I took some beef stew meat, seasoned and coated in flour, I then browned the meat. I then deglazed the pan and slapped in some celery and carrot and onion. I tossed all of that into the crock pot with some fresh thyme, quartered red potatoes, 2 cloves of garlic, and a large can of pureed tomatoes. I let that cook on high for four hours. I also made buttermilk biscuits in the shape of an oak leaf.