The stew was good, not great, but definitely comfort food that was easy to prepare. I threw the small potatoes about two hours before serving, an hour before I threw in chopped carrots and celery and turned it to high. I think the meat and onions could have benefited from another hour or two of slow cooking, meaning I could have started it at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. The onions did that thing where the layers pop out when you push on it, so worth not just chopping them up. And the no-knead bread went perfectly with it. I think the crock pot thing is going to become a habit.