By: Kurosh Nouri
Why did they leave Germany?
What difficulties did they have on the journey?
What jobs were Germans hoping for in America?
- Mill Worker
- Railroad Worker
- Factory Worker
What were the fist years in America like for the Germans?
What traditions did the Germans bring with them?
Karneval is the celebration before Lent (a time to give something up that you really like) which leads to Easter. During Karneval people dress in costumes and parades are everywhere on the streets.
Most of the things we do to celebrate Christmas come from German traditions. Christmas trees, nutcrackers, advent calendars, gingerbread houses and songs like Silent Night and Oh Christmas Tree all started in Germany.
Spätzle (German dumplings/noodles) Recipe
You will need (for 6-8 portions):
7 Cups plain flour
In addition you will need some seasoning such as ground pepper or sweet red pepper powder.
You will also need the tool to make the Spätzle – this is called a “Spätzlepresse” and is similar to a potato ricer, so you could try using one of those.
Break the eggs into a large bowl. Add the salt. Now slowly add the flour and seasoning and stir with a spoon until the mixture is firm with small bubbles.
Now prepare a large pot of bowling water.
Through the press
Load the Spätzlepresse with the mixture and hold it over the saucepan. Now press the mixture through the press so that the Spätzle land in the water. Cut off with a knife if necessary.
The Spätzle will sink and then rise. Once risen, leave for 2 minutes and then remove from the water with a sieve. Place them in a covered bowl.
They can now be served in this form as a side dish.
Interesting Fact 2
**My great great great grandfather came from Germany to Pennsylvania and was also a Pennsylvania Dutch. Later, his son moved to Wisconsin to start a family.**