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Monday, 29 June 2015

ALASKA CRUISE . . . and UKRAINIAN MUSHROOM & POTATO VARENIKI


So yes . . . put an Alaska cruise on your bucket list, folks.  The HUBBARD GLACIER is something no one should miss!

Pack some books:


and we're on our way . . .





Airport


Anchorage, Alaska

Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House

Who doesn’t need a hug after a nap?


On the Norwegian Sun: A wading pool and hot tub set apart for families:  nice!


Nicole says:  Afternoon Cocktails and Book Readin' with Grandma while "Wumpah" and Kepler get their beauty rest--one of my favourite daily events


Cruising into the bay

No empty space at the rails



  • THE HUBBARD GLACIER
300 feet high; it growls and thunders as it calves 


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The time to serve vareniki (perogies) is before you go on a cruise.  Afterwards, you’ll be delving into your cooking light recipes J.



PEROGIES, MUSHROOM & POTATO
FILLING:

½ pound mushrooms
8 ounce onion
3 tbsp butter
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp thyme (or reduce this to a pinch as the flavor is strong)
½ tsp pepper
1 ½ pounds to 1 ¾ pounds potatoes

·        Finely chop onions.
·        Finely chop mushrooms in food processor.
·        Saute onions in butter for 7 minutes until just beginning to brown.
·        Add mushrooms, salt, thyme, and pepper.  Cook for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.
·        Boil potatoes and put through ricer (or mash them).
·        Stir mushrooms into the potatoes. 

There is enough filling for one batch of very plump perogies:  for DOUGH recipe & instructions see :
*Serve with steamed garlic sausage and sauerkraut salad.  Yum!