I always feel a little bit like a hippie and a little bit like I've stepped into the past (sometimes it's almost medieval and sometimes it's anywhere pre-1980) when I make stew. It's the using of fresh raw vegetables, peeling them and dumping the skins in the compost pile, I'm sure. It's one of my favorite foods, and so easy to make, it's silly to consider it a 'recipe', but here goes (;
2 packages of stew meat beef (you know, where they've already cut it for you)
2 small onions, peeled and large diced
half a dozen carrots, peeled and large diced
a bunch of celery (believe it or not, but that's actually what you call it!) large diced
roughly a dozen potatoes (depending on size), peeled and large diced.
a large sploosh of vegetable oil
fresh minced garlic to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Get out your big stew pot and put the meat, onions and garlic in it. Turn on medium high heat, and add the vegetable oil-- enough to make it easier to brown the meat. Then season with salt and pepper. Periodically stir the meat to help brown it. While it was browning, I peeled the rest of the vegetables. After the meat is evenly browned and the onions are starting to go clear, turn the heat off. Add the remaining ingredients and stir so they're distributed evenly in the pot. Then add enough water to cover everything, put the lid on the pot and turn the stove on the high. When it starts to boil, turn it down to low and let it cook for a minimum of 3 hours. It's ready to serve then, but you can continue cooking it for up to another 3 hours if you want to.
Serve and enjoy (: