It’s summertime and backyard grills abound with the delicious aroma of American beef. This get together has been a family tradition for years. The kids are home, school has ended, and the summer months are just beginning. Only this year you have a surprise guest. Someone brought home the dorm mascot. A very curious Calico cat by the name of Patches. Among the tennis shoes and toys cluttered in the hallway, it seems that someone has set a saucer of savory beef stew made with delicious fresh vegetables smothered in gravy for the new house mascot. In the Lonestar state, we love beef as much as cats love to take naps. We hope your feline friend enjoys this dish as much as we did creating it. The Merricks and Patches say Howdy!