This was a very good stew. We really liked and I tried to stick to the recipe but . . . I didn't see the point of carrots and sweet potatoes (2 orange vegetables?) so I reduced the carrots to about 1 cup. Next time I would cut the onions into smaller pieces. It cooked in my oven for almost 3 hours because we were running post ice storm errands. The sweet potatoes were not quite done at 3 hours. I added 8 ounces of mushrooms, quartered and a handful of frozen green peas. I mixed a beef gravy mix with some red wine and added. Turned up the heat to 400F and cooked for an additional 30-40 minutes. It was such a wonderful warm Sunday evening dinner. Leftovers the next night were just as good. Today the last bowl was warmed in the microwave at work and still excellent.