Author: dirndlkitchen

Melted Cheese and Kirschwasser

Fondue, especially cheese fondue, brings to life so many wonderful memories of growing up that it is going to be difficult to capture them all in words. I can say with certainty that as far back as I can think, cheese fondue has always been one of my most favorite meals during the colder days of the year. To prepare for cheese fondue, my mom would usually pack me and my sister up to go shopping at Auchan in Luxembourg. Auchan is a big shopping mall that within itself contains a multi-story grocery- and department store, offering the best...

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Flaky Buttery Goodness

The moment when you get to snap pretty little pictures of something it took you 4 days to make. Priceless.   Making croissants from scratch may be the one of the toughest things I have accomplished in the kitchen so far, but has definitely been so very rewarding that I will now make them again and again! After 4 days of spending time talking to dough, kneading and pounding it in anger, tossing a bad batch, finding encouragement to make another one, feeling hopeful and finally being successful and filled with accomplishment, I can now say that I am...

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Streusel me fancy!

To say the least, a streusel is really just a fancy word for crumbles! Crumbles just don’t sound so cool. But I am so grateful that the amazing country of the United States of America chose to integrate the word streusel in the American English language along with other great German words such as Kindergarten and Gesundheit, making it much more authentic for those of us with real German heritage to express ourselves in this big muddled cocktail of different ethnicities and backgrounds! Now to my love, streusel. I very deeply adore streusel because it’s so quick, very versatile and it simply...

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My life long love affair with pumpkin seeds

It all started when I was a little girl. A huge part of German breakfast are the breakfast rolls and pastries. Whenever my mom picked up fresh baked rolls (or Brötchen) from the local bakery in the heart of our town, she would usually choose a variety of awesomely seeded Brötchen covered in sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, oats, cheese and more! I remember always fighting for the amazing pumpkin seed rolls as if it was my last meal on earth. As soon as we sat down at the breakfast table complete with candlelight, nicely...

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Oktoberfest in Kansas City

My fiancé Jason and I have been engaged for 10 (!) months now..! We decided that the moon and stars finally aligned in the right way to celebrate our engagement two Saturdays ago on October 10th. And with our German fairytale castle wedding (did I say castle??) still 10 months away, we have reached half time and used this excuse to add a punch of excitement for the upcoming festivities. With the tremendous help of Jason’s family (you guys are incredible!), we pulled together this oh so German Oktoberfest themed engagement party featuring authentic-as-can-be German food such as Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Bratkartoffeln (pan...

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Behind dirndl kitchen

dirndl kitchen author Sophie in black dirndl dress with flower crown


I am Sophie and I am German.

When I first moved to the United States in 2009, I felt very deprived of the German way of eating. To this date, I still miss German cake and coffee time at 3 p.m., so I decided to educate my fellow American friends by writing about German customs and food… which of course involves a ton of cooking, converting of grams to ounces and cups, and drinking of Paulaner Hefeweizen! …read more