Sunday, August 29, 2021

Quickie Ground Beef Stroganoff #giveaway

 Please join me in welcoming today's guest author, our friend and colleague, the very talented Victoria Hamilton, who is here to share a terrific recipe for those busy September days that are just around the corner and also to give us a glimpse at her forthcoming vintage kitchen mystery.  Plus Victoria has a fabulous giveaway for one lucky commenter who answers her question. Make sure you read to the end to get the details!


Quickie Ground Beef  Stroganoff  By: Victoria Hamilton


It’s almost September. Things get super busy in September for many people, and there will be days when you don’t have the slightest idea what to make for dinner, nothing sounds good, so you grab a box of that fabulous (!!) cooking crutch, Hamburger Helper. I’ve done it many times. Super easy: fry ground beef, open a box, and add water. Voila, dinner is served. Get fancy and you’ll add a salad or green beans on the side.


But in truth, do-it-yourself Stroganoff Hamburger Helper is almost as easy, still just one pan, and no powdered sour cream necessary… use the real thing! Yes, you need more than two ingredients, but it doesn’t take a whole lot more time and it truly is better. And better for you. (I wouldn’t lie to you… I only do that in my novels)


And dang… you can still make those garlicky green beans on the side, serve a glass of wine, and call yourself Fancy!


Here is my take on Hamburger Helper’s Beef Stroganoff, using my Curtis Stone electric frying pan, which I like because it is super deep and beautifully non-stick.


1 lb Ground beef

8 oz Cremini mushrooms (baby Portobello and button mushrooms are the same and can be substituted… I forgot to photograph them for the ingredients, so they get their own photo!)

3 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 small chopped onion – OR – half a large sweet onion

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

3 stalks parsley

3 – 4 cups beef broth

8 oz egg noodles

½ - 2/3 cup sour cream


Prep the veggies! Slice the *mushrooms however you want… I like mine thin-ish, but thicker works too. Dice your onions and chop the garlic ahead of time too… this meal comes together very quickly. (*A word about mushrooms… when you fry mushrooms, make sure they are dry and go into a hot pan and that you don’t salt and pepper until they have started to brown. That’s how you get perfect mushrooms every time!)

Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil until it starts to spit, then add the mushrooms (make sure these are dry) and cook until they are tender and slightly browned. This will take just five minutes or so. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon to a bowl.

Heat remaining two tablespoons of olive oil and add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook on low to medium heat until translucent… another five minutes or so. Stir in the garlic and cook over low heat very briefly, then add the ground beef, breaking it up as you add it to the pan. Continue to cook until it is browned and cooked through. This is when you decide how big you want your ground beef bits to be, larger clumps or smaller bits. Sprinkle in the paprika, stir to combine.

Pour in the beef broth and the noodles, bring to a light boil, then turn way down and cover the electric skillet. Continue to cook, stirring it often, until the noodles are done to your liking, probably 10 to 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat and stir in the mushrooms and sour cream, incorporating completely.

Serve immediately, topped with a sprinkling of the fresh chopped parsley. I like it with a side dish of green beans, simmered and then dressed with butter and chopped garlic!


And now a peek at A Calculated Whisk:


A Calculated Whisk Info

Title: A Calculated Whisk

Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #10

Author: Victoria Hamilton

Publisher: Beyond the Page

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Pre-Order NOW!


In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of Cast Iron Alibi, Jaymie Leighton Müller is confronted with two murders and the threat of danger far too close to home . . .

When a woman living under a cloud of suspicion for her husband’s death comes to vintage kitchen collector Jaymie Leighton Müller with a mysterious request, she’s not sure whether, or how much, to get involved. The police believe they have new evidence of foul play in what was initially ruled an accidental death, and the woman’s terrified they’ll try to pin the crime on her. Before Jaymie can decide whether to help her, though, the woman’s found murdered in the woods near Jaymie’s cabin.

Still unsure whether the woman was truly innocent in her husband’s death, Jaymie decides to get to the bottom of both murders. But as she digs deeper into the couple’s past and discovers a tangled array of long-buried wounds and family secrets, Jaymie begins to sense that danger is still lurking in the woods near her home. With a killer on the loose and her family in danger, Jaymie must uncover the culprit before she loses all she holds dear, including her own life . . .

