Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup

The perfect soup for a cold winter’s day

  • 4 medium potatoes (rinsed, peeled & diced)
  • 1 medium sweet potato (rinsed, peeled & diced)
  • 3 medium carrots (rinsed, peeled & diced)
  • 1 large onion (peeled & diced)
  • 3 stalks celery (rinsed & diced)
  • 3 sprigs scallions (rinsed & chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (reserved for veg prep)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced )
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (for roux)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (for roux)
  • 12 ounces cooked ham (cubed, chopped, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional )
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 32 ounces broth (I use chicken broth, usually from granulated bullion with hot water)
  • 1 8 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional )
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Chop onion, celery & garlic
  2. Heat olive oil in your cook pot & saute onion, celery & garlic for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add broth, ham & chopped vegetables & bring to a boil then, simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Make your roux by melting the butter & mix in the flour. Keep stirring until light golden brown.
  5. Add roux, the evaporated milk, cheddar cheese & your spices to the pot.
  6. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Enjoy your soup!

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Opinion, Politics, Progressives, Thoughts

Fire People

My thoughts concerning the negative impacts fireworks can have on some of our fellow human beings. Every year we see the posts and stories of how fireworks can trigger PTSD symptoms in our veterans and, I empathize. The answer’s not a ban on fireworks but, just as unlikely of a solution, the ending of our senseless and often “preemptive” military actions, wars.
I can imagine a time in our future history when fireworks displays are actually for the celebration of ended hostilities. I have no illusions of this happening within my lifetime. But, if “we’re” going to thrive into the future for the thousands of generations yet to follow, it is necessary.
From sticks and stones to arrows and bullets, to Earth-shattering bombs it’s nothing short of a miracle that we’ve made it this far. However, moving forward we’re going to need something far more potent than miracles, it’s going to take human determination.

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Opinion, Progressives, Science, Thoughts

What If…

If I theorize an outcome that comes to pass in say, 1000, 2000, 3000 years but, no one remembers or even knew I did, does it matter? That’s where I would like to start with a theory that began coalescing one night as I was going to bed. I put on a BBC documentary, as I do and it happened to be in regards to the multiverse theory. I’ve written things in the past posing the question, “What if we are the first technologically advanced species in the universe and if we are, doesn’t that make space exploration all the more important?”.
The longer our species survives into the future, the more likely it is that anything and everything we can imagine will come to pass. Settlements on the Moon, on Mars, a space station circling Jupiter, faster than light travel, traveling to other galaxies? None of it is impossible as long as we’re able to persist. The truth of the matter is, the only thing that can stop us is ourselves, well that and an asteroid strike or some other cosmic event.
[To Be Continued]