from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

2 onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 T. olive oil
2 medium carrots
2 parsnips
2 large potatoes
10 ounces green beans ( about 2 cups trimmed and halved )
1 T. chopped, fresh dill ( 1 t. dried )
1 T. chopped, fresh marjoram ( 1 t. dried )
1 cup beer or vegetable stock
1  1/2 cups water
1 green or red bell pepper
2 cups sliced mushrooms ( about 6 ounces )
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. molasses
salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy pot, saute the onions and celery in the oil until
the onions are translucent.  While the onions saute, peel 
and coarsely chop the carrots and parsnips.  Stir them 
into the pot.  Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes, and stem 
and halve the green beans.  Add them to the sauteing 
vegetables along with the dill, marjoram, beer or stock, 
and water.  Bring the stew to a low boil.  Coarsely chop 
the bell pepper, and stem and slice the mushrooms; stir 
them into the pot.  Add the mustard and molasses and 
continue to simmer for about 10 minutes, until the 
potatoes are tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and 

Serve with a dark bread and a strong cheese such as
fontina, Camembert, cheddar, or chevre.

4 - 6 servings

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