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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 5, Sunday

Split Pea Soup
Onion Biscuits

Cooking time:  90 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      This may or may not be your idea of Split Pea Soup.  Some like it puréed, with mainly peas, other, like me, prefer it chunky, with more ingredients.  The split peas break down and make it thick and I like the of chunks ham, potatoes, carrots and celery. 

Split Pea Soup

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes 
   Traditionally made with a ham bone or ham hock, I made this with a slab of local, dry-cured ham.  Regular baked ham would work as well.  This will make 4 servings.

Split Pea Soup Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Onion Biscuits

Total time: 25 minutes 
    The way to make light biscuits is a minimum of handling.  For those not familiar with baking powder biscuits - they are light and wonderful eaten with melted butter while still hot from the oven.  They resemble hockey pucks the next day so don't bother to save the leftovers.

Onion Biscuits Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  This will yield 5 - 8 biscuits.  I cut my regular biscuit recipe in half.

Cooking Schedule: 90 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium pot for soup (4qt or L), medium bowl, pastry
cutter, rolling pin, blender, small skillet

Cut ham if using slices
Put peas, ham, water in pot, bring to a boil
Cover, reduce heat, simmer
    45 minute break
Back to work...
Turn oven on, 425F (215C)
Chop all onion, add portion to soup
Peel, slice carrot, add to soup

Cut potato, add to soup
Slice celery, add to soup, cover, simmer
   Pause a few minutes to let soup cook
Sauté onion for biscuits
Put dry ingredients for biscuits in bowl, cut in butter
Purée onion with milk, add lemon
Stir soup
Add milk mix to dry ingredients. mix
Knead lightly, roll out, cut
Lightly oil baking sheet, arrange biscuits, bake
    10 minute break
Stir soup
Remove Biscuits, Serve