- Slept until I woke (without the alarm!) and that was a blessing
- Finished wrapping presents
- Worked on my current novella
- Did a little Internet promo
- Made two kinds of fudge--chocolate and white chocolate walnut
- Made bread pudding (wasn't bad! more on that tomorrow, perhaps)
- Made Lima Bean and Ham Soup
It had been a while since I'd made lima beans from scratch... you know, from the dried bean. I knew I had some ham in the freezer left from Thanksgiving and was thinking I had navy beans in the pantry. So on a search I went and realized, hey! I've got baby limas! I have to say, they turned out fantastic. Here is how I made them.
1 16 oz. pkg of dried baby lima beans
@ 2 cups of diced ham or ham pieces
1 lg. onion, chopped
4-5 stalks of celery, chopped
4-5 lg carrots, sliced
2 cups of stock
2-4 cups of water
salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary to taste
- Pick through the beans, wash and soak them overnight. Drain the beans the next morning.
- In a soup pot, lay down 2-3 T of olive oil in the pan.
- Heat and add ham, onion, celery, carrots and 2 t salt. Saute for a few minutes.
- Add stock and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- Add lima beans, cover with water, add spices to taste, and bring again to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until beans are tender and flavors melded. Great with cornbread