In 2001 I moved from Hamburg, Germany to Maine - following my heart.

It's easy for a North German to feel at home in Maine: water, wind, waves, and non-talkative locals in rubber boots who, like real Hamburgers, like to draw out the syllable -er to -aah.

We Mainers are not only smart, we are "Mainaahs" - and "wicked smaaht!"

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

A beautiful countryside, plus lobsters and blueberry pie - what's not to love about that?

Only one thing was missing in the land of Wonderbread - a good, hearty loaf!

Therefore I started baking my own. Meanwhile, I don't only feed my husband, I also supply our local natural food store with crusty breads and rolls.

No, you can't live too long in Maine!


  1. Hi Karin,
    I'm a fellow German that somehow got to Maine. I originate from Potsdam though and live in the Houlton area (Monticello). When I moved to the States I prepared myself with a Brotbackbuch, that has served me well. I baked many loaves of bread for my family and then got complacent and stopped. Now I'm getting back on track and the first thing I did was make my own starter.

    1. Das ist ja nett!
      Mittlerweile gibt es zwar ein paar gute Bäckereien in Maine, aber sie sind doch noch recht spärlich gesät. In Houlton bin ich bisher nur auf der Durchfahrt nach St. Andrews gewesen (in Potsdam war ich öfters). Wie kommst du denn mit den Wintern dort "oben" zurecht?

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    1. Thanks, Anuj, this really made my day :)