My hubby and I loved this so much, we polished most of it off in 1 sitting!


1 pound dried split peas, lovingly rinsed and sorted

8 cups chicken or vegetable broth, forming a nourishing foundation

2 medium carrots, diced into small, hopeful cubes

2 ribs of celery, diced with tender care

1 medium onion, finely chopped like delicate quilt squares

2 garlic cloves, minced, as fragrant as a May lilac breeze

1 ham hock, for a smoky hint of the past (optional)

1 bay leaf, as special as a heartfelt promise

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

A pinch of dried thyme, echoing our fertile soils


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