Split Pea & Ham Soup Recipe – Kirkland Signature

Posted: January 5, 2018

I make ham dinner for Christmas. New Year’s Day is when I enjoy split pea & ham soup. I make split pea soup with a leftover ham bone. I follow the recipe that comes with the ham.

Except, I do things a little differently. I put less ham. I don’t put salt and pepper. Ham is salty already, and I can always add salt later. When it comes to water, I put just enough amount of water to start. I would add more water as needed. Starting with less water is much better than starting with too much water – because there is no going back if you end up with thin soup. You don’t need to think too much about how much water is needed. You can just eyeball it and add more water as needed. The soup will tell you how much water is needed. 

To make the soup, you have to be the soup.

Also, I put a few bay leaves that are not in the recipe.

The soup was amazingly good. I ate half and put the other half in the freezer.

Split Pea and Ham Soup - Costco Recipe

Kirkland Signature Split Pea & Ham Soup Recipe

Split Pea & Ham Soup recipe

Makes 12-16 servings

  • 1 (16-oz) pkg. dried green split peas, sorted and rinsed
  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham bone with leftover meat
  • 4 cups cubed ham (or remaining leftovers)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Place split peas and 2 quarts water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat: reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Drain
  2. Heat oil in a 4-quart saucepan. Saute onion, carrots, celery, and garlic in oil over medium-low heat until tender  – about 10 minutes.
  3. Return the split peas to the saucepan.
  4. Add ham bone, cubed ham, 2 quarts water, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Remove cover and continue simmering until desired thickness, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove ham bone: cut off any remaining beat. Dice meat and return to soup before serving.

Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham

Jack says it sucks to be alone

Oh my God, I’m so busy. I am doing well, but busy during the holiday season. Busy is good ($$$), but I don’t have time for “Costco Blog”

I just wanted to say hi and post a small chit-chat to keep my blog alive. I will get back to you.

Jack says it sucks to be alone

Note: Jack In The Box is a fine business establishment and I wish them well. Below is just small talk, a joke. This is how I talk to my friends and family. So, please read it without being serious.

From the below 12 coupons, I can only use two of them. The rest of the coupons require 2 people because they are “2 for” deals. This is like I’m at a roller stake rink and the DJ is playing the couples-only song. I stand aside and look at the couples. I hope this music will end soon so I can continue with the boogie. (boogie down, boogie on down…)

It seems like the DJ Jack is saying, “You sit down for now. It sucks to be alone.”

I’m not in the fast-food business. But, I thought many people eating fast food are single and/or they live alone. So, my guess was that many people will find these coupons useless. But what do I know?

Coupons like these don’t bother me. I never stop and ponder why I live alone. I don’t feel sad when I see “couples only” coupons like this. I throw them in the recycle bin without thinking. I go to Jack in the Box maybe once every 5 years, anyway.

But, in the corner of my subconsciousness, for a split second, I realize I am being discriminated against for being alone. Coupons like this don’t seem fair to single people who live alone. We are being excluded. And that sucks. That thought passes me by so fast that I barely know it’s there. But, it is there.

Costco Shopping – November 21, 2021

23rd Costco Shopping in 2021 – $84.99 / $2,597.65 this year

I went to Costco Sunday morning at 10 AM as they opened the door. All I wanted was a 20-pound Butterball turkey, which I found one quickly. Then I picked up some miscellaneous items and holiday treats. They still didn’t have Kirkland Signature Shampoo. So I picked up a Pantene 5 in 1 Shampoo that was on sale ($7.99). It’s a good price. This big container will last me about 6-8 months. The warehouse quickly became busy, so I left in a hurry.

Outside, there was no onion crank at the food court. Some people reported onions are back. But that’s not what I see.

I picked up a Cold Brew Mocha Freeze and hit the road.

This will be my 11th year baking turkey alone. Baking turkey is fun. But, lately, I’ve been thinking maybe it’s time I stop baking turkey and visit my friend or family. We’ll see what happens next year.

The peanuts are good. The Salame Trio is a guaranteed good time (x3). All the good stuff you see in the picture is for my personal enjoyment on Thanksgiving weekend and for the rest of the year. I have officially started my annual massive eating ritual. I put a cap on 4-pound weight gain in 6 weeks. I will panic if I reach 163 lb. Eat everyone, don’t be shy.

Still no onion
Shampoo, SPAM, Irish Spring

I am SOOO busy. I am doing well as always, but I don’t have enough time for my blog.

