The anticipation of this delicious meal is half the fun. You know what I mean: When the snow is falling, you throw together a stew to simmer on the stove, grab a bottle of wine, a book, and settle in by a crackling fire. Now take a deep breath. Ahh. Dinner is cooking. Make a day ahead if you’re expecting company, then re-heat and serve with a loaf of crusty bread. By the way, this is just a fancy way of saying beef stew. You don’t need to be fancy to eat it.