It’s Guest Post Friday with The Constant Hunger

It’s my happy day!!  Guest Post Friday!!!  Today is a doubly happy day because besides having a great guest post to share, I also get to announce the winner of Dorie Greenspans new book, My French Table!!  It’s so good to be me today!!
Before we get to the giveaway announcement I want to take the time to introduce to you a very talented fellow blogger and consummate foodie!  Please say hello to my friend Alina from The Constant Hunger.
I was impressed with Alina the first time I visited her blog, she is an outstanding writer, who shares real food, and I mean really delicious food.  Her easy to follow recipes offer up the kind of food you could eat everyday, and if that’s not enough her images make you wish you were there to share those tasty creations with her!
So sit back, relax and enjoy, as I give you……. The Constant Hunger.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Chef Dennis asking me if I’d like to contribute to one of his upcoming Guest Post Fridays. I must admit that I read the email a couple of times to make sure this wasn’t some kind of mistake. Was a real, professional chef asking me, an amateur home cook, to submit one of my recipes? It was too good to be true, and yet it was. I emailed Chef Dennis back, telling him I’d be honored to have him post one of my recipes on his blog. And so here I am.

I started the constant hunger in June 2010 to chronicle all the recipes I try out and keep track of all the restaurants I go to. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I never thought anyone but my mother would actually read my blog. But I guess someone was reading because here I am on More Than A Mount Full. Now on to the good stuff, the food.

I found today’s recipe on What attracted me was the fact that it was a stew, perfect food to eat when it’s cold outside, and the recipe called for an ingredient I had never used before, barley. One other thing that I loved about the recipe was that it was a one-pot dish. In the end, I only dirtied a cutting board, a couple of knives and the pot that I simmered the stew in.

Stews are usually inexpensive meals that pack a ton of flavor and keep well in the freezer, if you make a large batch. In other words, stews are perfect for busy people. The secret to a good stew is “low and slow.” You should cook this stew at a low temperature for 2-3 hours. The aroma of beef and barley stew will fill your house and get your appetite going.

Beef, Barley and Mushroom Stew

2 lbs. beef chuck, fat trimmed and cut into cubes
1 large onion, diced
1 package white mushrooms, chopped
3 celery stalks, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
5 sprigs of thyme
3 bay leaves
4 cups beef stock
1 cup barley
salt and pepper
canola oil 

Generously season the cubes of meat with salt and pepper.
Coat the bottom of a large Dutch oven or heavy pot with canola oil and set over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add a single layer of meat to the pan. Sear the meat on all sides till Remove the meat and set aside on a plate. Sear the remaining meat the same way. 

Heat a tablespoon of canola oil in the Dutch oven and cook the onions until translucent. Add the mushrooms and celery and cook until just softened. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add the thyme and bay leaves and stir to incorporate.
Pour a little beef stock to deglaze the bottom of the pot. Make sure to scrape up all the browned bits. 
Return the meat and any drippings back to the pot. Add the rest of the beef stock and about two cups of water, or enough to cover the meat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low.

Cover the pot and let simmer for one hour. Add the barley and cook for another 45-60 minutes or until the barley is cooked. The meat should also be falling apart when pierced with a fork. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.

The perfect meal to keep you warm on a nasty cold day. Happy cooking!

So now that you have enjoyed Alina’s delicious offering, I get to announce the winner of  Dories new book.  Using the random number generator, I numbered each of the comments in succession, and then numbered all of the likes on facebook (even one prior to this post)…..and the winner was #49 The Mom Chef.  Congratulations to Christiane, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do!!   I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments and for all the facebook connections, I do appreciate your support!  

So now that were done, head on over to The Constant Hunger and tell Alina that Chef Dennis sent you.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend my friends!

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  1. A Thought For Food says:

    Another great guest post with a wonderful recipe!

    Hope you have a great weekend, Chef Dennis!

  2. Thanks for intorducing one more great cook :)Recipe is lovely and in Alina's page, I can see much more good things that are worth to try 🙂

  3. Evan Thomas says:

    This looks so hearty and comforting! We're getting 6 to 10 inches of snow tomorrow so soup is not a bad idea.

  4. Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) says:

    Love, love, love stew in the winter! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Have a wonderful FRIDAY and WEEKEND 😀

  5. Foodtographer says:

    One of my favs that I follow along with you Chef. I'm glad to see Alina here. I LOVE this stew…another out of the park post..CHEERS!

  6. Cakewalker says:

    Thanks for the introduction to Alina. I love her voice, her descriptives. The recipe looks hearty enough to diminsh hunger, while the photographs fill the senses… Bravo!

