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Good Old Fashion Hearty Beef Stew…And Giveaway Winners

Monday results! Congrats to the following 3 WINNERS of the “Tote-ally” Cool Giveaway….please email me, [email protected] ASAP with your address and I’ll get your prizes out! LOVED reading everyone’s perfect dinners. I am hungry thinking of all the good stuff ya’ll wrote!

Commenter #215: Katie’s Blog who said:

My perfect dinner would be a seafood feast with a luscious pasta side dish and fresh wilted spinach for my veggie. My dinner would be perfect if my hubby and kids were eating dinner with me.

Commenter #24: Nancy who said:

Well if I really get to pick the perfect dinner it would have to be all my favorite desserts. Creme Brulee,donuts, mint oreo ice cream, white chocolate macadamian nut cookies. This list would go on and on.

Commenter #187: Mamawags who said:

My perfect dinner would be a perfectly grilled tri-tip steak, parmesan couscous, green salad with all the veggies it could hold, topped with homemade ranch dressing! Dessert would be cheesecake with raspberries!! Delish!!


Some of my fondest memories of college was coming home to my Granna’s house (she graciously let my husband and I live with her and my Bunka when we were going to school) and sitting down to a 3 course meal EVERYNIGHT when we’d come home from a long day at school. I’m talking salad, bread with lots of butter and some fabulous main dish that was as fattening as could be. My beautiful French grandmother is a wonderful cook and has taught me so much. My husband and I look back at our photos of those couple years and we were so chubby, and I totally know why….granna’s home cooking! I am so lucky to have her and my grandpa (Bunka) in my life and I miss seeing them now that we are in CA.

I created this beef stew in honor of my sweet grandma, because it reminds me of those days eating dinner in her comfy kitchen. Although beef stew isn’t the prettiest dish to photograph, it’s as tasty as can be. I hope you will all enjoy a little old fashion comfort food!

Good Old Fashion Hearty Beef Stew

1 Cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 lb beef stew meat

4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

3 celery ribs, cut into ½ inch pieces

3 peeled carrots, cut into ½ inch pieces

6 oz package sliced white mushrooms

1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1 ½ Cups pearl onions, peeled

2 Cups peeled and diced turnips

4 medium potatoes of choice, cut into ½ inch chunks

3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

32 oz beef broth

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place the flour, salt, pepper and stew meat into a large ziplock bag. Shake around to coat the beef, then remove beef shaking off excess flour.

2. Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat. Place flour coated beef into pot and brown all sides, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 Tablespoons olive oil into pot and add carrots, mushrooms, fennel, onions, turnips, potatoes and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally then add broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cover with oven safe lid and place in oven for 2-2 ½ hours or until beef is fork tender. Remove from oven and season to taste as desired. Serve with soft rolls and enjoy!

6 servings


Here is a picture of my sweet “Granna” and I. I love her to pieces!

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  1. 1
    carol says:

    Nothing like a Granna’s cooking to warm the heart and soul….and fluff you up a bit! It just tastes too darned good to leave on your plate!
    This is a great sounding stew to warm one’s tummy….
    LOVE the picture of you and your Granna, Jenny…..

  2. 2
    Jessica says:

    Thanks Jenny, my 3 men would probably love some red meat!

  3. 3
    Meg says:

    This stew reminds me of one my grandma used to make…we call my grandma “granna” too!

  4. 4
    Lisa says:

    Yummy! What a nice picture of you and your grandma! I am sure you guys weren’t chubby. I can’t imagine that.

  5. 5
    Laura P. says:

    I think your beef stew is beautiful, and I love that pic of you and your grandma! : ) Do you have any recipes for that bread bowl? Just wondering. : )

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    Thanks for your sweet comments ladies! Laura, I have to admit, I am not much of a breadmaker! I bought those beautiful little bread bowls. Hope you can find a good recipe!

  7. 7
    Barbara Bakes says:

    What a nice post about your Grandma! It’s the perfect time of year of stew!

  8. 8
    Dawn says:

    Mmmm Jenny I am so loving this.
    I wish I had a Gran like you did. Lucky you!

  9. 9
    Erin says:

    Hey Jenny! How are you guys doing over there? Thanks for yet another yummy recipe!

  10. 10
    Rebekah says:

    do you have the bread bowl recipe? I can’t seem to find one that i like and this one looks really good! The beef stew is yummy too! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. 11
    Katrina says:

    Yummy stew and yummy Granna. Wish I could have mine back. Will see here again, though!

  12. 12
    That Girl says:

    I love anything that comes in a bread bowl!

  13. 13
    Stephanie says:

    A great-cooking French grandma – that explains so much! No wonder you’re a wonderful cook too! 🙂 The stew looks absolutely delicious.

  14. 14
    Sara says:

    This looks so good, you really can’t go wrong with beef stew.

  15. 15
    Bob says:

    Beef stew rules! So do grandmas. 🙂

  16. 16
    Kandice says:

    Drool. That sounds and looks wonderful.

  17. 17
    Helene says:

    This is so nice of you to have created this in honor of your grandma.

  18. 18
    AZMarianos says:

    Jenny – this looks wonderful! Our family loves beef stew and mine doesn’t always turn out since I just make it up as I go! now I have a great recipe to follow! Also, I just realized that your parents are in my ward. In fact they were my son’s primary teachers last year and we all just love them! Just wanted you to know (which I’m sure you already do) that your parents are loved!

  19. 19
    CookiePie says:

    Grandma’s cooking is the best! Your beef stew looks wonderful, and so does your Granna 🙂

  20. 20
    Maria says:

    Granna sounds amazing! I would of loved a home cooked meal every night in college!

  21. 21
    Leslie says:

    How sweet of you to make something in honor of your Granny! And it looks delicious!!

  22. 22
    Bridgett says:

    This stew looks hearty and absolutely delicious. Love the pic of you two, something to treasure!

  23. 23
    Carrian says:

    Looks delicious!!!

  24. 24
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    What a sweet post Jenny, I’m sure your grandparents are smiling with joy! Love how good your beef stew looks. BTW, I saw you on FN, you were fantastic, you’re food looked great and so did you!

  25. 25
    Jeena says:

    Gorgeous stew Jenny and nice picture with your granna or ‘nanna’ as we brits would say. 🙂

  26. 26
    luckytastebuds says:

    ahhh I absolutely loved you on the food network showdown!!! I cannot tell you how much I wanted to eat the pulled pork sandwich after the show. And you’re gorgeous!!

  27. 27
    Katrina says:

    Come on over and check out the giveaway on my blog as well as the delicious Tuesday’s With Dorie Devil’s Food Cake. You’re great inspiration!

  28. 28
    Melissa says:

    I love a great beef stew. This recipe sounds wonderful!

  29. 29
    Melissa says:

    I love a great beef stew. This recipe sounds wonderful!

  30. 30
    Chef Chuck says:

    Yum, That looks good and the bread soaking all that flavor!!

  31. 31
    Kevin says:

    I like the bread bowl for the beef stew!

  32. 32

    Very nice article and straight to the point. I am not sure if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you folks have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thank you

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