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A fundraiser with flavor

Beighey said one of the recipes that comes mostly from her own kitchen is the kotlety. She said that although it is similar to a hamburger, it has some delicious differences.

"It's a much finer texture, like if you put onions in, rather than chopping them you grate them so that you have the juice of them in the meat," she said.

Beighey credits parish member Nina Fedorov with the vareneki recipe.

Beighey said she has some concerns that the current state of the economy will prevent some families from coming out and spending money at Taste of Russia. The eat-in price for dinner is $5 and consists of one entrEe, a potato and bread. Any additional meats will be an extra $3. All food will be available frozen for purchase as well.

But if this year's turnout is anything like last year's of 200 people, Jernakoff said, then the church will not have a problem.

"I'm usually in the kitchen, but last year, I was coming out of the kitchen, and I was blown away. I had never seen so many people in a hall," said Beighey.

"We started serving at 11 [a.m.], at 12:20 [p.m.] we had no food."

While Beighey will most likely not spend much time outside of the kitchen during Taste of Russia, Jernakoff said there will be some entertainment for those who are enjoying their food.

"The young people will be singing. They'll do that during the time that people are sitting and eating," she said. Jernakoff said the songs they will be singing will be a mix of both folk songs and religious songs.

While the food is being served, patrons will also be able to get a tour of the church, which is located at 617 Sand Creek Road.

For information about the event, call 785-6780 or 869-3932, or visit the Web site at www.albanyrocor.org.""

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