Beef Strogonoff

No one really knows why the popular dish Beef Strogonoff got its name.  Theories usually point to various members of the prominent Russian family named, not surprisingly, Strogonoff.  But recipes appeared at least as early as 1871, proved popular and resulted in many variations across the world. Here are ingredients for a basic recipe: 1 lb. beef stew meat 1 cup sour cream 2 cups of white mushrooms (sliced) 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 tablespoon garlic (minced) 1 tablespoon onion (chopped) 1 tablespoon paprika 1/2 cup red wine 1 bag egg noodles Begin by browning the garlic, onions and mushrooms in a deep skillet, then remove into a bowl on the side.  […]

Lamb Vindaloo!

One of the staples of what Westerners think of when they say “Indian Cuisine” the element known as vindaloo comes from a Portuguese term.  Carne de vinha d’alhos roughly means “meat with wine and garlic.”  With the substitution of vinegar instead of wine as well as the addition of various spices (especially chili) it evolved into the picant dish we know today.  Lamb vindaloo is but one variation. Here are the basic ingredients: 4 pounds boneless lamb shoulder 6 tablespoons mustard 4 teaspoons cumin (ground) 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 4 teaspoons turmeric 1 tablespoon coriander (ground) 1 tablespoon paprika (ground) 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large sweet onion, diced (or […]