California has had a lot of rain this past week. We have gotten week after week of rain in the Bay Area. I was recently in Southern California and was amazed by the number of trees that had been blown over by wind and rain. One of my favorite things about a rainy day is hunkering down and enjoying a warm bowl of soup. At least once over the winter I make beef and barley stew to enjoy on a cool rainy night. It is a very filling soup and it makes a large batch, so it easily feeds my family for a week. Continue Reading!