Split Pea & Ham Soup
Place ham hock in a large soup pot and add cold filtered water to cover. Place over medium heat, bring to a simmer and carefully spoon off scum that rises to the top. Add vegetables and peas, cover and cook at a bare simmer for about 6 hours. Once meat is falling off the bone take ham bone out with meat, with an immersion blender purée soup (optional), take all the meat off the bone and chop up and throw back into the puréed soup. Add salt and pepper to taste.