Nourishing Barley Soup with Homemade Stock

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Do you remember a while ago when I posted my recipe for Homemade Lamb or Beef Stock? It was way back at the end of last September when nights had just started getting chilly around here. I thought I had used the last of that beautiful stock in a stew last month, but I just found a quart of it tucked away in my freezer. (Yup, stock lasts that long in the freezer. A sure-fire way to tell if it’s still good is to let it thaw and then smell it before using – you will know if it smells “off”; as a general rule, it should last about 6 months in the freezer.) [Read more…]

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If the Lady of Shalott Were a Dish

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The Lady of Shalott, Oil on Canvas by J.W. Waterhouse (Source)  If the Lady of Shalott were a dish, I envision her as elegant and beautiful in a rustic sort of way.  Feminine and ethereal (as fairy ladies are, of course ;) ).  Complex, but not intimidating.  Passionate, eccentric, and completely captivating.  Tennyson’s The Lady of

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Bean and Barley Salad {Vegan}

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I don’t know about you, but I prefer a romantic Valentine’s Day meal at home over a meal at most restaurants. That way you get to enjoy a quiet meal with your loved one in the comfort of your own home without any waiting or traveling…and I’m guessing the food is just as good (or

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