All Things Winter


1 whole small chicken or several chicken thighs and legs
2 lb leeks
1 fresh bay leaf
1 large carrot, peeled and thickly sliced
10 cups of chicken broth
½ cup pearl barley
Salt and black pepper
Fresh chopped parsley to garnish


Place chicken in a large deep pan, slice half of the leeks and place them in pan. Add the bay leaf, a little chopped parsley, carrot and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer gently for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Skim off any excess fat at the top of the pan occasionally during simmering. Continue reading


1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 cups onion, chopped
4 quarts hot water
4 cups carrots, chunked
4 cups potatoes, chunked
4 cups cabbage, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
8 tsp. low sodium beef bouillon
1 tsp. pepper
4 bay leaves
6 cups low sodium tomato juice Continue reading