Celebrate President’s Day 2011 with this traditional Senate Bean Soup. This is a traditional soup that is on the menu everyday in the congressional dining areas. While, we’re not sure if our current president eats beans, we do know many past presidents have had this delicious bean soup. It is very debatable about which senator first insisted that this soup be served everyday, but we do know it happened somewhere around 1900. It is a delicious, and very economical soup made with navy beans, potatoes (traditionally leftover mashed potatoes), and ham. There are lots of different recipe variations, but I’m partial to my Dad’s. You can find my father’s senate bean soup recipe here. His recipe calls for a smoke bone, which is a smoked pork bone piece. You could also use a sm0ked turkey wing, or just chopped up ham.