Ellie week — aromatic beef stew

This drawing is now closed. This will be the last Ellie Week giveaway, so that means you just have to post a comment here to be entered into the drawing for a copy of Ellie Krieger’s brand-new cookbook, So Easy (U.S. and Canada residents, please). And if for some reason you didn’t enter the first or second drawings, you still have a chance — I’ll randomly choose all three winners over the weekend.

I made a lot of recipes for Ellie week (way more than you’ve seen on my blog), but this one–Aromatic Beef Stew with Butternut Squash–is a stand-out, and it’s perfect for the Fall season. This rich stew combines chunks of stew beef with butternut squash and tomatoes. It’s richened with flavors like onion, garlic, and fresh ginger. Then it’s spiced up with cumin, red pepper flakes, and even some ground cinnamon. Ellie recommends serving it over whole wheat couscous, which is just what I did. If this recipe is good for me, it sure doesn’t taste like it. P.S. This tastes even better the next day as leftovers. I know because I made mine late one night and ate it the day after. P.P.S. Don’t forget to enter all three drawings for a copy of Ellie’s new book!

28 thoughts on “Ellie week — aromatic beef stew

  1. You've got yourself another Krieger recipe success! I love her recipes! You know I've been seeing quite a bit of beef stew lately in the blogosphere. It's got to be a sign that I must make some stew now.

  2. This stew looks warm and soul satisfying.I just spent a few days in your great city of NYC. No matter how many times I visit, how many neighborhoods I comb, subways taken, restuarants discovered, museums visited…..I just can't make a dent in that fabulous city.

  3. Ellie's Aromatic Beef Stew is pure comfort food as well as a healthier version of traditional beef stew. Thanks to Ellie we can all eat well and healthy! Would truly enjoy adding your new cookbook to my collection. Hope Justin is listening, hint, hint.

  4. I have been searching high and low for a beef stew recipe that looked like my grandmother's, this is identical and brings back so many good memories. Would love to have this book. Thanks

  5. Also made it, also loved it as leftovers. Actually, the next time I make it I'll probably eat it ALL the second day! It was better!It's great on top of the couscous that she recommends, too!

  6. It's cold and rainy here and I was in search of a good comfort food recipe when look what I found! This looks great and I love the addition of butternut squash. I guess it doesnt count as being all that healthy if I serve these up with some biscuits…

  7. hey, thanks everybody for entering the third drawing. i really appreciate all of the excitement, and i'll be picking winners over the weekend. just a few thoughts: jenn: oh really… i guess it's that stew time of year, anonymous: i can't enter you because you didn't post with a name or email or anything!, velva: i live here and i can't even keep up with everything nyc has to offer, laura: if you eat right, then you should be able to enjoy your biscuits too. i just had the leftover stew, by the way… yum.

  8. Just started reading your blog a couple of months ago, am now a big fan. I'm from San Jose Ca. and I realy enjoyed reading about your vacation in the city by the bay.I don't always cook healthy so this recipe book will be much appreciated. Hint Hint.

  9. What a great looking beef stew! I have been wanting to make one for so long but haven't quite stumbled on the recipe for me. This stew looks pretty darn great!

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