Margo: How did your bean soup recipe come to be? I thought it was from Grandma.
Mom: I didn't like my mom's. It wasn't very tasty - beans and milk with bread. Came from Ohio, I think. I adapted mine from an Amish cookbook after tasting it in restaurants and I looked around until I found a recipe that came close to it.
Mom's Bean SoupSoak 2 c. dried navy beans in 2.5 quarts water.
Add 1 smoked ham hock.
Boil for at least an hour. Beans should be starting to get soft.
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1-2 potatoes, diced [I omit these if I'm going to freeze the soup]
1 cup canned tomatoes with juice [I usually use 2 c.]
My mother is much more attractive than bean soup - let's look at her. This a spring Sunday evening, eating s'mores and messing around.
Margo: What would you serve with this soup to make it a meal?
Mom: Crusty bread, cheese, pickles, or pickled red beets (something sour)
Margo: What's your favorite soup to make?
Mom: Probably potato soup. Potatoes are my favorite food, the soup is thick and nourishing, and I love the flavor of potato, celery, onion and sometimes hardboiled eggs.
My parents with their grandchildren.
Margo: Describe your cooking style.
Mom: Hmmmmm. . . probably no-frills, nourishing, hearty, maybe just plain-old, down-home, family-style cookin'. I love to make old family favorites. I like to make comfort food. I probably make soup every week - I keep it on hand in the winter.
Two Naomi Ruths!
Margo: Is there a cooking goal you haven't achieved yet?
Mom: At this stage in life? No. I like what I make and am open to new recipes that sound good, but I'm satisfied with how I cook.
****Shoestring Chic #2: next Wednesday, January 26! You get dressed every day, right? Just take a few photos, blog about it, and share with us next Wednesday.*********
Your mother is a beautiful woman and I am glad you are able to cherish things like cooking with her. Your sister looks more like your mom. Guess you have more of your dad in you?? Yet i can tell you are sisters. Nice to see these pictures and connect the family.
Oh and I was ready for Shoestring chics this week. Go figure!!
Your mama is beautiful. The bean soup with a green checked cloth is the very best of diner chic.
Oh, such sweet photos, and the soup sounds simple and delicious.
That is pretty much the way I make mine, only I also (being from Louisiana) add bell pepper and garlic,too. yummy!
Oh my goodness, your dad has a doppleganger in my husband's family. Surely there is a Miller branch of his family?
BTW, do people who make bean soup NOT make ham and beans? If I want beans and have a ham hock, that is what I make. There is less liquid and I like the beans cooked until they are nice and soft and sort of mush around with the ham.
DB, no Millers that I know about!
As for ham and beans, I guess I don't make something called "ham and beans." Sometimes I use a ham hock to make split pea soup. Sometimes I put it with black beans and then we eat the beans over rice. I'd like to hear more about your ham and beans.
Such a fun post, Margo! I loved the little interview with your mom.
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