Barley Soup

Submitted by: Joe Jerse

Here is Grandma Mary Jerse's recipe for Barley Soup, referred to in Slovenian as "Yishplain" (phonetic).

Sausage Shoppe Cottage Ham, 1 to 2 lbs. in weight.
1 quarts of water
1 15 oz. can of Tomato Sauce
cup Barley, washed
1 clove of Garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 peppercorns
teaspoon Mace
3 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery cut into small pieces
1 small onion, chopped

Place in large pan, bring to a boil. Simmer covered. After 1 hours, remove the Cottage Ham. Continue cooking soup for one more hour.

As Grandma Mary cooks it, the Cottage Ham becomes tender and delicious. The soup thickens over the course of days in the refrigerator. Sticks to your ribs, good comfort food as the weather gets colder.