New Found Chop THerapy and Fresh Herbs & Spices...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


For the past two years I have been cooking more and more with fresh herbs instead of dried spices. Needless to say, it has taken my recipes to a whole new level and with so much more flava!! I have also found that I really, really enjoy chopping vegetables and herbs more than I imagined possible. I actually find chopping in the kitchen extremely therapeutic for me. Who would have thought?!
My spaghetti sauce, chili, soups, and even my stuffed bell peppers have been completely reformed. When ever I can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned. So much better. I have been watching the food channels almost daily on my Ipad while I am in the kitchen preparing for dinner. Not too long ago I made the best version of stroganoff I have ever eaten just by adding Italian Mascarpone to thicken the gravy rather than the traditional sour cream. No bragging just saying food education is a very good thing! Now, Italian cream cheese is sweeter and a bit milder than our major brand over here but it makes such a creamy, dreamy gravy. I cleaned my whole plate and still wanted more even though I was completely full! Y-U-M! Is all I can say.
Here are the ingredients I used to make it.
Essenhaus Wide Homestyle Noodles (at your local Wal-Mart)
Fresh ground beef
Large chopped Onion
Fresh minced Garlic 3 to 4 cloves
Fresh Chopped Parsley appx. 1/2 cup
Greek Seasoning
Fresh ground Black pepper
Brown Gravy to cover hamburger well
Italian Mascarpone Cream Cheese use in place of sour cream
I cooked my noodles al dente, I do not like them too soft and served the hamburger gravy over them instead of mixed all together. This is also better when reheating left overs so your noodles will not become too soft. And... since my husband will not eat stroganoff it allows him to just eat the hamburger and gravy over the noodles minus only the mascarpone.
Maybe next time I make this I will be able to give a more precise measurement of the ingredients. Until then, just compare the amounts to your normal hamburger and gravy recipes.
If you have any questions just ask.
Thanks for stopping by!
Eat Fresh, Live Long!
Julie

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