American Sniper & Shooters

liberty allows you to garnish these beauties any way your heart desires

liberty allows you to garnish these beauties any way your heart desires

And the Oscar goes to: Clint Eastwood (love him), Bradley Cooper (love him) and American Sniper (loved it)! Bet you are not surprised considering I am the proud mom of a US Navy Corpsman who was attached to a scout sniper platoon. Many of my family members were surprised I went to see the movie and asked, “Did you cry?” No tears. In fact, I left the theater feeling more proud than ever and thankful for men like my son and Chris Kyle.

making dinner in the dirt

making dinner in the dirt

Truthfully, I was hoping the movie would provide some clarity as to why William chose to extend his stay in the military. Why do the scout sniper training and why deploy again? What makes a man want to go back to a place where he is fired upon and where he risks being blown up? When your military obligation is complete why not come home?

the seat William was sitting in when this vehicle triggered an IED (improvised explosive device)

the seat William was sitting in when this vehicle triggered an IED (improvised explosive device)

These men have some kind of higher calling to defend and protect our freedom and there is no fighting that. They have a job to do and for whatever the reasons their job isn’t finished until they say so. What is sad is that these marines, sailors and soldiers can go through all of that terror only to come home to the good old USA and die in some inexplicable way. We need to take better care of our veterans. American Sniper, the movie, makes that perfectly clear.

on patrol

on patrol in Afghanistan

potato leek soup shooters

thank a Vet for your liberty to call this soup whatever you want

I really do hope the movie wins some awards, but in the meantime I have a winner of a recipe for you to try. It comes from my sweet friend, Mary. Mary was the first neighbor to greet us when we arrived in our new home. She always comes bearing delicious homemade gifts and this soup is no exception. I have adapted it only slightly from the cookbook, The Governor’s Table. A lady named Roma Reuther is credited as contributing the recipe to the book.

Cream of Potato & Leek Soup or Loaded Potato Soup Shooters

4 leeks

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

3 medium potatoes, peeled, sliced

3 cups chicken broth

1 ½ teaspoons salt

white pepper to taste

2 tablespoons flour or 1 tablespoon cornstarch

1-quart skim milk, divided

Garnishes: finely chopped chives, crisp cooked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese.

Trim leek roots and trim tops leaving about 2 1/2-inches of green. Cut a cross through root end and thoroughly wash removing any sand/dirt. Slice leeks finely. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add leeks and onion, stirring occasionally, until they are softened and taking on a golden color. Add potatoes, broth, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Puree in a blender or food processor; return to pot. Whisk flour or cornstarch with ½ cup of milk. Add to pot with remaining milk, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Taste and correct seasoning with salt and pepper. Strain soup through a fine sieve to insure a super smooth texture, if desired. Soup can be served warm or chilled topped with garnishes. Serves 6 or many more as shooters. To easily fill shot glasses pour soup from a measuring cup or other vessel with a spout.

14 thoughts on “American Sniper & Shooters

  1. The movie was excellent and William was definitely on my mind while watching it. I’m hoping it wins some awards too! The Afghanistan pictures tell a story of what he went through and I agree more support for these vets should be a priority! Missing that boy of yours! xoxo

    • We will never stop missing him and can only feel grateful for having him in our lives for as long as we did. Have to pay it forward and thank our Vets whenever we can

  2. I wish I could have met your son. Thank you for sharing him with us through this blog. His smile, his service, his love for his mom would have warmed my heart.

    My husband was surprised when I said I’d watch American Sniper. It made a huge impact on me! I gained insight on how patriotic and passionate an American Sniper can be. I actually want to watch the movie again and that is so unlike me. There is something in that movie that touches me deeply. If American Sniper doesn’t win an Oscar I will be surprised, it definitely won my heart!

    • Merry-when he was a boy he would accompany to many a recipe cook-off. Wish our paths had crossed earlier. He was my good luck charm and you would have loved him for nothing other than his sweet kindness and compassion. I am not surprised that you were touched in your heart by the movie.

  3. Lisa, A lovely written story. You have a gift! I have not yet seen the movie but it is on the list. We need more messages like yours and the movie. Fit for awards to defend our liberty.

  4. Lisa,
    As always, a beautiful sentiment spoken with so much grace. I just came home from learning to snowshoe. Cynthia and Erica took me around Lake Elise and of course we paused at Will’s bench, took a pic and thought of Will ❤ Have not seen the movie yet but I too love Clint Eastwood. I grew up watching him as Rowdy Yates on Rawhide! I think of you often Lisa, and Will, and the way you honor him everyday with your words, your love and your life.

    • Love the Clint Eastwood trivia–he really has such a long history of Hollywood greatness and very happy you are snowshoeing to Will’s Bench. Hope you warm up on some good soup.

  5. You write so beautifully. I never saw the picture of the vehicle William was in. We saw the movie and I am rooting for the movie as well as Bradley Cooper. Yes, these men and women have a calling-their courage and selflessness are truly amazing.

    • Bradley Cooper is too cute!! William took lots of photos in Afghanistan–some so beautiful of the people and sunsets. Thank you for the kind comments.

  6. I’m making this as I type. It will be good on a frigid day. We’re going to have it with grilled smoked cheddar and bacon sandwiches. (Soup and a sandwich- one of Aidan’s favorites)
    My husband and oldest son saw the movie, my son actually has seen it three times. As the daughter of a veteran (at 75 my father continues to volunteer at the VA) we have great admiration for all the men and women who selflessly serve everyday.
    I’m sure your courageous son is happy knowing that you share your story with so many others who need strength on this unimaginable journey. Thank you

    • The thought of biting into that grilled cheese sandwich is making me hungry. We are lucky to have men like your dad. Having lived it he obviously understands the needs of his brothers and sisters. Like Chris Kyle he is trying to make life better for those who served. Give him a hug from me!

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