Lunatic’s Garlic Beef Stew or Why Vampires Won’t Attack You Tonight

Hi folks.

I have to tell you a secret.


you have to promise not to tell anyone else!


Pinky swear!!

Okay, are you ready for it?

I LOVE weekends. I know….it’s shocking right. I’ve revealed too much. Maybe I shouldn’t have told you. I should have kept it to myself. But we’re pals. We’re buds. You’re my homey. So I feel like I can tell you this kind of stuff. Just don’t tell anyone else. It’s our little secret. Mmkay?

It is odd that I enjoy them so much. I mean it’s not like I work in a highly stressful job like some of you. I basically am either home in sweat pants for 85.6% of my life. Or I am in the car driving hooligans around for the other 14.4% of the time. But I dress up when I go out. I wear jeans. Yup, rock star baby. This Mom goes out in style. On a good day I even brush my hair.

So when weekends roll around I like to chillax with the hooligans. I mean when they have time for me. Which is like….whenever they aren’t busy with more important things. Like boyfriends, girlfriends, work, friends, conferences. Oh sorry, my hooligans are older hooligans, not little tiny hooligans. Mini- me is 18 and B….okay wait, I think B needs a new handle. What do you think? He doesn’t get enough air time around here. So we’ll put it to a vote. I’ll offer suggestions, you can weigh in and I shall do what I do with the kids often….which is….listen to what you say then do what I want anyway. What? Yah, big shocker I know. I’ve been a stay at home Mom for 23 years, I micromanage. Which is Mom code for bossing people around. Okay here’s the list:

1- We can continue to call him B.

2- We can call him Bray, which is what I call him often.

3- We can call him Mini-C. The theory behind this one is hubs name is C’Paul, I call him C, hence the name Mini-C.

4- We can call him Mini-dude.

I’ve already decided. Let’s see what you think. Er, right I forgot I micromanage.

So I made some stew. It totally rocked. I wanted to post it last night but stew is hard to take pics of. So I was planning on taking some today in natural light. But…

the appraiser came to see the house….

then the puppy peed on him…

then I got bored….

then I ate cherry kisses…

then I took mini-me to see a movie…

then we got home and had important stuff to do…

like watch Fringe….

*smiles sheepishly*

I love you guys!


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Lunatic's Garlic Beef Stew or Why Vampires Won't Attack You Tonight
Recipe type: Stew, Slow Cooker, Crock Pot
  • 1 pound blade roast, cut up into chunks (you can use stewing beef but I had extra blade roast on hand)
  • ½ to ¾ cup Memories of Kobe sauce (this is a garlic tamari but any brand will do, thick always better)
  • 1 cup onion, diced or chunked
  • 1 cup celery, diced or chunked
  • 8 cloves garlic, pressed or chopped
  • 2 cups Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut up into chunks (they tend to hold up nicely in stew)
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and cut up into chunks
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon, use beef or vegetable
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut up your beef into cubes or chunks. Place in a container and add the Memories of Kobe tamari sauce in it. Place the lid on and give it a good shake. Marinate this for at least an hour. (I did mine overnight)
  2. Cut up all your veggies and set aside.
  3. Place a good pan on the stove top, spray with a touch of non stick spray and drizzle some oil in it. Let the pan heat up a bit over a medium heat. Now drop you meat into it and keep stirring but turn the pan down just a touch. After a couple of minutes add your onion. Now continue to cook until the meat and onions brown up. Does not take long. And make sure you continue to stir things around to keep it from sticking. You can add extra oil as you go if you need it. I use olive oil when doing this.
  4. Transfer meat to crock pot.
  5. Now toss in your veggies.
  6. In the same pan you cooked your meat, add the water and bouillon. As it boils scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any yummy bits left from the meat and onions. This is where extra flavor comes in. Once it boils pour it into the crock pot.
  7. Add your tomato sauce.
  8. Now toss in your bay leaves and add your salt and pepper.
  9. Add your garlic.
  10. Give a stir.
  11. Turn slow cooker on low and cook for about 8 to10 hours depending on the size of your chunks and make of slow cooker. I would check it at 6 hours, then continue to check it every hour after that.
  12. Serve with a big smile and a stake for those with a sense of humor.

For those of you who know my weird food quirks, I’d love to know why I can’t let my food touch on the plate but I can reach into a bowl of stew to procure a piece of tater and pop it in my mouth like it’s no big.


