This is one of those lessons learned posts (more Julie Powell style than my own). I used Tyler Florence’s recipe for The Ultimate Beef Stroganoff at my faux Elon Homecoming. And while it was very tasty, I think some things should probably stay traditional. I won’t lie, my Mom told me to just use her recipe (which I think includes ketchup) but I wanted to try something different. Tyler’s recipe uses roasted beef short ribs instead of the traditional round steak in my Mom’s recipe. While they were very tasty, it wasnt enough meat on the shrimpy bones at Harris Teeter and I prefer my meat to be mixed into the sauce rather than on top (thats how he calls for it). So, all in all, a good meal but lesson learned – sometimes Mom knows best.