Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce
This is the quintessential beef stew. Jacques Pepin's mother served it at her restaurant, Le Pelican, where she made it with tougher cuts of meat. Jacques likes the flatiron--a long, narrow cut that's extremely lean but becomes tender and stays moist. He doesn't use stock, demiglace or even water in his stew, relying on robust red wine for the deep-flavored sauce.