Lentil Barley Soup

As the weather gets colder keep this recipe on hand for those nights no one wants to go out.  You can easily have the ingredients on hand for this recipe.  Serve it along side a crusty loaf and you have the perfect, no need to go shopping, meal.

Bolognese Sauce

The key to a rich Bolognese Sauce is a long simmer. 3 hours works well so plan accordingly.  In group cooking it is easy to see first hand the wonderful difference a cast iron pot can make.  Enamelled cast iron pots or a pot with a heavy duty bottom composed of layers of steel alloy work best as they retain heat for a gentle simmer. In a standard steel pot it will take extra time simmering and you will have to stir more often to reduce the sauce to a thick ragu. This sauce travels well and is a crowd pleaser for chalets and cottages alike.