Absolutely delicious! I didn't have the specialty dried mushrooms or the sherry, but it was still fantastic pared down to its essence. I substituted vegetable broth, dried thyme for the sage, and used half onion/half shallots, and used plain old white button mushrooms. I even threw the barley in with the broth; the separate steps no doubt add flavor, but I didn't have the time. Still wonderful. I think it will be a good early spring soup -- even though it's hearty, it's not too heavy. Make this soup!