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A Tisket, a Tasket, Go Shopping With a Basket

It’s a very “Little Red Riding Hood” thing to do… (and she was European, after all!) WHAT IT IS I bought this charming basket at village “Sunday festival” in Bavaria. (Shops were never open on Sundays, so about once or twice a year they would allow shops to open, and make an occasion of it).  There were an array of …

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What’s in YOUR Easter Basket?

WHAT IT IS Among many fond memories of my life in Deutschland are my memories of the Easter season.  I was surprised and delighted, not only by the stunningly decorated blown eggs (pictured in my Art of the Easter Egg, posts I and II), but also by the gorgeous displays of Easter chocolates.   I would …

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Raclette

WHAT IT IS Raclette is a type of cheese and also a manner for eating it.  It melts beautifully and easily, and in Switzerland you can find restaurants carving long, gooey slices from large hunks of raclette cheese, to be draped over potatoes and served up to grateful customers.  While in Germany, we discovered an appliance for do-it-yourself …

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The Art of the Easter Egg–Part II

WHAT IT IS My Easter egg collection varies in “wow” appeal and in sentiment.  As I happily displayed in my previous Art of the Easter Egg post, I have several pretty little eggs that were decorated by skilled artists.  For instance, the shell on this one was cut out by a tiny drill and painted with thickly layered flowers. I also have a sort of multi-media …

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THE ART OF THE EASTER EGG

WHAT IT IS My most prized collection from Germany is my collection of Easter eggs.  These Ostereier are genuine eggs that have been blown clean and decorated exquisitely in a variety of ways.  They appear each spring in shops and markets across Germany and Austria, among other countries–I visited one shop in Salzburg that was …

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Budget Barista Series: French Press

Want to start your day freshly pressed?  Then this is the coffee for you! WHAT IT IS A French press is a device for brewing coffee that involves a cylinder shaped pot and a filtering plunge. It is known by many names, including plunger pot, coffee press, coffee plunger, caffettieria a stantuffo in Italian, and catetière à piston in French.  …

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