Beef and Barley Soup

My kids love any soup with Barley and this one is a real hit in our house. The leeks, onions, carrots and celery contribute their veggie goodness, while the thyme and bay leaves add a great depth of flavor. I like to use beef bones with a good amount of meat on them, so that everyone gets to enjoy some real meat. This soup has all of the elements of a full meal: Beef, starch and veggies – so break out the big bowls and serve this soup up for dinner.

Split Pea Soup

I love split pea soup on a cold winter night and this one can be made in no time using a pressure cooker. The split peas after cooking for 30 minutes in a pressure cooker or 2-3 hours in a Dutch Oven, will melt down and form a thick broth. My husband loves having a few hot dog rounds floating in his, so if you are up for a non-vegetarian option, try it!

Pickled Salmon Bites

Whenever I make this recipe, people think I have slaved in the kitchen to produce these delicious pickled salmon bites. The truth is they are delicious but, the only thing that is hard about this recipe is waiting the few days until you can dig in! Serve this as a first course with crackers or as finger food at your next party. (Adapted from Joyce Goldstein as seen in New York Times)

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

The Slow cooker is our best friend during ski season, and ski season has officially begun in our family. There is nothing like coming home from a long ski day, to a warm and hearty chicken noodle soup, packed with vegetables and tender chicken. This soup will be a sure hit among skiers and non-skiers alike! (Adapted from Cooks Country)