My beloved Sparky, has told me repeatedly that he does not like…uh huh, no way, for real….split pea with ham soup. In fact his parting words to me as he was headed out the door for work were. ” I always dreaded when my mother hauled out the bag of split peas.” Well, I happen to love the stuff so I finally decided that I needed to win him over. SCORE! Dan absolutely loved this soup! What’s not to love? Full of smokey ham hock flavor and seasoned with carrots and potatoes. Peas still having a “bite” to them, not just all pureed. Packed with vitamins and so perfect for those cold, dreary weather days of Autumn and Winter. After all the “I don’t like, but now I love pea soup” angst, Dan asked for if I had a written recipe. Ummmmm……recipe? Nope, but since my first attempt in 1976, this is how I make it. It doesn’t vary and now I have my recipe written down for all to enjoy!