Blame it on raising six kids while working two jobs.
Blame it on travel soccer, softball, track & field, and cross-country running. Blame it on lack of time, lack of care, or the high price of cereal mixed with Catholic mother-guilt, but I've had lots of fun over the years putting together quick, easy food.
I LOVE IT.
For big holidays I'm a great go-too person, for parties/showers/weddings, I'm all in!!! Ante up the menu and we'll have fun!
But for everyday, give me easy, delicious and something that makes folks smile. This recipe is ALL THAT...
Jeter came out of his crate to watch, always hoping I'll drop something...
I think he gets that from me!!! :)
Okay, here's the pic of what you need minus the ketchup which I forgot to grab out... and the parsley. I may or may not have been STARVING and IN A HURRY because it was late and Dave was out splitting wood and did I mention I was starving???
(Author note, the first gusts of bad snow and wind are just now hitting my WNY home, 8:13 Wednesday morning... If I lose power tonight, know that I'm with you tomorrow in SPIRIT!!!! And cozying up by the fire!!!)
I found the original recipe on Food.com and I tweaked it a little, but the recipe is theirs and makes me grateful for push-of-a-button recipe finding! Here's the link: HAMBURGER STROGANOFF
I'll recap here to emphasize my fun in cooking this my way:
1 1/2 lb ground round
2 tablespoons dried, chopped onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
2 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon black pepper
Salt... (I mean really, salt is essential, isn't it? But I just shook it in because I love salt and pepper. I'm such a humble bumble!)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 can sliced, cooked mushrooms
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup sour cream
In medium size frying pan, brown ground round (doesn't that sound great, like a writer wrote it??? "Brown Ground Round".... I could have said beef, but this was much more fun!)
Chop into smallish pieces with spatula as meat cooks... drain. Add onion, garlic, flour, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce.
Heat for two-three minutes. Add soup, mushrooms and ketchup. Cook over low heat for 12 minutes or so... Gives you just enough time to cook the pound of pasta (your choice!) on the burner next door!
Add in sour cream, turn off heat, cover and let sit for 2-3 minutes, garnish with parsley while you grab plates and forks.
FORK-ONLY MEALS ROCK.
I LOVE THEM THIS MUCH!!!! (spreads arms wide!!!)
So if you compare the recipes, they're using similar elements, but different. And it was A-Stinkin'-Mazing!
And you know I won't kid you about good food! That would be wrong, so wrong.
Hey, if you didn't see this on Facebook, here's video of our deer herd... hungry and venturing close to the house in search of food. Interesting fact: Did you know that it is illegal to feed whitetail deer in NYS? They have the sign right above the DEER FOOD display....
Oh, the irony!!! :)
And here's what happened when Grandma arrived at the farm for supper.... Now, just so youse know, Grandma has done nothing to instigate this fear, even on her worst days!!!!
Adding blizzard pics in FOR FUN!!!!!
This was Tuesday's window shot:
What's so fun about a stinkin' blizzard, you ask????
Early blizzard video.... not exactly "blizzard" conditions yet, visibility still about 200 feet.