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Some people say that the government is full of beans – maybe this Senate Bean Soup is why!
Senate Bean Soup is a wonderful comfort food soup. Served with homemade bread, something for dessert, and you have a fabulous meal! This soup will become one of your family’s favorite soups to serve.
Senate Bean Soup History:
Senate Bean Soup, prepared with traditional early American ingredients of dried white pea beans, onions, and a ham bone, has been on the menu in the United States Senate restaurant since the early 20th century, possible longer. Is is the most popular item on the menu and is usually recommended by members of Congress when entertaining guests there for the first time.
Bean soup, a favorite of Speaker of the House, Joseph G. Cannon (1836–1926) of Illinois, was omitted from the menu on one hot, humid day in 1904. When speaker Cannon arrived for lunch and learned he could not order it, he was more than a little upset. “Thunderation!” roared the speaker. “I had my mind set for bean soup. From now on, hot or cold, rain, snow, or shine, I want it on the menu every day.”
A resolution was introduced in 1907 by Senator Knute Nellson of Minnesota, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, that decreed that while the Senate is in session, no day shall pass without Senate Bean Soup. From that time on, Senate Bean soup has appeared on the menu in all eleven Congressional dining rooms every single day, regardless of the weather. This tradition has endured for over 100 years,
According to other stories, the Senate’s bean soup tradition began early in the 20th-century at the request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho. Who is right? You be the judge!
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