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Gasthaus Edelweiss
As he was preparing to take her to America for the first
time as his bride, Edwin Carter made no grandiose
promises to 16-year-old Ingrid Pfeiffer.
"Lots of GIs told German girls all kinds of stories,"
remembers Ingrid. "But he was quiet. I had no illusions. When I got to America, though, it was like
going to Disney World."
Edwin never promised Ingrid he'd build her a restaurant from the ground up, with his own hands, but
one day he would do just that. There wasn't much talk
about eating out in war-torn, battle-tired Berlin during the Carters' courtship on the western side of the
divided city.
What Ingrid and Edwin did talk about, though,
was getting by. How Germans saved every potato peeling. How they traded linens that had survived the
bombings for those potatoes.
They didn't talk cooking, because Ingrid didn't
know how to do much more than boil the water they
had to lug home from the street corner, where horses
used to drink, since the bombed-out pipes still hadn't
been repaired. But she had watched her mother
Charlotte season and marinate sauerbraten. She had
taken mental notes as her mother chopped eggs and
diced tomatoes for her own amalgamated version of
German potato salad.
"Mother could make miracles out of nothing. After
the war, that's what you had to do."
Ingrid knew there'd come a time when she'd want
to recreate the sweets and sours of her mother's
kitchen. Gradually, with practice on pots of red cabbage and platters of potato dumplings, it all came
back, and on May 13, 1987, the Carters put out the

"Wilkommen" sign in front of their very own German
restaurant, Gasthaus Edelweiss, near the railroad
tracks in the Southwest Virginia mountain community of Weber City.
Between shifts in the lab at Eastman Chemical
Company, across the Tennessee line in Kingsport,
Edwin built the pitched-roof, cottage-style restaurant
by himself.
Ingrid's food is solidly German. Catch Gasthaus
Edelweiss on the right day and you can surround your
schnitzel with a pile of her parsley-sprinkled noodles
called spätzle.
Cabbage comes in two forms at Gasthaus
Edelweiss; as thinly shredded, wine-soaked sauerkraut, listed on the menu as weinkraut, and as the
sweet and sour, deep purply red rotkohl.
Potatoes are always on Ingrid's menu. The Berliner
potato salad is cold and prepared with cream, and the
Bavarian is warm and made with vinegar, oil and
bacon.
Ingrid does all the baking - usually three or four
central European desserts each day. She makes streusel
with plums, streusel with apples, orange crème torte,
mocha rum torte, and a dessert she says every German
knows how to do - a fruit tart.
Germany is never far away from Ingrid's thinking. It's there in her plates of rouladen - sirloin
sliced thin, filled with pickles and mustard, rolled,
browned in butter and sauced. It's there in the
shards of the Berlin Wall in a glass case below a 50th
anniversary wedding vase, a gift from the local
German club.
Ingrid thinks often about her mother's sacrifices
in the days after World War II, and the death of her
father Hans, a professional bookbinder, probably
somewhere in Poland, where his last letter to his family was postmarked. After the adversity, suffering and
deprivation she'd lived through, Ingrid opened
Gasthaus Edelweiss as a way to bring delight into her
newly adopted mountain home and to honor the
proud culinary traditions of the place she left behind
as a new bride in 1954.
INGRID CARTER'S KÖNIGSBERGER KLOPSE
GERMAN MEATBALLS WITH LEMON-CAPER SAUCE

Meatballs:
½ cup finely chopped onions
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound ground beef
½ pound ground pork
2 tablespoons parsley
2 eggs
Enough breading, like broken pieces of light bread,
to hold meatballs together
Pepper and salt to taste
Sauté onions in butter until opaque. Mix with remaining ingredients and form into 2-3-inch-size meatballs.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
Letters/Worth a Click
From the Editor
Creature Feature
From the Farm
Great Home Buys
Digital Help Guide
Mountain Report
The Hike
Festivals & Events
Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Letters/Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Great Home Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 31
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
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