Bean Soup – US Representatives Restaurant

When I was about 7, Wowie and Monty took me to visit Washington D.C. In addition to the usual sights, I was also taken to the McCarthy hearings and lunch with their friend, Congressman Bryon Rogers of Denver at the U.S. House of Representatives Restaurant. Mom found and sent me the menu which has the recipe for their “famous” bean soup on the back.

2 lbs. No. 1 white Michigan beans
Cover with cold water and soak overnight.
Drain and recover with water.
Add a smoked ham hock and simmer slowly, for about 4 hours until beans are cooked tender. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
Just before serving, bruise beans with a large spoon or ladle, enough to cloud.

Raspberry Trifle

Custard sauce

2 cups 2 percent milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp freshly grated orange zest
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract


20 ladyfingers
1/4 cup tawny port (or Grand Marnier)
3 packages (6 oz each) fresh raspberries


Stir milk, sugar, cornstarch, and zest in a saucepan. Bring mixture almost to a boil over medium heat. Beat eggs in blender on low speed and slowly add hot milk mixture. Return to pan. Cook over low heat (do not boil), stirring constantly, until custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Cool in refrigerator, stirring once. To assemble, place a layer of ladyfinger halves in the bottom of a glass serving bowl. Sprinkle with a little port. Spread 1/3 berries and 1/3 custard on top. Continue layering, ending with custard. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.

SELF December 2001

This is the recipe that Mom just sent re Trifle. However, I think I have made it with sherry and some raspberry jam it in some where?

Eggs Fried

  1. Be sure to order the eggs
  2. Keep eggs in house to prevent freezing
  3. Empty ashes and fix fire
  4. Call friend wife
  5. Make coffee
  6. Call wife again
  7. Set table and cut bread – fill salt shaker
  8. Call wife again
  9. Just fry the eggs – with feeling if the eggs break
  10. Repeat daily – she’ll never be the wise