Chicken Barley Soup

Adapted from Nourishing Traditions cookbook, using what we had on hand in the kitchen


3 cups homemade chicken stock
3 cups filtered water
1 cup cooked barley
1 onion, finely chopped
5-6 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups cooked chicken


Kale and Barley Gratin

If you like kale, you’ll love this earthy dish. If you don’t like kale, just try it! It really doesn’t taste like you’re eating straight kale… plus the cheese helps! From Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.


2/3 cup pearl barley, rinsed
Salt and freshly milled pepper
1 large bunch kale, about 1 1/4 pounds stems entirely removed
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk or basic vegetable stock
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 cup grated Gruyere