Change is in the air. Spring is right around the corner and with the forecast showing my days in the 60s – in February – Mother Nature and I may be in serious need of a heart to heart.

I am all about warm weather. I love gardening, mountain biking, and a great breeze through the house. But this season she has taken things too far.

I bough those clunky boots everyone wears. Not Uggs, but cheap look alikes. I swore I never would, but damnit they are comfy as sin and you know what? I have had less than 5 occasions to wear them this winter. I have far too many pairs of knee high socks or random fun patterns and colors that make me smile that are collecting dust in my drawer. And for someone who is not a fan of winter weather, I wholly embrace the need to be cozy in my collection of cable sweaters. But no. Mother Nature is giving us a dose of global warming or a La Niña winter or something and she and I are going to come to blows. No need for my adorable flannel sheets, no use for those ski pants I bought, and a terrible urge to be outside grilling every night, not in slaving over hearty stews and slow cooker meals.

Sure, we’ve had some snaps, this is a woman we are dealing with after all. But nothing of blizzard proportions. I can not be the only adult in desperate need of a few snow days, right?



Skillet Stroganoff

From Cook’s Country Skillet Suppers


  • 1 1/2 lb sirloin tips, pounded to 1/2″ thick and cut intp 1/2″ cubes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 tbs vegetable oil
  • 10 oz white mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/3 cup  brandy
  • 1/3 lb wide egg noodles (approx 3 cups)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teas lemon juice


Pat beef dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbs oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook hald of beef until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to medium bowl and repeat with additional tbs oil and remaining beef.

Heat remaining 2 tbs oil now empty skillet until shimmering. Cook mushrooms, onions, and 1/2 teas salt until liquid from mushrooms has evaporated, about 8 minutes. (If pan becomes too brown, pour accumulated beef juices into skillet.) Stir in flour and cook for 30 seconds. Gradually stir in broths, then brandy, stirring so as to not form clumps from the flour, and return beef and juices to pan. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook over low heat until beef is tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

Stir noodles into beef mixture, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.




  1. I know!Even I was well prepared for this winter, with new boots etc..not that I’m complaining.I just loved this winter, so enjoyable without slush and ice!Love your recipe!Looks delicious 🙂

  2. Looks perfectly delicious! 🙂 Very nicely done, one of my favorite childhood dishes!

  3. Let me just say that I love that napkin! I know the star is the food, which looks amazing…but that napkin is so cool. Love the colors!

  4. I have made this dish before, but never thought of adding brandy to it. Great idea! Looks delicious!

  5. Yea I don’t think I will ever cave and get those boots haha. Although I do respect that they are comfty.

  6. So many bloggers are thinking about comfort foods and the weather simply won’t cooperate! Well, we’re doing it, anyway; right? And, your Stroganoff recipe is perfect. Thanks for sharing. Come visit when you can.

  7. There is long, long time sinse I had a Beef Stroganoff, I don’t know why I didn’t make it again, in fact, I don’t have the recipe…until now…thanks for sharing…!!!

  8. I hear you. I still have cute winter clothes that I got for Christmas that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet!

    This stroganoff looks excellent! I usually do mine in the crockpot, but this would be much faster!

  9. Kita – this looks delicious! I’m a fan of warm weather, too….I miss my flip-flops!

  10. I have never ever made stroganoff before unless you count hamburger helper. I will be keeping this link handy and getting a pair of nice furry-inside boots!

  11. Stroganoff, Beef, BRANDY. Kita, this is so warming. I also got these look-a-likes for my daughter and believe me, she has needed to wear them all winter. She never has them off! Pass some of that breezy warm air over the ocean, please. Meanwhile we’re taking your comforting stroganoff and hopefully we can say off with ze boots soon.

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