101st Airborne Beer Cheese Soup!

From Mom:

Well, it seems this blog site has not had a recipe posted to it lately and I just got this one from my cousin Jeanette. The list of ingredients seem typical of what Chris and Andrew might keep in stock. Also, since beer is a key ingredient, I thought Chris could experiment with a variety of German beers. He and his friends can do a taste test and let us know which beer added the most favor or if it made any difference at all.

101st Airborne Beer Cheese Soup

1 large can chicken broth
1 medium jar cheese whiz
1 can stale beer (not quite sure why it has to be stale)
cayenne pepper to taste
bacon bits
chopped green onions

Heat broth to boiling; reduce heat and add cheese whiz. Stir until cheese is melted and add beer.
Reheat but do not boil. Top with bacon bits and green onions.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 11:47 pm  Comments (1)  
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German Hot Potato Salad


Some people have been asking, “How is the food in Germany?”.  Well…it is fantastic!  The first German meal I had here I had to hike an hour up a mountain to get and every step was oh so well worth worth it!  I had just come home after one of my grave shifts at around 8am.  That morning it was usually warm and I walked home in only my long sleeve shirt and jeans.  When I opened the door to my room I was surprised not to find Andrew sleep’n away in his bed.  As I walked over to my bed I noticed a sheet of lined paper resting on our table which read: “Chris. I am off to Venice, Italy.  I will be back on Wednesday.  See you later! Andrew”.  Short and sweet.  What a jerk.

After I read that I was determined to have an adventure of my own!  I peered out our window and could not help but gaze up at Kramer, the mountain that sits behind our home.  People were always talking about this halfway house that was up there and how they served good beer and food.  Well, from our window I could not see the house, but I could see this huge Lowenbrau banner they had blowing in the breeze.  Well, that was all the incentive I needed!  I threw on my hiking boots, walked out the door, and started heading towards this mountain.

The hiking trial was icy and steep, but like I said, I was competing with Venice here!  I wasn’t going home until I hiked this thing and had a beer on that porch to celebrate my manhood! It was a decent hike too.  My legs were a burn’n, and my sweat was a drip’n, but man was it a beautiful morning.  Every once and while the trees would spread out and I could catch these amazing views of Garmisch and the snow topped mountains that contain it.  After about an hour of hiking I started to smell diesel exhaust in the air.  I knew I was close and sure enough around the next bend I could see the house and it’s porch.  My legs were in need of rest and my belly in need of food…and beer.  I sat down and ordered a Lowenbrau and what the menu called meatloaf.  It was the only word I recognized on there, so I thought I would go with that.  It turns out to be some pork mixture cut into two fillets with over easy eggs on top.  Delicious by the way.  The point of all this thou is the potato salad that came with my breakfast.  It was, as Grandma would say, “out of this world”!  I can’t tell you of the good mood that meal put me in.  I made some company of a German couple sitting next to me who were particularly entertained by teaching me German and listening to me butcher it.

I was sad to leave that place and the nice people I had met, but I had been up since 6pm the night before and it was about noon when I had left.  The hike down was not much easier than the hike up because now I had to be real careful of the ice and not to slip off a cliff.  When I got home I think I had the best rest I have ever had here.  I had a full belly and not one thought in my head about how wonderful Venice might be; just the potato salad.

WARNING: The following may cause heart attack, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, and other health problems. Make at your own risk.

Hot German Potato Salad
from Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book c.1956

Boil 6 med. potatoes (or a bag of mini potatoes) in their jackets. Peel and slice thinly.

Fry slowly in skillet, then drain on paper…
6 slices bacon

Saute in bacon fat until golden brown…
3/4 cup chopped onion

Blend in…
2 T. glour
1 to 2 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. celery seeds
dash of pepper (needs more than a dash in my opinion)

Cook over low heat, stirring until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in…
3/4 c. water
1/3 c. vinegar

Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Stir in carefully the potatoes and the crumbled bits of bacon. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand until ready to serve.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Published in: on March 10, 2008 at 8:28 pm  Comments (10)  
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The Recyclers: A Rags to Riches Story


So, Andrew and I have this idea…Here at the hotel we are not exactly a lot of bones and as we have found out, one can spend quite a bit of money in Europe with the exchange rate and all. Another aspect of life here that we have noticed is that our fellow colleagues tend to drink their fair share of German beer. But, who can blame them? It is quite tasty! Now, while some connoisseurs do recycle their bottles, there is a small percentage here that don’t. Their bottles just get thrown in one of the numerous glass receptacles scattered around the dorms here. For the past few nights just before the kitchens close, Andrew and I scour the bins in search of loot. Some nights are better than others, but we still collect a substantial amount. I estimate we have anywhere around 40-60 bottles stashed in our room. Not bad for only a few raids. However, here is the kicker. The key our success, as it turns out, will be the euro to the U.S. dollar exchange rate. The local supermarket supplies a machine that collects glass and plastic where we can rid of our bottles and collect our euros. We save up our coin and wait for the day we can take it to the bank! With the money we save we can rent cars on base, shop for food, electronics, clothes and all kinds of stuff! This may not sound exciting to you, but when your make’n eight bucks an hour there ain’t nothing wrong with free money, however little it may be. Today was supposed to be the first day we collected on our investment.  I loaded my backpack and one trash bag full with bottles and took off to the local market that’s on my way to work.  Yup, they were closed.   I had to lug them 45min to work and I looked ridiculous (and like an alchy) doing it with a clanking trash bag and backpack crammed with bottles hanging off my back.  Lucky me I  get to look forward to that same walk home tonight…in the cold.  Oops.

CM out

Published in: on March 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm  Comments (3)  
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