I made the recipe from Cook's Illustrated The New Best Recipe over Christmas and loved it. It was definitely a labor of love, but surely worth it.
Do you have a favorite recipe? Julia Child's? What do you think of the CI recipe if you've tried it?
As an aside, is it worth it to cut the beef yourself or do you buy stew meat? I cut up the roasts myself. I assume it's better since you're more in control of the quality.