Hearty, flavorful stew
This stew was really great. It was much more flavorful than many of the stews I've made from scratch, and tasted great even without the typical low and slow cooking in a crock pot that I would usually use for stew. I substituted parsnips for half the carrots. Next time, I'd cut the shallots into chunks rather than trying to leave them in cloves - they didn't caramelize as nicely as they could have.
Pros: Great tasting, rich and hearty. Wonderful for a cold, wet evening.
Cons: There are a lot of ingredients, and it takes a while to make.