Ancho-Beef Stew, I Love You

I have been trying to be a little more ambitious on my “weekends” off and do some more serious baking & cooking (usually my “cooking” amounts to refrigerated or frozen meals I can pop in the microwave or oven and chow down on with little to no preparation or assembly). Last week I baked cookies from scratch, (making Oatmeal Scotchies with mixed results).

This week I used my Crock Pot to cook up a pretty awesome Ancho-Beef Stew recipe I found in a magazine and baked some pretty good corn bread from a mix (Marie Callender’s Low Fat Original Corn Bread). Probably a copyright violation, but I’m posting a link to my copy of the stew recipe here with some notes and variations on things I did differently a/o might do differently in the future.