Poor Girl's Potato Soup:
5 giant potatoes (preferably gifted by a friend)
2 tsp hot sauce (or 2 "fire" packets from taco bell)
3 Cups water
3/4 cup milk
1 Tbs sour cream
1 Cup cheddar cheese
3 tsp dried chopped onions (or fresh if you have it)
1 tsp pepper
3 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic salt
4 strips of bacon
1 Tbs finely chopped garlic
1. PREP: Bake the potatoes till softish. Cook the bacon. Saute the finely chopped garlic in the leftover bacon 'juice'. Chop up the now cooled bacon into bits.
2. ADD: Carefully remove the peels from the potatoes once it is relatively safe to do so. Put into a large stockpot and mash as best you can (lumpy is ok). Add the water, milk, garlic & bacon juice, salt, pepper, dried onions, garlic salt, bacon, and hot sauce.
3. COOK: at a medium temperature - its the sneaky boiling-behind-your-back type of soup.. so keep an eye on the heat. Add the cheese and sour cream once it's reached a good consistency. Let it cook for like 20 minutes, keeping the lid on it in between stirrings.
4. EAT: it.