Dakin's Split Pea Soup
  1. 1 lb split peas
  2. 2 qts water
  3. 1 onion, chopped
  4. 1 large carrot, diced (optional)
  5. 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 6 peppercorns or ground pepper
  8. 1 meaty ham bone and/or 1/2-1 lb ham pieces
Wash and drain peas. Put all the ingredients except ham pieces in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 2-3 hours. Add the diced ham the last half hour. The soup will thicken if left overnight. Variation: add noodles last 20 minutes of cooking. Great served with Johnny Cake or Vermont Cornbread.