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Hearty Black Bean Barley Soup

How’s about that for alliteration, friends?

Deep in the winter, I was starting to feel the effects of the darkness and cold and also a lack of protein.  As usual, when looking for inspiration, I always start at SmittenKitchen.  What I wanted was something that would warm my bones and be chock full of protein as well.  I also had a craving for barley.  I based my recipe on SK’s pumpkin black bean soup and ended up with something thick, filling, and delicious.  This recipe is a keeper.

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Polenta with mushrooms cooked in white wine

Taking inspiration from my trip to Fressen on New Year’s Eve, I tried my hand at making pan fried polenta and mushrooms cooked in white wine.  Although the result wasn’t an exact copy (I’m not Mozart here) I was pretty happy with the result.  With only a little bit of pre-planning of making polenta a day ahead of time, this warm stewy dish with a comforting feel is a keeper.

Polenta tower

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