Hamburger Stroganoff

March 31, 2017
Beef Stroganoff - the ultimate in comfort food. It's a magical dish that acts and tastes like a stew. A classic and delicious meal!

“Hey, how about… oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie… for as long as we both shall live?” — You've Got Mail | Nora Ephron

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Today .. a continuation of a week-long series here at The Veggies

Liz Jeffrey and her husband Ryan are the geniuses behind Arcadia .. one of Ames, Iowa's most loved coffee shops. Home to “The slowest cup of coffee in town”  Not only is their food comforting (mmmm .. Laksa soup and Sweet Potato Gnocchi), but the homey vibe makes you want to stay a while, have a turtle bar, and take a million Instagram pics

In Part I – They chatted about moving to Ames .. early experiences in the culinary world .. and her parent's funny reaction when she told them they were getting married

In Part II – Liz shared her journey toward perspective .. why she doesn't take short cuts .. and a terrifying late-night robbery that would forever shape their business strategy

Ahead they offer words of wisdom to someone thinking of opening a restaurant .. the bachelor food they love to cook at home .. and the unexpected origin of their cheesecake recipe

— — —

What’s it like running a business with your spouse?

I’m at Arcadia day-to-day and Ryan's my support crew. He does things like payroll and looking over the books. He's also there to talk through problems or remind me to chill out. If someone was really under my skin that day .. he'll say “They’re people too and we need to be kind”  or  “You’re being unreasonable .. so get over it”

Ryan:  From a people's perspective she's (by far) more of a perfectionist

I expect everyone to be like me and that just isn't true

Ryan:  I started out doing all of the coffee roasting .. which Liz has taken over more of. But I still set all of the recipes

My pallet’s not awesome

We've always worked pretty well together. If one of us shows a preference for something .. we tend to let the other do that. We’ll help refine and help push .. but if somebody has a vision .. that’s the way we’ll go

Ryan:  The two of us are very good at dealing with the points where the other's vision is strongest. I work very well with Liz .. I work very well with my Dad. I don’t work very well with my brother. With Liz or my father .. we’re very collaborative

Ryan's family has always allowed us to follow our dreams. There’s no way we could have opened Arcadia if his parents hadn’t sponsored us. No way anyone would have given us the money. It was very risky.

While their support gave us the ability, it's still my fourteen hour days, and his dealing with my fourteen hour days and all of crazy. He doesn’t see dirt and our house is always a mess

Ryan: I don’t even notice it

We’re pretty chill

Beef Stroganoff - the ultimate in comfort food. It's a magical dish that acts and tastes like a stew. A classic and delicious meal!

Are you glad you hired a dedicated Chef? 

Brian (or chef) is someone I went to college with, and he's very talented. Over the years .. he's worked at a number of places in town. I always assumed he was happy and wasn't going to approach him. That is .. until we discovered he was looking to move on

The goal was I wanted to get back to baking and working on the pastry side.  I didn't want to develop a menu or have to do a lot with it. I told him “I'll be your support staff.  This is the layout we have. Good luck”

He's pretty much set the menu, which is far more ambitious than I imagined it would be given the space we have

For the pastry side .. I’ve chosen to do things I can teach anybody to make. I wanted six desserts in the case, and currently, we have four. But they're very simple things. I can show someone in six weeks how to make and reproduce them

I like diversity and strength of flavor. So we have the mousse (something chocolatey) and something gluten-free. We have the key lime bar, which has a bright flavor and also the bread pudding. The bread pudding is something we pretty much always have because we bake so much bread. It's really popular.

Oh, and the cheesecake. We can't forget the cheesecake. It's his family’s recipe

Ryan:  It comes from my aunt’s college roommate

— — —

What are some of your biggest challenges?

The employees. Always the employees.

Even those you’ve trained. They’ve produced the skill a hundred times, but there's always that one day they just don’t do it, and can’t tell you why

“Why did you bake the cake you’ve made fifteen times before in one pan instead of two?  Why did you leave with this in the oven and not tell anybody?  Why didn’t you do this list?”

Everyone has bad days, right?

Arcadia 1 – The coffee shop

Is hiring tougher in a college town?

Yes .. 100%

Everyone is temporary and exist on the university's schedule. College breaks are something they expect. Even though jobs don’t really do that .. we’ve had to for some of them

This job isn't getting them towards their career.  It's just a space filler, and they’re never fully committed

— — —

What advice would you give to somebody who’s thinking about opening a coffee shop/restaurant?

