Marines Eat More Than Crayons?

Marines eat more than crayons?

By Matt Khamsihong

European foods like borscht, pelmeni, and blin were a world away from a Kansas kid like me, but that all changed when I joined the Marine Corps. 

Of all the places I could have experienced my first taste of Eastern European cooking, it was during my time as a Marine in Okinawa, Japan, at a restaurant called Perestroika. And one of the first meals I ordered there was “borscht and potato soup,” a thick cream- and butter-based soup combined with fresh meat and a variety of spices. 

The time I spent overseas formed a love for international dishes, but the meals I shared with friends at Perestroika are unforgettable. 

These days my prairie chicken and potato soup takes flavorful Russian influences and combines them with locally hunted ingredients–perfect after a long day outdoors.

Prep Time: 45-60 min.

Servings: 3-4


2-3 prairie chicken breast halves

3-4 large potatoes.

2 packs mushrooms, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

1stalk green onion


1-quart chicken broth

1-pint whipping cream

Cook Preparation:

  1. Place prairie chicken breast into a high wall baking pan and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour enough chicken broth into the pan to keep the prairie chicken moist while in the


  1. Place prairie chicken into a preheated oven set to 250 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Place quartered and diced potatoes, mushrooms, and chopped onion into a large

stockpot on the stove. 

  1. Cover with chicken broth until it sits at the surface level of

vegetables in the pot.

  1. Bring the pot to a rolling boil, then turn the stove down to medium-low heat.
  2. Add two cups of heavy whipping cream to the pot or more depending on desired

consistency and bring back to a boil.

  1. As soon as the potatoes will no longer stick to a wooden skewer stick, the soup is ready.
  2. Cut the prairie chicken into small thin slices or dice into cubes, and serve over a hearty

ladle full of soup.

  1. Garnish with parsley and green onions, and enjoy!