new year’s day bean soup mix

1/3 cup navy beans
1/2 cup lima beans
1/4 cup lentils
1/4 cup split peas
1/4 cup pearled barley
1/4 cup black-eyed peas
1/3 cup kidney beans
1/2 cup pinto beans

On New Year's Eve, wash beans thoroughly. Place in large kettle. Cover with water and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Soak overnight. In the morning, drain, add 2 quarts of water and beef or ham hock. Bring to boil. Simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Then add 1 chopped onion, 1 large can tomatoes, 1 pod red pepper or 1 teaspoon chili powder, juice of 1 lemon and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 30 minutes or so. Serve with salad and crackers or corn bread.

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