The Face of Intergenerational Trauma

(The following article was published in HuffPo on January 3, 2018) Three years ago today, I spent the day in bed, alternately crying and sleeping. I didn’t want to go anywhere, see anyone, or do anything. My mother had passed away two weeks before, right before...

Schokoladenfisch (Chocolate Fish)

Omi would make this chocolate delicacy every December and send it to my family, as well as a number of other relatives. A specialty of Silesia, which is the German state from which my family comes, Schokoladenfisch requires a fish-shaped mold to turn the chocolate...

Omi Cookies

My grandmother, Omi, never used a recipe. This is the one for my favorite cookies, which I made her dictate to me when I was nine years old. Mutti found a couple of inaccuracies and updated it in 1980. When I was in college, Mutti would bake these for me and pack them...

Milchreis (Milk Rice)

This recipe is a German “Cream of Wheat.” If you’re sick with a cold, there’s really nothing better. Add some berries or peaches or chocolate and you’ll feel better right away! view the...

Birnen und Klöße (Pears and Dumplings)

My favorite dinner as a child, I could smell this cooking in Omi and Opi’s apartment the minute I opened the door to the apartment building. It was the first time I learned how to make a roux to thicken a sauce. I thought it was magic. view the...