Fast forward one week and I had recovered enough from the disappointment to attempt again. Still with my husband helping along side me. The second time around, we used a proper dutch oven (thanks Mom!)
First, a few pieces of bacon fried up nice and crispy. Then pat the stew meat dry with a paper towel. Sear those pieces in the bacon fat just until nicely browned. Sautee the veggies, add some sprouted flour, followed by red wine, broth, tomato paste and spices.