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Sally Ayotte's South Pole Chocolate Chip Cookies (Antarctica)


"This recipe is from week 10 of my food blog, "Travel by Stove." I am attempting to cook one meal from every nation on Earth, and Antarctica is my 10th stop (yes I know Antarctica is technically not a country, but I do love a challenge). These cookies are so famous that Air National Guard pilots have been known to detour to the South Pole just to get some." ~ Sally Ayotte


Created by food blogger, Sally Ayotte, these South Pole Chocolate Chip Cookies (Antarctica) are mmm delicious!

Thanks to Jaymie, our Merchandise Coordinator, everyone at our Quark office had the pleasure of satisfying their sweet tooth. Enjoy!


Yield: 3-4 dozen

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
2/3 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup nuts, chopped (I used peanuts and cashews)



1) First, cream the butter and the two kinds of sugar.
2) Now add the eggs and the vanilla.
3) In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Then add to the sugar/butter/egg mixture and blend until a soft dough forms.
4) Add the chips and the chopped nuts.
5) Drop the dough by teaspoons onto a baking sheet, about two inches apart. The recipe doesn't say to grease the baking sheet, but my cookies stuck pretty badly so I would definitely put a little butter on the pan next time I make these.
6) Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the bottom edges are lightly browned.




Follow the leader!


Can you keep up? Hurry! These chinstrap penguins are strutting in fine form and will not wait for you to take their picture!


Thanks to passenger "Dan O" for snapping this timely photo from one of our Antarctica Voyages in February 2009.







Stay Safe With Quark Expeditions


When you book your next voyage with Quark Expeditions, you can rest assured that you are traveling with one of the most responsible and safety-conscious companies in the Polar expeditions industry.

In December 2012, Quark became the first (and only) expedition cruise company in the world to complete a third party health and safety assessment. Quark successfully demonstrated conformity to the highly respected British Standard BS 8848, in an evaluation undertaken by the Young Explorers’ Trust, an independent third party assessor. Some of those aspects evaluated related to passenger safety and comfort, including Quark's expedition leader team and their experience, training and skills, our expedition staff to passenger ratio, emergency procedures, and Quark’s on board environmental practices.

YET British Standard 8848 Corporate Conformity 2013


Shackleton & Scott voyage to Antarctica with Quark


Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) and Falcon Scott (grandson of Robert Falcon Scott) are currently on Quark’s 11-day Antarctic Explorer voyage, February 9, 2013, Ocean Diamond Voyage to Antarctica. Their first landing in Antarctica took place on Feb. 12th , 2013 and Scott and Shackleton were on the continent together for the first time. A film crew from NBC's Today Show caught them shaking hands and Scott said to Shackleton "Welcome to my continent", which got lots of laughs and set the tone for the landing.

Both are guest lecturers as part of Quark’s exclusive Experts in Residence Program. Their lectures will add an extra layer of interest and insight to the voyage and will afford passengers the opportunity to experience the expedition in an intimate and conversational environment.

Stay tuned for more photos & updates about the voyage and airing dates for the NBC program.






About Jonathan Shackleton: Jonathan Shackleton is a leading expert on the life and achievements of Ernest Shackleton and authored Shackleton: An Irishman in Antarctica and The Shackletons of Ballitore (1580-1987).

About Falcon Scott : Falcon Scott maintains a longtime interest in the Antarctic and his grandfather's expeditions, and recently spent more than one month in Antarctica working with New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust to weather-proof his grandfather’s famous expedition base hut.


Adventurous travelers explore Antarctica by paddle


Quark offers a wide variety of Adventure Options for those travelers who want a bit more action during their expeditions. Kayaking is a popular choice that offers an intimate way to explore the polar regions. Paddle yourself through the clear waters and don’t be surprised if you are followed by curious wildlife along the way. This photo is of Quark Passenger from the US and our Kayak Guide, Scott McCormack, both enjoying their afternoon in Antarctica.



No zoom lens required


Photographers at all skill level will be amazed at how up-close & personal you can get with the wildlife. Just take a seat and let them come to you. Quark offers Photography Focused Cruises so you can travel with a pro who shares their secretes to taking great photos in this unique environment.



Happy Valentine's Day!


Spend the day with your mate.



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