From sausages like bratwurst and pickled foods (sauerkraut), to spiced desserts (lebkuchen Christmas cookies), German cuisine brings to us a wealth of foods that have become popular in the States. Meat plays an important role in German cuisine, so it’s not surprising that they have an amazing slow marinated and slow cooked meat recipe (sauerbraten) that also includes a rich, flavorful wine sauce. Herbs and spices used to flavor foods tend toward the slightly sweet, sour and bitter variety. Juniper berries, caraway seeds, marjoram and bay are signature German flavors, as is summer savory, which perfectly pairs with beans. Try summer savory in this tasty green bean salad with bits of bacon, onion and tomatoes.