I have been thinking about a nice pot of bean soup since I purchased a ham before Christmas.
I first rinsed beans (pintos and great northerns this time) and boiled them for about
30 minutes and then let them sit for a while.
I took all of the nasty bits of the ham and the bone, tossed them in a pot and covered them
in water and let them simmer for a couple of hours.
What I was left with was a pot full of nasty bits of the ham and the bone
swimming in the most wonderful ham broth.
Then I combined the broth and beans and simmered until everything looked right
and my house smelled wonderful.
Add a piece of freshly made buttermilk cornbread
and dinner was done!
Oh, and because I love my midwestern husband, I also made his favorite
split pea soup.
It doesn't appeal much to me but he loves it.
This was a wonderful, warming comfort dinner for this cold night.