Below are my random thoughts on some of the Costco products.

I will keep in touch. Please be safe. I wish you a slow and stable life with a Sunday nap. See you~!!!

Kirkland Signature Shampoo

Kirkland Signature shampoos have disappeared from both warehouse and the website. I have only noticed their disappearance 2 months ago when my shampoo was running low. Shampoos have roughly 1 year of shelf-life so that I cannot buy multiple bottles and keep them for several years. For now, I will trust that Costco Shampoos will be back in due time. I shall wait and watch.

FYI: This is not the first time there was a shortage of Costco shampoos

*I took the below pictures 2 days ago, Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

SPAM

The last time SPAM was on sale at Costco was when the pandemic just started. People went nuts and bought anything that’s in the can. So, I missed my chance to buy SPAM.

I always keep SPAM on the bottom shelf of the pantry. I currently have one can of SPAM left. It’s a bacon SPAM, so it’s not from Costco. I hope the SPAM will be on sale at Costco soon. If not, I’ll have to pay the full price for it. I must have SPAM. I don’t have to eat them. To me, just looking at 8 cans of SPAM in my pantry is worth of money.

Irish Spring

Irish Spring is a dry soap. It’s the opposite of moisturizing soap. I only use dry soap on my face, neck, between my toes, etc. And, I don’t want dry skin. So, I use moisturizing soap on my large body surfaces, such as my front, back, arms, and legs.

So… Yes, I use 2 soaps in the shower. I know it sounds picky. I am a diva. Welcome to America.

*I may be wrong about the logistics below. I am saying it from my experience. So don’t believe me.

Costco rarely stocks Irish Spring soaps. But, they come on sale once in a while. And When they are on sale, you may not know they are on sale. Costco’s monthly coupon book will not show you Irish Spring soaps. And their sales period is shorter than usual.

At Costco, Irish Spring soaps will come and go like a ninja. They may go on sale without notice.

I currently have about 30 bars of Irish Spring soaps. They are on my shopping list. I always buy bath soaps when they are on sale at Costco.

Top 10 Items from Costco I use Every Day

Below are items from Costco that I use every single day. I tried to put them in chronological order.

#1 Eyeglasses (2 frames & many lenses)

I have a pair of eyeglasses from Costco on my face every waking moment. I have three pairs of eyeglasses from Costco. I also have several pairs of old pairs with new lenses from Costco.

I keep a backup pair of eyeglasses in both of my cars. I have 2 pairs of eyeglasses at work. I carry an extra pair of eyeglasses wherever I go. For example, if you call me from a hospital to take care of you, I will put two pairs of eyeglasses in my travel bag (regular & reading).

#2 Toilet paper, toilet brush.

I use 2 toilet brushes every morning for both of my toilets. My toilets are always super clean and super white. All it takes is a quick brush every day. I scrub my toilets with a pumice stone about once a year.

#3 Toothbrush (Sonicare & Manual), Waterpik

Electric toothbrushes are the only way to go. I hope you use them, too. And, I may be wrong, but I think Waterpik is superior to dental floss.

#4 Shampoo, soap, razor, shaving cream, bath towels

I bought 6 bath towels at Costco in 2008 & 2009. I bought 6 towels because 6 will wear out twice slower than 3. But 2008 was a long time ago. They show their ages after 13 years.

Bath Towel from Costco, 13 years old, Grandeur

#5 Hair dryer – T3 Featherweight 3i

I have long hair and I use a $200 professional hairdryer. The diffuser alone was $38. 2 years ago, T3 sent me a Featherweight 3i hairdryer to review. So, I compared the 3i with my professional one. I confirmed that the T3 hairdryer can compete with expensive hairdryers. They perform so very similar, if not the same.

That was almost 2 years ago. After that review, I’ve been using T3 Featherweight 3i every day. I was too lazy to switch back to my favorite hairdryer. Featherweight 3i lacks some professional touch, such as a hanging loop. Also, it doesn’t have +/- ion switch. It generates negative iron permanently, which is good enough for me. So, I still use this hairdryer every day. Featherweight 3i is Costco’s regular stock item ($99.99). They go on sale about twice a year.

One more thing. Featherweight 3i is smaller than professional hair dryers. So, if you do your own hair, you might find a smaller hair dryer easier to operate (easier to maneuver and rich in certain spots).

*Diffusers sold separately. Most hair dryers don’t come with diffusers.

Hair Dryer, Waterpik, Sonicare Toothbrush
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