DELICIOUS Pennsylvania Dutch Ham & Bean Soup

PA Dutch Ham & Pea Soup

  • Perfect for camp or those cold days afield

By Tyler Frantz


  • 1 smoked ham end w/bone-in
  • 1 pound (bag) of dried northern beans
  • 2 large potatoes diced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 3-4 hard-boiled eggs, yolks removed
  • Black Pepper & Parsley seasoning to taste
  • 2 cups ham broth or stock if available
  • 1-2 TBS olive oil
  • Water


  1. Overnight soak beans in cold water.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Coat bottom of a stockpot with light olive oil.
  4. Add all ingredients except potatoes and eggs.
  5. Cover with water so that beans, ham, and veggies are completely submerged. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for an hour and a half on low heat.
  6. Remove bone and shred ham.
  7. Add potatoes and hard-boiled egg (whites only) and simmer for another half-hour to one hour, until potatoes are tender.
  8. Serve up. Makes Plenty.

Add a splash of cider vinegar if desired.


About Tyler Frantz: Tyler is President of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, and authors several outdoor columns. He wears many hats as a teacher, writer, coach, family man, outdoorsman, and Christian. Tyler says, “Life’s a true blessing,” and offers a refreshing, working man’s perspective towards freelance outdoor writing and videography. He regularly provides a variety of how-to outdoor pieces and special interest features on outdoor issues. No matter what the topic, his award-winning work never ceases to entertain and enlighten. Feel free to his visit website and blog for great videos, articles, and interactive opportunities: Natural Pursuit Outdoors.

This recipe makes plenty! Get the freezer containers.

ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES – Chautauqua County, New York is a premier destination for anglers

Chautauqua Lake is noted as a popular Musky fishery.

  • Bass, Walleye, Lake Trout, Musky…Imagine
  • All-you-can-eat Crab Legs
  • Sandy Beaches for kids and family fun
  • More than 20 Wine Tasting Vineyards within 20 minutes drive
Imagine this….6-pound smallmouth bass, daily limit walleye catches (6/person), musky, very large lake trout…it really is an opportunity for Endless Fun. Tyler Frantz Photo

By Tyler Frantz

DUNKIRK, New York- As the 150 Mercury engine on Buffalo-native Ken Christie’s Triton bass boat sliced across choppy roller waves, sending a chilling spray of Erie lake water onto our exposed faces with each downward smack of the bow, I felt the nervous excitement of a daredevil kid preparing for his first BMX stunt in unchartered territory.

It was my first time fishing lake Erie, and though the skies looked a bit ominous, my outlook was bright for the incredible angling opportunities I’d been told exist there.

Just the afternoon before, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association’s newly retired Executive Director Dennis Scharadin and I had arrived at Sunset Bay Beach – home base for Chautauqua County Fish Camp – surprised to find a bustling Jersey Shore-like beach scene with sand, lakefront condos and upbeat tiki bars just a few miles down the road from the rural backwoods territory owned by the historic Seneca nation.

It had been a welcoming reception into camp, featuring a colorful dinner discussion with fellow writers at Cabana Sam’s Restaurant, where crab legs came “all you can eat” and Schuylkill County-folk would be happy to learn there was Yuengling Gold Pilsner on tap.

But the light-hearted banter of the previous evening now shifted to a serious focus on fishing, the real reason for making the 5-plus hour drive north- to sample some of what northwestern New York has to offer the traveling outdoorsman.

It took scant convincing, for with the first cast of a drop-shot tube into 27-feet of water, my rod tip was pulsing under the weight of a six-pound smallmouth- my very best bass to date.

Moments later….(Click the picture below to learn the other exciting details of this incredible trip.)

Cabana Sam’s (in the background) and their sandy Lake Erie beach is near and dear to the hearts of families looking for summer fun. Tyler Frantz photo