Includes a vintage recipe!



Comment here with at least your first name and email (yourname at yourserver dot com) – but I’d prefer it if you tell me what your quick go-to dinner is! - for a chance to win a $25 US gift card from Amazon. Open to everyone!!  Contest closes Midnight, September 1st.


About the Author:

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. Victoria is the bestselling author of three mystery series, the Lady Anne Addison Mysteries, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, and the Merry Muffin Mysteries. She also writes a Regency-set historical mystery series, starting with A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder. Visit her website at

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  1. A quickie dinner my family loves is pizza made with premade crust. cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Another recipe to add to my quickie list. For me tuna casserole is always a go-to when it needs to be quick or often breakfast for dinner, always popular. Or a stir fry of whatever is left in the fridge. Looking forward to A Calculated Whisk! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. My quickie dinner is Chicken Tortilla Soup. Canned chicken, Rotel tomatoes, whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained black beans, taco seasoning and chicken broth. Just pour everything together and simmer for about 30 minutes. Yum! 3labsmom(at)gmail(dot)com.

  4. Well it's summer time and we have a vegetable garden so for us a quick meal is a large salad. Boil a couple eggs and mash with a fork while getting veggies ready. Chop or pinch up all the fresh veggies in a big bowl, add some cheese (we always have grated colby in the frig), and then add some for of meat for more protein. For the meat we are fish eaters and love to add salmon (can salmon is a great protein to have on hand at all times). Then all you need are your choice of crackers and a glass of ice tea for a fast, fresh and yummy meal ready in short order with very little effort.
    During the winter, a fast meal for us is either homemade potato soup and chili. The longest part of these is the cooking time which is a lot less than a big home cooked meal.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Potato soup! That's funny... Jaymie makes that in the slow cooker in A Calculated Whisk!

  5. The quick dinner in my house is chicken nachos.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  6. My favorite quickie dinner recipe is Caprese Chicken. So easy and so delicious! bobandcelia (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  7. If you don't count prepackaged meals like frozen lasagna (microwave 15 minutes) or Bertolli Shrimp Scampi (skillet 10 minutes) then it's fried egg sandwiches. Carol

  8. My new quick go-to meal is steak and mushroom bites in my air fryer. Easy to prep, quick to cook, comes out perfect every time! mbunting(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  9. A quick and easy dinner is our favorite. Roasted tilapia with kale is tasty and wonderful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I made something like this recently, using a meat replacement chopped "meat".
    I also used whole milk Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream.
    Yes to the green beans and YES to the glass of wine!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. That's what I was thinking... it could be made vegetarian with TSP, texturized soy protein, or something like it, Beyond Meat crumbles and a few other substitutions.

  12. Leftover anything wrapped in a corn or flour tortilla!

  13. Roast chicken, baby potatoes, broccoli and asparagus are easy and yummy. Roast everything in one pan in the oven. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. This summer I've been doing a lot of marinated chicken thighs (in olive oil, lemon juice and Greek seasonings... YUM!) in my toaster oven... too hot for the oven!

  14. I only cook for myself so there is not quick food for me. What ever I am in the mood to eat. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

    1. If it was just me, it would be a bagel and pb too often! LOL.

  15. My quick dinner is to mix together in a pot a jar of beef gravy, a bag of bite sized frozen meatballs and a can of mushrooms. Heat it up and serve with either mashed potatoes or egg noodles. sgiden at verizon dot net

    1. Frozen meatballs can be a lifesaver... it's just finding a brand I like that's a problem!

  16. My quickie meal is grilled ham and cheese.
    Dianne. diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Your recipe sounds so delishious!! My quickie is your everyday easy grilled cheese and right now with a freshly sliced garden tomato.

    1. I bought a basket of local tomatoes a week ago and have been eating them at every meal!

  18. One of our quick go to dinners is spaghetti and meat sauce.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  19. thank you for sharing your recipe. looks yummy. one of our quick go to dinners is: leftovers. But I love grilled cheese and soup
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  20. My quick go to dinner is a deconstructed egg roll with Thai noodles.

    kvmatlock (at) Gmail (dot) com

    1. Sounds good! I've done deconstructed cabbage rolls in the electric skillet.