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  Old Fashioned Beef Stew

    2 pounds stew beef
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 cups water
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 clove garlic, peeled
    1 or 2 bay leaves
    1 medium onion, sliced
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
    3 large carrots, sliced
    3 ribs celery, chopped
    2 tablespoons cornstarch

  Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay
 leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and
 simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots
 and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy,
 remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water
 and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return
 mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.