When I came up with the concept of the Vintage Picture and Recipe Swap, I knew it had to include my Aunt Marie. This simple Hamburger Stroganoff is one of many,many recipes to come. She was a phenomenal cook. She went to be with the Lord in 2012, so I wanted to be able to honor her. My cousin Dee (her daughter) and I are very close. We are kindred, creative spirits, and she has been one of my biggest supporters.We have a lot in common besides our gene pool. It’s great to have family like friends and friends like family. We have a mutual love of Jesus, our families, and all things creative. We even had a booth together for a little while at River City, an Antiques Mall, in Jenks. Marie was married to my Uncle Tommy. They say that opposites attract and with them it couldn’t be more true. My Uncle Tommy was a force of nature and she calmed the storm. He could insult you and make you laugh all at the same time. He was truly one-of-a-kind. He was a tough cowboy but he had a tender heart for his girls.For all of their differences they went together like cookies and milk, butter and biscuits, bacon and eggs, cake and frosting, sugar and iced tea, mac and cheese, meat and potatoes, or casseroles and cream of chicken soup. You get my point. Being married to my Uncle Tommy for years also makes her a Saint–and she’s not even Catholic!She was serene, kind, beautiful, and boy could she cook! Marie was the epitome of Midwestern hospitality. She was an incredibly gracious host and was always in the kitchen. The minute you walked through her door, you were always offered iced tea and something sweet that she had just made. I was always obliged her offer. I’ve never been one to turn down good food… my ever expanding waistline (AKA the “Denham Gut”) is proof of that. Dee describes her Mom best, in the quote below.
“My Mom was a beautiful woman. When she became a mom, her focus turned to us and our dad. She loved to cook–because she was very good at it–and it made people happy. So she really shined when she cooked. My Mom was always ready to try some new recipe but she stuck to the ones that worked too. I love that she and I had that in common. Since I was little, she would let me help… or even make my own recipes. When our mom was alive we always gathered at her kitchen for birthdays and holidays. It’s hard not having her with us anymore…especially at holidays…but we just try to recreate those days a little bit in remembrance of her.”
I couldn’t have put it better myself. I loved looking through all of her old recipe cards and seeing her handwriting. We will be posting many, many more. Her recipes are simple and delicious. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1½ lbs hamburger
- 2 T flour
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 T parsley flakes
- salt and pepper
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 package egg noodles
- Saute Onion and garlic in oil.
- Add hamburger and brown.
- Add Flour and mix.
- Add Cream of Chicken soup with a half a can of water and simmer 5 minutes.
- Add parsley flakes and sour cream and serve over cooked egg noodles.