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Is it Spring yet?  This weather has me chomping at the bit.  As you know I love the fall, but this winter back and forth weather is for the birds.  I am ready to see all the flowers blooming and have warm breezes blowing while sipping a nice glass of wine on the porch. But that will have to wait I guess. I need to work on my patience so this is a good test. So while the chilly wind is whipping around outside, I am whipping up some delicious comfort food. . . Beef Stew!!  Join me???

Comfort Stew

1 Lb. beef stew meat

1 small bag of baby carrots

1 small onion

1 green bell pepper.

1 tbsp minced garlic

about 10 baby red potatoes

 salt & pepper, celery seed,1 bay leaf, and a dash of oregano & parsley.

 Flour.

 Worcestershire (a few tablespoons).

Place your beef tips into your crock pot.

Add about 1 cup of water with all the dry seasoning listed above.

Turn on high.

Cut and add onion, bell pepper, carrots and garlic .

Add water to the top of the pile of goodness. This is where I  s & p and throw in a few splashes of Worcestershire.

cookin it up

Cover and cook on high for 2.5 hours.

gravy

Take 1/2 cup of flour and put it in a glass bowl.

Ladle out some of the juice from the roast

and stir into flour.

thicken

Make sure that the flour  dissolves.

pour it

Pour it back into the crock pot

and let cook for about 30 minutes.

This helps to thicken the stew just a bit.

I do this step about 2-3 times until I get the thickness I like.

de-lish

I like to taste the juice every 30 minutes and add seasons if need be.

I serve my stew over rice.

My husband loves this stew. It might be because I got the recipe from him Mom. She makes hers in a cast iron skillet.

I  make it her way often, but when you need to put on a meal

and forget about it, I use this crock pot method. It tastes just as good.

Hope this helps you get through another chilly evening with your honey.

I know it makes my night better!

Until Then,

Wende

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