We tried the first of the crock pot recipes last night. Here's what we did:
2 lbs (approx) stew beef
1 very large baking potato, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 16-oz. bag of baby carrots
1 sweet onion, cut into chunks
3 cups beef broth
1 cup water
Basil and parsley (to taste)
Mix all of these ingredients in a large crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.
Verdict: It was good, but not great. Next time, I think I'll cut out the water and add onion soup mix. I'll let you know how it goes. The cook time was dead on, though - the beef was done and falling apart, and the veggies weren't mushy.