Besides chicken soup, beef stew is another recipe that is perfect for a cold day. Especially once you get home after combating the almost -30 F cold. Once you step into your home’s threshold, you are embraced by the warmth and smell of cooking stew. The atmosphere just screams of “home” doesn’t it?

Serves 2.


  • 1/2 pound boneless chuck steak, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsps all-purpose flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1-inch lenghts
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 large potato, scrubbed and cut into large chunks
  • salt and pepper


  1. Season the steak generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a dutch oven or lrage, flameproof casserole dish over high heat.
  3. When the oil begins to smoke, add the steak and cook while stirring frequently for 5-8 minutes, or until well-browned. Then transfer cooked meat to a bowl using slotted spoon.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions to the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until translucent.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook while stirring continuously for 2 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Beat in 1 cup of the stock and cook, scraping up all the sediment from the bottom of the pot.
  7. Stir in the remaining stock and the carrots, celery, ketchup, bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, and 1 tsp of salt. Return the steak to the pot.
  8. Bring back the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour.
  9. Add the potatoes, replace the lid, and simmer for additional 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium, stirring occasionally for another 30 minutes, or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  11. If the stew becomes too thick, add a little more stock or water.
  12. After cooking, let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

The house smells divine cooking this thing! Try it!