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Make this gorgeous (albeit slightly involved) beef stroganoff for a weekend dinner. And what to do with leftover cooking wine? Make sangria!
Splurge on fresh herbs – like the thyme for this beef stroganoff recipe – to make a meal extra tasty
There were nightly requests for pasta last week as my husband prepared to ride in the GranFondo from Vancouver to Whistler on Saturday, September 10.
I made some favourites, including fettuccine alfredo and spaghetti, and decided to try a new one: beef stroganoff.
I followed this recipe from the Food Network’s Christine Cushing. It was more involved than my usual weekday dinners, and the very large pile of dishes that had accumulated by the time I was finished cooking had me feeling a little teary.
But the look in my husband’s eye when he had his first bite made everything worth it – he loved it. I loved it too and would definitely make it again (on a weekend, with a helper).
The recipe calls for one cup of red wine so there were two cups left over. I was practising solidarity in sobreity with my husband during his rigorous training schedule (at least for that night) so I used my trusty (and very under-utilized) wine pump to keep the too-good-too-waste Carmen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon fresh until we arrived home after the race.
The wine pump did its job and two nights later the wine was still good, but our sweltering apartment wasn’t conducive to drinking anything that wasn’t ice cold.
I brainstormed to think of how I could drink the wine but stay cool. I came up with sangria! I found a lime, some orange juice, and a bottle of blood orange frizzante in the fridge so I threw them all together and, voila, we had delicious, ice-cold sangria.
Beef Stroganoff Ingredients
This recipe serves 4
Beef Stroganoff Instructions
Catherine Roscoe Barr, BSc Neuroscience, is a Vancouver-based writer, editor, and fitness professional. Before settling on the west coast she lived in Sydney, Toronto, Oregon, Montana, and practically everywhere in Alberta. She can be found jogging with her adorable dog, dining with her fabulous husband or voraciously reading anywhere comfy.