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October food and Oktoberfest – sure is Del.icio.us

Posted by: msunada | October 18, 2007 Comments Off |

fifth blog entry


Hi, all.
It’s getting rainy and cold out and it’s the kind of weather that makes you want to stay inside with some hot chocolate. Or some fresh-baked bread. Or some Apfelpfannkuchen, or Leberknoedel. That is to say, it’s a great time for German cooking, and with this long midsemester weekend, maybe you can whip up something tasty! Check out German recipes at http://www.recipesource.com/ethnic/europe/german/indexall.html, or Austrian recipes at http://www.recipesource.com/ethnic/europe/austrian/. And to start you off, here’s one that looks good for the season:
Title: GLUEHWEIN
Categories: Beverages, German, Liqueur
Yield: 8 servings
32 oz Dry red wine
1/4 c Orange juice
2 tb Lemon juice
Spiral orange peel
Stick cinnamon
4 Cloves
8 tb Sugar
1/3 c Rum
Combine wine, juice, peel, cinnamon, cloves and 4 Tbl sugar in
saucepan. Simmer 8-10 minutes; strain into punch bowl. Heat rum
slightly. Place remaining sugar in large metal spoon or ladle. Light
rum with a match; pour over sugar. Pour burning sugar over punch.
Of course, Willamette does not endorse underage drinking, nor flaming dorms, nor flaming students of any age: so take it off campus, and have a fire extinguisher handy!
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Speaking of Oktober… you may have gone to the Mt. Angel celebration, but unfortunately the real German Oktoberfest is over and done with for this year. I suppose we’ll just have to start making plans to join the other six million people at the next one on September 20, 2008. However, the official Oktoberfest website, at http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/, is quite interesting, with pictures, truly ridiculous souvenirs, and an online woodchopping game. A great way to waste a little time. Did you know that in the Bavarian dialect, “Bopperl” is a nickname for someone dear or special? Or that “Fingahackln” is a popular sport in which men link their fingers and try to pull each other over the table?
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Now you’ve found some great sites for Wienerschnitzel and the biggest fair in the world, you may want to visit them again sometime. But your browser bookmarks are cluttered and you can’t get to them from the library or the Collins lab. This is where Del.icio.us comes in.
Del.icio.us is basically an online website organizational tool that allows you to keep your bookmarks online. You create an account (free, of course!) and add a small icon to the top of your browser window. Then when you happen upon a website that’s worth saving, you simply click the icon. It will ask you to enter tags for the website (for example, “Austrian dessert recipe”) and click save. That way you can create an organizational system for your favorite sites that can be accessed from anywhere.
One of the best parts of this feature is that it’s shared content. That is, if you’re looking for information on Kirschtorte (cherry cake), you can look and see other sites or pages that users have tagged as “kirschtorte”. Since people tag particularly helpful and interesting sites, it’s a good way to filter out unhelpful material and share useful information on topics you like. Of course, for language learners this is a great resource – and for German sites, check out dvanhand’s del.icio.us bookmarks – I guarantee they’ll be helpful.

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