I compromised - my son's been whining for brownies for 3 days, so boxed brownies with walnuts instead of a 3 hour prep French dessert. The Boeuf Bourguignon was a hit! My daughter loved it. I thought it was good, but I make a pretty good beef stew with much less prep time. I'd make it again for a special occasion, but I'll make my own stew for family.