Mailänderli or Milanais (literally translated to “little milano” in English), are traditional Swiss Christmas cookies. The sweet, egg-enriched shortbread cookies have a hint a lemon and are especially fun to make using all shapes and sizes of cookie cutters! A common recipe can be found below… let us know if you have similar family recipes to share!
Ingredients for approximately 50 cookies:- 4 eggs- 1 1/4 cups white sugar- 1 1/8 cups butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm- 1 pinch salt- 4 cups all purpose flour- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest- 2 egg yolks, beaten- seasonal colored sprinkles
1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Blend in sugar and beat until mixture is thick and pale, about 10 minutes. Mix in the melted butter and salt. Gradually fold in the flour and lemon zest. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or, preferably, overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheet.
3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg yolks and decorate with sprinkles.
4. Bake in preheated oven until golden at the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on racks.
This year, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York participated in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)’s annual Convention and World Languages Expo. ACTFL is a member organization with over 12,000 language educators and administrators from across the US whose mission is to provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of foreign languages, at all levels of instruction. The 2013 Annual Convention and World Language Expo took place in Orlando from November 22-24 and was attended by Thomas Schneider and Sandrine Ligabue from our Culture & Education Department.
Switzerland’s unique linguistic diversity is celebrated at the convention. We provide educational material in German, French, Italian, English and Spanish, highlighting the Swiss political and educational system and providing insight into Switzerland’s innovative achievements in art, science, and technology. Many teachers are surprised to find that the history of Switzerland can be taught in Italian language classes, as well as in French and German. This year, we also provided learning resources in multiple languages about the Swiss endeavor Solar Impulse.If you are a teacher and would like to receive free educational material in any of Switzerland’s national languages, please email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDec042013
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Recently we met with Swiss entrepreneur Patrick Freuler, founder of Audicus, an internet platform that aims to make hearing aids more affordable. We first met Patrick at an event hosted at We Work Labs by the Young Professional Committee of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the swissnex Boston New York Outpost. As swissnex notes:The value proposition of Audicus is to provide affordable, designer hearing aids to a broader audience by serving customers directly without the costs of intermediaries. With this new approach the company positions the products as a consumer electronic accessory more than a complex medical device. “The size of the US market for hearing devices is close to 40 million people and it will continue to grow in the coming years,” comments Patrick Freuler. This is mostly due to the increase in use of mp3 devices, like iPods or smart phones, by the younger generations.Founded in 2011, Patrick boot-strapped his online market for hearing aids from his New York apartment. Before Audicus, Patrick worked in the healthcare industry in Switzerland, at McKinsey and Bain Capital, and even co-founded another start-up, Imperdivel, a leading social e-commerce platform in Brazil. He holds BSc. and MSc. in engineering from MIT. Watch our interview with him to hear more about his incredible entrepreneurial story and how he turned an idea into a successfully growing business:Nov262013
The global swissnex network is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The New York outpost was established as a satellite office of swissnex Boston, and pursues the overall mission of connecting the dots between Switzerland and North America in science, education and innovation, with a focus on the Greater New York City area. Recently we interviewed Pierre Dorsaz, who is tasked with launching the New York office. Check out our interview with him at WeWork Labs, the New York co-working space where he’s based!
To celebrate the launch of the New York Oupost, swissnex Boston hosted an event on Swiss Ideas at Bloomberg earlier this week. Read more about it in their blog post, posted below.
What are the impacts of Swiss ideas? Some may say they are delicious chocolate and the world’s most precise watches. While both of these “impacts” may be true and highly enjoyable, the lesser-known impacts are those that drive Switzerland to the top spot on The Global Innovation Index and many other economic rankings.
On November 18, swissnex Boston’s New York Outpost (NYO) and Bloomberg LP host The Impact of Swiss Ideas to create a platform for a night of stimulating talks and dynamic conversations around Swiss innovation.
Opening the event, Susan Kish, Head Cross Platform Initiatives at Bloomberg, welcomed the audience of 200 to Bloomberg’s New York office. As a member of swissnex Boston’s advisory board and with a personal Swiss connection, Kish emphasized the importance swissnex of having a presence in New York at the time of great economic potential.
