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Crock Pot Beef Stew and Calphalon Cutlery Giveaway

October 30, 2015Danita
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calphalon. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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A couple of weeks ago I ran into my dad at the grocery store.  (One of the wonderful things about having your parents close by)  I helped him pick out the things on his list and as we went by the meat counter he mentioned he’d been wanting Beef Stew.  Cooking for two isn’t difficult but some recipes are just better made in large batches. I knew he and my mom would never be able to eat a whole pot of Beef Stew so I told him I’d make some soon and bring it to them.

I had my weekly menu all planned so I figured we’d wait, but then we had some unexpected changes.  My in-laws were able to come a day early, that same day it POURED rain and a trip to Six Flags (where we were planning to eat dinner) had to be cancelled.  I now needed dinner for seven people.  This Crock Pot Beef Stew uses simple ingredients I already had, my parents could easily be included so it was decided.  Beef Stew for nine.

This recipe is super easy and can be made on the stove top or crock pot.  The most time-consuming part is cutting everything up.   The best way to get any job done well is to have the right tools.  For any chef (home or professional) that means a good set of nice sharp knives.  

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I recently received this Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set to try out.  I liked them immediately!  They have a really nice feel…well balanced and easy to use and they’re made from high-carbon, no stain forged stainless steel.  

GREAT NEWS! You have a chance to win your own Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set , retail value $219! Giveaway information is listed below so be sure to scroll down and check it out.    

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As silly as it sounds, I love the names on the end of the handle.

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Pretty much everything you need is in the 15-piece set, including kitchen scissors and steak knives.  Although, steak knives will not be necessary for the Beef Stew….it’s fork tender!

The storage block is beautiful and looks great sitting on the counter.  However, it’s got a lot more than looks going for it.  Here’s where the “self-sharpening” comes in.  Ceramic sharpeners are built into each slot to automatically sharpen knives every time you use them.  Because the sharpeners are placed at the perfect angle, every time a knife is removed or replaced it’s correctly sharpened.  Can you imagine never having a dull knife?  How cool is that!?

I took some picture using the knives but Calphalon has some really great videos showing you proper knife skills.

Back to the Crock Pot Beef Stew….

It was hearty and delicious!

Here’s the Recipe: 

  • 2-3 lb chuck roast
  • 6-8 medium potatoes 
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots 
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes(14.5 oz) undrained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • dash thyme
  • pepper to taste

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Peel Potatoes

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Cube Potatoes

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Slice Carrots 

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And cut meat into chunks

*To allow for more even cooking, meat and veggies should be cut into about the same size pieces*

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Slic onion into thick slices

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Add everything to the crock pot, including spices and cook on high 5-6 hrs or low 7-9 hrs

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This recipe is wonderful served with some good bread 

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  1. 2-3 lb chuck roast
  2. 6-8 medium potatoes
  3. 1 1/2 cups carrots
  4. 1/2 medium onion
  5. 1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes(14.5 oz) undrained
  6. 3/4 cup water
  7. 3 cups beef broth
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 3/4 tsp garlic
  10. 1 bay leaf
  11. dash thyme
  12. pepper to taste
  1. Cut meat, carrots and potatoes in chunks about the same size
  2. Cut onion into thick slices
  3. Add all ingredients to crock pot
  4. Cook on high 5-6 hrs or low 7-9
O Taste and See


  • Steven weber

    November 5, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    I would make pasta and sauce and cheesy garlic bread.

  • Mary Cloud

    November 5, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    I would make Chicken and Dumplings

  • Thomas Murphy

    November 5, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    I would make pot roast.

  • Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    November 5, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    We haven’t had beef stew in ages. If I win, I’ll make your crock pot beef stew. Looks delicious! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Janadean Ross

    November 5, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    I would make some potato soup. I so need some new knifes.

  • David Bell

    November 5, 2015 at 3:05 PM


  • Dusty Cox-Medina

    November 5, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    I would make lemon pepper steak! My family loves it!

  • Lauren

    November 5, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    I would make gumbo.

  • Kim Avery

    November 5, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    I would make eggplant parmesan!

  • HilLesha

    November 4, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    I’d make a cheesy squash casserole. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jeanne Rousseau

    November 4, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    I would make a big pot of veggie chili

  • Joan Kubes

    November 4, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    The first thing I would make would be a chef’s salad.

  • Charlene V

    November 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    The first recipe I would make, would be (my husband’s favorite) beef stir fry.

  • MaryAnn

    November 3, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    The first recipe I would make is pot roast.

  • shelly peterson

    November 3, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I would make my Hockey Soup recipe.

  • Seabna Brangham

    November 3, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    I would make my husbands favorite dish, fried rice.

  • Nora

    November 3, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    I would make a stir fry so I could try out a few of my new knives.

  • Ellie Wright

    November 3, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    I would make green chili stew. My family loves it.

  • Sarah Cool

    November 3, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I would make chicken and potato curry! Its one of my favorite dishes and it requires a good amount of chopping so I could really test the knives out.

  • laura

    November 3, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I would make pot roast!

  • laura

    November 3, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    I’d make some pot roast!

  • DJ

    November 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I would make chicken cacciatore.

  • Madonna

    November 3, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    I would make a beef stew also. I have been wanting one with lots of carrots and potatoes in it and thicken up a gravy for it to serve with fresh hot biscuits.

  • Laura J

    November 3, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Oh I would first make oven baked chicken fajitas!

