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Bean and Ham Soup - the 2nd time around 
Mar. 1, 2010 1:29 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2010 4:32 am
A few days ago I was on the RE and asked for advice on just exactly how to make bean and ham soup.  I had a ham bone and dried beans.  I didn't say it then, but I'll admit it now.  I had made bean and ham soup once before in my 28+ years of marriage, about 28 years ago.  That time was a disaster.  I didn't eat such things as beans then; in fact I didn't eat much of anything then.  I was a lot thinner, too. Hmmm; maybe I should still dislike everything but chocolate and chicken!  

So why was it a disaster last time I made soup?  I made up a nice crock pot full soup just like my mom always made.  Except when she made it her and my dad would eat it and exclaim how great it was.  Then they'd eat more of it the next day and the next.  My husband was excited I was going to make bean soup.  He sat down and ate not one, but two bowls of the stuff (I had a hot dog, I think).  I was so proud of my accomplishment, I really didn't cook much back then.  Then we went to bed.  I was awakened to the sounds of a sick husband.  He got so sick he missed a day of work, something he probably has done maybe 5 times in our marriage!  He swore it was from the soup.  Needless to say he wasn't about to touch the stuff again so I had to throw it away.

Anyways - I got a lot of good suggestions so I decided to give it a try again.  Now I eat such things as beans, and about everything else there is as well.  As it was cooking in my crock pot all day both of us kept commenting on how great it smelled.  Though, I think we were both a little apprehensive about actually eating it!  Isn't it funny how your mind remembers such things?  I didn't eat pineapple for 20 years because I ate 1/2 a pineapple upside-down cake and got sick.  I was convinced I was allergic to pineapple - never mind my real problem was being a hog and eating too much of a good thing!  Back to the bean soup.  We sat down to eat my concoction and both had to agree it was pretty tasty.  Jon (that's my hubby) ate not one, but two bowls of the stuff (I only ate one).  We went to bed, and I was awakened to the sounds of the dogs wanting their breakfast; not the sounds of a sick husband.  I was pretty relieved!  

We're having left-overs tonight and I can't wait.  I just want to thank all the wonderful people on AR who gave me such great advice!  I couldn't have done it without you!!  Now I can make bean and ham soup and feel confident we will not get sick from it.  :-)  
Mar. 1, 2010 4:00 pm
Hi, Mother Ann! And that is one reason why I love AR! (Another is the wonderful blogs I get to read :D) I don't know if you were around a week ago Saturday, but I tried the Milk-Braised Pork by Ken from CA. I was a little nervous (coming off a really bad culinary gremlin-type of experience where everything I made was horrible whether or not I stuck to a recipe). Who am I kidding? I was a nervous wreck! The milk was threatening to bubble over the sides of the pan and the pork had only been in for a half-hour. So, I came onto AR and explained, and was told by three people (including KEN) that everything would be fine ... It was more than fine! It was fantastic. Best thing I ever cooked! The confidence gained from one successful recipe is amazing, but you need it once in a while. :D Keep up the good work!
Mar. 1, 2010 6:34 pm
Thanks, Sparky! I do remember something about the milk-braised pork. Glad to hear you had success in the kitchen, too. Most people are truly wonderful and helpful on here.
Mar. 1, 2010 10:43 pm
Hi Mother Ann, hope all is well with you I've had a package of beans just calling my name from the pantry and this week I picked up some ham bones/ hocks lol from the store I'm determined to try it:-) and I got the Brussels sprouts too, it will be quite the adventure! My hubby never gets sick either in fourteen years I can count on one hand the number of times he's been sick! My thinner days are now called the good ol days lol, DH recently said to me " shame on you for becoming a better cook" our waistlines have increased a bit LOL anyway great blog and I'm sure to see you around I love this site:-)
Mar. 2, 2010 5:08 am
I really love this site, too, Sillasmiles. It's so fun to "talk" with all these different people. So many great ideas, but so little time! Good luck with the brussels sprouts - I hope you love them as much as I did!
Mar. 2, 2010 7:49 pm
I just had to say I'm in love with the Brussels sprouts, thank you for recommending I try them:-)
Mar. 3, 2010 4:32 am
I am so glad to hear that! I can't believe I wasted all those years "hating" them! Enjoy
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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