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I am a 30 something single mom from D.C. who likes to cook, hike, play games, make cards and watch movies. I tend to love making stews, one-pot meals, desserts for breakfast and breakfast for dinner!

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I'm 11 years old, love food and my mom says I need practice writing! I am a Star Wars loving, circia 1940's comic book collecting math nerd who plays electric guitar. I play Halo Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops II with my friends and am in the 6th grade.

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Simple Beef Stew and Best Bread EVER

On Sunday’s, Bruce and I tend tend to just putter around the house and I love to spend the day cooking, especially baked goods while dinner cooks in the crockpot.

Today we made beef stew.  I don’t need anything special or fancy – I like just a basic beef stew with crusty buttered bread for dipping!

Now doesn’t this look like an inviting sunday dinner?

Beef Stew with Rustic Crusty Bread

This is all there is to my simple stew!

Simple Stew - Beginning


I find that the onion soup makes for a great beef stew base.  They even make a beefy onion soup now.  I’ve tried it, but I prefer the original.  The aroma makes the house feel so warm and cozy, which is much needed on a gloomy, cold day like today.

When I chop my celery up, I include the leaves.  They get tender and provide just a little more flavor and texture to the stew.



Lastly, before I get to the stew recipe… I need to gush over the bread we had.  It was absolutely, utterly, unequivocally the best rustic bread to the nth degree!  I wasn’t sure how it would come out because the dough was so sticky.  But it was so easy, no kneading and the best part… it makes two loaves, so I have another batch of dough in the fridge for later this week!!!

I received this bread recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.   She provides a great step by step pictoral of how to make this bread.  The ingredients are simple, the technique is very basic (stir, sit, divide, sit, bake!) and the bread is so crusty on the outside and soft and airy on the inside.

Here’s how mine came out:

Rustic Crusty Bread

Isn’t it beautiful!?  Bruce had 3 helpings!  Ok… so did I.  Uh hem.

Simple Beef Stew
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Recipe type: Stew
  • 3-4 cups of water (depending on how thick you like your stew)
  • 1 tablespoon of flour (for thickening)
  • 2 pouches (one box) of Lipton’s Onion Soup
  • 3 potatoes of choice, cut in small chunks (I like red potatoes)
  • 2 large stalks of celery, chopped – with leaves included
  • 1 16 ounce bag of baby carrots
  • 1 package of good quality beef stew meat
  1. Place the water into the crockpot and stir in the flour and onion soup powders.
  2. Place the onions, carrots and chopped celery into the crockpot.
  3. Last, place the beef stew meat on top of all of the items, to allow the beef juices to flavor the vegetables and broth.
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Submitted to:
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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