December 10, 2014


On the Menu Today~

A Christmastime German Classic~
German Christmas Mulled Wine~
Christkindl Mulled Wine~

Pronounced "GLU-vine"
Is a hot mulled wine made from red wine and
spiced with cinnamon, clove, orange and lemon peel.
The name Glühwein literally means "Glow Wine" and
gets its origins from the hot irons once used for mulling.
It's the traditional beverage served at Christmas Markets.
Glühwein is served during the cold winter months in Germany to keep warm.

Even though Dresden has the oldest Christmas Market in Germany,
Nuremberg's is the most well known.
One of the largest and the most authentic.

The stalls are made from natural products and
everything sold at the market is hand-made and/or made (produced) locally.
Plastic, artificial garland boughs or
anything else artificial is a no no.
Nuremberg's Christmas Market Committee takes great care and
pride in making sure that everything made and used is "real and natural"

When most people think of Nuremberg they think of World War II and
the infamous war crime trials that took place in Nuremberg between 1945 and 1946.
German officials who participated in the Holocaust were brought to Nuremberg to answer and
to pay for their crimes.
The city of Nuremberg was chosen
mainly due to the fact that the Nazi Party held their rallies there and
laws were passed there which determined the ill-fate of the Jewish people.

Despite this dark chapter in Nuremberg's history,
the town has been rebuilt and restored since World War II.
Nuremberg is rich in history that involves more than this dark chapter in its history.

Glühwein is a traditional, warm drink enjoyed during the Advent period,
the four Sundays before Christmas.
Christmastime is the time of year when in Germany and
throughout parts of Europe that you indulge in the magic of Christmas to its fullest.
For that reason you will see typical Christmas Markets,
better known as Christkindlmarkt,
selling Glühwein or Mulled Wine.

Christmas Markets are a way for friends and
family to spend time together during the Christmas Season.
Families stroll through the Christkindlmarkt,
sipping warm Glühwein while snow is silently falling...
Listening to carolers sing Christmas songs,
Admiring the beautiful sights and
Sounds of this magical time of year....
All amid the delicious smells of the Christkindlmarkt.

Glühwein is served in a ceramic mug or boot.
Each mug or boot is different from:
Town to town,
Market to market,
Stand to stand.
The mugs or boot are mean to be returned but
for an extra euro or
for an extra $1.00 at the Old World Christmas Market,
that I attended in Elkhart Lake WI,
you can keep it for a souvenir.
Each year,
a new mug or boot comes out,
so you can keep adding to your collection,
while staying nice and warm.

Delicious, warm Glühwein pairs well with gingerbread cookies, cakes and stollen.
Lebkuchen is a traditional German Spice cookie baked for Christmas.
These tasty, spicy, iced cookies are slightly crisp around the edges and
the middle is soft and chewy.
I hope to make a batch of Lebkuchen cookies before Christmas...

I sampled a delicious ginger snap cookie,
At the Old World Christmas Market called:
Nyåkers Peppar Kakor Cookies.

These little, spicy, heart shaped cookies were absolutely delicious.
Nyåkers Peppar Kakor Cookies are found at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik,
Located in Sister Bay WI.
You can order these lovely cookies online and
they come in a decorative tin which is perfect for gift giving.

Never heard of Al Johnson's?
Al Johnson's Restaurant is a Swedish Restaurant that is known as:
"The restaurant where the goats graze on the sod roof atop this casual log cabin eatery,
that serves traditional Swedish fare."
If you ever get a chance to visit Door County WI,
make sure to stop at this well-known Wisconsin restaurant,
You will be so glad you did!

Wine for Glühwein:
Red wine is most commonly used in Germany,
However in southern parts of Germany and in Austria,
white wine is very popular.
Apple-wine is also used in some areas.
Wine should be medium dry to dry and
choose a good quality wine.
For a White Glühwein, try a Riesling and
For a Red Glühwein use a Spatburgunder.

German Gluhwein

  • 8 whole cardamom pods
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon whole anise seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 6 cups red wine
  • 1 orange cut into thin slices
  • sugar, to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Slice the cardamom pods, open. Combine cardamom, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, anise seeds and coriander seeds. Use a large square of double thickness of cheesecloth, place the spice mixture in the middle. Fold up the sides, forming a pouch. Tie the top closed using thread or a piece of culinary string. Add red wine and the spice bag to a large non-reactive pan. Gently heat just to the boil, reduce heat to low and add orange slices.
  2. Cook this for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Remove spice bag, sweeten with sugar to taste.
A Crock-pot works wonderful for making and serving Glühwein.

Enjoying The Old World Christmas Market held at the Oshoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI

Pulled Pork Served on a Pretzel Roll with Dusseldorf mustard and
Apple Strudel in Vanilla Sauce~
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