Hamburger Stroganoff

Are you now or have you ever been someone on a very strict budget?  Are you now or have you ever been someone trying to feed a family on pennies a day?  I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I worry about all the government employees not getting paid and wondering how they are going to survive.  I’m sure most of us have been in that situation, but for most of us it was by choice.

When Greg got out of the Army, he immediately applied for college.  We had decided after much discussion that I would be the stay-at-home mom; G was able to get a better paying job and that kind of decided it.  We budgeted and budgeted and budgeted.  Some of these recipes date back to those times.  We were lucky, we had an incredibly supportive family who were in the position to bail us out if we ran into a problem.  There’s nothing quite as humbling as having your 18 year old baby brother show up at your front door checkbook in hand to see if you needed help.  I get verklempt thinking about it even now.  But, as usual, I’m digressing.

I’m actually trying to tell you about Hamburger Stroganoff.  This is one pound of hamburger.  There were 5 people in our family.  This would feed us for 2 days.  You do the math.  There might have been a little extra milk on the 2nd day.  I would probably have added a few more veggies.  This is a nourishing and hearty meal that Greg and I still occasionally enjoy today.

1 pound hamburger

1 onion, sliced

1 cup sour cream

1 can Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup

8 ounces sliced mushrooms, if you like them

Brown the hamburger, onions, and mushrooms.  Drain any extra grease.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Simmer for a few minutes.  Serve over broad noodles or rice.


*   From the Recipe Box:

I usually serve this with rice because we like rice and it holds the sauce better.

This needs lots of salt and pepper.

and remember:  I’ve learned that everyday you should reach out and touch someone.  People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back.  Big kiss, Lynn

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