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Winter and soup are a classic couple. Growing up, we had soup quite a bit, often times chili or chicken noodle. But anytime we had a holiday gathering that featured a big ham, I knew that a pot of ham and bean soup was in our near future. My mom and grandma would always use the ham bone to season what would become a fabulous pot of soup with a favor like no other.

Over Christmas, we were visiting my husband’s side of the family and for our large family get together, we had my favorite: Honey Baked Ham. I just love that stuff and have never had a ham that tastes quite as good. My sweet mother-in-law wrapped up the bone, froze it and sent it home on our 8 hour long car ride home with us, telling me that she knew I would make a great pot of soup with it. That giant ham bone was precious cargo and magically stayed frozen the entire ride home. The following week I made the most delicious batch of slow cooker ham and bean soup I’d ever had. I slightly adapted this classic Hurst Beans recipe, which is the method that my family always made growing up. It fed us for a week and we talked about it for the next two. It did a lot to help us shake off the post holiday malaise that often sets in when the Christmas tree comes down and the Advent wreath gets packed up. It’s comfort in a bowl to the utmost extent.

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