Have a second income. Ryan has a real job. A job that pays monthly and offers health insurance

Stay true to your goals

There are a few places we've watched whose owners have tried to be everything for everybody. I look at them and think, “You can't do it”  

When we originally opened, I decided to do the best I could with what I had. Our menu was very limited. As our staff gained experience, and I got more sleep, we added. It took me a year to add a sandwich. We had breakfast and the Arcadia dog for the first year.

Customers remarked how nice it would be if we offered soup. They were right, but I had a single burner and a one-gallon soup pot

Every time we added something, it had to be on our time. It had to make sense. I'd think “What grocery list am I willing to add?  How will this change my production? What extra things will we have to do if we add this to the menu?”

So I was never willing to add more than I could handle

For us, too, being successful is simply having that one place that works. If we go on vacation, it will hopefully exist when we get back. We're not looking to be a chain

What’s a typical day like?

I’m in at 5:15 am. By that time the proofer has turned itself on, it's at 90 degrees with humidity, and ready for the croissants. We'll make regular croissants, as well as chocolate and ham and cheese.  We'll need to have buns for the quinoa burger.  Those things all need to go in because they take at least 60-90 minutes

Then I'll start the scones. We only have two deck ovens, which is actually less oven space than our old shop. Maybe not the best idea, but these were the ovens I wanted, and I found them for a good price on eBay

I open the door at 6:30 am. By that time, the next prep cook and barista are there and I'm just pulling scones out of the oven. The croissants are almost ready to go back in, and I've created the dough for baguettes. We make our own bagels.

Throughout the morning, there is always dough either being shaped or baking. Most days there is somebody actively baking something from 5:30 am until 4 to 6 at night.

I have four bakery employees and at some point, I turn it over to them. That way I can begin making lists. Lists to do the cookies, cake, mousse, and other breads. The mixes. We make our own mocha mix, hot chocolate, and chai

There's list upon list

We check our inventory. I’ll also enter in all of my receipts and do any ordering that needs to be done. Respond to the multitude of emails

My time gets filled

We also have a management meeting every other week with our chef, the manager and I. We all get together and hash out the day-to-day problems and things that need to be addressed

— — —

How do you handle stress?

Ryan: Poorly

My biggest trick to staying healthy is to get a monthly massage.  I'm also asleep between 8:15 and 9:15 every night, almost like clockwork.  Ryan doesn’t sleep at all

Beef Stroganoff - the ultimate in comfort food. It's a magical dish that acts and tastes like a stew. A classic and delicious meal! Beef Stroganoff - the ultimate in comfort food. It's a magical dish that acts and tastes like a stew. A classic and delicious meal!

Outside of the Arcadia menu .. What are the things you eat over and over again?

Hamburger Stroganoff

Ryan:  Before I met Liz, I cooked basically five things for dinner. There were varieties .. I’d do a de Burgo sauce .. or a mushroom sauce with a steak

He didn’t have much of a budget in college

Ryan:  Hamburger stroganoff .. tuna casserole .. spaghetti and meatballs

Jar directly in the microwave oven

Ryan:  I’d make my own sausage. The meatballs were my own sausage meatball but the spaghetti sauce was from a jar

And hamburgers

Ryan:  That was pretty much my rotation

So we eat hamburger stroganoff probably twice a month. From my side of the family .. curry. We buy the 99 cent country ribs, I slice them and we make curry   (ps: Penzy’s curry spice – love it!)

We also make dirty rice the way my mom used to make it. Rice with the Hillshire smoked sausage. I throw in green beans and peppers and various things from the fridge

We also eat a lot of cottage cheese. It’s protein, low sugar, quick, and straight forward

( .. to be continued .. )

Photo Credit – Instagram – @dav.hab

Admittedly, I’ve never made beef stroganoff – the classic kind I imagine they served at the Russian Tea Room back in the day. But I fondly recall the church lady hamburger version my mother used to make back in the day

I browned the meat in a large skillet, taking care not to stir it(!)  Just let it cook on relatively high heat until well browned before turning it. The browning is what brings out the flavor. Using the cooking of the onions and mushrooms to scrape up any of the browned bits, and deglaze the pan to get the rest

