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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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I was born in Germany and grew up in Maryland and am now back in Germany, hence the German recipe! I'm currently a graduate student and have limited cooking space and time.

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