In the wake of our visits with friends and family and being besieged by ridiculously cold temperatures, I have found myself craving super warming comfort foods. I frequently turn to soups in these situations, and in fact during our coldest day of the polar votex, I let the slow cooker do the work for me and we had some lovely Vegetable, Bean and Barley Stew. With that said, I do have my limits, and this is true even for soup. I wanted something warm and comforting that was a little more… solid.
For inspiration I flipped through a few cookbooks, and landed on Kathy Hester‘s Chik’N Mushroom Casserole. I liked the sound of the creaminess with the mushrooms, but it was a little late in the day for me to start a slow cooker meal, and I didn’t want to use a meat substitute… So I read through her recipe a couple more times and re-imagined it a bit, borrowing from one of my other favorite cooks to mash those recipes together and make the dish I had in mind, Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff. Continue reading