Okay, so it hasn't been very cold lately in Washington, D.C. But it was definitely winter last night. During this time of year, I enjoy making a pot of soup every few weeks or so.
A quick sidebar: The term restaurant (from the French verb "restaurer") is believed to have been used first commercially by an 18th century Parisian soupmaker named A. Boulanger.
Anyway, earlier this week, I took a stab at preparing my mother's navy bean soup with chunks of ham. I had no recipe to copy from; instead, I had to develop one by perusing various food sites on the Web -- the Food Network, Epicurious, etc. This recipe from the Barefoot Contessa included a branch of fresh rosemary. I wasn't quite that rustic.
The soup I made turned out pretty well, or so my significant other told me. And that was only after the soup "sat" for one night. Soup like this always tastes better the second or third time around.