At this point, I added some homemade bone broth, greek yogurt, Dijon, and a decent amount of Cognac. (Who said it couldn't be fancy)

I stirred until the sauce was evenly creamy, letting the flavors get to know one another and then poured it all into a shallow serving bowl. I took it straight to the table where a big bowl of egg noodles, tossed with fresh herbs awaited

There was a basic green salad to go alongside, some wine, and then very little talking. Though this time it was the right kind of silence – we were too busy eating

Enjoy!

xoxo

~ Adapted from Bon Appetit | September 1999

Hamburger Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ lbs ground chuck
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 pound mushrooms, thickly sliced (small button mushrooms work well here)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup Cognac or red wine
  • 1 ½ cups full-fat Greek yogurt (the original calls for crème fraîche or heavy whipping cream)
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles (to make this recipe gluten-free, choose any gluten-free noodle)
  • paprika

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tsp butter and swirl it around
  • Working in batches as not to crowd the meat (crowding it will make it hard to brown), break up the ground beef and add it to the pan.
  • Sprinkle the meat with a pinch of sea salt. (Don't stir the meat, as stirring will prevent browning)
  • Once the meat is well browned on one side (a couple of minutes, depending on how hot the pan), use tongs or a fork or a metal spatula to flip it to the other side
  • Once that side is browned as well, use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pan and set aside
  • Continue browning the meat in batches, adding a tsp of butter to the pan with each batch, if needed, lightly salting the pan and the meat, until it all has been browned.
  • Remove meat from pan and drain excess fat

  • Stroganoff
  • Melt 2 Tbsp butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chopped shallots and sauté until tender, scraping up browned bits, about 2 minutes
  • Add mushrooms and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and a pinch of sea salt
  • Sauté until the liquid has evaporated (~ 12 minutes)
  • Add beef broth, then Cognac
  • Simmer until liquid thickens and just coats mushrooms (~ 15 minutes)
  • Stir in crème fraîche and Dijon mustard
  • Add meat and chopped dill and simmer over low
  • Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Make the noodles
  • Meanwhile, cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water, according to the package directions. Drain.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, tossing to coat

  • Serve
  • Divide noodles among plates
  • Top with beef and sauce
  • Sprinkle generously with paprika and fresh herbs
Serves: 8
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 373
Total Fat 21g
Saturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 101mg
Carbohydrates 15.6g
Fiber 1.4g
Protein 29.2g
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77 Comments

  • Reply Tania Potter March 31, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Having a coffee shop always sounds idyllic but reading this, wow, you realize how much hard work it is. The hours are long and I can imagine employees changing often is a nightmare. The Stroganoff looks to die for divine.

  • Reply Stacie March 31, 2017 at 10:17 am


    That looks so good! I make stroganoff at least once a month, so I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Reply Ana John March 31, 2017 at 10:19 am


    I loved the recipe. The dish itself looks very appetizing and mouth watering. I will try to make this once! Get high on food!

  • Reply Jacqui S March 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm


    This looks delish! I love a good stroganoff recipe :). Doing the research, it does seem like it’s a lot of work to own your own shop, regardless of the type of venue. To build it up, you really have to put a lot of hours and blood, sweat, tears, and love into it. Only you can bring your dreams to reality.

  • Reply Vera Bortolotto March 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm


    I have never made Stroganoff. I am going to give it a try. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Reply Rodanthi Dimou March 31, 2017 at 1:51 pm


    That’s a great interview! I love hearing others share their business experience; there is always something interesting and helpful to learn. As for the recipe, well, it’s absolutely delicious! I’ve already add it to my cook notebook!

  • Reply Joely Smith March 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm


    Honestly that looks amazing! I am adding this to my dinner line up! Just good fulfilling home cooking – COMFORT FOOD!
    That cafe looks exactly like the type of place I would go! The couple seem so awesome and of course they have to be since they love animals!

  • Reply Kelly March 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm


    My husband loves stroganoff. I am sure he would love this recipe. I would love the coffee!

  • Reply Melanie March 31, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    I always like hearing about spouses that run businesses together. I always wonder if my husband and I would be able to do that. On another note, this recipe looks fabulous and I will have to make it soon!

  • Reply Claudia Krusch March 31, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    This is a great interview. I think it could be a great thing running a business with your partner. I will have to give this recipe a try. It looks so delicious.