  7. penny aka jeroxie says:

    thanks for the introduction! love a good beef stew as well.

  8. A little bit of everything says:

    Nice to meet you Alina and congrats to Christiane

    have a wonderful rest of the week all of you

  9. So good ~ I put a link on my facebook Comfort Food page

  10. Cake Duchess says:

    A lovely stew for chilly days. Thank you for introducing Alina to us:)
    I hope you both have a wonderful weekend.

  11. The Mom Chef says:

    Oh my, this recipe looks fantastic. To see the mushroom floating in that glorious broth in the last picture made me so hungry. I'm thrilled to have found another new blog to read. Thank you both for this stew.

    Ok, HAPPY DANCE. I'm SO thrilled. I can't wait to dive into this book. BunkyCooks made that garlic soup and ever since I've been wanting some. Now I can make it HAPPY DANCE. Have I mentioned that I'm happy? Thanks so so much, Chef!

  12. thecompletecookbook says:

    As always, a great guest post.
    Have a happy weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

  13. Lovely pick for the guest post! This stew is right up my husband's alley..he'll be excited to see this recipe, thanks!

  14. I love your recipe and thanks for sharing it!!! ;D

    Mushrooms and beef…yummy…perfect match!!!!!!

    Happy cooking from Italy!!!

  15. Yummo! Not often that one sees mushrooms as stew ingredient – and I can't figure out why for the life of me.

  16. something good says:

    I love your Friday posts! It's better than Foodbuzz :))
    It a great way to meet new people and get introduced to great recipes. Have a gorgeous weekend.

  17. Dennis, great to have Alina here for the guest post. Alina, I love your stew. Looks very delicious. Perfect for this cold weather. Thanks very much for sharing.

  18. It was great to be introduced to Alina ans her wonderful recipe for Beef Barley Mushroom Stew. Warm stew is perfect for the -20 below windchill we're having in Chicago!

    Thanks Chef for another terrific Guest Post Friday!

  19. Once again, you selected a fabulous blog to share with us, Dennis.

    Alina, we're having a bitterly cold day and your soup looks so fabulous and comforting. I'm wishing I had all the ingredients and I'd whip up a batch right now!

  20. Chef Dennis….thank God it's Friday! I 'll never miss coming here for good real food;) this stew is a winner alright mmm I can imagine how good it is with the herbs and mushrooms and barley. Have bookmarked this for my next stew dish 🙂 thank you for introducing Alina to us.

    Thank you Alina for sharing such a wonderful and flavorful beef stew with us. Will be hopping over to your blog to read and feast on your other wonderful food. 🙂

    Congrats to Mom's Chef for being this contest winner 😉

  21. Looks so warm and comforting…Thanks for sharing Alina!!
    Congrats to The Mom Chef too for her great winnings!!

  22. Pretend Chef says:

    This stew looks so hearty and comforting! The weather here in Houston has been chilly and this would be perfect to put on the stove today. Another grand slam of a guest post! Have a great weekend!

  23. Nice guest post! Beef stews are so difficult to photograph. Alina did a super job with the recipe AND the photos!

    Congrats to the winner!

  24. jose manuel says:

    Un plato para chuparse los dedos.


  25. Jenn from Much to My Delight says:

    Why haven't I made stew this winter? I am so foolish! This looks so hearty and filling and soothing on a cold day like today. Great guest post–thanks for sharing her with us!

  26. Michael Toa says:

    oh wow. This looks so good. It's hearty and definitely comforting.
    Nice to meet you Alina. I'll be visiting your site soon.
    Have a great weekend.

  27. Lovely, Alina – just warming my Minnesota bones as I read this. I love barley and it's a staple in the winter (and in the summer it's a salad) so am always looking for something new to do with it – and you provided it. Congrats to The Mom Chef – she's going to love the book!

  28. Beef and barley are perfect partners! This looks delicious!

  29. Another excellent choice, Chef Dennis! I have just found Alina's blog and been so impressed by her!

  30. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom says:

    Happy day for us readers too because we get you, plus a guest blogger. Alina is another gem! And congrats to Christiane. Can't wait to see what you cook first from Dorie's book.

  31. Emily Malloy says:

    What a fantastic guest post!

  32. mmmmmmmmmm…che invitante!complimenti!!!ciao!

  33. Jennifurla says:

    Nice to meet you! I looks forward to seeing your blog more.

  34. Beef Barley stew makes me so happy!! This one looks fabulous! I like to make my stew in the slow cooker so I can come home to the wonderful smell of dinner cooking!! I wish we had 'smell o blog' so we could at least smell the stew!

