The weather has been unseasonably warm here in SW Florida this fall, but yesterday a “cold” front came through to everyone’s delight.  We had a high of 64 degrees with an overnight low of 45. Today was even cooler by several degrees. So, I thought it would be great to make what Rob calls “Winter Food”.  I had all the ingredients for beef stew. Around 9:00 am  I pulled out the Crock Pot, dusted it off, and started peeling and chopping the vegetables. About fifteen minutes later, I tossed the veggies and meat into the slow cooker and turned it on low. In ten hours dinner will be ready.
In the meantime I just relaxed. Warmed by my favorite sweatshirt, long pants and socks, I read a book while the house filled with the delicious aroma of the hearty stew.
P.S. – By Friday it’s going to be 80 degrees.


6-8 servings

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

10 Hours 15 minutes




  • 2 pounds of stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 garlic clove roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 5 medium carrots, sliced
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms 
  • 7-8 baby potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of beef stock


  • Place meat in Crock Pot
  • In a small bowl mix the flour, salt, pepper & pour over the meat to coat meat with flour mixture.
  • Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, onions, beef stock, potatoes, carrots, celery, and mushrooms.
  • Cover and cook on Low for 10-12 hours or High for 4-6 hours.
Full-proof perfect easy meal for a cold winter night!


One Comment

  1. Willy Taylor

    Great comfort food whoever one item I would add. Get a full 8oz glass of a hearty red wine. Drink it. The proceed with the recipe!


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