I had already soaked the beans this morning for a couple of hours, and picked them through. So they were ready to go into the pot about noon when I started the soup. I sliced up the rest of my ham, into large pieces and dumped that in the pot, along with the beans, and about 6 to 8 cups of water. No need to measure, just so long as the liquid covers the beans with a good inch to spare.
Next, I tossed in a little salt, not too much with ham and bacon, you don't need much, and a generous amount of cracked pepper.
Also added one can of chicken broth too. At this point you could also add a few stalks of celery cut up, and I like the leafy green tops too, there is a lot of flavor there. Bring to boil, then put down to simmer, and let it cook rest of the day. The house smells SO good! I will probably just have salad and corn bread with it. I saw this set of Santoku knives in the Sam's mailer a couple weeks ago. I have one Wusthof Santoku that I use every day, and love! This is a 4 piece set by Wolfgang Puck. It was very inexpensive, and I love it. A perfect set for just about any kind of cutting. Keep your knives sharp, GENNIFER...are you listening! Otherwise they are more dangerous, just ask my daughter.