Patricia Wells’ Braised Beef with Carrots (adapted)

Equipment:  A large, heavy-duty skillet with a lid: 12 warmed dinner plates (or in our case three cold dinner plates, and four melamine kids plates, a lidded Pyrex in the fridge, and a plastic to go container.) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 pounds of beef in a single piece from the top or bottom round,…