Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I have been waiting for this soup!!

We took a little drive for lunch..like about 140 miles! Two years ago, we stopped in a cute little old schoolhouse that was turned into a restaurant. We just happened to be there when they had made split pea and ham soup. It was so good, that for two years we have talked about this darn soup. Well, we called a few days ago to find out what soup they were serving on Tuesday. They said, "what do you want?" The Trout said, "how about split pea and ham?"

We arrived for lunch at this darling little restaurant in Dell, Montana, and coyly asked, "what soup are you serving today?" Well, they did it for us!! Split pea and ham, with so much ham that you almost need a heavy-duty spoon. And, check out the size of the homemade dinner roll. So tall and good, warm, with butter. Just as good as we remembered two years ago!!

I am a reader of all road signs, billboards and personalized license plates. I can't stop myself; it is just something I do, even when I am driving.

A few weeks ago, we were driving along miles and miles of electric fence that housed quite a large herd of buffalo. We knew whose land we were driving by, but it still always amazes me, the wealth that some people have. This sign below was spotted frequently along the electric fence.





Yes, you guessed it. The land belongs to the Ted Turner. Nothing more needs to be said.

Then this morning driving home, we drove past a community dumping area. The sign made me laugh. This is Montana, and they just do things differently than in big towns and cities. You gotta love it!!

13 comments:

  1. um well the entrails sign truly is unique. split pea soup with ham is so easy to make, have you ever tried?
    You wouldn't have to drive so far to eat some.

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  2. Do you eat your soup with a bit of vinegar in it? We make it often in the winter.

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  3. I love your signs. I'll be more careful with my entrails from now on. The soup looks incredibly good.

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  4. I think the sign goes up when hunting season opens up - usually the waste stays in the woods but maybe they take out the elk or deer whole and clean it at home!! or when they home butcher a beef!

    Karen - we have made this soup many times in the past but a treat to find it so good out this away! and the buns are incredible!!

    TROUT

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  5. I think the sign goes up when hunting season opens up - usually the waste stays in the woods but maybe they take out the elk or deer whole and clean it at home!! or when they home butcher a beef!

    Karen - we have made this soup many times in the past but a treat to find it so good out this away! and the buns are incredible!!

    TROUT

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  6. I'm hungry just looking At that bowl of soup...:-)

    Susan

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  7. That sign - LOL - I'm surprised that we don't have this one in Cajun Country - then again they eat EVERYTHING here.

    I love split pea soup with ham. Can't wait for it to call off here, so that I can make a bg pot!

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  8. Just what exactly does that last sign mean???

    This is one of my most favorite soups! Yum!

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  9. Now that's customer service! Spliti pea and ham is one of my favorites. That last sign conjures up all kinds of strange mental pictures. Yikes.

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  10. Anonymous2:37 PM

    How decadently wonderful to be able to drive all that distance for a bowl of soup. You guys deserve that luxury though. If I had suggested such a thing back when I knew you we would have all thought I was crazy. Your sights along the way only added to the experience, of course. That Ted T is something else. I think he may have been trying to keep Hanoi Jane off his property. rw

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  11. RW--you are right about the ex-wife. What a piece of work. We are so enjoying retirement together. Each year, though, we wonder how much longer we can keep this pace. Thanks for stopping by.

    To the ungourmet: The sign means that after you kill and butcher an animal, all the remains need to be put into a container instead with with the other trash. I know, it is so different than what we would expect.

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  12. Anonymous5:22 PM

    Somewhere I have Mrs. Ruff's recipe for Split pea and ham soup. It is in the ditto machine, purple ink. Remember the smell of that ...maching, not the soup. czb

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  13. thnx for visiting my blog:)

    it is an amzing life u have, fishing for trout n just living close to such beautiful streams n mountains. my aunt lucia lived in montana in the 70s with her husband, an artist, n we used to get photos of bears n bisons and so on, n i've always wanted to visit montana. but aunt lucia moved to whidby island, where i've visited 3 times, n they have rabbits, deers, wild mushrooms n very quaint towns like oak harbor and langley. it's such a blessing to live in those parts of the states instead of the big cities, ya?

    this blog is so enjoyable to read. keep it up! n josh n rachel are gorgeous!

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