Monday, March 07, 2011


"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size."

~ Gertrude S. Wister

"Beef is the soul of cooking."
~ Marie Antoine Careme
3 pounds beef tenderloin
6 Tbsp. butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 pound (1/4 inch sliced) fresh mushrooms
3 Tbsp. flour
2 tsp. meat-extract paste
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1/2 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
1 can (10 1/2 oz.) organic beef stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp. snipped fresh dill (1 heaping tsp. dried dill weed)
1 1/2 cup sour cream
2 12-ounce fresh or dried spinach noodles
(or 2 cups cooked wild rice tossed with 4 cups cooked white)
additional fresh snipped dill or parsley

  • Trim fat from beef. Cut filet crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Cut each slice, across grain into 1/2-inch thick strips. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Slowly heat large heavy skillet. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter and just enough beef strips to cover skillet bottom. Over high heat, sear quickly on all sides. Remove with tongs as it browns (should be rare inside) and set aside. Continue until all strips are browned.
  • In remaining hot butter in same skillet, saute onion, garlic, and mushrooms until onion is golden - about 5 minutes.
  • Over low heat, add wine, snipped dill, and sour cream, stirring until well combined. Add beef; simmer just until sauce and beef are hot.
  • Serve Stroganoff with spinach noodles or rice. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. dill or parsley over top.

Won't be long now! 13 days 'til spring ...


Marysol said...

Sweets, I could traipse through your garden forever—maybe even longer.

Bright and cheery collages as always. And I covet every garden plaque and ornament. And I might as well steal the stew recipe while I'm at it.

Donna said...

one of my favorite garden muses..lovely spring blooms to look forward to soon

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, I will bet this Beef Stroganoff is delicious especially made with beef tenderloin. I used to make it often when my children were young, they really liked it. But, I think they would like it even better if I used beef tenderloin!

This might be a nice adult dish for them now. Thanks,


joey said...

Hi sweet, Marysol. I think, come spring, you should come and see for yourself! How 'bout a garden walk with a glass of May Wine :)

Hi Donna and thank you. Yes, not long now ... 13 days ... I look back and see what will be blooming in a month and getting very excited ... Right now, seeing patches of good earth through the white snow is a simple joy.

A good old retro-dish to dine on while weather is still cool, Eileen. This is one of the first company dishes I worked on when first married ... love the flavor on the spinach noodles. Even back then, I was always experimenting!

Andrea said...

Hi Joey, i love your photos and the mosaics, but definitely the beef stroganoff...because i dont eat beef! I can eat all those petals if needed, but not beef and all ruminants for that matter, haha!

Gail said...

My dear, I have always loved that quote! It's so true and all one has to do is step outside to see those first crocus or spring beauties to know how very true it is! Beautiful flower shots and the violas have captured my heart! The look like Johnny Jump Ups! xxgail

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Can't decide what's got me more excited -- that fab stroganoff recipe, the luscious yellows in your photos. Or... that spring is really only a few days away. Seems like it's been a very long winter. :)

Cher' Shots said...

I've just become a follower! I love gardening as well - both vegetables and flowers. The garlic chicken sounds wonderful - I have a fantastic garlic beef recipe that we drool over.
'hugs from afar'

joey said...

Thanks Andrea :) A joy to see you again.

Hi, dear Gail and thank you. Those are indeed Johnny Jump Ups. They never seem to return so I always purchase more in the spring for containers. Spring would not be spring without those cuties.

Welcome home, Kate. Yes, a long winter indeed! Technically, just a few more days until spring. Yippee!

Welcome Cher. Thank you for introducing yourself, always a delight to meet another Michigan gardener/photographer.

Rose said...

Thank you for this recipe, Joey! This is one of my husband's favorite dishes, and last week I made it without a recipe, but thought something was missing. I'm going to print this recipe, so that next time I don't forget any of the ingredients:)

The garden quote is so true--I'm looking forward to any kind of tiny bloom emerging in my garden this month.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Your collages are beautiful and really get the spring juices flowing in my veins. I like the idea of collages within collages!

Chloe m said...

Haven't made beef s. in awhile, maybe that's what I need to do with that sour cream lurking in my fridge?
Thanks for sharing. Your photos are amazing!

imac said...

Love these shots, so beautiful my friend.

(pop over to see my Header Post)

joey said...

You are most welcome, Rose. Hope your hubby enjoys it!

Thank you, Carolyn. I'm certainly getting anxious for spring!

Kathryn/ said...

Hi, Joey, Isn't that so true? Each little sign of spring becomes a big treasure! I'm drooling over forsythia and quince and wild violets (not your fave, I recall!). Big spring hug! Kathryn xoxo

joey said...

Hi, Rosey, and thank you. This is a once in awhile comfort treat ...

Thank you, imac, my friend. (Great header)

And Big spring hugs to you, dear Kathryn. Enjoy the sweet breath of spring ... we are still under a blanket of snow.

Carol said...

Wonderful quote Joey! So true. Your flower collages are so sweet and cheery! Though spring is farther away for me. . . your beautiful blog feeds my longings.

Laurence said...

Hello Joey!
I come to your blog by chance, it is wonderful! Your photos are very beautiful and I also like the mosaics, congratulations!
See you soon and good night from Belgium!

joey said...

Thank you, Carol. With snow still on the ground, spring is still a dream for me too.

Welcome, Laurence, and thank you. Please do return ... your site is also very lovely, a joy to visit.

Kala said...

A delicious sounding Beef Stroganoff recipe plus sweet images of early spring blossoms. Love it Joey!

Anonymous said...

I just love that pithy quote that starts off your post, wonderful! And of course the photos that go with it are gorgeous as usual. Spring's coming Joey, but first, some snow tonight!

joey said...

Thanks, Kala ... it won't be long now :)

Hi, Robin, and thank you. Enough is enough of this snow! Hopefully it will warm up a bit this week but I bet there will be more snow ... I have photos of tulips and blooming forsythia covered with snow ...

Maggie said...

I love the second set of photos, especially the two diagonal tulip shots. I can't wait until they are here in person. Happy Spring!