I made this (exactly as given) last night, and it …

Comment on Beef Stew with Chipotle, Bleu Cheese and Green Onions by Jerry Wolf.

I made this (exactly as given) last night, and it was as delicious as you describe. A keeper! Thanks.

But I have a general cooking question. When I took the pot out of the oven after 90 minutes, it was bubbling away happily. I’ve always simmered stews on the top of the stove, where they too bubble happily. What’s gained by baking it thus?

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