This probaby isn't the most traditional New Year's meal. We've already had creamed turkey twice, and it was time to pull the ham bone from the freezer. This was a spiral ham, and my hubby saved lots of lots of scraps as he served it.
I buy the Ham and Bean Soup mix that is small navy beans with a little packet of seasoning. First I wash and cook the beans in 10 cups of water for about an hour. Then I add diced carrot. I cracked two cloves of garlic, added vinegar and more water and let the soup simmer a couple more hours. It smells wonderful.
Yummy! My dad would have called this Ham Hocks and Beans, although I never did know what a ham hock was. Something they picked up at the butcher's in his day, I assume.
I use a good vinegar while cooking and we add more to each bowl as the soup is served.