  • Reply Shirley March 31, 2017 at 11:03 pm


    It sounds so good. I have never made Stroganoff but this weekend i will definitely going to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Reply Ana Rose April 1, 2017 at 2:47 am


    Thumbs up for the interview done. The stories behind the hard work of those people for the business to be a success is undeniably inspiring. It can serve as motivations for those who would like to put up a business like theirs.

  • Reply Fran April 1, 2017 at 3:10 am

    This looks so yummy! I love making Beef Stroganoff, but I haven’t tried using hamburger. I’m saving your recipe for later.

  • Reply clairejustine April 1, 2017 at 5:32 am


    I love this recipe, it looks so tasty. You take the most beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Reply Jaime Nicole April 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    OMG that looks so good. I love Stroganoff but have never tried to make it myself. Time to try!

  • Reply Jennifer G April 1, 2017 at 10:42 am


    That looks so amazing. Love the interviews and questions you asked too. I am going to have to try this with my family.

  • Reply Nikki April 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

    What a fun interview, I love getting to know the people behind a business. I really love the “coffee person” sign, that is so me! The stroganoff looks really yummy, too! I would make it with ground turkey (not a beef person), I bet it would still come out great with all the other delicious ingredients.

  • Reply Lindsey April 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I love when real life partners come together on a joint business venture, especially when it involves coffee. Can you believe that I have never tried Stroganoff before! We are always looking for something new and dfferent, so will certainly be trying this.

  • Reply Adaleta April 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    My mouth is watering for this recipe! It looks so good! I can’t imagine hiring in a college town it would be very hard with so many temporary hires

  • Reply Melissa Dixon April 1, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    That looks like some really good stroganoff! I love your pictures, they make me want to jump right in and take a bite!

  • Reply Marsha April 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Even though I don’t eat meat, I have to say this looks yummy! On a side note, I had to mention that quote…I love it!! I am definitely a ‘coffee drinker!’ lol!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. April 2, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I like stroganoff but I’ve never made a hamburger one. I’m pretty sure that this recipe is well loved by the kids especially the growing boys. I really admire these two owners! They’re so passionate about food. I agree with them about the employees.

  • Reply Vlad April 2, 2017 at 1:39 am


    Not a fan for this recipe BUT DANG I WANT THE COFFEE! I forwarded this to my best friend who has no idea what to make tonight and he would love this haha!

    Oh and fantastic pictures!

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy April 2, 2017 at 1:45 am


    I’ve always wanted to make beef stroganoff. Can’t wait to make your version. Love how you pair it with noodles. Yum!

  • Reply Katie Kinsley April 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I’m not a super fan of this recipe. Mostly because the only style I’ve tried is the hamburger helper box.

  • Reply Tiffany April 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm


    I’ve never actually had Beef Stroganoff but this post has me regretting that! This looks delicious!

  • Reply Ellen April 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm


    Yum. The stroganoff sounds amazing. I haven’t ever made it by scratch. The last time I made it, I used the Hamburger helper mix. I know it is a shame. Lol

    I couldn’t imagine running a coffee shop or a business where I had to manage a ton of people. It is so hard because personalities get in the way or people don’t like your style. I was a floor supervisor at a chain restaurant, never again. Kudos to you for doing it.

  • Reply HilLesha April 2, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t eat meat since I’m a vegetarian, but my husband and children would love this. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury April 3, 2017 at 3:37 am

    You don’t realize how much hard work it can be to run something like a coffee shop. Great recipe, sounds so yumy x

  • Reply Jocelyn April 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    We love beef and pasta recipes in our house. I am bookmarking this recipe to try next!

  • Reply Eugenia April 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Running a coffee shop can be so challenging. I simply admire these 2 owners and they passion of what they do! Love hamburger Stroganoff recipe, looks so appetizing! Amazing recipe!

  • Reply Karlyn cruz April 3, 2017 at 10:11 am

    i love humburger! this one looks very interesting and so yummy!

  • Reply Memory April 3, 2017 at 10:32 am


    Such a lovely looking couple. I think its so great when spouses work together, especially doing something that they are both passionate about. It’s great that you featured them on your blog too. Love this recipe as always!

  • Reply Victorial Heckstall April 3, 2017 at 10:45 am

    that look so unique! im very interested how it taste! gonna try it out!

  • Reply Molly April 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I have prepared stroganoff twice only and both times, my husband and kids love them. Thanks for the reminder, I will have to prepare this again sometime this week.

