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Fordhook (Lima Beans) Soup Recipe From Cross Creek Cookery

Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

Soup is on....

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This recipe is the third one that has been chosen from Cross Creek Cookery by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Marjorie shared this with us near the beginning of her cookbook:

Food imaginatively and lovingly prepared, and eaten in good company warms the being with something more than the mere intake of calories. I cannot conceive of cooking for friends or family, under reasonable conditions, as being a chore. Food eaten in unpleasant circumstances is unblessed to our bodies' good...

In passing them (the recipes) on both to motivate and to initiate, I wish that I might pass on, too, the delight of the surroundings in which they have been eaten.

My Very Own Copy of Marjorie's Cookbook

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According to many of the sources I reviewed, Fordhook limas are the finest and grow to be the largest lima beans. They grow to be plump beans which can be eaten fresh or canned and frozen.

A walk back in time...


For me making and sharing these recipes has taken me on a journey to the past...and to perhaps a greater understanding of Marjorie.

Living so close to Cross Creek, I can travel there often to feel her inspiration. To hear her thoughts as she gathered them preparing to write is possible as I walk the grounds and listen to the voices of time as they speak to me.

I only wish I had a wood stove so I could authentically prepare these dishes as she really did. I hope you enjoy trying her dishes as much as I do sharing them.

“Who owns Cross Creek? The red-birds, I think, more than I, for they will have their nests even in the face of delinquent mortgages..It seems to me that the earth may be borrowed, but not bought. It may be used, but not owned. It gives itself in response to love and tending, offers its sesonal flowering and fruiting. But we are tenants and not possessors, lovers, and not masters. Cross Creek belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and the seasons...

— Marjorie Rawlings

A Peek Inside Cross Creek Cookery

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About preparing the soup

For this recipe I did sieve some of the beans but I decided I wanted more texture to the soup so I used a fork for most of the mashing.

Marjorie suggested serving with a dollop of butter and I did that but added small dollops of sour cream too.

This is really a creamy little dish to enjoy. The biscuit is from one of Marjorie's recipes that I will be sharing at a later time. It is perfect for dunkin' in the soup.

Only a scant pinch of salt and pepper were added; again, add to your preferred taste.

Creamy, smooth, and satisfying to add to a meal as a side dish or to serve as the main course.

Onions put through a sieve for onion juice

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

4-6 servings

Gathering Ingredients

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Putting Beans Through Sieve

Dong this makes the bean product very thin and I wished to have a thicker soup. My apologizes to Marjorie.

Dong this makes the bean product very thin and I wished to have a thicker soup. My apologizes to Marjorie.

A Fork Was Used to Mash These Beans

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Broth, Milk, Flour Butter to Bring Our Soup to Life

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, can use bouillon if in a pinch
  • 2 cups cooked Fordhooks or other lima beans
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 2 tablespoons unbromated, unbleached flour
  • l tablespoon onion juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sprinkle of paprika, if desired after preparing

Instructions

  1. If you use fresh limas, cook until done and all water has cooked away. If using canned or frozen, heat or cook as directed.
  2. Press through a sieve or if you have a Foley food mill, use that to mash your beans.
  3. Set aside. Melt butter and add flour. Stir in scalded milk and broth and blend until smooth. Add limas you have prepared and onion juice. Heat through.
  4. Serve with a dot of butter and sprinkle lightly with paprika if you wish.

Soup Served up with Just a Dollop of Butter

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

Comments

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

I wish we could get together in the same kitchen and cook up our favorite recipes. I drove by Cross Creek, Marjorie Rawlings Florida home place, last week. I could almost smell the beans cooking. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2020:

I'll pin this good-sounding lima bean soup recipe to my soup board so that I can easily find it. My hubby and I like to eat many different kinds of soup. Thanks for showing us this recipe. Hope you are faring well over there in Florida. Sending virtual hugs your way.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 01, 2015:

Yes it is, Rtalloni Great for our cooler winter mornings. And it takes me right back to Cross Creek which is just down the road every time I make it.

