Merry Christmas!! We enjoyed our relaxed Christmas day at home, then my family came over on the 26th for some fun together. I made a ham, mac and cheese, and salad for dinner that night, something that everyone would like. Now I have leftover ham to make into something. Bob has used some of it for breakfast the last two days, but I was thinking more like soup/stew. I had a bag of Appaloosa beans I had gotten from The Herb Shop at Lancaster, PA's Central Market. The recipe on the back got the juices flowing for a soup, but it wasn't quite what I wanted (it had salsa in it, not something Bob really likes). So after a quick web search, I found something better that I made to our liking.
Ham and Bean Soup
1 ham bone with some meat left on
1 lb. Appaloosa beans
3 c chicken broth
3 c water
1 heaping Tbsp brown sugar
1 heaping Tbsp parsley
2 bay leaves
a few grinds of pepper
Put all the ingredients into a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 2-3 hours until beans are soft. Pull out the ham bone and meat; cut up the meat and return to the pot. Heat for a couple of minutes to reheat the meat and serve.
This can also be cooked in a crockpot on low all day or on high for 3-4 hours.