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I’m always impressed by the memories that come rushing to me out of nowhere, when I taste something from my childhood. A customer of mine requested a menu focused more on comfort foods, instead of the health-focused Mediterranean menu that I usually do. Because I’m a personal chef service, and not a generic chef service, I had no problem fulfilling their request. One menu item that they specifically asked for was Beef Stroganoff.

After their request, I started to look around online for a beef stroganoff recipe. Then I remembered that my grandmother used to make beef stroganoff ALL the time! I contacted my aunt Cindy, who has become the keeper of my grandmother’s information, and had her send me the recipe my grandmother used to make her version of beef stroganoff.

Finally on Monday, I made the stroganoff…and HOLY COW!!! When I did a taste test for seasoning, it was like I was an eleven year old kid again, eating my grandmother’s cooking. This was easily one of the strongest memories of my childhood that I’ve had in a VERY long time. This got me thinking about the connection that we have with food and our memories.

I found a *fantastic* article online about the connection that we as humans have with food and memories. The link that I found is here:


There were a lot of things in this article that caught my eye. The most fascinating of which is, “studies have found that damage to areas of the brain responsible for memory can also harm one’s ability to smell.” WHAT?!?!?!? As somebody who has suffered a brain injury I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that my sense of smell is intact, heh heh. I recommend checking out the article that I linked, as it was extremely enlightening for me to gain more understanding of why food is able to trigger such strong memories in me.

I will leave you with my grandmother’s recipe, and a couple of questions. What food could you eat, that could bring you back to being a little kid again? How long has it been since you’ve eaten that? Finally, don’t you think you should be a kid again more often? 🙂

My Grandmother’s Stroganoff


1.5 lb lean hamburger
1 onion, chopped
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
8 oz fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz sour cream


1) Brown hamburger and onion in a sauté pan and season with salt, pepper and garlic.
2) Once the meat is almost done, add the mushrooms to the pan and sauté.
3) Drain any greasy in the pan.
4) Add soup and sour cream, mix well and heat to a simmer, but do not allow to boil.
5) Server over cooked noodles or rice.