Katie is still with us, still unapproachable, still a hungry dog. She is getting very picky in what she will eat though, we have spoiled her so. She picks the cheese and meat nuggets out from among the regular dog kibbles and then leaves those in and about the bowl. My boys happily clean up after her, they will lick her bowl clean.Gyros are a favorite around here. I spotted a package of ground lamb at a store we don’t get to very often and it had been sitting in our freezer for a while. I used Alton Brown’s recipe to good effect. I found that sprig of mint growing out in the front garden, peeking out from between some stones. We’ve sprayed that stuff with Roundup several times but it has proved difficult to eradicate. We have managed to prevent it from taking over. Oh well, a few sprigs as garnishes here and there are nice.Bitsy is a real explorer. Here she is leaving the top shelf of a pantry space in the kitchen. She managed this foray without knocking anything over but that hasn’t always been the case. Finally tonight, here is one of my favorite soups. Beef and barley with onions, or beef and onions with barley. I suppose by volume it’s onions with beef and barley. I spotted some cheese in the local deli that I hadn’t seen there before, horseradish cheddar. It seemed the perfect thing to grate on top of garlic bread. The combo toasted nicely and was most excellent with the soup.