Tips and hints:

All slow cookers cook differently. Get to know yours so you can adjust recipes to suit it. I find my big one takes longer, my small one cooks quicker. Good rule of thumb to remember.

You can add extra spices to stew. Get creative. Use what you love.

By the same token you can omit spices. Tailor the stew to your own personal taste.

If you like thick stew add a thickener. My mother in law taught me to thicken things by taking a jar and adding water and cornstarch to it, shake it and add a little of it in your stew towards the end of the cooking time to thicken it. This is a personal taste thing.

Then reach back in and grab a carrot and swirl it around and scarf like 10 of them while taking pics.


So that last tip came into play here at the Bee household yesterday. I like thick stew, it seems heartier to me and less like soup. Hubs likes it thin and runny. As you can see it’s thin this time. I want a new camera so….thin stew. Sometimes you gotta take one for the team. Especially when angling for new blogging equipment. Thin stew= happy hubs= less likely to grumble when I say “hey I almost have enough gift certificates to start shopping for a new camera. Remember my birthday last week, when you didn’t buy me anything. Well…..”

See, new camera equipment desperately needed here!


Toodles and smoochies. xx

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  1. 1

    I'll vote for B-Shizzle.

  2. 2

    Omg Kiri I love that one. Lol!

  3. 3
    Anne Regalado says:

    Hey ! I love watching Fringe hee hee I saw the 2nd photo and my stomach grumbles ;D Love all the big chunks of beef :D Yummmmmm !!!!

  4. 4
    Curry and Comfort says:

    Love a good stew. I wish I had a chance to go see a movie today. I wasted my day and didn't even get a chance to cook anything memorable today. I could have used this stew in a crock pot to warm my belly. PS.. I'm glad I'm not the only one in sweatpants 85% of the time. :)

  5. 5

    Looks good to me! Yum! I love me a good thick stew, new camera or not. When the cook's happy, everyone's happy!

  6. 6

    It is pretty good. We are just finishing up season 1. Mini-me has seen them all but I am trying to get up to speed. Thanks. It was yummy.

  7. 7

    Ugh days like that are rough. That will be me on Monday. Sweatpants rule. If I'm being totally honest it's usually pj pants.

  8. 8

    Lol so true right. My sis in law always says "if the mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy."

  9. 9
    The Mom Chef says:

    Haven't hit Fringe yet. I'm working my way through Eureka on Netflix streaming and love it. :) The stew is awesome.

  10. 10

    The stew looks delicious! I don't know why you can't let your food touch….I had a brother who was that way. I also had another brother who sat next to him and stirred his food together every. single. night. just to annoy him!

    As for Bray – I vote for Bray. He's old enough to get a big-boy name and I suspect that mini ANYTHING wouldn't be his choice! LOL

    (despite what you say – the pics look pretty darned appetizing)

  11. 11
    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    LOL! I enjoy reading your posts, Kim. Are you funny in person too? I think I'll be smiling and laughing if I was around you. You make us happier. And so as this beef stew. Hmmm perfect for cold days. Bray seems natural as you already call him so. Sounds cool too!

  12. 12

    You are amazing Kim! I do not know how you manage 2 blogs with all the craziness in your house. Ha-shame on that puppy!
    However, this stew looks fantastic and I like that you included that tasty Kobe sauce in there-yum! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  13. 13
    Sydney Jones says:

    This looks delicious Kim Bee!

  14. 14

    That top photo is fabulous (and I thought this even before I read that you need new camera equipment…seriously excellent!). Your stew looks excellent, too…perfect winter comfort food! And sending love and adoration right back at ya, my friend! Have a great Sunday!!!

  15. 15
    Quiche-ing Queen says:

    This looks so delicious. Yummy!

  16. 16
    Asian-spice mix says:

    the stew looks yummy and sound really good to me right now :) the last pictue are amzing ,love it :)

  17. 17

    Oh Dear, let me stop laughing before I can comment… :) Ok, there. My choice would be Bray or Dude (not mini, no, just Dude). For me it has some warmth in it and I call my men Dude only when I am happy, and they know it. Your sister in law is sure right: "if mama ain't happy…" They should know better, right?
    Great picture of the stew (but don't show this comment to you hub if you want that new camera!).

  18. 18
    Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    You are going to call him Mini-Dude, aren't ya? :) The stew is seriously calling my name! Love reading your blog, Kim! Have a great day!

