RE: Split Pea Soup
Mmmmm, Elise. I can just taste that soup from your description.
My solution to the Hambone Dilemma is to cook the leftover hambone in water to cover, along with celery, carrots, onions, garlic, a couple of cloves and some herbs. After a couple of hours, I strain the broth and then return it to the pan and boil it until there's only about 2 cups left. I cool it and pour it into an ice cube tray; then when frozen, pop out the cubes and put them in a freezer bag. I add a couple with the water for split pea soup or bean soup - sort of like homemade boullion cubes with lots of flavor but they hardly take up any room in the freezer. I have done the same with turkey carcasses, pork rib bones (great with lentil soup), etc.