I have made a photo step-by-step guide on how to cook the Carbonnade Flamande (Flemish beer beef stew), a recipe that I had already published. What do you think of this format? Is it better than a written recipe? (By placing your mouse on the blue Mouse over for image description you will see the notes I have written for most of the photos, with precise instructions).
Also, since I published the original recipe, I have tried to make it with a number of different beers. This is a dish where you must use the right beer, since the flavors depend 90% on the beers you use. I had mentioned how I had obtained the best results here in the US with the Flemish red Douchesse de Bourgogne, which however was very expensive ($18 for four small bottles). Surprisingly, I have obtained excellent results with 2012 Vintage Ale by Trader Joe's (brewed by Canadian Unibrue). At $4.99 for a large bottle, this is the best way to save money on the beer and still get the authentic flavors in the Carbonnade. Give it a try.