CBA – “A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.  Music will follow.”

In one of my last posts I mentioned a wonky bone in a ham that suddenly appeared in my life.  What this caused me to remember was my childhood, which was also wonky.  Besides that, I remembered the wonderful soups that my mother made.

I remember that her chicken soup contained onions, celery, and carrots.  I remember that her cabbage soup contained ground beef.  For the life of me I couldn’t remember too much about soups she made with ham bones.  That’s why we now have the Internet.

Recipes I found with ham bones directed a person to cook the ham bone with some onion, bayleaf, and a bit of thyme.  Remember, whenever you’re adding thyme to a recipe, always rub a little of that spice between your hands.  That way you’ll have a little more thyme on your hands!  I couldn’t resist.

I decided to start this in the crock pot.  Toward the end of the day I realized that I had a lovely broth that needed a bit more ingredients in order to be interesting and make it out of the beverage category.  Fortunately, it snowed that day.  Are you following this?

When the day is ending and I have a crockpot filled with hot liquid and I don’t want to complete my cooking project until the next day, I simply place the crockpot insert with its cover out into a snowbank overnight.  If I’m lucky, some marauding raccoons will have a taste for ham bone broth and I won’t have to finish the project.  No such luck that night.

The next day I went to the local grocers to purchase some split peas, which I figured would be a happy ending for my soup, remembering all the while that my husband does not like split pea soup.  Fortunately, our local grocer also stocks a 15 bean soup packet.  It contains 15 different kinds of beans, which I took on faith.  The packet also contained a recipe on the side of the package and a lovely little flavor pouch.

The recipe instructed me to soak the beans overnight blah blah blah, or boil them with a vengeance for about an hour.  Patience is the next thing I’ll work on.  Finally, you simply add a can of crushed tomatoes and cook it a bit more.  In the end, add the flavor packet along with S&P to taste.

Some great things about this recipe are that it actually tastes good, my husband likes it, and it freezes well.  It would also be good if it were garnished with one of the major food groups, bacon!

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen.  A steaming hot bowl of delicious bean soup that no one would mistake for a beverage.

bean soup

Actually, this is a bowl of ice cold bean soup because it’s 4:00 in the morning and I’m playing insomnia.  I’ve tried all the cures I know, such as, annoying my husband and asking him if he’s awake.  He usually is awake if I ask him loud enough.

Then I decided to write but was too lazy to heat up the bean soup for a photo shoot.  I also had a cup of Calm, a hot raspberry flavored magnesium drink that’s supposed to help people sleep unless they accidentally spill it on themselves.

Shares of other insomnia cures would be greatly appreciated.  Especially by my husband.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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