Ina Garten is a best-selling cookbook author, an Emmy-winning television host and the doyenne of casual elegance. But on a recent afternoon, the so-called "Barefoot Contessa" star looked around her East Hampton, New York, kitchen and realized that she had produced piles of cherry biscotti and tubs of rum-raisin ice cream — but no dinner.
The beef stew here will be unfamiliar to most cooks, though it has much in common with the classic American dish. It is Japanese in origin and loaded with the warmth of soy, ginger, sweetness (best provided by mirin, the sweet Japanese cooking wine, but sugar or honey will do, too), winter squash and the peel and juice of a lemon. These simple and delicious counterpoints make a great stew. (Photo: Craig Lee for NYT)
This is a great Beef Stew Seasoning Mix that I have used before...I personally cut the flour & salt in half & go easy on the paprika...but that's just me. It has a nice little spicy kick to it, thanks to the cayenne pepper.