This is from my Grandma Kartchner. And we all know grandma's know how to make the best stew. She got it from a neighbor in the barracks during the war. The one in the 1940's. Serves 5-6 people for every 2 pounds of meat used.
Stew meat - 1 small package, cut into small cubes
1 med onion, diced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp worchesthire sauce
1 garlic clove
2 bay leaves
1 TBS salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
dash allspice or cloves
Brown meat cubes with onion. Add 4 cups boiling water and 1 tsp lemon juice (helps tenderize meat).
Add 1 tsp worchesthsirehire sauce, minced garlic clove, and 2 bay leaves.
Sprinkle the salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, and allspice (or a couple whole cloves) over the stuff.
SIMMER. Covered. Approx 2 hours.
Add 6 carrots, chopped; 2 chopped potateees, and any other veggies as desired (string beans, green peppers, peas, etc). Cook until veggies are done.
Add 4 tsp water with 4 tsp flour for thickening.