Now that it's finally beginning to feel like Winter, one of my go-to recipes to make on the weekends is my future mother-in-law's famous beef stew. It was one of the many recipes that Sam has raved about since we began dating. So, about two years ago, once I figured that I'd be sticking around for awhile, I decided that it was about time to master the recipe once and for all. Now, lord only knows why it took me that long to finally share it on the blog but, one thing is for sure - this one's a crowd pleaser. I made this beef stew for the first Friendsgiving that Sam and I hosted at our home, at which time the entire batch was devoured within minutes by our guests. No spoonful left behind. Since then, it has been my go-to, no-fail recipe for hosting at home or simply making a nice weeknight dinner that I know will have Sam feeling spoiled.
This homemade beef stew has been adapted from the March 1999 Bon Appetit magazine, Family style in the 90's edition. Over the past 5 years that I've been eating it, whether Sam's mom's batch or mine, I haven't seen or tried anything comparable. That's when you know it's a good one. I do recommend making this homemade beef stew on a weekend, when you're not rushed or busy with plans, however. This recipe requires a lot of love and attention but, I promise you it's worth it in the end. Plus, if you're just making it for you and your spouse, you'll have easy leftovers that you can simply heat-up for dinner for at least a week.
The past few days, I have been feeling under the weather, which is particularly unlike me. At the start, I had shrugged it off as the after effect of a long, exciting weekend. However, after two sleepless, cold-sweat covered nights, blinding headaches, and one super frightening dream about Oliver caused by overdoing it with the NyQuil, I have come to accept that I must be catching something. It's that and the fact that it got down to 13 degrees here the other night, that I'm currently craving warm soup and stew only. This homemade beef stew is the epitome of comfort food for me. From the first spoonful to the very last bowl, this recipe makes me feel all cozy and warm inside. And I think you should feel that way too.
P.S. - that's your cue to start cookin'.
(Makes 6 servings)
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