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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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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Living In: Devils Tower, Wyoming, USA
About me:
I began cooking out of necessity. I am German and was travelling the western states for 6 month as a tourist when my pickup broke down on a guest ranch in Wyoming. The ranchers offered me to stay for free if I would cook for their guests. Well, I appreciated the offer but – “Gee”, I said, “I can’t cook.” The ranchers didn’t care and I ended up standing in the kitchen with a raw chicken in my hand while trying to call my mother in Germany and ask her what to do with it. In the following month I used a lot of imagination and benefited from the hours I spend as a kid in my mothers kitchen while she, a highly gifted cook, was preparing meals. Turned out I had a bit of her talent and got some edible meals on the table. This is 7 years ago, I’m still in Wyoming, a country I love, and this year the ranch hired me again for cooking. Lucky guests – with my meanwhile acquired experience and all the recipe ideas on allrecipes.com they are out for some good food on the ranch!

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