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Valentine's Day Pierogis 
Feb. 16, 2010 7:38 am 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2010 4:55 am
Do you remember the first meal you ever cooked for your significant other? Mine was about 6 years ago, and my first meal for now-husband T was Pierogis! I am 100% Polish, and I love to make the dishes that Grandma used to make. I don't make Pierogis often, though, teeny kitchen on the boat, teeny cutting board for rolling out dough. I save them for a special occassion, and that's what I made for T for this Valentine's Day. I made three fillings: sauerkraut with onion, potato with onion, and mushroom with cheese, and halved the recipe so I made 18. Of course this took all afternoon, but it was worth it!
First you make the dough, roll it, and stuff it
Then you boil them a few at a time until they float
And then you pan fry them in butter! Serve with sour cream and applesauce...mmm just like Grandma used to make!
I also served them with a side of pickled beets.

The budget went REALLY well this week...we spent only $46, so we were able to put $59 into the vacation fund! We try to do a budget of $105 for the week, food and drink, and the extra goes for vacation! So this is what we ate:
Sunday: Superbowl party at friends, we brought chips and homemade salsa
Monday: Squash soup and Au Gratin potatoes
Tuesday: Visiting friends took us to dinner at Schnitzel House. We had schnitzel.
Wednesday: Made a pizza with goat cheese, olives, tomato, cilantro, and cheddar
Thursday: Baked Potatoes, I had mine with soup and T had his with steak
Friday: Asparagus and mushroom crepes
Saturday: Tapas- almonds, olives, bread

Our hanging tomato plant is doing great! We still have tons of blossoms and 8 tomatoes that I hope to be eating soon!
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Feb. 16, 2010 8:00 am
OK, now I've got to try to make these! I think we have about the same amount of space to cook in...great blog, as usual,'ll have to send me a postcard from where ever you take your next vacation!!
Feb. 16, 2010 8:11 am
Next vacation is in 2 weeks! A week in New Orleans and a week in Mexico...I am on crunch-time for the budget!
Feb. 16, 2010 8:18 am
P.S. Write me at and I'll send you a postcard!
Feb. 16, 2010 8:30 am
how cool, I will definately do that! Maybe we'll save up for next vacation to come where you are! LOL!
Feb. 16, 2010 10:03 am
Your pierogis look AMAZING!! I might have to give them a try. The mushroom and cheese caught my eye, so I might have to make a test run soon :) Thanks for a cool idea!
Feb. 16, 2010 4:30 pm
Oo, those look good! I've never made perogis! What do you use for your dough recipe? :)
Feb. 17, 2010 3:06 am
I didn't use a specific recipe agg, one 8 oz container sour cream, and enough flour to make a soft dough!
Feb. 17, 2010 3:06 am
oops...that's one EGG
Feb. 17, 2010 8:12 am
I love perogis! The one that caught my eye was the sauerkraut and onion one. Do you rinse your kraut? Saute your onion? Come on Barb, spill your info. We all love them here too and I haven't made them for a long time, I may just have to give it a go sometime this week. I do have leftover sauerkraut to use up, so this might be just the ticket.
Feb. 17, 2010 11:14 am
haha...sorry I am so bad with the details! No, I don't rinse the kraut, or saute the onion, just mince it. Oh, I did drain the kraut for a couple hours.
Feb. 18, 2010 10:52 am
If you don't mind one more question, how do you make the mushroom and cheese filling? I have made Pierogis before but never with that filling, it sounds wonderful.
Feb. 18, 2010 4:26 pm
It was good! I used a jar of canned mushrooms, miced them, and mixed them with a little cream cheese and salt and pepper.
Feb. 19, 2010 8:47 pm
i wish mine looked like that...mine are more mutant you make yours by hand?
Feb. 20, 2010 9:26 am
I do make them by hand, but I use a drinking glass to cut the circle, and a fork to press the seams!
Feb. 23, 2010 6:28 am
Your pierogies look so good. I know nothing about Polish cuisine. My family love empanadas, I think they are very close to pierogies.
Feb. 25, 2010 4:55 am
I'm half polish (mom spoke it) and I love pierogies!!! Never made them myself, just watched aunts and grandma making them. They used "Farmer's Cheese" though. Your's are absolutely beautiful and sound so yummy! Thanks for the photos as they really brought back fond memories.
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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