This really is the best beef stew I've ever had. Try it and I'll think you'll agree - or I'll eat your leftovers! haha Makes me sound like a used-stew salesman. I've also got a great trick if you're using russets (you know -the cheap potatoes) to make them taste simply wonderful. I haven't tried it with lamb yet, but I believe this stew recipe would be wonderful with lamb! If someone tries it let me know how it turns out.