First off we have the FEEBLE count. FEEBLE stands for, Frank’s erroneous, editorials, bashing, liberals endlessly. This is where I count how many times the Warren Tribune’s editor, Frank Robinson uses the word liberal negatively in an editorial.
February 8: 1 time. Frank scores a bonus for using the word cronies after the word liberal.
Feb. 10: 1 time.
On Feb. 5 Frank scores: 1 GOP huzzah for saying: bureaucratic boondoggle.
On Feb. 8 Frank scores: 3 big GOP huzzahs for saying: fiscal conservatives 3 times.
Here we are all trapped in our homes during a winter snow storm. I am down with a nasty cold that I feel will never end. I am wondering what I can do for others while stuck indoors? Well, one of the Elecpencil’s many talents is he is a pretty good cook. I make a potato soup that would be excellent for such a wintery day. It’s a recipe that always gets lots of compliments. It’s pretty easy to make and I don’t know what better way to help other shut ins.
Baked Potato Soup
6 or 7 medium potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced white onion
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups canned chicken stock
2 cups water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoons pepper
1/2 teaspoons basil
1/8 teaspoons thyme
1 cup half and half
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake the potatoes 1 hour or until done. When potatoes have cooked remove them from the oven to cool. (If you are in a hurry skin the potatoes cut them up and put in the microwave).
As potatoes cool, prepare soup by melting butter in a large saucepan, and saute onion until light brown. Add the flour to the onions and stir to make a roux.
Add stock, water, cornstarch, mashed potatoes, and spices to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out contents with a large spoon. Discard skin. Chop baked potato with a large knife to make chunks that are about 1/2-inch in size.
Add chopped baked potato and half-and-half to the saucepan, bring soup back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer the soup for another 15 minutes or until it is thick.
Spoon about 1 1/2 cups of soup into a bowl and top with about a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese, a half tablespoon of crumbled bacon, and a teaspoon or so of chopped green onion. Repeat for remaining servings.
Makes enough for 6 or 8 people. Soups on enjoy!
Fountains of Wayne: Valley Winter Song
Pat Dailey: Winter in Ohio
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell