Saturday, January 24, 2009

First Post!

I have been wanting to start a food blog for ages and I have finally gotten around to doing so! As a newylwed I am constantly looking online for interesting recipes to try out on The Hubs (we'll call him T.H.) and I like the idea that I could possibly help someone in the kitchen! I am in love with my Mama and Granny's cooking but asking for recipes from them is like pulling teeth. I get the same standard response every time. "I don't have a recipe for that. I just throw a little of this in and a little of that in until it tastes right." Ugh! Because of this I get SUPER excited when I try to recreate one of their recipes and it tastes exactly as it should. The recipe below is one such occasion. I had tried to make this for T.H. while we were dating in college and oh boy it was wretched. I think because I didn't use any bacon grease. As unheatlhy as it is it really does make the dish and afterall this is comfort shouldn't have to think about cholesterol when you eat comfort food! This time I made sure to make it per my mom's instructions and it turned out perfect! I feel like a real grownup when this happens, haha. When my sister and I were still living at home my Mama made this soup for us all the time (primarily because I asked for it all the time). It's great with leftover ham from a nice dinner but it's equally good with just plain ole deli lunch meat. So here it is my first blog post ever: White Bean and Ham Soup.

1. 1 to 1 1/2 cups of ham cubed
2. 2 stalks of celery diced
3. 2 carrots diced
4. 1 small onion diced
5. 2-3 cans of Luck's Northern Beans (my mom said it must be Lucks) do not drain
6. 1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
7. bacon grease (approximately 2 tbsps)
8. pepper

* If you don't keep bacon grease on hand (I realize a lot of people don't!) then make some bacon for breakfast and reserve the drippings. A pound of bacon should do the trick.

1. In a stockpot, heat the bacon grease on medium heat and add the onion in. Let cook until the onion begins to carmelize.
2. Add the ham and cook for another 10 minutes.
3. Add celery, carrots and beans
4. Add tomatoes (you mostly just want the juice and only a few chunks of tomatoes) I put in a about 1/3 of a can .
5. Add enough water to cover the entire mixture. I usually fill up one of the bean cans halfway with water and that is all I need.
6. Add LOTS of pepper. The soup is supposed to be spicy and my mom always achieved this by just adding copious amounts of black pepper. I've heard some people add tabasco sauce instead.

Cook the soup on medium high heat for about 30-45 minutes.

I hope you all will love this soup! The best thing is it really is better the day after you make it so leftovers will go quickly!

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