Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Daughters's Cooking Lesson



We have been holding cooking lessons now and then this summer, at Megan's request. She has made a list of all the recipes that she would like to learn how to cook and we are working our way through it. These are the old standards - the recipes that I mostly know by heart, because I have made them so many times over the years. Many of these recipes came from my mother, or other family members and have been passed down throughout the years. It makes me happy to think that Megan will be making these same recipes in her home someday.

We have had a lot of fun doing this together and it has been interesting putting into words some of the cooking steps I do without thinking. Many of the old recipes are missing steps, with assumed cooking knowledge. We have laughed a lot figuring things out.

Our latest cooking lesson was for Easy Beef Stroganoff - my standby recipe that I use when I need to take someone a meal. It is a delicious version that is great for both company or a simple family dinner.

Easy Beef Stroganoff

1 1/2 to 2 lb. sirloin tip, cut into 1 inch pieces


1 can beef broth

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 envelope onion soup mix


Roll meat in flour. Brown in oil on all sides. (do this slowly for better flavor) Turn down heat and add broth and 1/2 can water. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat is tender. Make a mixture of flour and water and add to thicken broth (make sure broth is boiling first). Turn down heat and add sour cream and soup mix. Heat, but do not boil. Serve over buttered noodles.

Happy Tuesday!


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  1. That sounds like so much fun. I'd love to do that. So many great recipes to pass on - so that the younger generation doesn't have to rely upon the deli.

  2. I know exactly what you mean about things we do automatically when cooking. My single son....asked me for my cole slaw and potato salad recipes, and I just make them by taste, so I had to measure everything as I was making it to give him the correct recipe..lol

  3. What fun . . . teaching, learning with mom . . .

  4. Fun! My youngest loves to cook, and plans to take many of our favorite recipes with her back to school this year since she will have access to a full kitchen. We have several of those old family recipes that we laugh about too, a pinch of this, a dash of that...etc.

  5. My beef Stroganoff is easier..I got it at market last week

  6. This is great Vicki! Easy and perfect alternative to the slow cooked (winter) version. I'll be passing this on to my daughter who loves this dish and needs quick evening meal ideas. Enjoy your day:)

  7. My mother used to make beef stoganoff all the time. I just loved it. Haven't thought about it in awhile but now I have a craving for it thanks to your great picture!! Will have to make it soon. Thanks for the recipe!!

  8. Yum! Thanks for the recipe! Looks delicious:) So sweet to be sharing your recipes and HOW TO with your Daughter! Have a blessed week dear friend, HUGS!

  9. This is an easier version of stroganoff I like that. My boys love to help with the cooking they can learn how to do this one. Thanks for sharing lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com

  10. Vicki,

    That is so sweet that you are teaching your daughter favorite recipes. I hope to do that too someday. Thanks for linking up at the Inspiration Gallery!


  11. Such a fun idea to learn how to cook when you are young. I was a busy teen and did very little cooking. Also the baby of the family. I learned a lot from my mother when I was a new wife. I remember calling her and asking a lot of questions. I love cooking and like trying new things. Stroganoff was one of my kids favorites when they were young. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Wow! This looks deee-licious! We’d love to have you share the recipe at our Saturday Link Party! Deb @ madefrompinterest.net

  13. Dear Vicki, Sounds like such a fun idea. I love when my daughter cooks with me...she just loves to take over some days which is a real treat! Your stroganoff sounds easy and yummy. Found you through Foodie Friday. Blessings, Catherine xo

  14. AH this is wonderful ( only sons here and they just want to come eat not cook :)

    Envying you :) Loved the post! :)

  15. Oh I havn't made this for years, your recipe sounds so good. Thanks tons I will definitely give it a try this week. Thanks also for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. Vicki! I am so ready for lunch and this just sounds so easy and delicious - I can use recipes like this for my work days! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  17. This looks good! I have beef stroganoff in the crock pot right now. Your recipe looks easy too!

  18. You have make me completely hungry! You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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