I've mentioned that I'm a completely uninspired cook, right? I use AllRecipes.com religiously which doesn't exactly make me Julia Childs. But whatever. I'm trying. What I have finally gotten comfortable with is not sticking rigidly to a recipe. People who love to cook all the time have been telling me this is unnecessary for years but it takes confidience and experience. It also takes a stellar memory because whe I make something my family loves- like the stew I made last night that made my family literally dance with happiness- any tweaks must be duplicated EXACTLY.
This is why I'm adding the most simple beef stew recipe on planet Earth right here. Not because you don't already know how to make it (I didn't) or because this one is so crazy complicated but because my family LOVED it and literally danced around the kitchen with glee as they polished off WHOLE pot of this last night because they love a simple dish. And now I have to duplicate this dish with OCD-like precision from now until eternity or they will no longer smile and dance on beef stew night. So I'm making a record of any minor adjustment I made.
4 cups boiling water from the tea kettle