Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday's Recipe--Split Pea Soup

What a great writing week I'm having. I attended the IRWA Retreat last weekend and have been on a roll ever since. From the time I got home Sunday afternoon to last night, I've written 6400 words on The Morphing Subplot. Only another 12K or so to go to finish the manuscript.

The IRWA Retreat was held at Bradford Woods in Mooresville, Indiana, with about 30 members attending. I spent Friday evening and all day Saturday critiquing with my fellow conspirators from The Sextet. We'll be submitting our first set of short stories in December. Boy, are they hot! :D For a preview, go to

Curl up with a hot story and a Bowl of Split Pea Soup on these chilly nights. And enjoy!

Split Pea Soup

1 1/2 cups dried green split peas
1 smoked ham hock or ham bone
6-8 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
A few shakes of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil flakes
1 cup ham, cubed

Place all ingredients, except cubed ham, in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover. Add more water as necessary. Cook for 1 1/2 hours. Remove ham hock. Add cubed ham. Cook to desired thickness. Makes 6-8 servings.

Back to writing!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With a Kick!

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