The Soup Kitchen

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    Today is a perfect day to make a big pot of white bean and ham soup.

    I acquired four gorgeous smoked ham shanks at the butcher's; and am now quick soaking three pounds of small white beans. I expect to have a triple batch of soup ready by 6pmish - with a pan of cornbread to accompany it.

    Recipe:

    - 1 lb. dried small white beans (soak over night or quick soak)
    - 1.5 - 2lbs ham shank
    - 1 onion
    - 2 carrots
    - 2 ribs of celery
    - bay leaf
    - parsley
    - herbes de provence
    - salt
    - pepper
    - tabasco sauce
    - 8 cups of water


    -Cook ham shanks in 8 cups of water for an hour to an hour an a half. Add beans, diced vegetables and herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 2 to 3 hours. Remove ham shanks. Debone and shred meat. Add meat back to the pot. Heat, serve.

    Garnish with a dash of tabasco sauce for a spicier version.

    Some people put some of the soup through a food mill to make a thicker broth. I prefer to leave out that step.
     
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    Free soup for the revolution?
     
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    Kone bread! YUM!
     
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    It's a great American tradition, fo shizzle.
     
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    DELICIOUS! my recipe is the same, only i sometimes add a can of diced tomatoes...

    do you use white or yellow corn meal for the cornbread? also do you use sugar or not, in the cornbread?
     
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    Nope. Soup for the family.

    Much of it will be frozen in individual servings and delivered to Mom and Dad. Mom has some serious health issues; so it helps getting dinner together easier for Dad (as the caregiver) to have some good homemade food in the freezer.
     
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    Tomatoes are an excellent idea!

    Today I am using yellow corn meal (and I vouch that the more expensive organic version is definitely worth it - much better flavor). Sometimes I do blue corn bread, but I don't have any blue corn meal on hand.

    And yes, I add sugar. It tastes much better with it.
     
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    Just like my Mom used to make!
     
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    Then your mom must have had the Fannie Farmer Cookbook!
     
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    I never saw any cookbooks either in our house, or granny's. But then again, little boys aren't looking for such things, they are getting hit on the head with a wooden ladle for coming in there unasked for, while the work was in progress! This can erase most memory of what you saw while in the kitchen, induce partial amnesia! So much so that, I often forgot not to go in there unless called, and got the ladle again! And again! And again!

    I'm told Mom learned from Granny, and Granny learned from the extra-terrestrials who brought us here!
     

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