I usually leaving the biting political commentary to others, but I just couldn't let this one pass by. If you are wondering why there is always so much hot air coming out of Washington, DC it is because the Senate restaurant has been serving bean soup EVERY DAY since 1904. No wonder so many Senators fail to show up for voting. Can you even imagine the odor level in the closed-door sessions?
In case you want to clear a room in a hurry, here's the recipe straight from the Senate.
2 pounds dried navy beans
Rinse beans in hot water until slightly whitened. Place the beans in water.
4 quarts hot water
1 1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
Cover pot and simmer for three hours. Remove ham hock to cool. Dice cooled meat and return it to the soup.
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
Add to bean pot and bring to a boil. Season to taste.
Serving suggestion: pass the Beano.
(This is dedicated with bloats and floats to my bean buddy, Betty.)