  • Terry K

    November 3, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    The first meal I would make with this knife set is fajitas.

  • Tina W

    November 3, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    I would use them to chop everything for a batch of pad thai with a cucumber salad on the side.

  • Maggie Smith

    November 2, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    I’d make beef bourignon!

  • alaine

    November 2, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    We would make a stew:)

  • Kitty

    November 2, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    I’d make an omelet!

  • Tracie Cooper

    November 2, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    I would love to make a huge batch of vegetable soup!

  • Kristin G

    November 2, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    I would make fajitas and chop up onions and bell peppers. I would love to use these knives!

  • jjohnson46

    November 2, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    I would ask my husband to make his homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce!

  • manda

    November 2, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    I would make roast.

  • Cami v

    November 2, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I’d make beef Stew for the fall.

  • nmburk

    November 2, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Anything you can make in the slow cooker is a win in my house! This looks so yummy (and I LOVE those knives!)

  • Amanda Anderson

    November 2, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    I just found your blog. I feed 9 people regularly because we have such a big family! I can’t wait to start trying these recipes!

  • Jamie @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

    November 2, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    What a fabulous giveaway!

  • Cindy A.

    November 2, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    I would make classic beef stew with pumpkin cornbread muffins.

  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley

    November 1, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    I would make some nice steaks and mashed potatoes.

    1. Danita

      November 2, 2015 at 6:49 AM

      That sounds YU-MMY! If you win can I hand deliver?

  • Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun

    November 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    This recipe looks amazing. If I won the knife set I’d make a big, harvest salad.

  • Erica Best

    November 1, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    i would make pot stew

  • reesann723r

    November 1, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    This looks delicious! I love beef stew!

  • amanda sakovitz

    November 1, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Id make a veggie stir fry.

  • Dawn Monroe

    November 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    My knives are so dull and ancient! I would make some pasta salad or some vegetable stew. I would go crazy!! 🙂

  • Casey Hoffman

    November 1, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Some delicious clam chowder would break these knives in for us:)

  • LaTanya (@sweetums82)

    November 1, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    chicken stir fry

  • Carolsue

    November 1, 2015 at 4:36 AM

    I would make Irish Lamb Stew with Vegetables
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  • Tastes of Lizzy T (@TastesofLizzyT)

    November 1, 2015 at 4:28 AM

    I’d chop veggies for chili!

  • Elle

    November 1, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    If I won, I would make salmon croquettes with lots of vegetables to cut up for the recipe.

  • Jillian Too

    October 31, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I’d love to make a butternut squash and apple soup to ward off Autumn’s chill.

  • Michele Cupp

    October 31, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    I would make my special beef vegetable soup.

  • Jet

    October 31, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    I’d make fresh salsa. Nothing worse than trying to cut tomatoes with a dull knife!

    1. Danita

      October 31, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      I totally agree! Fresh salsa is a staple around here.

  • Sonya Morris

    October 31, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    I would use them to make steamed onions and carrots.

  • susitravl

    October 31, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    I’d make a salad that requires a lot of cut up veggies! 🙂

  • Starla B

    October 31, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    This seems like such an awesome set. If I won I would definitely make fish and shrimp tacos. I would also make homemade salsa that is delicious xo

  • rusthawk

    October 31, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    I would definitely try your beef stew! The weather is getting perfect for it.

  • Julie Wood

    October 31, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Your beef stew recipe is amazing and that is what I want to make with these new knives! I would also make my Crock Pot Chicken Noodle soup with vegetables. I need new knives really bad!

  • Mommy’s Apron

    October 31, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    I love beef stew! I need to make this.

  • bakerfam123

    October 31, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    I think I would like to try this beef stew if I were to win the set!!

    1. Danita

      October 31, 2015 at 8:54 AM


  • Em Mahr

    October 31, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    I’d make beef stir fry. I need a really sharp knife to thinly cut the beef into strips before stir frying.

    1. Danita

      October 31, 2015 at 8:55 AM

      Our family enjoys a good beef stir fry and you’re right, a nice sharp knife is just what you need. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Jennifer

    October 30, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Beef stew sounds delicious!!!! Will definitely have to try this! Would be great to make it with these wonderful knives too!

  • Brenda Haines

    October 30, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    First I would make chicken fajitas, thanks for the chance! 🙂

    1. Danita

      October 30, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      I love chicken fajitas, but then I love all foods Mexican! Thanks for stopping by and entering.

  • Emily Thompson

    October 30, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Oh wow!! this looks so yummy! I just love stew and I’d also LOVE a new set of knives. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Danita

      October 30, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      Thanks Emily! Good Luck!

  • Melissa | Persnickety Plates

    October 30, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    They’d be perfect for thanksgiving prep! I just told my husband we need new knives earlier.

    1. Danita

      October 30, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      You’re right Melissa, they would be great for Thanksgiving prep! Good Luck!

  • Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books

    October 30, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    If I won this Cutlery Set – I would make a recipe using tomatoes. =)

    1. Danita

      October 30, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      I think tomatoes may be the only thing I haven’t used them on yet, LOL! Thanks for stopping by and entering

  • Susan Broughton

    October 30, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    I think I would make the recipe above for Crock Pot Beef Stew, It sounds easy to make and delicious so what else do you need in a recipe!

    1. Danita

      October 30, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Easy and delicious are always a WIN! Thanks for stopping by and entering Susan.

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