A good stew accomplishes two things, in my world. For one, it stretches out some very expensive grass-fed beef. Perhaps more importantly, though, it allows me to cram whatever vegetables that need eating into a one pot meal filled with delicious, beefy gravy. So I let the other vegetables do the talking – carrots, green beans, and mushrooms. Enhancing the beef and vegetables with herbs and last year’s canned tomatoes is always a must. Finally, I add my secret beef stew ingredients – paprika and butter.