Beef and Mushroom Stew With Herbed Dumplings

"Let me tell you a story about this recipe. I made this back in September and my boyfriend and I agreed it was the best beef stew we had ever tasted. Ever. So I cut it out to save it, only to promptly lose it a few days later. Undeterred, I scoured the Real Simple magazine (where I found it) recipe database -- it wasn't there. I called their customer service -- they didn't have access to it either. I searched the web, with no luck. I even posted a recipe request on 'Zaar. Finally, I called customer service again and ordered a back issue of the magazine. I was truly a woman obsessed. So now that the back issue has arrived, I'm posting it online so I never have to worry about losing it again :) This is really an amazing dish, and it was worth all the effort to have this back in my recipe archive."
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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the meat until browned on all sides, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the onions to pan and cook for 7 minutes. Add the Marsala or sherry and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Return meat to pan, along with the broth, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Cover and transfer to oven.
  • Heat the remaining oil and the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme and cook for 1 minute.
  • After the stew has been in the oven for 1 hour, 15 minutes, add the mushrooms. Cover and return to oven for 45 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the biscuit mix according to the package directions, adding the chopped fresh herbs. Drop the biscuit dough in heaping tablespoons on top of the stew. Return pan to oven and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • To make in advance: Remove the stew from oven aftere 1 hour, 15 minutes and let cool. Do not cook the mushrooms or add them to the casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To finish cooking, brown the mushrooms and continue as directed.

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I'm a meat-and-potatoes kind of girl at heart, and I've only recently started forcing myself to eat vegetables -- I suppose that's what happens when you are raised to believe that a meal isn't really a meal unless you're eating meat! My passion for food started with my parents -- since food is such a focus of Filipino culture, anything was an excuse for cooking a large meal and inviting friends or family over. Cooking, on the other hand, is something I've only recently started enjoying -- I love having adventures in different parts of the world, and when I can't do that, I love having adventures in the kitchen. So I experiment a lot with new recipes and I'm always in search of the perfect version of something. I moved up to NYC a couple of years ago for work, and it's been heaven. The food in this city is fantastic, and I especially enjoy going out into Queens for ethnic dining. I work at a union full of burly guys who love to eat, so it's nice to be in like-minded company -- the granola vegans at my last non-profit job just didn't understand. I'm taking ceramics classes and I travel widely -- my next trip is to Egypt, Jordan and Jerusalem in the fall.
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