Ok I've still been busy with family matters but knew I was gonna have some time today. Once again I need to make stuff to get me through the week & I told Foam that I would make something for him with the ham hocks that I smoked so here I go... I got into my bean stash last night & put some red & black beans to soak. Today I got a piece of my Hot Italian sausage & a piece of smoked Andouille out of the freezer. I cut them up & started to cook them in the bottom of a kettle. I got them browned up really good & cooked through then removed them & saved for later. I made sure to let all the awesomeness stay in the bottom Moving along I cut up some onion pepper & garlic. I put them all in the bottom of the kettle with the flavor from the browned sausage. I added a wee bit of oil (less than a Tbsp) & let them cook till they cleared up. At this point I added roughly a pint of my chicken stock to the mix & got out one of the ham hocks I smoked. Some spices were calling to me so I added them, the ham hock, & the red beans I had soaked. I brought it to a nice boil then turned it down to a simmer. As the initial foam came to the top I got rid of it then left things go stirring from time to time... With the first soup going I took another hock I smoked & put it in a pot along with some carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, all spice berries, salt, thyme & various peppercorns... Next I chopped up more onion, pepper & garlic & put it in a different kettle with another hock & the black beans I soaked. I found this olive oil which I really, really like so I added a bit of it for flavor to this batch... After the oil I added salt, pepper & water & put it on the stove to start. I added water to my pot & got it on the stove as well. & here is everything all going nicely now - at this point the whole house is starting to smell great!