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Stewards of the stew

Presbyterians continue 'Irish' tradition

Dr. Bill King, left, and other volunteers cut up vegetables for the Presbyterian Irish Stew. A tradition for more than 50 years, the meal will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church Fellowship Hall, 24th and Washington St. in Great Bend.

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The recipe for the annual Irish Stew at First Presbyterian Church is more than 50 years in the making. A carefully guarded secret, it can be found in the “Stew Book,” safely stored in the church office.

What is known is that 130 pounds of Irish potatoes, 130 pounds of “quality stew meat” from Ellinwood Packing and 88 pounds of green cabbage, carrots and white onions, along with other vegetables, will go into the 26 roasting pans needed to serve about 600 people. But after those ingredients begin to simmer, the chefs toss a mixture of the Spice Recipe into ...

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