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Nine countries comprise Western Europe. France, of course, gave us haute cuisine and the restaurant and created a gastronomic field for talking about food. Knowledge of food and wine seems almost part of the French character. Next door, German cuisine favors meat and potatoes. Known for beer, Germany’s Riesling wines also rank among the world’s best. Austria is also a strong wine country. Gruner Veltliner is a signature Austrian wine. Famous for Wienerschnitzel, pastries, and coffee culture, Austrian cuisine was built on Hungarian and Czech traditions (resulting in goulash, for example), along with German influences. Belgium is known for French fries (mussels and frites), beer, chocolate, and waffles. Belgian cuisine often has a French inflection. Switzerland is no slouch in chocolate- and cheese-making. For dinner, a resident of Zurich might enjoy veal simmered with mushrooms in a cream sauce served over fried grated potatoes (rosti).

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Home Town: Nijkerk, Gelderland, Netherlands
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I am married and have 4 boys, who are always hungry. We have lived in South Africa,Indonesia and now again in the Netherlands. I learned a lot about food and recipes in all the different countries we've lived in.I really enjoy to try out new recipes from all over the world, and my men are always willing to taste...No picky eaters here.

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Real German Baked Apples

Reviewed on Dec. 17, 2014 by Luesi   view full review
This is not a "Real German Bratapfel"!! I don't know where you got this recipe from but using...


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Macaroni doesn't belong anywhere near slumgullion! Try potatoes instead.

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I thought this was great! I asked my 7 year-old if he liked them. He said "I didn't like them,...

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