And the winner is… (KOAB Recipe Exchange Target Gift Card)

I’ve been promising for a while that I would give away a $10 Target gift card to one reader who has left a recipe on one of my KOAB Recipe Exchange posts.

To pick the winner, I went all the way back to my first Recipe Exchange and gave one “entry” for every recipe left. Then I numbered the names and plugged those numbers into And the winning recipe was #23….

Dana H!!!

(This makes TWO things that Dana has won on KOAB!! It pays to comment, people!)

On my soup recipe exchange, Dana left this yummy and frugal Mushroom and Barley Soup.


* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 3/4 cup diced carrots
* 1/2 cup chopped celery (did not have)
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic (did not have)
* 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
* 6 cups Par eve chicken broth
* 1/2 cup raw barley
* salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic; cook and stir until onions are tender and transparent. Stir in mushrooms and continue to cook for a few minutes. Pour in the chicken broth and add barley. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until barley is tender, about 50 minutes. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your yummy recipes. I so look forward to the weekly KOAB Recipe Exchanges and hope that you will continue to participate!


  1. Thanks Mara. This makes my day!!

  2. Congrats Dana!

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