Monday, January 18, 2010


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Has chosen Heart N' Soul Cooking to giveaway two of their products. A lucky reader will win a Proctor-Silex Waffle Maker and a box of Chef's Choice Gourmet Waffle Mix. THANKS!!! and GOOD LUCK!!! Now go visit to enter; Heart N' Soul Cooking!


4 pounds beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 - 1/2 inch pieces
6 tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons oil
2 bottles (12 oz. each) ale
2 large onions, thinly sliced
8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
3 large carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 - inch lengths
2 cups flour
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion (green part only)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 - 1/2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
about 3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg

In a large bowl, toss beef with 3 tablespoons flour, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add enough beef to pot to form a single layer (about 1/3 of beef), being careful not to overcrowd pot. Brown meat on all sides, about 7 minutes total per batch. Transfer to a large bowl and brown remaining 2 batches. If meat or pan juices start to scorch, reduce heat.

Add 1 bottle ale to pot, scraping up brown bits with a wooden spoon. Pour ale over reserved beef and return empty pot to medium-high heat.

Add remaining tablespoon oil to pot. Add onion and 2 teaspoons salt. Cook, stirring often, 2 minuted. Cover pot and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have a hint of gold color, about 20 minutes. Remove lid, raise heat to medium-high, stir in 3 tablespoons flour and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes. Add mushroom, reserved beef and ale, remaining bottle of ale and carrots. Bring to a boil. cover and lower heat to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender, about 3 hours.

About 40 minutes before serving, make dumplings: In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups flour, green onions, 3/4 teaspoon salt and baking soda. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work cold butter into flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal with pea-size pieces. In another bowl whisk together buttermilk and egg. Gently fold wet ingredients into dry, mixing until a very shaggy dough forms. If more liquid is needed, add additional buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time. Gently form dough into 12 equal balls and drop into stew. Cover pot and cook 20 to 30 minutes, or until dumplings are fluffy and cooked through. Let sit 15 minutes before serving; stew will thicken as it cools.

YIELDS 6 to 8 servings


  1. This looks so great. I've never put dumplings in beef stew...or any beef dish, only chicken. My husband will love this one...thank you.


  2. Oh My, that looks wonderful! I made your recipe for Broccoli with Penne - Scrumptious! Plus it is so versatile - great way for me to use up extra veggies! I recommended it to a fellow blooger who features meatless meals on Mondays.

  3. Oh my - what a great give away. If you saw my Tasty Tuesday post last week, you'll know that our waffle maker went. I'd love tis. :) Thanks for joining in for Tasty Tuesday. Please include a link in your post back so that everyone can join in on the fun. thanks. :)

  4. This beef stew looks so goooood! I'm hungry right now, can you tell? And this is making it worse. I will definitely have to try this.

  5. How did you know I was planning on making beef stew. I am always on the look-out for changes to my recipes.

    What a beautiful give-away.

    My waffle iron went too many years ago. It is on my wish list.

    I can't complain. I just got an immersion blender which my daughter told me I would love. We will see.

  6. Aloooooha,
    OK this recipe is screaming at me!! wow comfort food haven!! I too have not made dumplings with beef, but I am now!! love, it and Mahalo for sharing'
    Aloha hugs from across the sea

  7. Dumplings with beef, sounds like my type of recipe. A soup my husband would love. Thanks for sharing. It looks so delicious!!

  8. This is something different than I usually make. Sounds yummy I will have to give it a try, thanks!

  9. What a perfect winter meal. I've never used dumplings in beef stew, but I occasionally make spatzle. Your stew sounds delicious.

  10. Oh Geri,howdya do?Thats a perfect recipe for a hearty dinner.
    Your give away is so so good dear!!!
    HAve a wonderfully cheerfull day!!!!

  11. This recipe sounds great Geri - but what could I use instead of Ale - that's not something that I'd ever have around!!!!

    A waffle maker would drive my boys crazy... lovely giveaway!!!

  12. Geri...your stew with dumplings sound wonderful!

    What a great giveaway :)


  13. Oh, Iove beef stew and it sounds even yummier with dumplings.

  14. That stew looks great! Thanks for linking your recipe to TMTT.

  15. I've been making dumpling to go in my chicken noodle soup, and now can't wait to try these with the stew. What a great comfort meal for us here in Wisconsin!

  16. Just the beef stew recipe I was looking for. Thank you!

  17. Ah I like this dish on a cold day. Thanks for sharing your recipe with me.

  18. see...told you i cooked my brain! i finally figured out how to enter the giveaway and then saw that i had already entered. blush! oh the shame!!!

  19. This is originally from Sunset magazine...... Great recipe though.