If you need something to stick to your ribs (although do any of us really need that), stew is a good choice. Amounts of each ingredient are really up to you. Start with some stewing beef cut into cubes. Shake beef in a bag with some flour. Brown the beef in a frying pan and add it to a large pot. Add a tin of canned tomatoes and/or beef broth (I prefer beef broth to tomatoes). Add chopped celery, carrots, onion, mushrooms (other veggies can go in as you like, hold off on the potatoes till later). Simmer on stove for at least 4 hours, more time is better. Add potatoes (cubed) 1 hour before serving. Salt and pepper to taste. Thicken with a small amount of flour.