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    The Cookinglady says:

    Hey there I can't tell you what to call him cause you gonna do what you want anyway. As long as he answers that's what's important. You crack me up but stay as you are don't change. The stew looks great. Have a great weekend

  20. 20
    Magic of Spice says:

    I love Fringe and still have the last 2 episodes recorded to watch :) I need to make my hooligans some stew soon, poor things I always forget they are not vegetarians, lol. Looks great!

  21. 21
    The Harried Cook says:

    You are hilarious! :D That stew sounds fabulous and I'd be fishing for vegetables in there too :)

  22. 22
    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen says:

    You are crackin' me up! Yeah, I can relate to the hooligan situation. As far as a new handle, I've numbered mine (i.e., Boy #1, Boy #2, etc.) I've got 4, all boys. I sit here typing this in my yoga pants and relate to your wardrobe situation as well. I work from home and typically wear my workout clothes till after I run at lunch. Then I shower and put on a clean pair of yoga pants :) They're just so comfortable that I can't get myself to wear much else when I'm home.
    I love the look of this stew – comfort food at it's best!

  23. 23
    Warren Caterson says:

    Just one more reason to open my Mac and log on: Another wonderfully winsome post from the pen (keyboard?) of the Lunatic. Now…I must pour myself another glass of wine tonight and read it again. :-)

  24. 24
    The Self-Taught Cook says:

    The stew sounds great- I will definitely be trying this one! The more garlic, the better! As for not letting your food touch, I understand perfectly. And just between all of us, if there are more than two items on my plate, I have to eat them in the same order. If I get distracted and lose my place, I have to start all over again. I'm not just The Self-Taught Cook, I'm The Self-Taught Self-Diagnosed Obsessive/Compulsive Cook. But that's just too long to remember! LOL

  25. 25

    Kim this is a great, vampire-repelling stew! I am craving stew right now. I love garlic so much, I would probably put twice as much in there. It's good for your heart! Have a great day.

  26. 26

    It's a nippy 39F today here in sunny FL, and I am thinking a bowl of stew would definitely take the chill out of my already warmth spoiled bones. I'd take it thick or thin, but I'll take a bowl without fingers, please ;-)

  27. 27
    Katherine Martinelli says:

    Yum there is nothing like a good stew! It's been so rainy and cold where I am that I have been dreaming of stew. This looks sooo good. I like B and Mini-C :-)

  28. 28
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    Hooligans and Lunatics and beef stew sounds like a perfect weekend to me! I'm still trying to think of a witty nickname for B. Must. Get. Coffee.

  29. 29
    livingthesweetlifeblog says:

    Your stew is gorgeous!!Perfect for a rainy spring day … or a freezing winters day (like today :(!!) ~yumm.

    This nickname Mini-C is pretty cool … lol in that way, you have a mini and so does your husband ;)

  30. 30
    Steve @ the black peppercorn says:

    I go for mini – dude! Perfect name!
    Stew looks awesome!

  31. 31
    Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    Would love to have your stew on our dinner table now, Kim! It looks wonderfully comforting and really delicious!
    Btw, either Mini-C or Mini-dude sounds good to me. :)

  32. 32
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart says:

    This stew looks fabulous! Garlic is so perfect to ward off vampires, the common cold, your neighbors that you don't want to talk to…and most anything else that ails you! And umm….the the food is touching each other in the bowl! Just sayin! LOL You are too funny! And I vote for mini dude! : )

  33. 33

    I think I watched an episode or two of Eureka. I need netflix. I hovered over the order button today. Thanks my dear. It hit the spot on a cold day. I hate winter.

  34. 34

    Thanks Ann. I think it stems to some childhood trama. I have some weird control issues. It can be frustrating at times. Lol, well where is the fun in not annoying the poor chap. Lol.

  35. 35

    Thanks Nami. I think my kids sometimes think so, except when I embarrass them. Which is like, every day. My motto is life is short, have some fun. And thank you. You are so sweet.

  36. 36

    Oh man the other blog is dormant the last week. I need to step up my game. But I think I need to reformat it any way. This house is a crazy factory I swear. I love kobe sauce. I use it on stirfry all the time so just seemed like a natural progression to stew.

  37. 37

    Thank you!

  38. 38

    Lol thanks Liz. It is so cold here I can barely take it. I may be turning into a polar bear soon.

  39. 39

    Thank you!

  40. 40

    Thank you so much. This hit the spot on a cold day for sure.

  41. 41

    I tend to call everyone dude, including the dog, the mailman, any driver who cuts me off, my brother…I think I use it too much but it's so me. Lol! I shall hide the evidence so he never knows.

