One of the first times I made this it was for my in-laws. My MIL raved over it and asks for me to cook it almost every time she visits. It is an old, old recipe. My DH and I have been married 25 years this month and I have made it every winter. Even when we lived in Orlando and didn't really have winters I still made it in January or February. Everyone really likes it, except my son David. He is a real meat an potatoes kind of guy. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do. This is super easy, but a bit time consuming. I find it is worth the time because it makes a huge pot of soup and is so delicious that everyone (almost) likes it. Note that the prep time includes searing the stew meat, which I actually skip. My mother will not eat it unless it has been seared. The rest of the recipe is just adding ingredients. Simple and delicious.