Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ham Hock Soup

Look at Toaster pretending she is a lion who is gnawing on a freshly slaughtered gazette.* 2 lb. Toaster cat actually pulled that ham bone out of the trash and carried it with her tiny teeth across the apartment. Alayna and I squealed in delight and immediately started snapping pictures like we were in Animal Kingdom.

Ham bone explanation, probably one month ago my mom bought a ham. I have been prying for this ham bone ever since. Finally I was able to snag it when I went home for a wedding last weekend. I texted Alayna excitedly that I had the bone. The big, big bone. And thus we were able to make our first ever HAM SOUP.

This is a southern comfort and while it simmers it basically smells (and tastes) like bacon soup. Mmmhmm. Go pigs. This was also the best soup ever because right when the soup was done Alayna found out she was accepted into Georgetown for grad school. I was so excited I called my parents before Alayna called her parents. My parents are really excited.

So we enjoyed this soup. Talked about Georgetown, talked about our future summer canning plans, I completed my census Alayna texted her friends with the good news, we realized we are very prude and awkwardly squirmed our way through Gossip Girl and then we split a tart. Great soup night, great ham bone. Enjoy, but keep away from cats and other wild beasts.

*This just in, allegedly gazettes aren't animals.

Ham Hock Soup!
  • Pour 10-12 cups of water in pot, 1 lb. of pinto beans, ham bone, 3 bay leaves, black pepper, 3 big carrots, 5 stalks of celery (both chopped), 1 onion and extra cubed pieces of ham if not a lot of ham on the bone (2 cups)
  • Allow water to boil, once boiling bring to a simmer and cover with lid. Let simmer for 1-1.5 hours.
  • Add swiss chard, taste broth, add vegetable bullion if desired.
  • Pull out ham bone, pull meat off the bone and throw back in soup. If the beans taste cooked, start eating!


  1. Yum that looks amazing, I love bacon and ham (great Jew I am, I know) And ALAYNA! I did not receive a text last night, bad friend, but I am so so so excited for you!!!!! WHOO HOO!

  2. I GOT OVERWHELMED AND NEEDED A NAP! I am obviously still a toddler.

  3. hahahah i was wondering who alayna's good friends are too because i found out via gchat, not text!!! ;)