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Food and Memories

I have noticed since I started blogging, that most of my favorite recipes have a story with them. I think that’s true for many of us. We associate our favorite foods, our comfort foods, if you will, with special people or events that strongly influence our lives. It is fascinating to me how our memories shape us so strongly and teach us how to think about certain things.

This soup is no exception. This soup brings memories of my friend Ginny  Dow, who I met while living in Rumford, ME. Ginny was a homeschooling mom of five, something I was very impressed by, but more than anything, I was impressed by her resourcefulness. Ginny found a way to do anything she thought needed to be done and I was sure she could overcome any obstacle to do so. 

One day while visiting in her home, she was making split pea soup. All I could see was these little green half balls in her slow cooker, but she assured me that after cooking all day, they would break down and turn into a wonderfully smooth and delicious soup. Later, she gave me a bowl of it with her wonderful homemade oatmeal bread. I was hooked. 

Memories for My children

We still make this soup today and serve it with homemade bread. Perhaps someday my children will make it for their families. Yesterday I made a double batch and it was all gone. I barely got the scrapings from the pot. You will love it too, I know. It’s a delicious hardy soup, just right for chilly or busy days. Just put it on in the morning and forget about it. At supper time, serve it with homemade bread or corn muffins. I have also put all of the ingredients in the inner pot the night before and stuck it in the refrigerator. In the morning, I put the pot into the heater. It only takes moments. Done. Easy. Enjoy.



Hardy Split Pea Soup
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Hardy Split Pea Soup
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  1. Cover the peas with water and soak overnight
  2. In the morning, saute onion in a little butter until tender. Set aside
  3. Drain and rinse peas
  4. Put all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours
  5. Serve hot with fresh bread and butter. Yum.
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