Author: jmerhar

Where the Odd Couple Oddly Work: Schönwetterfront

Where the Odd Couple Oddly Work: Schönwetterfront

Full disclosure: I’ve never worn a Hawaiian shirt. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been to Hawaii. Or because I don’t like to draw attention to myself. Or perhaps it’s because one of my old, grumpy uncles used to wear them. (Only one of these statements is 

Spelt Pumpkin Bread (Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen)

Spelt Pumpkin Bread (Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen)

I discovered Hildegard on accident, while hiking. You can read about the encounter HERE. 1 ½ cups spelt flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1 cup 

From Proust to Prost: Trink Magazine

From Proust to Prost: Trink Magazine

Proud to have a piece I wrote about a special Wiesbadner included in Trink Magazine. Prost, to Holger ~

Tasting Notes: Chardonnay

Tasting Notes: Chardonnay

My taste buds told me I was drinking the scent of wisteria at its peak and peaches faintly past their prime. The wine carried the burden and exuberance that accompanies transitions. The golden liquid with legs’ enchantment resided in what it implied, but never explicitly 

Martina’s Fantasy Blueberry Cake

Martina’s Fantasy Blueberry Cake

This recipe was gifted to me by a beautiful woman from Bechtheim, Germany. Martina’s delicious “Fantasy Blueberry Cake” was served when I interviewed her daughters, Janine and Jasmin. I followed her instructions precisely and was left with a beautiful tender cake topped with billows of 

A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters

Like the gnarled wines four generations have planted, nurtured and cultivated in the Rheinhessen village of Bechtheim, sisters Janine Brüssel and Jasmin May were bestowed the ingredients to not only thrive, but flourish. You would be hard pressed not to fall in love with these 

Manhattan, Straight Up!

Manhattan, Straight Up!

I can still hear her wobbly voice as she’d whisper with a coquettish grin, “I’ll have a Manhattan, straight up!” This octogenarian and her husband reserved the same table every Wednesday evening at the country club where I waited tables in Upstate New York. I’ll 

Wiesbaden: House Hunting Vignettes

Wiesbaden: House Hunting Vignettes

It was a bit of a shock waking up to an email saying our landlords were moving back to Germany from Switzerland. Covid. Who could blame them for wanting to come back to their home, since borders have been mostly closed since last year? “Home”, 

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes W/ Biscoff Buttercream

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes W/ Biscoff Buttercream

Cookie Butter Buttercream Ingredients: -1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature) -1 cup Biscoff Cookie Butter (smooth, not crunchy) -2 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted is best) -3 Tablespoons heavy cream (room temperature) Instructions: In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until 

My German Gingerbread

My German Gingerbread

This cake is pure comfort and purely comforting. Be prepared, it will ensconce your home with the warm aromas of Autumn. Enjoy.   ½ cup white sugar ½ apple sauce 1 egg 1 cup molasses 1 ½ cups spelt flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons