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Five on Friday: Rabbits Mean Good Luck, and Autumn Means Beef Stew

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices—from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Happy November 1st, everyone! An old British superstition claims that if your first words upon waking on the first day of the new month are “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit,” then you’ll receive good luck for the duration of that month. No one is exactly sure where this superstition came from, but it’s been around for quite a while and most likely relates to the fact that rabbits are commonly considered lucky. And hey, who’s to argue with something that might bring a bit of extra luck? Certainly not me.

However, you don’t need much extra luck to whip up a hearty, delicious beef stew, so we gathered together five of our top-rated recipes for this favorite late-autumn dish.

Beef and Guinness Stew This filling beef stew is made with lean boneless chuck that's cooked with carrots, parsnips and turnips and flavored with dark beer. Simmering it in a Dutch oven for about 2 hours makes the meat and vegetables fork tender and delicious.

Hearty Beef and Potato Stew If you’re looking to make your beef stew even heartier, this beef and potato version is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also easy to make the night before you need it; simply reheat single servings in the microwave the next day or reheat in the slow cooker.

Beef, Beer, and Barley Stew The recipe list may seem a bit long, but we promise it will pay off in absolutely amazing flavor! The barley offers a unique texture you don’t normally encounter in beef stew, but trust us—it’s dang good eatin’.

Chinese Hot Pot of Beef and Vegetables This comforting stew teams beef with spinach, an efficient pairing because the iron in the beef enhances your body's ability to absorb the iron in the spinach. Serve it over plain Chinese noodles or all by itself with some crusty French bread.

Beef Daube Provençal This classic French braised beef, red wine, and vegetable stew is simple and delicious. It offers the homey comfort and convenience of pot roast yet is versatile and sophisticated enough for entertaining.

Tell us below: What's your favorite kind of beef stew? Do you have another favorite autumn dish?