Beef Cubes Confusion

"I called home from work one day and asked my daughter to start a stew," writes Rosemarie Estanislau of Sparta, New Jersey. "I told her to take the beef cubes out of the refrigerator, brown them in a pot, cover them with water and simmer.

"When I got home, I lifted the lid, and all I saw was brown water. 'What's this?' I asked her.

" 'I couldn't find the beef cubes in the refrigerator,' she said. 'So I used the ones in the pantry.' She had used beef bouillon cubes. We had a good laugh and then ordered a pizza."