It’s not a looker, but it tastes so good. I wasn’t much of a cook before I got married. In fact the first meal I cooked my husband while we were dating was a chicken broccoli Alfredo pasta from a prepackaged box. John raved about it and kept asking questions like what was in the sauce. I never straight up lied but I avoided the questions as much as I could. The real trouble came when they discontinued the pasta at the store! I thought great, I have lost my man! Lucky for me my roommate Lisa had this recipe for Oven Baked Stew so I cooked it for John along with my Spinach Salad (to come later) and he loved it. Crisis avoided. Don’t worry, I came clean about my deception and he married me anyway.
Oven Baked Stew
by Lisa Poulson

In a paper bag combine:
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 to 1 1/2 lbs lean beef stew meat cut into bite sized pieces.

Place seasoned meat in a covered baking dish. Arrange on top of meat 3 medium potatoes pared, and cut in half or quarters, 6 boiling onions (I just use a regular white onion sometimes) and carrots cut into 1-inch pieces.

Combine and pour over meat and vegetables (sounds weird but it is good):
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 c. ketchup

Cover and bake for 2 hours @ 325 degrees. Garnish with parsley.