How to make Goulash

My German Grandmother, Rose, made the most delicious Goulash ever.  If you read in my previous post….I wrote about how happy we (me and my four siblings) were to have made the trip into West Hempstead…. because when you walked into her house…you smelled it…..even before you saw Long Grandma….you smelled the dish you were hoping and maybe even praying-that she made….the delicious smells of her Goulash. 

We called her Long Grandma…..because the trip into West Hempstead took us about an hour…and for little ones…..that seemed like a ridiculously long trip.  We also had a Short Grandma….Grandma Lilla….and she lived about 10 minutes from us….so growing up we had a Long Grandma and a Short Grandma.  And now….as a mama myself….I am thrilled to have Long Grandma’s German recipes…..and Short Grandma’s Italian recipes.  Katie Borreato and I made home-made pasta yesterday….so I will be sure to post how to make her pasta and sauce. 

Below you will find Long Grandma’s Goulash recipe.  Be sure to use the strategies of self talk and parallel talk when cooking in the kitchen with your little one.  You can find the strategies under the teach me to talk page.  You can easily use both of the strategies…without any effort at all.  What I mean by that is this…..once you understand how easily both self talk and parallel talk can be incorporated into your daily activities with your little one……the strategies become EMBEDDED in your natural and spontaneous speech.  My favorite is the mixed-up mama strategy… be sure to look under the teach me to talk page for that strategy…..and when making the Goulash with your little one…have fun…being silly, mixed-up….and using both self talk and parallel talk.


Long Grandma’s Goulash

1/2 pound to a pound of chopped bacon (depending how much bacon you want)

2 large onions-chopped

1 1/2 pounds of beef cubes (I usually buy about 2 pounds because the kids love it) cut the cubes into small pieces….depending on your liking.  I like the pieces about one inch thick around…sometimes smaller

1 stick butter

1 to 2 large cans of beef broth



Salt and pepper to taste

Extra Wide Egg noodles


Mix flour and paprika together…I do not have an exact amount…..coat the meat in the flour paprika mix.  You want the flour to have the coloring of the paprika…but not too much of it that it is overpowering.  Set aside.

Saute the onions in butter until soft in a large frying pan.  Add chopped bacon and cook until bacon is brown.  Next fry beef in bacon/onion mixture until lightly browned on all sides.

Transfer the mixture to a larger sauce pot.  Add beef broth to cover beef.  Simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Cook until the meat is tender to touch with a fork.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over extra wide egg noodles.


Growing up….this was probably one of our favorite meals when we would visit Long Grandma and when our mom would make at home. 




About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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