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Beef Stroganoff


Well, I’m finished with Baking and Pastry school, and decided I wanted to get back to this blog. I’ve missed it, but going to school, then doing my externship, and entering the working world has been a challenge for me. I’m 49, am married and have been a stay-at-home mom for the last 23 years. It’s hard, but I’m grateful for each day I get the privilege of waking up. I have more aches and pains, and move slower than my younger classmates, but they keep me young, and I love the friendships that I’ve made with them and many of the chef instructors, too. So, what to say about this recipe? Wow! What a great and easy dinner! If you cut your onions ahead of time and buy pre-sliced mushrooms it’ll be even faster.


12-oz package of Extra Broad Noodles

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 TBLS butter

2 (8-oz) packages fresh sliced mushrooms. I prefer baby Bellas!

1 small sweet onion, diced

2 clove garlic, minced

1.75 pound flank steak cut into thin strips across the grain.

4 TBLS flour, divided

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2-1/2 cups beef broth

3/4 cup sour cream (regular or low-fat)

2 TBLS tomato paste

1 tsp paprika

2 TBLS chopped Italian parsley


1. Prepare noodles according to package directions.

2. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet. You don’t have to use butter, but I think it gives it great flavor.

3. Season beef with S&P. I also used onion powder. Sauté the strips. Do them in batches if you need to prevent overcrowding. Brown quickly on both sides, about 1-2 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Remove and Set aside.

4. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic to skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until vegetables are almost tender. Add 2TBLS of the flour and cook for a couple minutes. Remove and add to beef.

5. Combine sour cream, tomato paste, paprika and remaining 2 TBLS flour in a bowl. Pour about 1/2 cup of the hot broth into the sour cream mixture, and stir well. Pour the sour cream mixture back into the skillet, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Stir in reserved beef/mushroom mixture and heat through, Just a couple minutes. Serve over noodles, and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

enjoy!  🙂

Wild Mushroom Risotto


We learned how to make risotto the “real” way this week in culinary school. Risotto sort of gets a bad rap for being pretty labor intensive, but really it only adds about an extra 10 minutes or so of standing there monitoring it and adding liquid 1/2 cup at a time. Some add 1 cup, but I add less and also cook on a lower temperature. The reason is that it enables the starches in the rice to come out slowly, creating a creamy texture, and not simply mush, which is pretty much what you’ll get if you add all the liquid at once or too quickly. I use Arborio rice. It is an Italian short-grain rice. This is a perfect rice for risotto due to its high amylopectin starch content. Rices with a high starch content taste “starchy.” However, they blend really well with other flavors which covers it. That is why wine, and broth work beautifully with risotto, and not water. If you can’t find arborio you can substitute another short or medium grain rice with a high starch content. I’ve heard that white sushi rice works well, but I haven’t tried it.

  • 7 cups broth (added 1/2 cup at a time)
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1-2 lbs. variety of mushrooms (I used Portobello, white and shitake)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 TBL garlic or to taste
  • 3 TBLS. oil
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano
  • 2 TBL. minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Sauté mushrooms until soft, set aside
  2. Sauté onions
  3. Add rice and stir, then cook for a few minutes. You are trying to toast the rice.  Basically, doing this keeps the starches from coming out too quickly and ruining the texture of your risotto.
  4. Now, add your wine and wait a minute or two until it’s absorbed. Yes, stir it.
  5. Keep adding and stirring your liquid 1/2 cup at a time, waiting for each to be absorbed before adding the next. By the time you’ve added all the broth your rice is done. This takes about 20 minutes. No need to set a timer really. My stove is electric <groan> and I kept it set on 5 once I added the rice, after sautéing.
  6. Once your rice is done, add mushrooms, parsley and cheese. Save a little parsley and cheese to garnish your yummy risotto.

My kids were begging for third helpings, but I told them I needed to pack some for my daughter’s lunch tomorrow. My son was NOT pleased… LOL.

I’m not very good at writing recipes, ingredients in order and instructions, but I am learning, so bear with me, please 🙂