Kish then introduced swissnex Boston’s director Dr. Felix Moesner, Ambassador François Barras (Consulate General of Switzerland, NYC) and Swiss American Chamber of Commerce CEO Martin Naville to the stage. Ambassador Barras, Mr Naville and Dr. Moesner warmed up the crowd with a pitchfest style presentation of Swiss activities in the New York area and future plans for the swissnex Boston NYO. Laying the ground for the night’s main presentations, NYO Senior Project Leader Pierre Dorsaz took the stage and identified each of the upcoming speakers who would highlight three key components of the Swiss and New York innovation scenes: cutting edge research, access to capital and creativity.
ETH Zurich Computer Science Professor Donald Kossmann kicked off the first of three presentations with a look into big data and its applications for society. Professor Kossmann commented on Switzerland’s lack of natural resources, which leaves the country with one choice for investment – knowledge.
Following big data, the conversation turned towards finding the value in innovation. Helen Oesch, Director at Credit Suisse and University of St. Gallen alumna, took the stage ready to As Director of Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Health Care Group, Oesch discussed different ways of investing in innovation and how that occurs throughout the health care sector. Oesch used the example of investing in drug development and broke the process down, phase by phase, showing where the highest risk-rewards lived.
Closing the night, Tina Roth Eisenberg aka swissmiss, talked with the audience about the labors of love. swissmiss runs her ventures around four core principles – create, play, trust and respect. Leveraging these ideas, swissmiss curates her design blog, organizes monthly breakfast lecture series called Creative Mornings (now in over 60 cities around the world), developed a to-do app called TeuxDeux and has so much fun with her designer temporary tattoo company, Tattly.
Following the presentations, the audience mingled with the speakers, picking their brains further on the topic of Swiss innovation. For the speakers, it was a great opportunity to find out where Switzerland stands in the minds of New Yorkers.
Together with Bloomberg LP, the swissnex Boston NYO stimulated the discussion around Swiss innovation, aiming to generate more awareness around the country’s successful products, dynamic minds and forward-thinking economy.
Keep in touch with swissnex by signing up for their mailing list.Nov222013
Every year the Consulate organizes a cheering post to support the Swiss athletes in the ING NYC Marathon. On Sunday, November 3rd, about 100 Swiss and friends of Switzerland joined us to cheer on the well over 700 Swiss participants in the 2013 race! From our corner on S.1st and Bedford, we distributed red tee-shirts to Swiss supporters, and provided coffee and specially made red-glazed and white-sprinkled doughnuts from Dun-Well in Brooklyn.
The Swiss athletes all performed very well at the race. Another congratulations to Swiss wheelchair racer, Marcel Hug, for winning first place in the Men’s division! Marcel even went to the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell on November 4, 2013, following his Sunday win. In the Women’s division, Swiss wheelchair racer, Manuela Schär, placed third.
On Monday, Consul General, Ambassador Barras, hosted a brunch for some of the Swiss runners at the Residence.It was wonderful meeting the participants who have worked so hard to be here this year. Check out the video, along with photos from the event on Flickr.
Thank you again to all supporters of the Marathon who came to cheer with us at the Swiss Corner! Hopp Schwiiz!A special thank you to the tour operators/running organizations who accompany the Swiss Delegation every year (in alphabetical order):
Hope to see you again next year!Nov192013
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Finding Swiss products in the US can sometimes be a challenge, even in New York City. That’s where SwissFavorites fills a niche. We recently spoke to the Stamford, CT based family business owned by Walter & Theresa Schmidli, Swiss émigrés that strive to bring old world favorites to your doorstep.
If you’re looking for fresh veal Bratwurst or specialty cheeses such as Vacherin or Tête de Moine, SwissFavorites might just have it in store! To see the selection of items, visit: http://stores.swissfaves.com/StoreFront.bokWhether you’re a Swiss expat, someone who’s lived in Switzerland, or a newbie to Swiss cuisine, here are some “authentically Swiss” products that Walter recommends:
What products do you miss the most from Switzerland that are hard to find in the US?Nov072013
- Cheeses, such as Vacherin, Gruyère, Raclette, Tête de Moine, Marechal
- Chocolates, such as Frigor and Cailler
- Condiments, such as Knorr (Aromat), Kressi and Thomy
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