Lily Kelting

Writer-editor-academic by day. Theatregoer and -maker by night. Grilled cheese sandwiches and bad puns all the time. More nonsense @lilykelting.
This German Mulled Wine Is the Coziest, Most Heartwarming Holiday Drink
Look to the people who survive winters with only a few hours of sunlight each day for the coziest winter drink.
Dec 5, 2023
10 German Dishes and How to Pronounce Them
The German language is full of potential pitfalls and missteps, some more innocuous than others. J.F.K. might have said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” but no one really thought he was a jelly donut. In fact, in Berlin, a donut is actually a Pfannkuchen, which translates as “pancake,” and if you order a Pfannkuchen in Bonn, you’ll get a crepe.
May 24, 2019
5 Things Nearly Every German Has in Her Fridge
First: If you’re imagining a full-sized American fridge, stop right there. Most apartments come only with a mini refrigerator, like the one you probably had in college. My current refrigerator isn’t tall enough to ride a roller coaster. Is it because kitchens are smaller? Is it the fact that Germans don’t refrigerate a lot of things that Americans do? Who knows why, but it means that the few items that earn a permanent place in the fridge are chosen all the more carefully.
May 24, 2019
The Best German Liqueur You’ve Never Heard Of
Everybody knows about Jägermeister, but what about other German herbal alcohols? As it turns out, Jäger is only the tip of the iceberg. Kräuterlikör, or herbal liqueurs, have been around since the middle ages when monks developed alcoholic concoctions to combat various ailments. Some people actually liked the medicinal taste and a tradition was born.
May 24, 2019
The Ingenious German Way to Do Dinner
German food evokes strong opinions. Encased meats, starchy noodle and potato dishes, and pickled things — it’s not exactly the sexiest food. Although, I might argue, what’s not to love about encased meats, starchy noodle and potato dishes, and pickled things? (Not to mention, there’s a whole lot more to German food.) Regardless of your feelings about German food in general, there is one German food tradition that is completely ingenious: Abendbrot.
May 24, 2019
This $5 Plastic Container Changed How I Eat Dinner
There are many ways living in Germany has changed my life, but the greatest change came from a most unexpected source: a cheese box. How has a five-Euro plastic container made such a huge impact on my dinner habits and well-being? And what makes a cheese box so superior to a dedicated cheese drawer in your refrigerator? A cheese box is ingenious because you can fill it with cheese from the market and put it straight on your dinner table — that’s why.
May 24, 2019
Is the Döner Kebab More German than Currywurst?
Germany is, of course, known for its Wurst. But its sausage obsession goes beyond your standard Brats. There are Knackwursts and Bierwursts, Liverwursts and Weisswursts, and in Berlin, where I live, the most street-food snack love goes to Currywurst. But sausage isn’t the only meaty treat in town. For disco-loving Berliners, the preferred late-night repast is actually the Döner Kebab. But which is better? Read on — and decide for yourself.
May 24, 2019
Pumpernickel Is Just One of Germany’s 3,240 Breads
Germany’s baking heritage is a big deal. In 2014, the Central Association of German Bakers petitioned UNESCO to add German baking to the list of “intangible cultural heritages.” In 2015, three Saxon bakers were added to the list. It makes sense: After all, a traditional German meal plan stars bread at least two meals a day, typically Frühstück (or breakfast) and Abendbrot, which translates as “evening bread.
May 24, 2019
Glühwein Is the Taste of Christmas in Germany
When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we’re bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own. When the sun starts to set at 4 p.m. and the grass is frosty in the morning, it can be difficult to look on the bright side (there are so few hours of sunlight, after all!). But there’s a silver lining to this dark and chilly season: mulled wine.
May 24, 2019