It’s a family favorite.
My friend, Peggy, and I have shared many things. We became friends in our Sunday School class when we were young brides. We had our children together – well, along the same time-frame. Our kids played together.
We’ve shared recipes – mostly hers! We shared time wallpapering her kids’ bathroom – a terrifically fun day of tearing random 6-10″ pieces from brown paper sacks and pasting them all over the wall. Thought we would never finish. But, we tore, we laughed, she fed me a delicious lunch, and we
wanted to pull our hair out finished the task successfully. There was a little sewing project or two at her home, and maybe a little painting project – like a pantry or something.
Now, I know that sounds like a lot of time spent at her home to trade a few recipes. It actually had nothing to do with the recipes, y’all. They were a sure bonus, given to me in love over time. (Yes, I promise to get to the point of her Beef Stroganoff.)
You see, we owed them BIG! There was this thing called “we’re moving across town, and we have rented a truck, and we need your help”. Peggy came before the day of the move to help me clean the “new” house. Along with other dear friends, Peggy and her husband spent an entire day (maybe two?) moving our furniture and junk.
And the piano.
Oh, the piano! Ugh!
See? We owed them BIG. How could we have done that to our friends? We were no longer in college, when everyone helped each other move. We didn’t realize how much stuff we had accumulated with one child added to our home.
That is one BIG reason that, anytime Peggy had a project, I wanted to be there for her. (Did I mention I was pregnant when we moved? Seven-months in, and I couldn’t lift much.)
After the fact, we realized we’d asked too much of such wonderful friends. We vowed to never do that again – and to hire a professional moving company for any future move – as a gift to our friends.
Now we live two states apart, but I always know.
She is there.
If I need anything…I can call Peggy. Never mind the fact that she has three teenage boys to feed and a full-time job and responsibilities at her church. She’s the kind of friend who will put the brakes on her life…to do anything…for a friend.
I am blessed.
I believe Peggy brought us this Beef Stroganoff after the birth of one of our children. But, we shared many meals, so who can really remember? (Peggy, maybe you remember.) We were in a supper club type of group from Sunday School for a while, also.
Peggy’s Beef Stroganoff is delicious. We eat it several times a year, along with many of her recipes – even her HH’s famous chili, which I believe is a published recipe. 😉
- 2 cups cooked roast beef, cut into bite-sized pieces
- ½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cran-grape juice, water, or cooking sherry (I use grape or apple juice)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup sour creme
- 6-8 ounces egg noodles, cooked
- Saute mushrooms and onion in butter.
- Add beef to pan and heat through. Stir soup, flour, and juice in a bowl and add to meet mixture. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and stir. Simmer 30 minutes.
- Stir in sour creme just before serving over noodles.
Actually, several of Peggy’s recipes are in print, along with the chili (their church cookbook). But, I have something more special than a recipe in a book. I treasure several tried-and-true recipes hand-copied from her very own recipe cards – along with many special (and BIG!) memories to warm my heart every time I cook one of those recipes.
That’s what food does. It binds us together with memories of times shared with friends. I hope you have friends (and recipes) like that. Life is rich and sweet.
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