  42. 42

    Lol, nah. Um, maybe. Ah, probably. Er, ya..ya I am. Lol. Thanks.xx

  43. 43

    Lol, busted. Thank you. On both counts.

  44. 44

    We just finished season 1 tonight. It is really good. Enjoying it immensely. Lol, my daughter is a flexitarian. Rarely eats meat but on occasion indulges.

  45. 45

    Thanks. I need to start snacking before photo shoots.

  46. 46

    Thanks. I love having fun. I put dress pants on for 2 whole hours today. Came home and slipped right back into pj pants. Lol. I do the shower and put comfies back on too. The joys of being home.

  47. 47

    Aw you are so sweet. That actually choked me up a little bit. Thanks Warren. You made my day.

  48. 48

    I eat things in order all the time. I cannot help myself. Glad I am not the only nutty one out there. xx

  49. 49

    It's perfect to eat right before seeing twilight I think. I adore garlic. I often forget other people do not love it as much as I do.

  50. 50

    That is balmy compared to here. I think it's below 0 today. I can't wait to spend a few days there. You'll be in a sweater and I'll be running around in short sweating. Lol.

  51. 51

    Thanks Katherine. Stew hits the spot when it is chilly. I think next time I'll eat it by the fireplace.

  52. 52

    Lol Jackie. Caffeine fixes everything in my book.

  53. 53

    It is so cold, I am so over winter already. Let's all rebel and move somewhere warm.

  54. 54

    I love it. Advice from a fellow dude is always good. Thanks.

  55. 55

    Thanks Tina. I love a good stew. Just warms the belly. Cuz the rest of me is freezing. So cold here.

  56. 56

    I have to not look while I eat. I also do this with shepherd's pie. It makes for a messy meal. Lol! Thanks Anne. xx

  57. 57
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Personally, I like Mini-dude. I love beef stew, but also with tons of garlic? I think I love it even more!

  58. 58
    Dan Toombs - The Curry Guy says:

    This looks fantastic. There's nothing better than a nice beef stew when it's freezing outside like it is right now.

    I love your blog! Great and entertaining writing and your pics are excellent.

    Keep up the great work Kim.


  59. 59
    motherrimmy says:

    Love this hearty, chunky stew! Perfect for this time of year.

  60. 60

    Great looking stew. I like Bray, I think that's cute (even if he's not a kid.)

  61. 61
    Christine's Pantry says:

    The stew looks delicious!

  62. 62
    Tya @Note etc. says:

    you rocks mom!! someday I wanna to be like you, cool mom with great coking talent!

  63. 63

    Me too. Garlic rules.

  64. 64

    Aw thanks so much Dan. That was so sweet of you. I really appreciate your kind words.

  65. 65

    It is, it's so cold here most days. Cannot wait for spring.

  66. 66

    It's what I call him 95% of the time. Thanks.

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  68. 68

    Lol, I like to rock so this works out perfectly. You are so sweet. Thank you.

  69. 69

    You are too cute Kim! Love your micromanaging skills =)

    And this beef stew looks pretty rockin' also!

  70. 70

    If I don’t have garlic tamari, or any kind of tamari, what can I use instead? Or, can it be omitted??

  71. 72

    Made this tonight and the flavor was just not good. Very disappointed about this as all the comments were wonderful. Was a bit skeptical about 2 tablespoons of Better than Bouillon and I had good reason to be…the flavor was SO overpowering, every bite tasted like a mouthful of that stuff. I did not like this meal and neither did my family.
    It smelled great cooking though :(

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      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Hey Diana. Thanks so much for the feedback. I always like getting it, whether it’s good or bad. It’s always nice to know how things work, or don’t work for folks. Sorry you didn’t like it. This is one I make often and I always use the veggie bouillon. Do you recall whether you used beef or vegetable better than bouillon? I’m wondering if the beef is more overpowering than the vegetable. I use two tablespoons in all my stocks and stews, so now you’ve got me curious. It should not overpower this dish, if anything the garlic should. I may make it this weekend to reshoot the photos so if I do I’ll walk through the process to ensure it’s right. I appreciate you letting me know.

      I’m guessing you mixed the bouillon with hot water right? I should note that since maybe not everyone knows that. But you strike me as someone who knows their way around a kitchen.

      If I remake it soon I’ll see if I can problem solve it for you. Or it’s just a taste preference deal. We have pretty strong palettes so we like heavy tastes and spice, but not everyone does.

      Happy Weekend. xx

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