We had winter again this past week — the high temperature dropped from 75 to 35 in a day, and we even had a dusting of snow here in town. The ski resorts are still open, however, and Taos had more than a foot of new snow. That created a “blooper” which is ski-speak for “blue sky powder perfect”. It isn’t uncommon for skiiers here to wear T-shirts this time of year AND get sunburned — so good for them all!
There is a Honey Baked Ham shop near the office. The other day I called to order a sandwich. When I went in, I spotted this split pea soup mix. They include a hambone when you buy the mix for $6.29. So, I did!
This is my hambone, after simmering for a couple of hours.
So, it being winter and all (again), I decided split pea soup would be perfect for the weekend. I added carrots and pearl onions and celery, but — oh, man — where are my bay leaves? If I could find them, they would probably be about the same age as one of the pharoah’s tombs. I dashed to the store to get some fresh. Now my house smells as if Betty Crocker lives here. Shall I pick up a baguette to serve with the soup? Did I make you hungry? Good!
Addendum: For those who’ve asked, the Honey Baked Ham Shop is open Monday through Saturday and is on the south side of Menaul east of San Mateo. There is a shopping center with a FedEx, a Big Lots, an Armed Forces Career Center. The ham store is on the west end of the shopping area by the Armed Forces Career Center. Call first to make sure they have a ham bone: 884-7200.