In this episode Recipes Lighter Chicken and Dumplings A stew as thick and heavy as pot-pie filling was fine for our forebears, but we wanted a lighter broth and dumplings that wouldn’t sink to the bottom of the pot. Recipes Best Beef Stew Despite hours of simmering, most beef stews fall flat. Our goal was to pack in more flavor in less time. Taste Tests Beef Broth For years we’ve tried to find rich, complex broth that truly tastes like beef—not just salt or vegetables. When we finally did, the ingredients surprised us.