We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A pal of mine cooks a big dinner of venison Stroganoff for friends each late winter because it is such a good use of his venison scraps, shoulder, etc. He probably makes a gallon of it, then served on pappardelle. The thin strips are tender even when the meat is not.
(For his appetizers, pizzas of random ingredients cooked in his outdoor wood-fired pizza oven and, for dessert, his famous Apple Crunch with ice cream. How's that for a fancy party? All his Mrs. has to do is to gather plates, silverware, and napkins for 40, and hire a helper for bartending and clean-up. Light up a fire in the fireplace, bring your pals, and you're all set for a fun winter party.)
Growing up, this was my family's special meal. I make it with a generous splash (or two) of Worschestershire sauce. I dredge the meat in flour and lift the pan drippings with a little water to simmer the meat; only adding the sour cream just before serving.
(p.s. i am enjoying these "classic mommy meal" posts)
You might want to try the Betty Crocker version. It has beef broth, ketchup and garlic added. My sister and I had a discussion about Betty. Nothing fancy but all of the recipes are easy, usually tasty and great for a beginning cook. I have branched out now but it is still my go-to for comfort food.