. and took 3 ingredients. Cheese, bread, and butter. Over the years I even got requests from my baby sister to make her my famous grilled cheese. I am the master. You can get really creative with it and this is what I put together. Sticking with the theme of the original grilled cheese in two ways. Keeping it Simple and Fast as well as the usual Cheese, bread, and butter. Again, you’re welcome.

What You Will Need (this serves 2)

4 slices of Bread of your choice.

1 Avocado – peeled and sliced the “hot dog way” into thin long slices.

1/4 Cup Feta cheese

2 slices of cheese – I used something similar to Swiss.

Butter and lots of it!

Tzaziki spread – here in Germany we have many different yogurt based spreads to use. I used one similar to Tzaziki without garlic. It’s a bit more of a cream cheese consistency.

How To Make It:

Heat a frying pan on medium-low heat. My stove goes up to the number 9 – I set it at 4 (If that gives you an idea.) The art of grilled cheese is lots of butter (get over it diet people) and slow cooking.

Butter one side of each slice of bread. (4 sides should be buttered – not 8..obviously)

Place the buttered side down on the heated frying pan and carefully spread a small  helping of the tzaziki spread on the non-buttered side of the bread.

Place cheese on top of the tzaziki, then avocado, and sprinkle carefully the feta cheese.

Let cook for a moment to get the cheese melted. Carefully lift the bottom to see if the bread has browned lightly. If it has, place the other slice of bread on top (butter side up) and press down lightly then flip!

Once both sides are browned lightly or to your liking, take out of pan and slice it! 🙂  EASY PEASY!

Hope you guys enjoy this one…it’s soooooo yummy!!!

Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxoxo

A Fat And Happy Bunny

For those of you who know me, I like to plan things out and if things don’t go perfectly, I may as well hide in a dark closet for the rest of my life. Since I’m typing this and clearly not from a dark closet I wanted to let you all know that the Easter dinner I had planned last minute went swimmingly. Literally was a HUGE success and now I’m ready to take on the world! Er….no, I’m not but I’m a little proud of myself. I had literally next to no Easter decorations so I made them myself or got creative!

I found some tea lights that were cute, bought some Easter grass and voila! That’s it! 🙂 The rest I had here at home and this place was popping with color!

The aftermath of awesomeness

The key to a successful dinner party is a combination of two things: