beans and sinkers - ohh, this is a good poor meal.
White beans (great northern probably, that's what I used). 1/2 lb. A small chunk of ham, or some pieces, or a bone. I had a small piece, maybe 1/3 lb, of smoked ham and rind. Couple of bay leaves and 10 pickled green peppercorns (black dry peppercorns would probably do). Add a couple of quarts of water and cook slowly till the beans are tender. Remove ham and beans, except for cup or so. Add chicken bones you have in the freezer, or if you don't have any (??) some other bones, pork neck bones, a couple of chicken backs, whatever. This is poor food, so don't spend more than a dollar for your bones. Cook broth with remaining beans and whatever bones you have all night.
Strain in the morning. for lunch, boil the broth with the removed beans and ham added, and make dumplings. 1 c flour, 1 1/2 t baking powder, 1 1/2 T butter melted into 1/2 c milk in the microwave. Stir up and let it sit for 10 min. Make golf-ball sized dumplings and drop on top of boiling soup. Turn down the heat so it will simmer. Cover with a tight lid wrapped in a towel. Cook for 15 min no peeking.
Eat fluffy dumplings with bean and ham soup. It does not get better than this on a cold, cold day.