A cold, blustery fall day. Our Brewer team in game 5 of the playoffs. Situation calls for something hearty and fragrant simmering in the crockpot. I made this recipe exactly as written with one substitution. Used corn starch for tapioca. It was fabulous. I bought the squash pre-cut in the produce department, bought the stew meat already cut, it assembled very quickly. The seasonings were unique and a perfect blend. I haven¿t used Italian green beans in years and they were perfect in this stew. Everybody LOVED it and returned multiple times to the crockpot. I will definitely make this again.