Grandma Ostapyk's Kapusta 
(cabbage soup)

Here's the recipe:
1 small cabbage (if you have medium size only use half)
1 small can sauerkraut
2-3 bay leaves
2 small potatoes
1 small onion
Handful of frozen green peas for colour
Salt & pepper to taste
Chop up cabbage (not too fine) and place in pot with water just enough to cover cabbage. Throw in bay leaves. Boil cabbage until cooked.
DON'T DRAIN COOKED CABBAGE as this forms your soup.
While that's boiling, in a small separate pot cube up the potatoes, cover with water and boil them.
While that's cooking dice up onion and fry that with a little oil or margarine.
When cabbage is cooked add the can of sauerkraut (Don't drain), add cooked potatoes and onions. You can add salt and pepper as you wish.
Once all that is mixed you can have stove on low and throw in the peas.
NOTE: If you wish to have some meat in it you can always cut up some kolbassa or ham. 

Daddio's Mushroom Sauce
Dad makes this tasty sauce for Easter,Thanksgiving & Christmas 
(amazing on turkey,open face turkey sandwiches & chicken)

You will need 
2 cups of sliced mushrooms (I like to mix button and crimini mushrooms)
1 small onion
1 Tbs butter
Flour (around 1 Tbs)
1 cup Milk
Salt & pepper to taste
In a sauce pan melt butter on medium heat, once butter is melted add mushrooms and onions saute until tender.
Add flour to create roux (the flour mix with butter etc gets a little pasty) Don't add too much flour or it'll be gritty.
While still on stove slowly add a milk and continue to stir. It'll start to thicken up. Continue to add milk, constantly stirring, until you get consistency you like for the sauce.
Be careful not to leave on stove unattended as it'll burn.
Add salt & pepper to taste :0)

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