Saturday, April 05, 2008


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In the light of increasing food costs, I am always seeking ways to cut ours. We had the traditional ham for Easter and unbeknownst to me, the ham had a bone. Super!! I cut off what meat I could, wrapped it up and put it in the freezer. More With Less has a recipe that utilizes a ham bone. You would not believe the aroma in the house right now. I love soups that sit on the back of the stove for hours. I used vegetable boil water that I froze (all that good flavor and nutrients) along with additional water. Here is the recipe:

Ham Bone Dinner
2C green split peas
4 pepper corns
1 ham bone
salt to taste
water to cover

Bring to a boil in a large kettle (I used my cast iron dutch oven), reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours till peas are soft. Remove ham bone, cool, cut off meat, chop finely. (I did not do this. Instead I put the peppercorns, bone, salt and water to cook for 2 hours and then removed the bone. I wanted to make sure no small pieces of bone fell off. Then I added the split peas and will put the cut meat back in.)

Add to soup:
6 carrots, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
2 onions diced

Cook until carrots are done, about 30 mins. Check seasonings.

Then they have a little add on for dumplins.

2C flour
.5t. salt
4t. baking powder
Cut in:
1T margarine
Gradually add
1C water

Place on top of simmering soup in large spoonfuls. Cover and cook without peeking for 15 mins.

Then I made a delicious Swedish Graham Bread. Oh my oh my oh my! It is soooo good. I'll have to post that later.


Stacy said...

That's pretty close to our recipe for split pea soup, only I've never done the dumplings with it.

Kathryn said...

It was actually really good with dumplins. I got rid of the green pepper (just didn't sound good) and replaced it with celery. It was soooo good.

Jessica Morris said...

Thanks Kathryn, for your comment! I think I could have responded better had it been a woman. It's not that I felt threatened by the man - but it was still a man.
I didn't even think about 'how could God have used me' ... I was thinking 'help! Get me out Lord!'
Looking back I still think I would have treated it the same way (or perhaps I'd of tried to gear the conversation to non-weird territory!)

I appreciated your perspective tho :)