Who ever said that beef stew needs to be made the same way every time? I’m a big fan of finding a recipe that I love and adding to it, changing it up a little, playing with it- if you will. So when it came time to throw some beef, potatoes and carrots into the crock pot yesterday I also decided to add: onion, garlic, green beans, peas, sweet potato, rutabaga, and butternut squash. What a tasty and well-rounded stew that was! A wee bit of tomato paste and some dried herbs and it was complete. Of course, I had also run into Bakery Normand in Northampton to grab a peasant loaf of whole wheat bread to go with. Damned if that wasn’t the best thing to scoop up gravy with.