Go ahead, ask my friends - I like this movie so much that when I was younger every time I used to go on a first date it would be a deal breaker if she didn't like it.  I know, I know, not cool . . . but what can I say, the following clip is one of a dozen or so that make it a classic viewing experience.  As for the recipe, it's a basic beef stew that's killer on a cold day.  Enjoy!  

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 lbs Steak, cubed
1/2 tsp. ground Black Pepper
2 tsp. dried Thyme or Rosemary
3 tsp. dried Parsley
2 tsp. Minced Garlic
6 cups of beef stock
5 large carrots, chopped
3 large Yukon potatoes, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. corn starch + 2 Tbsp. cold water

Directions:
1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter & sear steak on all sides. Add the ground pepper, thyme, minced garlic and 4 cups of the beef stock.  Simmer on low for an hour, covered.

2. Add carrots, potatoes, & onions along with Worcestershire sauce. Add final 2 cups of beef stock. Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the cornstarch & 2 Tbsp. of cold water until the starch is completely dissolved & then stir it into the stew broth.  Cover & simmer on low for another hour.  

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