Beef-Barley Soup..and a GIVEAWAY!

You guuuuuuys!

You know how I post up here all the time about how OMG I have something for you that you're really going to love and you just have to keep reading and make this recipe, like, TODAY because it's so healthy and easy and fast and I'm not joking you're really going to love it?

Well this time I really mean it.  The other times were just practice.

Today!  Today I have for you a delicious and hearty chilly-evening recipe plus a COOKBOOK to give away to a lucky reader.  I know there are probably only like 14 of you out there, but that means the odds are greatly in your favor.  This is no time to be shy!

America's Favorite Food is a wonderful compilation of 200 or so crazy good recipes that have earned high user ratings from many of the country's top food publications such as Cooking Light, Real Simple, Southern Living, Food & Wine, and Health magazines.  Through the Cooking Light Bloggers' Connection I've received two of these bad boys.  One for me and one for you!

Did I mention just how tech saavy this cookbook is?  New SCAN-IT/COOK-IT™ technology allows readers to scan more than 130 recipe photographs with the Digimarc Discover app (free to download and available on iTunes and Google Play) to access features including How-To Videos, Expert Answers, Weeknight Meal Planners, Collections of Similar Recipes, Shopping Lists, and a lot more.  I'm totally hooked on this!

So here's how it's gonna go down.  Do any of the crazy things below and you'll earn yourself a chance to win this awesome cookbook.  Do them all and you'll earn 4 chances.  Do 2 and you'll earn 2.  Got it?  Were you good at probability and statistics back in the day?  Me neither, but I'm pretty sure this all boils down to the more comments you leave the better chance you have of being the lucky winner.
  • Leave a comment on this post letting me know your absolute favorite Thanksgiving dish, whether it's a side dish, appetizer, dessert, or the big bird itself.  I want to know what you love!
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On Thanksgiving Day I'll choose a winner at random.  No, seriously.  We're talking randomization software.  This is no joke.  Be sure to provide your email address when you leave your comments so I can find you!  I'll announce the winner with my post on November 26th.

And now here's a recipe from the book to fuel your overwhelming excitement!  This is beef-barley soup at its most delicious.  Do it up!

Beef-Barley Soup
Adapted from's America's Favorite Food
Serves 4

 1 lb lean stew beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 c c thinly sliced carrot
 1 1/2 c thinly sliced celery
1/2 c onion, chopped
4 c fat-free, low-sodium beef broth
1 bay leaf
2/3 c uncooked pearl barley
2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and coat with cooking spray.  Add the beef to the pan, and cook for 4 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently.  Remove the beef from the pan, and set aside.

Add the carrot, celery and onion to the pan.  Cook for 6 minutes or until soft.

Add the beef, beef broth, and bay leaf.  Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the barley.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the barley is tender.  Stir in the salt and pepper, and discard the bay leaf.  Ladle into big bowls and sprinkle with parsley.


Christina Ghosn said...

I love reading your blog! Your delicious recipes get to me try unique and wonderful things all the time! I'm going to have to cook this beef-barley soup for my brother- he's going to love it!

My favorite Thanksgiving dish would HAVE to be my mother's lamb shank and rice (we don't do the typical American Thanksgiving haha). She cooks lamb shank until it falls off the bone itself and then uses the juice from that to cook the rice and adds toasted pinenuts and almonds! So good!

Christina Ghosn said...

PS I 'liked' Type A Kitchen on facebook :) LOVE looking at your pictures!

Husband said...

What are you making for Thanksgiving this year? - that will be my favorite.

Husband with one chance for the book please. Need to start xmas shopping early this year.

Cinnamon Freud said...

I love so many Thanksgiving food, it's like picking a favorite child (we all know I am my parents favorite though :) ). I love the fresh cranberry sauce and turkey. And of course any type of pie

Cinnamon Freud said...

Follow you on pintrest!

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