Chicken, Barley & Vegetable Soup

It’s February in California.  While there are record-breaking snow storms all over the country, I can’t help but feel a little bit guilty as I venture out in a tee-shirt to the local farmers market in search of tonight’s dinner.  I feel so fortunate to live here because even at this time of year, when most farmers markets across the country are so limited in offerings, I can still buy delicious organic tomatoes (yes, tomatoes!) from my local farmers.  (I’m truly impressed with their farming skills as my tomato plants died out around November.)

Tonight we’re having guests.  And not just any guests.  Our friends, Matt & Chelsea, are coming over for a night of catching up and board games.  This dynamic duo holds a special place in our hearts because, not only are they so dang fun to hang around, but they’re also the reason Chris and I decided to take the plunge into wedding photography full-time.  After shooting their beautiful wedding back in 2009, it cinched the deal for us that weddings were something we really wanted to pursue and we haven’t looked back since.  Love you guys.

Since I waddled home from the farmers market overloaded with bags of yummy veggies, I decided to throw it all together into a soup that I could serve with some hot, crusty bread and butter.  And so it went.  Sauteed onions, chicken stock, barley, navy beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, cilantro, and roasted chicken.  And a dollop of sour cream never hurt anyone either… optional, of course.

It turned out to be a wonderful evening, as always, not to mention a fierce Outburst battle.  🙂  I really need to start working on my 80’s action flick trivia.  But that’s for another day.

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3 Responses to Chicken, Barley & Vegetable Soup

  1. Heather says:

    Hi Ashley- Love the new blog! I’m going to add it to my list of favorite blogs to check. Hope you are well. Miss you. XOXO

  2. Frank Sandy says:

    Beautiful photos… Wonderful recipes .
    I will try some of those if I can find the
    time….looks like a ton of work went into
    this….. Beautiful Pages!

  3. claire says:

    hi ashley..love your photos…can u send me some pics of your husband?….
    hehehehe…..

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