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Chunky Beef Stew

I know that I am not going to get any sympathy from northern blog readers, but it’s been darn right cold in San Diego. It’s actually even been raining quite a bit. But to be perfectly honest, I kind of like it. There is something kind of nice about staying in to avoid the cold, wet weather and making the inside of my house warm and comforting. It also gives me a great excuse to break out one of my favorite cookbooks –  The Ski House Cookbook. Yeah I know, 50 degrees outside (it feels colder with the ocean breeze!) isn’t exactly snow ski weather, but it’s as close as I’ll get in San Diego!

This beef stew is a recipe that I have come back to every year since my aunt gave me this cookbook. One thing that sets it apart is the cooking of the vegetables and stew separately but at the same time. This helps to avoid mushy vegetables or having to keep an eye on the clock to add the vegetables at just the right time to cook them without overcooking them. You’re going to want a fork AND a spoon for this stew so you don’t miss any of the chunky vegetables/meat or delicious gravy.


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  1. Rachel

    I LOVE beef stew and this looks so delicious. I’m definitely going to try it soon! Your pictures are great as always, too!

  2. IT”S COLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDD! I can’t imagine what East weather cold is like, but my SoCal self does not like weather dipping into the 50s or 40s!! EEEKS! But this beef stew looks absolutely delicious and a great way to warm me up!

  3. Beth

    It’s darn cold In Phoenix too. I’ll need to remember what cold is this summer 🙂 Beef stew perfect

  4. Nicole, RD

    Yum! I love beef stew…it’s probably my favorite way to eat beef. I would take this over a steak ANY day! Annnnd, I now have another cookbook to add to my ever-growing list!

  5. Idit

    Could I make this in my crockpot overnight?

    1. Jessica

      I haven’t tried it myself, I imagine it would probably work but wouldn’t yield the exact same result. The vegetables cooking separately is one of my favorite parts of this recipe (because they don’t get mushy). If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

      1. Idit

        I will 🙂 It look so yummy! Traditionally Jewish people (or, traditional Jewish people) don’t cook on Saturday, so I’m always looking for slow-cooker recipes I can put up Friday afternoon.

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