Any time is a good time to sit down for a family meal. This meal will take about an hour to prepare, so you may want to keep it for a weekend.


Make the dessert first. This is my Great-Aunt Lodema's original recipe.

Cherries in the Snow

  • White cake mix
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Eggs
  • Cooking oil

Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions and pour into a greased and floured 13 x 9 cake pan. Pour the cherry pie filling over the dough and spread evenly. Bake as directed on the cake package.

Start the stroganoff while the cake bakes. This is my Great-Aunt JoAn's recipe.

  • 2 medium steaks (I prefer top sirloin.)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (For more flavor, use extra virgin oil.)
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine (not reduced-fat)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. whole caraway seeds
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 2 cups sour cream (You can also substitute unwhipped cream for part of the sour cream.)
  • Egg noodles or fettuccine
  • 1 16-oz. pouch frozen green peas, thawed

Cook the meat until browned. Trim the fat and cut the steaks into strips.
Heat oil and butter. Add onion and mushrooms.
Add meat; cook 10 minutes.
Add beef broth; cook covered 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, caraway seeds, and nutmeg with sour cream. Add to meat.
Cook slowly over low heat until thick; do not boil.
Cook noodles al dente. Add peas and cook through.
Serve meat immediately over pasta.

Serves 6.

Beer drop biscuits make an interesting side dish to the stroganoff. This is my Great-Aunt Lodema's recipe, which she adapted from a recipe she found at Thorneyhouse Lodge.

  • 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 can or individual-size bottle beer (Shiner Bock is recommended.)
  • Bisquick
  • Cooking oil

In mixing bowl, combine sugar and beer. Add Bisquick until the batter is as thick as you want it. Pull bits of batter and dip them in oil. Place the balls of batter on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 425º until golden.

***This would be easy to work on while the stroganoff is cooking.

A crisp green salad complements this meal nicely. Why not experiment with different salad greens to make something special? Remember, the darker the leaves, the more vitamins the vegetable has. Green leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce, and fresh spinach are the base of my salads. For the best results, salad greens should be torn and not cut.



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