Actually... I spent my morning canning, I made chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake, banana cupcakes, went for a 4 mile run, picked tomatoes, mowed the lawn, and went to a friends for supper and to play cards. It was a pretty busy day and I didn't even remember it was Monday until this evening. So better late than never here is my Mennonite recipe for this week.
Earlier this summer I made Green Bean soup and have been saving the recipe for my blog for a few weeks, but with summer coming to an end our time is limited to make green bean soup with fresh green beans. I recently learned that Green Bean Soup is not very common depending on where you are from. In Henderson, Green Bean Soup is a summer staple. Why would anyone choose to eat soup in the summer when it is hot? I assume it is because this is when there is fresh green beans and summer savory available , which is very important when making the soup.
Green Bean Soup
1 1/2 lb ham bone and meat
8-10 sprigs parsley
1 small onion
1 1/2 cup diced potatoes
1/2 cup light cream
2 tsp salt
7 whole allspice
4 sprigs summer savory or one tsp dry
4 cups cut green beans
1 Tbl butter
Place ham bone in soup kettle and cover with water. Put allspice, parsley, and savory in cheesecloth. Add to the kettle. Simmer 2 hours.
This is what the ham bone looks like after 2 hours. I was a little nervous about cooking with a ham bone because I have never done it before. However, it was really easy and it gives the soup a great flavor.
Add beans, onion and potatoes to kettle and cook until vegetables are tender.