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Marnie Reilly’s Beef Stew and Pot Roast Recipe

Beef Stew and Pot Roast
Beef Stew / Pot Roast ready for the oven.

Beef stew and pot roast are two of Marnie Reilly’s most requested dinners. Detective Tom Keller and Carl Parkins are particularly fond of her pot roast – and raspberry pie (recipe coming soon). As it happens, both dishes (and raspberry pie) are some of my favorite comfort foods.

I have never seen this specific recipe written down – but this is loosely how my parents ( and Marnie’s parents) made pot roast and beef stew. Over the years, I have adjusted the recipe to my taste; and I have added in the extra garlic, the celery and mushrooms.

Beef Stew / Pot Roast Ingredients

1 medium yellow or red onion – chopped
1 celery stalk – chopped
3-6 cloves of garlic, crushed (this will depend on how much you like garlic – I use 6 cloves)
8 ounces fresh mushrooms (optional)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 Tablespoons butter (divided)
3 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
½ teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon of thyme leaves (optional)
3-5 pound chuck roast (leave whole for pot roast / cut into 1-inch cubes for stew
1 10 oz can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
10 oz of water (use the soup can to measure
2 cups of beef stock
8 baby potatoes, halved
10-12 ounces baby carrots

Method

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme leaves to a zip-lock bag. Close bag and shake to mix. Unzip bag and add the whole chuck roast or beef cubes pending pot roast or stew preference. Zip the bag, and shake to coat beef with flour mixture.

Add olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of butter to a 5 quart Dutch oven (with cover). Melt butter over medium heat. Add beef and turn to brown on all sides. Remove beef to a bowl. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter and stir until melted – scraping up browned bits from the beef. Add onions and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Add mushrooms. Cook 8 minutes – stirring occasionally. Add beef and juices back to pan and stir to mix thoroughly.

In the bowl you used for the beef, mix together cream of mushroom soup and 1 can of water. Add to Dutch oven when thoroughly mixed. Add beef stock, baby potatoes and carrots. Cover and place in oven for 2-3 hours (or until meat easily pulls apart).

You can also place is a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

Enjoy!

Divine Guidance Review

Divine Guidance Book Review 12/27/21

The following book review of Divine Guidance was written by the talented Helen Aitchison, author of the The Dinner Club – which will be released in March 2022 by Cahill Davis Publishing, Berkshire, UK. This review was published on goodreads on December 27, 2021.


…a book written with skill, knowledge and heart.

Helen Aitchison, author of The Dinner Club

This is the type of book that tells so much more than a story. It tells of a character that has a great soul and personality that a reader can’t help but think of someone who the protagonist reminds them of.

From personality traits to behaviours, Marnie Reilly is a wonderful character. Honest, bold, compassionate, intuitive and someone who wants to nurture others. Her love for her dog, Tater, her baking and her psychic abilities drew me in almost immediately.

The other characters had endearing qualities that helped knit the story together nicely, with an injection of deviance and danger from a serial killer on the loose.

With a back story of loss, buried emotions and clairvoyance abilities, Marnie is protected by a police team, and becomes part of a hunt for a killer at large. As relationships develop and the plot thickens, we are taken on a journey of excitement, risk, suspense, humour and friendship.

Tater the dog is a beautiful touch to a book written with skill, knowledge and heart. Brilliant! I’m looking forward to the second instalment and more from this amazing writer. Highly recommended.

Helen Aitchison, Author of The Dinner Club

Torn Veil

Torn Veil – A Murder Mystery with a Paranormal Twist – Available for Pre-order

Murder mystery Torn Veil, the sequel to Divine Guidance, will release worldwide on November 10, 2020 in paperback, e-book and hardcover.

Torn Veil – a murder mystery with a paranormal twist – is currently available for pre-order in paperback and Kindle edition from Amazon in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. Links to other locations and retailers will be updated as available.

Torn Veil will also be available in paperback, Nook and hardcover from Barnes and Noble, and can be purchased by book retailers through Ingram.

Recommended retail price of Torn Veil e-book is $9.99, paperback is $16.99 and the hardcover, exclusively from Barnes and Nobel, holds a recommended retail price of $28.99. All pricing is US dollars.

Christmas is coming, and so is a killer. Will the psychic psychologist save Christmas and herself?

Marnie Reilly is back in Torn Veil, the sequel to Divine Guidance.

Marnie Reilly’s sixth sense is working overtime this holiday season. A haunting sense of evil sweeping through the little town of Creekwood is disturbing her dreams and her waking hours.  The ghosts of her past are trying to help, but the messages from beyond the veil are muddled and vague.

When Marnie’s childhood friend turns up dead on the wrong side of the tracks, police detectives discover her business card in the dead man’s pocket.  Is it an overdose or murder? As tensions rise in the race to solve the case, so does the body count. Detectives Tom Keller and Danny Gregg are on the scene to protect Marnie from the evil lurking in Creekwood, or is it Marnie who is protecting them?

Read the first 7 chapters of Torn Veil.

About the author, Shari T. Mitchell