Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A New Year's Tradition

As turkey soups follows the Thanksgiving bird and as lamb curry follows the Easter lamb, ham and beans follows the Christmas ham. New Year's Day is perfect for a slow simmering pot of beans with the Christmas hambone.

But this year we went to a New Year's Day Open House and so the ham and beans had to wait until January 2. It was a cold day with snow still on the ground, the smell of the simmering soup wafted through the house as I took down the fresh greens and put away the nativity set. The tree would wait until the next day.

With any ham and beans, cornbread is a must. I like to bake it in a cast iron skillet. Served warm with butter melting inside. It is heaven and reminds me that perhaps I should make cornbread more often.

The beans are my grandmother's recipe -- simple. The beans (and like her I prefer the limas or "butter beans" as she called them), some onion and the ham bone. Cover with water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover. Simmer until done. An afternoon is perfect! Just make sure that the beans stay covered with water.

It's the first Blue Monday of 2010 so join Smiling Sally for other blues this Monday.

17 comments:

Pondside said...

Mmmmm that sounds yummy. I'll be freezing the ham bone to make soup on another day. There's nothing like that good home made smell, although I like to make a thick yellow pea soup with my ham bone. Every time you mention cornbread it makes my mouth water. When I was a child we had ours with butter and molasses.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Sounds delicious! Please send some cooking skills to me! :)

Amy

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this recipe. We use white beans, but I will definitely have to add cornbread! Yum!!!!

xoxo
Jane

The Tablescaper said...

Looks delicious!!!

- The Tablescaper

Lyneen said...

We had our beans and ham-hock with cornbread yesterday.... it is a tradition.... thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind words.

Acorn Cottage said...

Happy New Year Martha! We have been making a lot of soups with this cold weather here in Kansas!
I'm thinking about getting some thermals to deal with this week ahead. I hear our "High" on Thursday is going to be 2 degrees and I thought 20 was cold! Bring on the soups!

Smiles, Nancy

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm...

I just can't "get into Blue." But I do have a 'different' post myself, on the first Monday in 2010. :-)

Hugs...

Cathy said...

It's definitely soup weather where I live and the "after Christmas" turkey soup is a favorite. Next time I'll serve it with cornbread...a wonderful combination of flavors.

Happy New Year to you and your family, Martha.

Maggie B said...

Oh! Martha the soup looks and sounds so yummy.
Ham & pea soup was a favourite of mine growing up in Lancashire, England and no-one made it better than my Nana B.
Maggie

Manang Kim said...

Hmmm that looks very delectable. Makes me hungry...thanks for sharing!

MYM/BM:Christmas gifts

SmilingSally said...

I missed my black-eyed peas and cornbread this year, and I want some so much! Happy New Year and Happy Blue Monday.

~ Sonny ~ said...

your recipe sounds so simply and so good. I'll give it a try after a quick trip to the store. Cornbread is a must at my house too..thanks for sharing this with us.
~Sonny~

Rosemary said...

Our New Year's Day Tradition is pork and sauerkraut... simmered all day long.... yum! A PA Dutch tradition, said to bring you good luck all year long.
Nancy

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

Ummm, I like your cornbread, cut into wedges. Makes it so much prettier than just the squares I make. The next time I'll bake it in a round cake pan. This is one reason why I love blogland... I am always inspired to do new things.

Mary said...

Your dinner looks wonderful and you painted a lovely picture of the weather in your region of the country. Have a great Blue Monday and enjoy 2010 - may it bring you health, happiness and prosperity.

sherri@lavenderfields said...

Yummy on a cold winter day! Happy New Year and Happy Blue Monday! Sherri : )

sherri@lavenderfields said...

Yummy on a cold winter day! Happy New Year and Happy Blue Monday! Sherri : )