Angels are on the way to you today ps

RTalloni on January 31, 2015:

This recipe is just the thing for this latest cold spree here in my corner of the south. It's the sort of comfort food for chilly days that keeps one from just curling up under a blanket and waiting for spring because it gives heart for pressing forward and making progress in spite of raw days . We love soups, especially ones that I can easily use needed substitutions for cow milk products in, so thanks! :)

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 20, 2015:

It is a soup that sticks with you...it is satisfying and filling and is even better the second day. If you like lima beans, you will like this.

I so enjoyed making it as I am so enchanted by Marjorie Rawlings.

Angels are on the way to you today ps

Paula from The Midwest, USA on January 19, 2015:

Hello PS, this hub caught my eye, as I have been craving all different kinds of soups this winter! I love a good onion soup, tomato soup, and was thinking of split pea soup in particular. So this lima bean soup caught my eye, as I don't think I have ever tried it before. After reading, I would certainly like to try this, and thank you for sharing it! Yum, I can't wait!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on August 24, 2013:

Hi dwilliam

It is so good. If you like lima beans that is. It took me back to the fields of lima beans when I was a young girl. We picked them and Momma canned them and of course we ate a bunch. I never had this soup though till I used this recipe from Cross Creek Cookery.

You will not be disappointed.

Thanks for visiting today.

Angels are on the way to you ps

d.william from Somewhere in the south on August 24, 2013:

I am so glad i found your hub pages. I am making this soup today! It sounds delicious, and i don't believe i have ever heard of Lima Bean Soup before.

I do most of my own cooking, as the stuff you find already prepared at the grocery stores are all laden with junk that can cause all sorts of disorders.

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am sure it will be one of my favorites.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 19, 2013:

Hi Faith

Then you will like this soup. It is really even better the next day, warmed up. It is easy quick and and full of flavor.

I hope you have a chance to try it some time.

Have a lovely day

Sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 19, 2013:

Hi Faith

Then you will like this soup. It is really even better the next day, warmed up. It is easy quick and and full of flavor.

I hope you have a chance to try it some time.

Have a lovely day

Sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 19, 2013:

Good morning drbj....

Glad to see you visiting today. Yeppie, you are a fan of beans or not. They can present their own unique kind of annoyance :)

But actually this is quite tasty...you might be surprised.

Thanks for visiting. Right off hand I can't think of a pun about beans...but I bet you can :)

More Angels are on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 19, 2013:

Good morning drbj....

Glad to see you visiting today. Yeppie, you are a fan of beans or not. They can present their own unique kind of annoyance :)

But actually this is quite tasty...you might be surprised.

Thanks for visiting. Right off hand I can't think of a pun about beans...but I bet you can :)

More Angels are on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 19, 2013:

Good morning wabash Annie

This recipe actually takes me back to when I was a child in so many ways. My Momma and Daddy grew and abundance of beans....limas and butter....and we often had them. Writing about and sharing Marjorie's soup reminded me of those days.

thanks for visiting. And thanks for sharing your cheese making adventure.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 19, 2013:

Good morning wabash Annie

This recipe actually takes me back to when I was a child in so many ways. My Momma and Daddy grew and abundance of beans....limas and butter....and we often had them. Writing about and sharing Marjorie's soup reminded me of those days.

thanks for visiting. And thanks for sharing your cheese making adventure.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 18, 2013:

Yum!!! I love lima beans. A lot of people do not, but I always have ever since a young child.

Thanks for the great recipe!

Vote dup +++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on April 18, 2013:

I love both lima and butter beans and will be sure to try this recipe. I do have an old wood burning kitchen and use it for cooking, for drying fruits and vegetables, and for making beef jerky. You can see a picture of it on my hub Adventures in Cheese Making. I also have an electric range as it is too hot to fire up the other in warm weather. Thanks for your great hubs!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 18, 2013:

Although lima beans are not among my favorite vegetables, this does look like a wholesome recipe, Patricia, so I will share it with someone I know who loves them.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Good morning Pamela

O I think she would like it very much. It is so full of natural flavor and really is pretty quick to make. Leftovers are as good if not better than the original soup is on the first day.

