Simple Homemade Beef Stew

The seasons are changing. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often miss these subtle shifts, but they carry on with or without our notice: the sun takes on a silvery hue, the morning air grows crisp and nips at your face, leaves start gathering in the gutters, days grow shorter - before you know it, it's fall.

Growing up in L.A., it was impossible to appreciate the four seasons. And truth be told, I still miss living in a world that is perpetually in bloom; when September rolls around in New York and we feel these first shifts in temperature and sunlight, a sense of sadness - and even a mild dread - fills me when I think of winter's bare trees and glum skies.

And yet, though I may never learn to enjoy New York winters, it's difficult not to love fall's fabulous colors and springtime's exuberant blooms, and I love them perhaps all the more because they're transitory. They're a reminder that life is short, something you can easily forget in sunny "La-La Land" where everyone is perpetually young and nothing seems to wither.

When those first chilly days of fall come 'round, there is no better remedy than a warm homemade soup or stew. This beef stew is incredibly simple and easy to make - the hardest part is restraining yourself from taking it off the stove too soon, because this baby has to simmer for a few hours, until the meat is tender enough to melt in your mouth. 

Yours truly, one bite at a time,


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