This is a video I took yesterday as we looked out our sliding window/door. We opened it for just enough time to show you. The snow was coming down fairly heavily. Just looked at the clock and at 11.48 p.m. it is still snowing. Our son and daughter-in-law sent us these photos also. They have new parkas and were trying them out, and new snow boots. They are taking a trip soon and need to be prepared.
Gregg was out when it was light and was shoveling the driveway. I showed him the advertisement of two local young men/college age students who are earning extra money to do just that, and they have all the equipment. He prefers to get the exercise right now, as was our next door neighbor and a few others around here. I am unable to help unfortunately. Too many falls on icy surfaces that have left their calling card even now. Still waving that phone number around just in case he needs it tomorrow.
Now onto this weeks recipe. I am revisiting an old one, great comfort food in this weather. It is one that I make every year, generally after Thanksgiving. I had a ham bone in the freezer which I thawed out overnight, along with pre-prepared dried beans left over from another dish and also frozen and thawed overnight. A nice easy meal.
Recipe as follows: from mum-in-law many years ago.
Put 1 lb. of dried navy beans into a strainer and rinse under cold water. Pick out any bits of grit or dark beans.
1 finely chopped yellow onion
6 peeled whole cloves of garlic
3 carrots, grated
2 ribs of celery, diced
Seasonings to taste, if used
Pour the beans into a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Carefully pour back into the strainer and rinse again.
To the saucepan add the beans, one finely chopped yellow onion, 6 peeled whole cloves of garlic, 3 grated carrots, 2 diced ribs of celery and a large meaty ham bone. Cover with water, bring to a boil and simmer for about two hours.
Take the bone out of the pot, remove any meat and cut into small bit-sized pieces. Put the meat back into the pot and discard the bone.
Season to taste.
When I learned how to make this bean soup years ago from watching my mother-in-law, she used to tell me her favorite seasoning was Lawry's Seasoned Salt and also Lawry's Seasoned Pepper. I have been using both when preparing various meals ever since, and though I don't use a lot of salt, I always add a little and more pepper. I would use your own seasonings if you already have a favorite, and only use enough for your own taste.
I also made a cornbread and served it with the soup, but a slice of crusty bread would go very nicely.
We do not live that far from each other, so of course our snow is doing about the same thing. Schools are closed Monday, and churches were closed today. My grandmother always used Lawrey's seasoned Salt, she loved it. What a warming recipe, perfect for a snowy day!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ginny :) Interesting about your grandmother with he same seasoning. My m-in-l loved it too. Schools are closed today (Monday). We had about seven inches of snow down here. The soup makes a good broth also. When all the meat and veggies were eaten there was a few cups of broth left over, which I heated up and drank out of a cup. It was delicious.Delete
That snow is just beautiful. Thank you.ReplyDelete
And I do hope you can convince Gregg to help out the young 'uns by giving them a little work. And saving his bones and your worry.
You are very welcome EC and thank you. Gregg got up again this morning and cleared the driveway. Those young 'uns will have to wait until the next snow :)Delete
His bones are okay and my worry is too ;)
Now that is snow and a lovely video of it. Soup sounds good. I make a lot of different soups myself.ReplyDelete
Thank you Margaret, we make a lot of soups too in the wintertime.Delete
you mean I am not the only one who freezes bones. Ha., beautiful snowReplyDelete
A kindred spirit Linda? :) I freeze whatever I can :)))Delete
If you fancy the job as English cook, the position is yours.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the offer Valerie :)Delete
Looks delicious, stay warm!ReplyDelete
Thanks Christine, you too :)Delete
A soup and corn bread! Perrrrrrfect for winter!ReplyDelete
Today, my husband is making Chicken Soup, from the roast chicken we had. It's a "Happy Chicken" as I call them, so everything about it, is gooooood. :-)
People should stop shoveling, when getting a bit older. Call those college boys, whether he wants it, or not.
Hi WoW, that chicken soup sounds delicious too :) Advice noted about the college boys :)Delete
in THAT weather, you need THIS recipe`ReplyDelete
We do don't we? :)Delete
Loved your video, Denise! Such a pretty snow! We have quite a bit as well--around 7 inches. Your son and daughter-in-law are all prepared in their new parkas! Your soup recipe looks great. I have a ham bone in the freezer to do the same soon. I made a pot of chicken soup yesterday. If this isn't soup weather, I don't know what is! Enjoy the beauty. ♥ReplyDelete
Hi Martha Ellen, thank you, so glad. Time to start fixing another soup I think. It will be a few days before the snow melts. 'The Kids' as I call them really like their new gear. They will be 60 and I will still be calling them the kids :) Chicken soup sounds delicious. I have had a request to make Chicken and Dumplings, another favorite. You enjoy the beauty too and the rest of your week.Delete
Seeing the weather you are experiencing I can see why you made the delicious looking soup, if it wasn't for the snow I would call by for a bowl.
All the best, John
Hi John, you would be very welcome to a bowl of soup. Too bad you all don't live a little closer :) All the best to you too.Delete
All that snow is a welcome sight to see!ReplyDelete
A snow lover to the max, I enjoy it too.Delete
We haven’t had a bad snowstorm this year. That fact may change this weekend. A snowstorm is being watched. I have seen forecasts calling for 12+ inches of snow during g. The coming weekend.ReplyDelete
Hi Linda, Wow, batten down the hatches if you are expecting that much snow! Stay safe and warm :)Delete
This looks delicious!ReplyDelete
Thanks Rose, it really was :)Delete
No snow here in Nashua, NH, Denise, so I do enjoy yours! And there's nothing better than soup on a wintry day.ReplyDelete
Hi Dorothy, no snow? I agree, nothing better on a cold day :)Delete
We like bean soup occasionally ... even here in Florida .... and you’ve gotta have the cornbread!ReplyDelete
Wouldn't be the same without cornbread would it Sallie? To us cornbread lovers at least :)Delete
I used to make bean soup and cornbread. It's a southern tradition.ReplyDelete
It's a great Southern tradition then Linda, one of many :)Delete
I wear spiky shoes so as not to fall over! Loving all your snow.ReplyDelete
Thanks Linda, and I have a pair of those things somewhere! ;)Delete
I had to look up Navy beans!! Seems they are simply haricot beans! Cheers DianeReplyDelete
Now isn't that interesting? I know of haricot beans but didn't realize they were the same as navy beans. Thanks Diane :)Delete
Those are two of our favorite seasonings, too. I love bean soups and I need to try this one. Happy mid week to you!ReplyDelete
How interesting that you enjoy this as a favorite also Ellen. Happy mid week to you also :)Delete
Doesn't that snow look beautiful.ReplyDelete
Did you know that the navy bean got its current popular name because it was a staple food of the United States Navy in the early 20th century...
More information here
All the best Jan
It does, when it's all pristine looking :) Fresh fallen snow is just gorgeous. Thanks for that interesting bit of culinary history and link. I seem to remember those beans were named after the USN but I can't remember where I read that. I shall enjoy looking through that link. Thanks again and all the best to you :)Delete