Glad to see you stopping by this morning.

Have a lovely Thursday

Sending Angels your way :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Good morning Pamela

O I think she would like it very much. It is so full of natural flavor and really is pretty quick to make. Leftovers are as good if not better than the original soup is on the first day.

Glad to see you stopping by this morning.

Have a lovely Thursday

Sending Angels your way :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Awwww shiningirisheyes....

You are a peach

Yeppie, you either love the little lima or 'not so much.' When I was a wee bit of a thing I would eat almost nothing, peanut butter sandwich with Karo syrup on it was really about all I would eat and often not even that.

But lima beans...for some reason I loved the limas. And as I have grown have continued to be a fan.

So here's my thought....try this with a bean you do like...

Thank you sweet lady for stopping by.

Blessings and hugs are on the way along with the Angels. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Awwww shiningirisheyes....

You are a peach

Yeppie, you either love the little lima or 'not so much.' When I was a wee bit of a thing I would eat almost nothing, peanut butter sandwich with Karo syrup on it was really about all I would eat and often not even that.

But lima beans...for some reason I loved the limas. And as I have grown have continued to be a fan.

So here's my thought....try this with a bean you do like...

Thank you sweet lady for stopping by.

Blessings and hugs are on the way along with the Angels. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Happy Thursday to you....

This is another delicious soup Marjorie shared in her book. I changed it a little as I wanted a little texture. i mashed with a fork but I left some beans partially intact to give it some texture. It made about 6 servings for me so I will be having soup for a few days.

As a huge fan of lima beans, I will enjoy each serving.

Thanks for stopping by this morning.

Sending you many Angels today :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Hi Peggy

We share a lot in common about our youth. We have had a number of experiences that were alike as children. My Momma and Daddy used to raise lima beans... I loved to pick them and to shell them. It was so much fun to squeeze open the pod and find little presents nestled inside for my waiting fingers.

The limas I used in this recipe were not Fordhooks but I have some on order to raise.

Glad to see you early this morning. Have a lovely lovely day Angels are on the way to your house :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Hi Peggy

We share a lot in common about our youth. We have had a number of experiences that were alike as children. My Momma and Daddy used to raise lima beans... I loved to pick them and to shell them. It was so much fun to squeeze open the pod and find little presents nestled inside for my waiting fingers.

The limas I used in this recipe were not Fordhooks but I have some on order to raise.

Glad to see you early this morning. Have a lovely lovely day Angels are on the way to your house :) ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2013:

This sounds delicious! Gave it a 5 star rating. My mother-in-law used to grow lima beans in her small garden in the back yard. I learned to love them from eating hers. Will have to give this recipe a try. Up and useful votes.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 17, 2013:

My mother would love this soup as lima beans are one of her favorites, so I might make it for her. Thanks for the recipe.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on April 17, 2013:

I am a huge fan of yours but not so much with Lima beans.

Sending many blue skies and pleasant days your way.

carol stanley from Arizona on April 17, 2013:

Love Lima beans..and it is still cold here. GOing to get the beans out and cook up your soup. Looks delish....Voting up and pinning.....Soup is so healthful and economical..what a combo.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 17, 2013:

Thanks, Bill. That is quite a nice compliment. Encouragement is a good thing (as Martha Stewart would say :) and when it is genuine it is so powerful.

It is just so much fun sharing these recipes with you all.

Have a lovely lovely afternoon. angels and a hug back are on the way :) ps

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 17, 2013:

Just in time for lunch, PS!

You know, I need to mention something. You have a wonderful writer's voice, and it is very noticeable when you are writing recipes. You manage to somehow make a recipe sound interesting, and that is saying quite a lot. Well done my writing friend.

blessings and a hug,

bill

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