Sunday, February 12, 2012

And So It Begins...


So…I am starting a food blog. 
I’m not a chef, I have no degree in cooking, I don’t work at a restaurant, and this isn’t something I’ve studied. 
I DO love food though; I love eating, I love cooking, I love going out to eat and trying new things.  Best of all, I love writing.  It’s the perfect fit for me, and I’m thinking those of you who decide to spend a minute reading this will get a kick out of it too.
My plan is to write about the different recipes I cook daily, the restaurants I visit, the deals I find, the problems I run in to…all related to food.  I’m a busy Mom of two young children, and also have a full-time job, so I know how hard it is to get a good meal on the table at the end of a long day at work, but I’ve got tips for that too!  I cook almost every night, and rarely the same thing twice in a month.  I’m a hard-core couponer, and love saving money and time, without sacrificing the taste and quality of the meals I serve my family.  
I am NOT a stepford wife, and by no means is my life perfect…I enjoy my daily alcoholic beverage and a cigarette here and there (ok, maybe a little more than here and there…), but I also enjoy feeding my family and keeping them happy.  I've wanted to do this for a long time - write a blog.  My ultimate dream is to become a food editor/food writer.  The death of Whitney Houston yesterday made me realize that there is no point in putting this off any longer.  We sit around and wait for the 'right' times to do things, and the truth is we just might run out of time before it gets done!  So here I am, jumping in head first. 
I’m a real person, with real issues, and I won’t be glossing over any of them.  So sit back and enjoy the blog…hope you learn something along the way!
Today I made Beef Stroganoff for dinner.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture, but I will be trying to put pics of the meals in as I go.  I gave you a generic pic though, so you know what it's supposed to look like.  This is a long time favorite of mine…my Dad has been making it since as far back as I can remember.  The smell in my apartment right now is intoxicating, and brings me back to my childhood. 

Check out the recipe; super easy, and SO delicious.  I double the sauce, because we love sopping it up with the noodles:

Beef Stroganoff
4 Tbsp margarine (I use butter…mmmm)
1/2c minced onion (I use 3-4 small onions)
Garlic Powder (I use a huge garlic clove)
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1c sour cream
1 T vinegar
1 can tomato paste
2 lbs chopped beef
1 can sliced mushroom drained
1 can beef broth

In a skillet (or pan, whatever…always hated the specific requirements of cookware…does it really matter??) over medium heat, melt margarine (or butter!).  Saute onion and garlic, cook until soft.  Sprinkle flour, salt and pepper over beef in a bowl and mix to combine.  Add meat and mushrooms to skillet (pan!) and cook, stirring constantly, 6 minutes.  Stir in paste, broth, and vinegar, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes uncovered (I do medium heat because the sauce has been doubled and there is more liquid to evaporate).  Blend in sour cream 2 minutes before serving (I’ve already blended my sourcream…and the family won’t be home for another hour or so, oh well!).  Serve over noodles.  Yum!!

Any noodles will do…I believe it’s supposed to be egg noodles, but tonight I’m serving whole wheat rotini.  It’s all the same, just a little healthier.  The smell in my small but acceptable apartment is absolutely divine right now, and I can’t wait for my family to get home so that we can devour it.  The truth is, I have snuck a few spoonfuls of beef and LOTS of sauce from the pan already…it’s very hard to walk past it on the stove and not dive in face first, so please forgive me. 

So that’s my blog for today…hope you enjoyed it.  I’m off to watch some Slice TV…maybe a little ‘Till Debt Do Us Part’ or ‘Rich Bride, Poor Bride’…whatever is on will do.  My vice is Slice!!