One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is make soup. I must admit I think soups are one of the things I do best in the kitchen. I find the aroma of a delicious pot of soup simmering on the stove can't be beat on a chilly winter's eve. I had some celery, carrots, onions and mushrooms left from the holiday, so I decided to put them to good use along with some regular barley and some very fine barley. I don't know why, but I find the addition of the fine barley makes the soup creamy, without the addition of milk, cream, sour cream, or yogurt.