    Your dogs are gorgeous!

  • Reply Kiwi April 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I only had stroganoff only a few times in my life and it was Hamburger helper. This was a great in depth interview. I love the info for learning the insides of running a coffee shop and being an entrepreneur.

  • Reply Marielle Altenor April 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm


    Hamburger stroganoff is one of my hubby’s favorite dishes. When I’m too busy to cook that’s usually his first choice of meal ideas.

  • Reply Kathy Myers April 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Yea, I have been looking for a good hamburger stroganoff, my husband hates the box one!

  • Reply Tina Butler April 11, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Your Hamburger Stroganoff looks delicious and the photos are fabulous. I can’t wait to try your version.

  • Reply Tonya Wilhelm April 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm


    What a great interview. I love their family portrait. 😉 I ate hamburger stroganoff a lot as a child. I’m guessing it wasn’t as tasty as this version. I love the simplicity of this dish. Going to add it to my try list.

  • Reply Tiara Wilson April 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I am a huge lover of stroganoff, my husband, not so much. Haha, but I am going to have to attempt this recipe and let him see, that this is DELICIOUS! I surely do hope it tastes as good as it looks! <3

  • Reply Terri Beavers March 28, 2018 at 7:27 am


    I took some hamburger out of the freezer and am on a search on what to make with it tonight. Thankfully your post is perfect timing for me. I’ve never had hamburger stroganoff but have had beef cubed stroganoff and loved it.

  • Reply Amber Myers March 28, 2018 at 7:38 am


    I enjoyed this interview since I love coffee shops. Ironically I don’t like coffee, but I generally go for the pastries.

    I’ll have to try out this stroganoff as well! I think everyone in the house would eat it.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey March 28, 2018 at 8:27 am


    Do you know I’m not sure the last time I made or had a stronanoff, I may just have to give your recipe a try out as it sounds like it would be absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Gladys Parker March 28, 2018 at 10:10 am


    Wow, I always thought in the back of my mind that it would be nice to own a restaurant. After reading this about mistakes and 14 hour days etc I’m thinking it was a good thing I never had the opportunity. The rewards I imagine will be great. That Hamburger Stroganoff looks pretty tasty!

  • Reply Poppy March 28, 2018 at 11:34 am

    What a great interview. It is really interesting to see how others think. I had never thought about how hard it is to run somewhere, dealing with employees.

  • Reply Caitlin + Dani March 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Ok, this recipe has been on my back burner since I discovered your blog. Amazing. We made this with Caesar salad on the side. My true test of a new recipe is when fiance wants to make it for someone else other than us. About halfway through his first meatball, he asked, “Who can we make this for?”

  • Reply Melissa Chapman March 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm


    That stroganoff is a great dish and not just for college students. I am sure al those fresh baked products make it a special morning place. I would think a place this good can support a person and their family, good luck.

  • Reply Ann F. Snook-Moreau March 28, 2018 at 2:47 pm


    I like the idea of running my own business until I remember that you basically work all day, every day. Good for them for working together as a couple . . . I think my husband and I wouldn’t get along in the workplace!

  • Reply Beverly March 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realize how much work can go into running a coffee shop. I have never made stroganoff before but this looks delicious. Once we are finished remodeling our kitchen I will give it a try.

  • Reply Melissa March 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm


    One of my favorite meals to make for my family is stoganoff. I normally make it with a roast but I will have to give your hamburger version a try! It is a quick and easy meal that the whole family loves. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Melanie March 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm


    I often wonder if my spouse and I could run a business together. It sounds like this couple has worked out! The recipe also looks delicious. It has been a long time since I have made stroganoff.

  • Reply Lara Hathout March 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm


    My dream was to open a bakery but then I realized it was more work than being a doctor! If you and your partner are passionate about the same thing, running a business together can be very fulfilling! Lovely post and delicious recipe. Running a business with your partner

  • Reply Kate Andrews March 28, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Strangely enough, I’ve never had stroganoff. I am going to have to try it.

  • Reply Skylar March 28, 2018 at 9:51 pm


    I don’t think that I could run a brick n mortar business. It takes a ton of energy and managing the people isn’t always easy.

    However, the beef stroganoff sounds delicious. I havent had it in forever. Ill have to give this recipe a try.

