HOUSE AND SENATE BEAN SOUP..

Found these in a newspaper article from a 1987 clipping. I’ve read and reread. I know there’s a message in here somewhere. There seems to be an aroma of truth.

HOUSE BEAN SOUP

2 pounds number 1 white Michigan beans

1 smoked ham hock

Water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cover beans with cold water; soak overnight. Drain. Recover with water. Add ham hock simmer slowly about 4 hours until beans are cooked tender.  Add salt and pepper to suit taste.  

Just before serving, bruise beans with large spoon or ladle, enough to cloud.

Serves about 6 persons.

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SENATE BEAN SOUP

1 pound dry navy beans

1 meat ham bone or 1  1/2 pounds ham hocks

1 cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup celery

1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes*

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1 bay leaf

*Two-thirds cup mashed potato flakes may be substituted.

Wash and sort beans.  In large kettle, cover beans with 6 to 8 cups hot water.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat, cover and let stand 1 hour.  Add another 2 quarts cold water and ham bone.  Bring to boil, simmer 1 1/2 hours.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Simmer 20 to 30 minutes until beans are tender.  Remove ham bone, trim off meat, return to soup.  Serve hot.  Freeze any leftovers if desired.

Makes about 3 quarts.

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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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Loved to write since high school..as the years pass memories and relationships are primary. (There is also room for an opinion or two.) Feeling good at the age of eighty-five, I'm enjoying life and a hobby of photography. We've lived on this small farm for sixty-one years. In the course of time we welcomed three sons, two grandkids, and 3 greats. We owned and operated an Ace Hardware and a Hallmark Shop and managed to raise sheep for ten years. My husband and I shared sixty-two years of marriage before his passing in 2017. A son has also passed on to the next life, Memories really are "Made From This". Welcome to my world!

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