• For a simpler recipe, there’s no need to make your own drop biscuits. Instead, set eight of the ten or so biscuits from a 10-ounce can right on top of the stew, top them with cheese (if you want) and paprika, then cook with the SLOW COOK function as directed.
• If you want to make your own dried seasoning blend, try 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Or experiment with a blend of all sorts of dried herbs and even spices (thyme, parsley, and cinnamon make a good grouping). Use only dried herbs, not fresh. The fresh don’t add quite the punch to this long, involved cooking process.