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    Barley & Squash Minestrone

    Here it comes world… I think I’m a hypochondriac. Right now I’m sitting on the couch icing my back after an unfortunate run in with a Wii Remote at work today. I’m doing my best not to research “broken ribs” or “ruptured kidney” on WebMD while writing this post, even though I probably will just end up with a bruise. It’s not a new thing. Anytime I see or hear of someone getting sick, I immediately start the “what if’s” Greg starts coughing and I can feel my neck muscles contract. I get a text from a client’s parent alerting me to a kid with a fever and I spend…

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    Brau Brothers Beef and Barley Stew

    I think we’re having our first true Minnesota winter in a long time. Days so cold I cross my fingers and crunch one eye in hopes the car starts. Mornings where I  wake up to a ground again covered in white and I run to the television in hopes of a 2 hour delay from work. (Still waiting SPPS…) I’m a winter-freak. I love every part of it, with the exception of slow traffic. Snowshoeing. Skiing. Extra large snowbanks. All this winter stuff we’ve got going on this year is spectacular. (I’ve been told this enthusiasm is because I’ve never actually had to pick up a shovel since I moved…

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    {Guest Post on SGT} Great Grains: Barley

    Welcome to October! There’s a new post for you to check out today on Simple Good and Tasty. My next installment to the Great Grains series went up this week, all about barley. It’s the perfect whole grain for fall meals–adding a rich nutty flavor to any dish that calls for rice. Love it in burgers. Love it in soups. Love it plain with a little butter and salt. Check out the post here: http://simplegoodandtasty.com/2012/10/01/great-grains-barley-the-perfect-food-for-health-ninjas P.S. Wish the kitchen partner and I luck…we’re going to brave the cold weather on one last camping trip this weekend!