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  •  Beer-braising is the best way to (8+ / 0-)

    cook them if you are going to serve them with kartoffel (potatoes) or spaetzel (dumplings). Use the pan drippings and reduced beer to make a gravy and serve with kraut or red cabbage and rye bread on the side.

    My grandma was from Bavaria. She made her own spaetzel and pickled her own sauerkraut in a ten-gallon stoneware crock. She taught my mom how to make cream-sauces, crepes, apfelstrudel, filled cabbage and liver-dumpling soup.

    Did you notice that I kinda like German food?

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 06:54:16 PM PST

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    •  I looked for a spaetzle maker today (4+ / 0-)
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      Happened to be in Kenosha's local deli/foodie/drinkie place that has a little of everything; one of those places that are twice as big on the inside as they are on the outside.

      Anyway, they didn't have one. At least not in the eddies of non-Euclidean space I searched. Now you got me really wanting spaetzle and brats. And I noticed they have imported saurkraut too.

      Oh man but what I did find were bags of about 17 different varieties of brat spicing for make your own brats! I just need the stuffing adapter for the meat grinder. This is do-able. :)

      Inspiring words rol. Thanks!

      •  You already have a spaetzle maker. (7+ / 0-)

        A bowl, a fork and your own two hands!

        Sometimes on a no-meat Friday, my Mom got a wild hair and made a couple dozen apfelstrudels.
        Have an apfelstrudel for supper.
        Go ahead, have another.
        She did this with crepes too.
        Eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, sugar and a jigger of vanilla extract: This is what heaven is made of.
        I ate until I thought I would bust. Ever eat 11 crepes at a sitting? With butter and powdered sugar?
        Want some jam on that?
        She was a devout Catholic, but honestly, forswearing meat on Fridays didn't seem like a big sacrifice.
        I can make crepes just like my Ma's.
        I swear that this is all true. Ask knitolitics

        I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

        by ruleoflaw on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 07:53:05 PM PST

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        •  Indeed (4+ / 0-)
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          I made em with my strainer before, but the holes are sorta small. Aha! I just thought of what to do with an old pan I inherited from the previous owner of my house! Wunderbar!

        •  apfelstrudel (5+ / 0-)

          If your mom made that OMG. I've had it from Mader's in Milwaukee once or twice and the real McCoy is simply incredible.

          I've got a German recipe cookbook with a bunch of "testemonial" recipies in it. (I toss a bit of this in and then ya cook it ... some of the instructions are a bit thin on detail.)  I made some German pancakes out of that... a high egg ratio recipe IIRC. If you ate 11 of them that's a full tummy.

          •  I was 13. At that age I could inhale food. (5+ / 0-)

            I was in heaven. I laid on the lawn after supper with my brothers and sisters and our pal Roon (The neighbor kids liked to eat at our house on Fridays. They were always welcome.) We laid there for an hour softly moaning. Then we went swimming.

            We didn't know they were actually called crepes. We called them "big pancakes". My mom knew better, but she liked the name "big pancakes" because it sounded like fun. She was a tiny woman, under 5 feet tall. I think she may have been a changeling.

            Thank you Quicklund, for humoring me in my food-nostalgia.

            Thank you Puddytat, for putting up with my off-topic rambling in your comment thread.

            I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

            by ruleoflaw on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 09:34:00 PM PST

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    •  Oh, stop! That sounds too delicious! (5+ / 0-)

      I get "home-made" ones from my local coop and they are fantastic. No more Johnsonville for me ever (they're too salty anyway).

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