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Marriage stew

1.5 pounds cubed beef
olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic

Brown the meat in the olive oil in a big pot, and when it's brown all over, throw in the garlic and let it sizzle for a minute or two.

4-5 cups beef stock (you can use bouillon cubes if you want, any flavor except fish)
1 cup of red wine
1 cup of beer**
2 T tomato paste
2 T steak sauce (seriously)
2 T worcestershire sauce
1 T sugar
1 T parsley
1 T thyme
2 tsp marjoram
2 bay leaves
salt
pepper

**beer should be of some thick variety, like Guinness, stout, porter, etc. I've been using this Sierra Leone porter from Trader Joe's -- it tastes rather like coffee, which adds a nice bitterness.

After garlic has been sizzling, throw all of the above ingredients into the pot with the beef. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer.

After that's been cooking for an hour or so, cut up the following and cook in a separate pan:

1 onion
a bunch of carrots
new potatoes (or a bag of those red, white, and blue potatoes Trader Joe's)
butter to coat

Cook that for about 20 minutes. Then throw those things into the stew pot with the beef, and cook for about ~40 minutes or until beef and potatoes are done.

Eat and kiss yourself.

Tweak the recipe as you will.

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