Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Clearing Skies

The weather is clearing and we've had a beautiful blue-gray sky this afternoon. The prediction is for temperatures in the mid 20's tonight and perhaps some ice in the morning. It was a good day to make more soup. I made split pea soup from the Christmas ham:

Split Pea Soup
Soak 2 cups split peas. Drain them, reserving liquid and add enough water to make a total of 10 cups. Add peas and cook, covered for 3 hours with a meaty ham bone. Add 1 onion chopped fine, 2 stalks celery (including leaves) chopped, 1 clove minced garlic, and 1/2 cup chopped carrots. Cook for another 30 minutes. Remove bone and put soup through a sieve. Chill. Remove fat. Season to taste and serve with slices of homemade bread.