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Mmm, mmm good beef stew

Over the weekend I was discussing slow cooker recipes with a friend who asked if I had any super easy ones for beef stew and a good old pot roast. Both the stew and the roast recipe are excellent for “simmering” all day and coupled with a few simple side dishes are complete meals in themselves. The beef stew is fantastic with all the vegetables right in it. All you need is a loaf of crusty French bread.

Crock Pot Stew

Serving size: 6

2 pounds beef stew meat or round steak, cut in 1-inch cubes

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cups beef broth or bouillon cubes

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 clove minced garlic

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon paprika

4 carrots, sliced

3 potatoes, diced

1 onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, sliced

Put meat in Crock Pot. Mix flour, salt and pepper and pour over meat; stir to coat meat with flour. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Cover, cook on low 10-12 hours or on high 4-6 hours. Stir stew before serving.

Yummy, Tender Roast Beef

3 pound roast

15-ounce can beef broth

1 package dry onion soup mix

1 can cream of celery, mushroom or chicken soup

Put roast in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low for 10 hours.

Caramel Chex Mix

1 bag corn chips

17 ounces Crispix cereal

1 can mixed nuts


1/2 cup Karo syrup

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

12 ounces M&Ms plain chocolate candies

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix corn chips, Crispix cereal and mixed nuts in a large roaster. For the sauce, combine the Karo syrup, butter and brown sugar. Boil 1 1/2 minutes. Pour over corn chip mixture. Stir and bake in oven for eight minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Bake another eight minutes. Add bag of M&Ms. Pour mixture on waxed paper to cool.

GARY’S TIP: To remove mold, use equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a spray bottle. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe with a cloth.

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