Friday, October 9, 2020

The Mayor's Beef Stew from @MaddieDayAuthor plus #giveaway

MADDIE here, with one more recipe from Candy Slain Murder, one that's perfect for the cooling temperatures of fall.

Robbie Jordan's assistant in the country store restaurant reels after a young man shows up saying he is her half-brother...even though she never knew she had any siblings. But when Danna Bickley confronts her mother, the mayor of South Lick, Corrine explains what happened. They invite Marcus for dinner, and include Robbie and her boyfriend, Abe. 

Corrine serves a delicious, hearty beef stew. And here's the recipe I included in the book!

Corrine’s Beef Stew

Serves four to six.


(Sharp-eyed readers will note the broth is not pictured - I forgot!)

Olive oil

1 pound stew beef, cut into one-inch cubes




One large onion, diced

3 fat garlic cloves, minced

2 carrots, peeled and cut into one-inch chunks

8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and quartered.

2 good-sized potatoes or 3 medium, scrubbed and cubed.

1 cup hearty red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Burgundy

2 cups beef or chicken stock

2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley



Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Season beef with salt and pepper and dust with flour. 

In a large Dutch oven with an ovenproof lid, add olive oil to lightly cover the bottom and heat over medium high heat. Add only enough meat cubes so they can sauté without touching. 

When one side is brown, turn until other side browns. Remove to a plate and repeat until all meat is browned. Remove all to the plate.

Reduce heat to medium low, add more oil, and sauté onions until tender but not brown. Return all meat and onions to the pot and add garlic. 

 Sauté for one minute. Add carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, stock, wine, and rosemary and bring to a simmer. 

Remove from heat. Cover the pot and bake for two hours or until meat is very tender.

Whisk water into one tablespoon flour until it makes a paste, then stir in stock from the pot until it becomes a slurry. 

Stir slowly into the stew to thicken. Add parsley and simmer another twenty minutes. Adjust seasonings.

Serve hot with crusty bread, green salad, and red wine. (Note: I was out of crusty bread, darn it!)

Readers: What's your favorite hearty fall one-pot dish? Are you a crock-pot or Instapot cook, or do you prefer traditional methods? I'll send one commenter a copy of Candy Slain Murder!

My most recent book is Candy Slain Murder, the eighth Country Store mystery. You guessed it, the story takes place at Christmas. As with all my books written as Maddie Day, you'll find easy recipes in the back.

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.



  1. I like cooking on the stove, the old fashioned way. I like to fix a good ole New England dinner with the pork shoulder and lots of veggies. Lots of leftovers too. Now there is only 2 of us so I fix it with a Daisy ham. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  2. I love cooking a roast in my crock-pot.
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  3. Chili with green olives
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  4. We recently moved to Georgia where Brunswick Stew seems to be a staple. I tried making it using the slow cooker feature on my Instantpot, but after 4 hours it was not cooked. I switched to the pressure cooker function and voila, a delicious stew. Next time I will cook it on top of the stove!!

  5. The recipe for Corrine’s Beef Stew sounds delicious and the perfect warm your tummy meal for a cold winter's day. We love a nice pot of chili in the winter too. Now mind you hubby loves things spicy hot so my chili is made with the addition of a spice called Hotter Than Hell as well as some cayenne and ghost pepper powder for that extra kick. We love chili beans in ours to make it an even heartier meal. Another cold weather food that we enjoy is the good standby of potato soup made with lots of onions.

    I've never owned a crock pot or instant pot. Can't say I would ever want one either. Being a homemaker, I've never had to worry about putting on supper and then go to work. To me there's something happy about checking on a dish and giving it a stir teasing the taste buds with a smell of what's cooking as you do.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of "Candy Slain Murder"! Most definitely on my gotta read list. Can't wait to read more about Robbie's adventures. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
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  6. I’ve made a similar recipe. It’s delicious! I’ll make sure I save this one. Yesterday I failed to save recipe and I couldn’t get any of the buttons to work on the recipes webpage. Book sounds like a winner. Thanks for sharing

  7. What a delectable dish. I don't own a crock pot or instant pot so I use a pot on the stove which works well. I would love to try out an instant pot though since so many enjoy using that method. I make chicken stews starting in the fall and through the winter. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I make several one pot dishes on the stove. Many years ago I did have an old pressure cooker but now just the traditional method. Trying out an instant pot would be great. I create a tasty vegetable and fish stew for the season. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Years (and years) ago I found a recipe in a Cambpell's cookbook for Oven Beef Stew, with a tomato soup base (Campbell's of course). It is delicious and we love it. I use the crock pot and a few other appliances but the good old oven works most of the time. Thanks for the giveaway. sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I love using my crockpot. Cranberry chicken and bbq pork are two of my favorites.
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  11. I like making chili during the cooler weather. I also like making a pot roast in the crackpot. Your stew recipe looks like a recipe I would like to try.

  12. I'm most likely to cook stove top.
    This is a lovely sounding stew. They (stews) are a favorite in this house.
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  13. I like to do my neighbor's corn chowder recipe, or the warm chicken dip recipe I got from a co-worker.

  14. I like curries. I don't have an instapot so use the traditional stovetop recipes.

  15. Your recipe for Corrine’s Beef Stew looks downright delicious! I have an Instapot and a slow cooker. I usually put my slow cooker into action to make chili. I serve the chili over corn chips and topped with shredded cheese for Frito Pie. I make plenty so leftovers go over baked potatoes or over tortilla chips for nachos.

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  16. I love using my crockpot. I especially love it in the summer when it's too hot to even cook on the stove.
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  17. Chili or stir fry.

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  18. Chili in the instapot or chicken pot pie in the oven.

  19. welcome today. thank you for this wonderful recipe. I am a traditional cook. sometimes I use my crock pot. quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  20. I like chili cooked on the stove or a beef burgundy stew cooked in a crockpot. Your recipe looks delicious!

  21. Love cooking in a crock pot, the meat usually is so tender and vegetables are good also! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. I would have to say my chicken and dumplings recipe is my favorite one pot fall recipe. it's incredibly tummy-warming and heart-warming. Congratulations on the new release. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. I love a good crockpot stew... minus the mushrooms. :)
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  24. I love my crockpot! I make chili, corned beef, pernil, chicken noodle soup, chicken parm, everything I can in my crockpot! Thank you for this chance!

  25. I don't own a crockpot or an instapot.

  26. Potato soup, which can easily be turned into clam chowder if desired. There must be a lot of bacon to take it over the top. This is one I cook on the stovetop, but I do love my instant pot. galileo2k(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. I like stew cooked on the stove. I haven't had any in a few years. Maybe this is the year to change that. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. Love making any and all types of soups in my beloved crock pot. Taco soup, chili, chicken noodle soup and beef stew are a few of ours favorites.

  29. My favorite fall one pot dinner is green chili pork stew. My family's favorite, too!
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  30. I use all three appliances, often at the same time for the 5 of us, and to have leftovers or different dishes for later. My fall faves are variations of the usual suspects: soups, stews, chili, pot pies/shepherd's pie, casseroles (like King Ranch Chicken)and roasted meats and veggies. Gumbos & curries are great 2 pot meals since it's best to have them with rice! I've already made some fabulous pot roasts, both pork & beef, in the IP several times recently, and I always sear the meat first. Delish! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

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  32. Thanks, just received the email. Can't wait I'm looking forward to the read!