Beef Stroganoff

The weather has been pretty nice the past few days, but after watching the full version of “Dr. Zhivago” (the Russian version of “Gone with the Wind”) last night, I dreamed I was in Russia, trudging across the barren tundra with snow stuck to my face, hands and feet brittle from the days journey, and starving. I had visions of coming upon a warm cottage, with a fire and a bowl of steaming Beef Stroganoff. A creamy bowl of egg noodles and tender bites of sirloin combined with a tangy sauce…

 Lore has it that in 1891, French chef Charles Briere was commissioned to prepare dinner for the wealthy Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov.  The Count’s teeth were not in good shape, so the chef had to cut the steak in thin strips. The result was named after the Count, bef stroganov which consisted of buttery noodles and thin, tender bites of sirloin combined in a creamy, tangy sauce.


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