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hello Everyone and Welcome to this mornings Cleveland German Radio Show
Now that the Christmas Holidays are about over it is time to look forward to what is coming up in Febuary
and we've got loads of great tips and events for you here. You got this. Ready?

Fasching is already here.
What is Fasching day in Germany
Fasching is also known as 'Karneval' is a season that marks festivities that take place in Germany and other countries before the Lent 40-day fasting period — begins. The carnival season generally begins at the 11th minute of the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month and lasts right through to Ash Wednesday the following year.
Fasching is also known as 'Karneval' or 'Fastnacht Fasching is also called the 'fifth season,' and in today's time, it is considered to be a festival where people celebrate the end of winter.

Also in Febuary start the Fish fry's
During Lent, many groups participate in fish fries involving battered or breaded fried fish. Served every Friday following Ash Wednesday, the meals have become a mainstay for many organizations, who use them to raise money and build community during the season of repentance.
Many clubs will be starting their fish frys soon so stay tuned here to find out the details

And let us not forget the day of Chocolate or what is also known as ST Valentines Day or Valentinstag
It is only since the 1950's and 60's that Valentine's Day has been celebrated in Germany. American military personnel and “Americanization” introduced the custom that grew into a trend here...........I think Elvis Presley had a lot to do with that
Did you know there are 7 days of Valentine?
Each day has a special significance. Here are the days of build-up to Valentine's Day -  #1 is Rose Day that marks the start of Valentine Week., Propose Day is # 2, Chocolate Day, Teddy Day, Promise Day, Hug Day, and Kiss Day is celebrated on February 13, and it is considered a golden day in Valentine's week. This is the day when you express your love for your beloved in the most romantic fashion, where you profess your love through feelings and not words.— and then finally – Valentine's Day!   Alles Liebe zum Valentinstag!
remate song
cgrs word of the day

Someone asked me for this recipe for Raspberry Streusel Cheesecake squares recently. I love that you can bake this one "off season" because it uses fresh or frozen berries.
This cake has everything... tart fruit, sweet crunchy streusel, and a creamy cheesecake layer. (It's worth sacrificing a few eggs for)
These would be absolutely lovely treats for Valentines Day, which is coming up (hint hint husband) or any other spring festivities that you find yourself involved with in the coming days.
They can easily be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to eat, making them ideal if you want to prep ahead for a gathering or get-together.



Do you ever want to give a gift to a friend, but don't know what to give?  Well, why not try making a Herman the German Friendship Cake?  All you have to do is make a Herman the German starter recipe to give to your friends.  I am sure they will love it, and they can then start their own little chain.

Have you ever heard of a Herman friendship Cake before? No? I hadn’t either but a couple of weeks ago a friend gave me a tub of doughy mixture that I was to talk to, stir and nuture for ten days before passing on to four friends and cooking the remains. So instead of chain letter, think chain cake. Sharing is caring and what a lovely gift to give away. Do you want to know more?

A Herman friendship cake is something that money cannot buy,  but you can give it away. Heman is alive . He grows slowly because of the yeast process. It also takes ten days before you can eat him. A Herman friendship cake shouldn’t be put in the fridge and also requires a lid or to be covered by a tea towel. He grows at room temperature.

I did a little googling and came up with the starter recipe for Herman so if you fancy starting your own little chain then you can.
A Herman Friendship Cake Starter Recipe

Is Herman cake German?
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BBC Good Food has a good recipe to start off your Herman the German friendship cake, even though the description is a bit sinister: "You have to keep Herman alive for ten days then bake him and share with friends."

So, why not start your own Herman the German Friendship Cake?  You can find the Herman the German Friendship Cake starter recipe on our Clevelan German Radio Show Facebook Page.


And speaking of Spring Baking, Did you ever try lifting a piece of cake or torte off a plate with a fork or spoon?  As many of you already know, it doesn't work.  The cake falls apart and there is a mess everywhere, plus it doesn't look so attractive when putting it on a plate. What should you use to lift up a piece of pie and place it on a plate? A Tortenheber, of course!

It seems that Germans have a word for everything, even simple objects that do not have a name in English. One such object is the so-called Tortenheber, which translates directly to “cake lifter” or, more indirectly – “cake shovel”. If you don’t know what that is, do not worry – you’ve probably seen one, but can’t think of its name!

A Tortenheber is a tool with a handle and a triangle-shaped surface that is used to pick up a slice of cake or pie and move it onto a plate. This makes it easy to serve cake to a large group of guests – especially when the cake is dry and falling apart. It also prevents servers from having to use their fingers or other tools to serve slices of cake.

Search for a pie spatula, pie lifter, cake server,  cake shovel or any other variation online and you will find photos of a Tortenheber. Luckily, Germans are less likely to get confused when asking for one at the store, since they have a word that clearly defines this highly specific kitchenware.


Ich wuensche Euch
so viel Glueck
wie der Regen
Tropfen hat.

Ich wuensche Euch
so viel Liebe
wie die Sonne
Strahlen hat.

Ich wuensche Euch
so view Freude
wie der Himmel
Sterne hat.


Ich wuensche Euch
einen schoenen
Start in dem Januar
Wohin Ihr auch geht
geh mit Euren Herzen
Frisches Jahr
Frischer Monat
Frische Energie
vor uns
liegen 365 Neue Tage
Neue Chancen
Neue Hoffnungen
die Welt
ein bisschen besser zumachen.
Wir wuenschen Euch
eine Stressfreie Zeit
Liebe Gruesse von uns

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Happy New Year Everyone! 

I don't know about you, but I am glad it's 2023, as last year was tough for everyone all around for so many reasons and had its fair share of ups and downs - but good or bad, these experiences have shaped who we are today and who we will be in the future.While there were good things that happened, I felt I was too busy catching up and adding more activities and commitments to my life.

Now that Winter has settled in over Northeast Ohio and is here to stay for quite some time.  Even if it's not our favorite season--after all, it's the one that brings months of slippery roads, shoveling snow and frigid temperatures--it's still a great time to get outdoors and have fun with our family.  Besides, any excursion that ends with hot cocoa by a warm fire is bound to be a crowd pleaser, right?

With the snow coming, the area's parks turn into a winter wonderland that abounds with adventure for patients and kids, from toddlers to teens.  Another family favorite is looking for a new sledding hill location, or try something new and have everyone strap on a pair of snowshoes. Either way, you can plan a fun family outing this winter.  Let us know what kind of fun family ideas you have for this winter?  Share with everyone on our Cleveland German Radio Facebook Page so we can all have fun!

So, this is the year to keep it simple in all aspects.

In the CGRS and our Facebook page, we will be doing the exact same thing, giving a little more space to breathe and really hone in on the issues people are facing in this post-Covid era.

I just wanted to say how much we appreciate you, the listeners.  I know, I am excited for this freesh start and knowing the future has to be a little brighter.  This is Ambassador Renate und..........

This is Ambassador Renate und.......