So it's been ages since I made stew. Years and years. Since it's been so cold I wanted something that would last for a couple meals. It was perfect for this type of week. I know stews are pretty basic, and you can throw in just about anything that you have in the fridge. The one addition I added was Squash. I know it may sound a little weird, I thought it could make it unpleasantly sweet but it didn't. I was surfing through recipies from everyone, Ina Garten, Martha, Alton Brown and then I got to one from Jamie Oliver. I have a secret crush on Jamie, since one time when I was working at Food & Wine he did a cooking demo in the test kitchens and called me "Little Tiger" for one reason or another... So I like pretty much anything he has to cook. Well, in his recipe he put squash in his stew along with Jeruseleam Artichokes, which I couldn't find anywhere... It was a GREAT addition! There was actually no sweetness. I cooked the stew in the oven for about 3-4 hours. I added the carrots in the last hour so they wouldn't over sweeten the broth.
I used sage and rosemary and LOTS of black pepper & garlic in addition to all of the other standard stew offerings. In the end I think it turned out mighty tasty.