  • Reply Heather March 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm


    I’ve never made beef stroganoff either, but yours looks like you’ve been making it for years! Anyway, we had a beloved breakfast nook we used to visit in Flagstaff weekly when we lived there. Unfortunately, we moved, but I love mom and pop shops that just want to stay small and local and serve their hometowns. There’s just something so quaint and lovely about that. I hope Liz and Ryan’s restaurant continues to shine in Iowa.

  • Reply Sara Welch March 28, 2018 at 11:39 pm


    I have always love stroganoff recipes. I would really love to try your take on it.

  • Reply Sheena Tatum March 29, 2018 at 12:04 am


    Oh sign me up for some of this! Beef stroganoff is one of my old favorites!

  • Reply Heather March 29, 2018 at 12:55 am

    I don’t eat meat but would totally consider making this with my vegan crumbles! I love a good stroganoff. It’s those big egg noodles. YUM!

  • Reply Megan March 29, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Your photography is so beautiful – And the recipe looks so straight forward but tasty! Never tried stroganoff without rice before!

  • Reply Corinne March 29, 2018 at 3:31 am

    I am a coffee person too! I never had beef stroganoff before or anything stroganoff for that matter! but this looks absolutely delicious! defo going to try it!

  • Reply Stephanie Pass March 29, 2018 at 6:59 am

    I love beef stroganoff, and this looks delicious! I can’t imagine how hard it is to run a coffee shop. It sounds intense!

  • Reply Bonnie G March 29, 2018 at 7:00 am

    My husband and I own a company as well and work alongside each other. I couldn’t imagine running a coffee shop though, sound like it could be busy work.

  • Reply Halo Zouaghi March 29, 2018 at 8:10 am


    I really like your website; your pictures are clear and beautiful.
    I cracked up when Liz said, “It took me a year to add a sandwich.” 😀
    Thank you for the truthful insight of what it means to open a coffee shop and what it’s like doing it with your spouse.
    Best of luck to Liz and Ryan! I can’t wait to read more. :))
    PS The recipe looks delish.

  • Reply Melissa Dixon March 29, 2018 at 8:35 am

    The recipe looks fantastic and I would love to visit a local business to ask some questions about opening my own. I have always thought about doing it just never made that next step.

  • Reply Rachel March 29, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Stroganoff is one of my all time favorite meals. I just can’t get enough of it. Thanks for sharing a recipe with a more cost effective meat choice!

  • Reply Jesusa Gilliam March 29, 2018 at 1:44 pm


    Omg this looks so good! My husband isn’t a big stroganoff fan but I think we will try this for dinner one day this week. He’ll have to give another try, maybe we can change his mind about stroganoff.
    Thank you for including the recipe!

  • Reply Angie March 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Yum, this sounds like a really good recipe to make on a night we have the boys. Really kid friendly, but something adults will love too.

  • Reply Monica Y March 29, 2018 at 4:58 pm


    I am not sure if I coudl be on the same business with my husband, but their story is motivational. I love the recipe. My son for sure would love it. My husband a pasta lover, will want this for dinner every day. I think I will try this pasta for my next potluck at work too.

  • Reply Destany March 29, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I grew up with stroganoff, and it was always a comfort food. I’ll have to share with my mother, and I know she’d love this 🙂

  • Reply Dhemz March 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    oh, wow! That looks really yummy. I would love to try this recipe sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Melanie March 29, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    While I was finishing school, I managed a small restaurant. It was long hours and physically tiring. Reading of this coffee shop brought so many memories back of those days. Just like any small business, you must have passion for the work. But it’s so worth it!

  • Reply Lynndee March 30, 2018 at 6:48 am

    That looks really good. I can’t remember the last time I had stroganoff so this goes to the menu next week. 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!

  • Reply Maria Magdalena March 30, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I know few of my talented friends are lack of sleep. They have the passion to develop their talents, but I think they are overwhelmed with that, so it is hard for them to fall asleep. Nice conversation here. Thanks for share.

  • Reply Leah March 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Looks great! I may try thiS recipe with the soy hamburger crumbles. Great comfort food recipe!

  • Reply Tiffany March 30, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    My mom’s beef stroganoff is one of my favorites. We will have to try your version. Looks good! Owning any business is a lot of hard work. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • Reply Heather March 30, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    My husband loves hamburger stroganoff but I’ll be totally honest with a mom confession here – we eat Hamburger Helper! I’m definitely using this recipe!!!

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