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                     NEW YEAR'S DAY BLACK-EYED PEA SOUP
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       c            Black-eyed peas,dried
    2       qt           Water,more if needed
    1                    Ham bone with “trimmings”
    3                    Onion,medium,chopped
    2                    Bay leaves
    1 1/2   ts           Salt
    1       t            Pepper
   Wash the beans well in cold water several times, then
   place in a large, heavy stew pot and cover with water.
   Allow to soak overnight. The next morning (start early
   ~ beans like to take their time), pour off the soaking
   water, and ham bone, 8 cups of water, onion and
   seasonings. Put on the back of the stove and let
   simmer gently until beans are very tender, usually
   about 4 hours. Add more water if needed. Remove and
   discard ham bone. If the water looks a bit scant pour
   in 1-2 cups more. When beans are good and tender
   remove about a cupful of the beans and mash well with
   some of the bean liquid. (This can be done in a
   blender, of course.) Return mashed beans to pot, taste
   for seasoning, and serve steaming hot over freshly
   cooked white rice.
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