The best recipes always seem to have a story behind them, and today, I have a funny one. It involves beef stroganoff, a purse and a bike ride.
This is my best friend Laurie. She likes good food and wine, even when it’s from a plastic champagne flute:
Several years ago, we lived a few blocks from each other. One night, we decided to ride our bikes across town to one of our favorite restaurants. It’s basically a little hole-in-the-wall in a nondescript strip mall near the railroad tracks. You know, that part of town. But they have amazing comfort food. Including the best beef stroganoff in the world. It’s decadent and creamy, and the meat just falls apart in your mouth.
This beef stroganoff is so rich and delicious that you can only eat a small portion of it, yet it comes in a huge portion. So, Laurie had quite a big plate of leftover stroganoff in front of her when we finished our meal. She asked for a to-go box, and was presented with one of those flimsy styrofoam clamshell-type boxes. That’s when we remembered we had taken our bikes to dinner.
Never one to waste food, Laurie decided to forge ahead anyway. She packed up her leftovers in this flimsy box, and then carefully nestled it inside of the large purse/bag she had brought. I knew exactly what was about to happen, but I couldn’t talk her out of it. We got back on our bikes and decided to ride to Dairy Queen for dessert.
As soon as we get there, I hear Laurie say “Uh oh. There’s…..a problem.” And sure enough, noodles, meat and creamy sauce was everywhere in that purse. All over her wallet, her phone and all the other accessories she was carrying. I laughed because I saw it coming, but felt bad about laughing, because the purse was really cute! I’ve lovingly referred to this situation as “The Beef Stroganoff Incident of 2008” ever since.
This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is creamy and comforting, and a cinch to pull together. I used Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot, which lends a fruity richness to this hearty dish. Use this store locator to find a bottle yourself and serve this classic dish to your family and friends. Just warn them not to put the leftovers in their purse, under any circumstances.
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