Mine needs rescuing. I used the recipe from the booklet that came with my slow cooker and it came out BLAH! Used a ham hock and water, one bayleaf and a teaspoon of salt as the only flavoring. So today I'll add some carrots and celery--more blah vegetables. Anyone got any ideas how to give it more pizazz?? What do they add in restaurants to make it creamy and actually TASTE LIKE split pea soup instead of pea-flavored water? Ironically, Cup-A-Soup used to make a package that was delicious. Just add a cup of water and pop in the microwave. But of course they don't make it anymore because they discovered Maggie liked it.