2 lbs. uncooked stew meat
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 can mushrooms with liquid- optional, small or large depending on your family's preference
1 lg. can cream of mushroom soup
1 sm. can cream of celery soup
1/2 c. red wine
4 oz. sour cream ADD JUST BEFORE SERVING
Rice or egg noodles
Sometime before lunchtime, layer the celery soup, meat, dry onion soup mix, wine, mushrooms, and mushroom soup into a large crock pot on high heat setting. When you come back to the kitchen about an hour or so later for fresh coffee, stir the contents and turn the heat down to medium for the rest of the afternoon.
Half an hour before serving, fix enough wide egg noodles or rice for your family. While that cooks, turn the pot off, add the sour cream and stir well, and leave the lid off the crock pot to cool and thicken the sauce slightly. Spoon the meat & gravy over the noodles/rice and enjoy the fabulous rich flavor. This can easily be done early in the morning before leaving the house, but don't forget to turn the heat down as you walk out the door! Mid-day stirring is not absolutely required.