Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Comfort Food

My dad was sick last week and when he got to feeling better I asked him what he was craving. He wanted Ham and Bean Soup. My mom made it so good and I have picked up where she left off after she passed 14 years ago from breast cancer. Remembering is honoring.

I start with onion and celery sauteed in a large pot. Then I add the beans. I have used canned northern beans and dried beans, whatever I have and have time for. I like to add some different types of beans too, like lima and dried peas. Whatever I have or feel like.

The ham is usually turkey ham because its cheap and makes the soup meaty. My husband is all about meat. Sometimes I use a couple of smoked ham hocks.

I add water to cover all, add some carrot, bay leaf and salt and pepper. Then I add my moms addition of tomatoes. Just a can , diced, crushed, whatever. When its all cooked up and in the bowl add a spoon of vinegar to your bowl. I use balsamic, it is a great addittion, try it.


Fresh Local and Best said...

It was nice of you to remake this dish for your father. I'm sure it was a nice memory for everyone.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Thanks for stopping by FLB. The wrought iron bridge from Central Park on the north side. The photo was from over the summer.

I'm sorry to hear that it has been raining so heavily in the mid-west, it much make life and getting about the neighborhood a bit messier. I hope corn prices do not increase, but that's out of our control.

Have a great weekend.


Fresh Local and Best said...

I'm glad to hear that it's sunny today!