Food briefs: Utah women write grain cookbook

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Cherie Schetselaar and Britney Rule, a mother-daughter team from Pleasant Grove, take the guesswork out of using whole grains in their new cookbook "Grain Crazy." The book includes recipes that use whole wheat, brown rice, spelt, kamut, flax, barley, buckwheat, teff, amaranth and other grains. The 138-page book has sections for quick yeast breads, lunch, snacks, sides, salads, entrees and desserts. For several years, Schetselaar, the mother of seven children, has experimented with grains and posted recipes on her blog: Rule, the mother of three, is a former editor and writer. The bookis available for $19.95 at Whole Foods stores and online on the publisher's website: There also is an e-book app.

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Sweet and spicy barley

1 tablespoon coconut oil

½ onion, chopped in thin slices

2 cloves of garlic, minced

¾ cup uncooked barley*

3 ¾ cups water

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoon thyme

1 to 1 ½ teaspoons chile powder**

1/3 cup uncooked brown rice

1 teaspoon honey

¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

2 cups fresh spinach

½ cup dried cranberries

In a medium saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in oil for 3 to 5 minutes or until soft.

Add barley and brown about 3 minutes, stirring continually.

Stir in water, salt, thyme, chile powder and brown rice.

Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for an additional 45-60 minutes until most of the water is absorbed and the grains are softened. (Don't stir too much or the rice will turn mushy.)

In a small skillet, heat honey and walnuts until lightly toasted, 3 to 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Then drain in a strainer. Cool completely.

Toss the grains with spinach and top with walnuts and cranberries.

Serve immediately.

*¼ cup of the barley can be replaced with quinoa, if desired.

**½ to 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle pepper may be used as a substitute; or added to the chile powder for those who like it extra spicy.

Servings • 6

Source: Grain Crazy