*OPTIONAL* Variaton to above recipe as follows
--MEXICAN STYLE BEAN SOUP--
When soup is cooked, remove ham.
Puree soup in a blender or use an electric stirrer in the pot.
Season heavily with chili powder and ground cumin (also known as cominons)
For a little spicier soup, you may add a little red (cayenne) pepper and or Cajun seasoning, to taste.
De-bone and chop ham into bite size pieces and return to soup.