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!

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.