beef stew

this is the perfect meal for school season and or winter
i do it in the crock pot... dump in all the ingredients in the morning, put on low and by dinnner you'll be good to go...

2 lb stew meat
1 c each - carrots, celery and onions (sometimes i also use mushrooms)
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 c red wine
1 tsp beef extract
2 tbsp tapioca
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black peper
1/4 tsp thyme, dill or basil
1 c sausage and pepper spag sauce

stir together and dump in crock pot or heavy casserole dish

cover tightly and cook 4-6 hours @ 250, or 8-10 hours @ 200 if you have to be gone all day, or if you are in a hurry 2-3 hours @ 325.

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