  35. Torviewtoronto says:

    lovely post looks wonderful

  36. mmm stew! delicious. hope it keeps you warm!

  37. Ana Powell says:

    Well done Alina
    Lovely and comforting dish.
    Wishing you all a great weekend ♥

  38. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    Oh, what a wonderful winter recipe! Looking forward to being your next guest poster next Friday! I'll have my post to you early next week. Thanks for introducing us to this wonderful new cooking talent. I love the guest posts!

  39. As always great guest post! That soup looks wonderful and so hearty on a cold Winter day like today.

  40. sara @ CaffeIna says:

    Oh I love stew! i don't know why I never make them. I love these guests posts they remind me of so many yummy dishes :
    Have a great weekend both of you!

  41. Anna Johnston says:

    Mmmm, love a stew in the cold winter months, this one looks really yummy & hearty too. And, congratulations to The Mom Chef on the awesome prize too. Another great post Chef, thanks for sharing 🙂

  42. Sarah-Jane - says:

    Just going over to check out Alina's page now.

    Looks a great recipe Alina. Nice lean beef stew full of wonderful veggies and tender melting meat. Mmmmm

    Hope all is well at MTAMF. Have a lovely weekend all.

  43. Great post! Stews are totally my 'go to' during the cold months!

  44. Dee Dee's Delights says:

    Mmmm I love beef, barley mushroom, it is one of my favorites! Thanks!

  45. Kate @ says:

    Hi Chef! 🙂

    Great job, Alina! I'm glad Chef Dennis asked you to do a guest post; you have some fabulous recipes to share!

  46. Wow! That looks divine. My kids love beef barley soup but I always do it in the crock pot. Will have to try my beloved dutch oven next time. Thanks for the recipe and the follow!

  47. Jean at The Delightful Repast says:

    Chef Dennis, thanks for introducing us to Alina. I always enjoy a good stew at this time of year. Love to have one bubbling away for hours, just adding to the ambience.

  48. Chow and Chatter says:

    wow what a wonderful seasonal recipe

  49. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines says:

    What a great post Alina! I'm loving dishes like this right now. Barley is one of my favorite grains too. Yeah for Christiane, how lucky. Hope you all have a great weekend.

  50. Great looking soup. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Yum! A lovely dish!

  52. Torviewtoronto says:

    lovely post soup looks delicious

  53. scrambledhenfruit says:

    This is perfect for the winter weather we're having! The beef and barley sounds hearty and delicious. 🙂

  54. What a lovely meal for a cold winter's day!!

  55. Hi Chef Denis; thank you for your visit. Great to read your guest blogger this week; that looks and smells like true comfort food.

  56. Chef Dennis — Thanks for introducing us to another wonderful blogger!

    Alina — Wow, does this look wonderful! Your beef and barley stew looks a million better than mine (LOVE the addition of mushrooms!) and I will be making it soon! Thanks for sharing!

  57. The Enchanted Cook says:

    Chef Dennis – Thanks for introducing Alina! and Congrats the The Mom Chef for winning the cookbook!

    Alina – what a wonderful and hearty meal and I, too, love one pot meals! I love the fall apart beef and the barley, too. Perfect for a winter day.


  58. Mother Rimmy says:

    A perfect meal to chase away the winter chills!


  59. Nurse License Protection says:

    This soup is so nutritious and yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love your post.

  60. This looks like such a homey and comforting stew, especially at this time of year. Im sure it would be a hit in this house! Thanks for another great guest post Friday 🙂

  61. anthonyshelley2014 says:

    Loving the finished product!
    – Anthony

  62. I just want to reach right into the screen and take a spoonful of that stew. It looks so inviting. Thanks for a great post!

  63. denise @ bread expectations says:

    Hi Alina – I don't eat much meat, especially red meat, but this stew is gorgeous and the barley and mushrooms only make it more tempting for me!

    Thanks Dennis for featuring Alina and this gorgeous recipe!

    Congratulations Christiane!!! Such a lovely prize, I can't help feeling a little envy 😉

  64. Wonderful recipe! I love beef stew. Yours sounds flavorful and delicious. Love the idea of adding barley too:)

  65. baking.serendipity says:

    This looks like a perfect comfort food to keep warm this time of year 🙂 Great guest post!

  66. mangiabella says:

    congrats to christiane, that is awesome! This is truly a lovely guest post, and I am loving the barley – can't wait to visit Alina 🙂

  67. Oh this looks amazing. Not too heavy but still hearty and warm. Thanks for sharing!

  68. maggie@auberginesandolives says:

    I am beyond droooooling…… divine. Maggie

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