Monday, November 21, 2011

Bean Soup and odds and ends - Onion and Garlic Harvest

We have had some pretty disagreeable weather for a few days, overcast and even got some more rain; about 1/2 inch. They are predicting heavy rains along and south of I-44.  We are about 10 miles north of I-44 so we may not be in the heavy zone, but we hope we are.  The ground is pretty wet now so that would mean run-off that would refill ponds for farmers.

I just read Ilene's blog about cooking beans and having leftovers and it reminded me of what I did with some leftover beans last week.  First I cooked a large pot of white beans with a very meaty ham bone and we enjoyed it with cole slaw and cornbread (I baked this so I would have some leftovers for dressing for Thanksgiving).  The next day I didn't want beans again  so I modified my Bean Soup recipe that called for stew meat.  I cut all the ham off the bone and added it back to the beans pot.  Then I diced up 4 potatoes, an onion and some celery, covered with water and cooked it until very soft.  I used the potato masher to slush it up some.  I then added about half the leftover ham and beans to the potato mixture.  I added salt and pepper to taste and brought back to a boil.  I used the masher again.  I could have used an immersible blender but mine is for soap making....At the last minute I added a large dollop of butter.  It was better than the original beans!  I still have a small portion of beans left which I will make into baked or barbecued beans today.

I think I will make another oatmeal type bread today and check it against the Grandma's bread recipe.  This will be a good bread is cold and having the oven on will be very cozy.

I started a quart of buttermilk yesterday and it still hasn't clabbered.  I used store milk for a starter so I don't know what happened; will just leave it out longer.

Pictures of the Day

Candy onions and garlic.  I had lots of Super Star white onions but I have used all of them already; they don't keep quite as long as the yellows. 


  1. I'm glad it's soup weather here again! Your bean soup sounds DE-lish! I'm always making "little bit of this & some of that" soups and stews, but then I don't remember how to re-make the good ones. It's always a suprise I guess.
    And I'm jealous of your garlic stash. We still haven't planted our garlic....wonder if it's too late.

  2. I agree with Carolyn, so glad that soup weather is finally here! Thanks for the soup recipe, I had tried Paula Deen's Senate Bean Soup recipe but yours sounds even better! I have to make a pan of cornbread and a pan of biscuits today for my dressing. Our daughter is having Thanksgiving at her house this year year so I am a little "lost" having so little to do! See you are well stocked for the cold days ahead, Grandma would always say, "Isn't it good to have plenty!"

  3. You know, that reminds me that I have a minestrone soup recipe that calls for the same kind of bean I cooked the other day! It's a nice tomato-based, garlic-laced soup. I haven't frozen those beans yet, I think I'll make some minestrone!

  4. Yum, love soups, stews and chili-year round at our house. I like crackers with ours but like cornbread best. In fact just made some veggie soup yesterday and finished up some leftover cornbread.

    A good friends DH passed away and visitation was last night and the funeral today. Took food over two different times along with Thanksgiving preparations. Family comes to my house on Thanksgiving so best get up from here and get busy, like to do as much as I can ahead of time, the older I get the slower I get!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Hi Glenda,
    You have a nice onion and garlic crop. Your beans sound good.

  6. That is a great shot! The bean soup sounds good. I have to admit, I don't like to cook, but I DO cook and I (and husband) think it is good. I tend to throw things together like you did here with this recipe. My mom was the same way.