Slightly Wild Mushroom Barley Soup

Porcini mushrooms grow in the wild, and despite many attempts to grow them under controlled conditions they remain resistant to domestication. Fortunately, they are extremely prolific and grow all over the globe. Most dried porcini available in the Northeastern United States are imported from Eastern Europe or Asia. These dried mushrooms are available in several grades, and also as powdered mushrooms. They add a tremendous amount of mushroom flavor to any dish. In this soup, they join three varieties of fresh mushrooms available in most food markets, and so the combination is slightly wild. Continue reading