One of my aunts showed me how to make this, it's delicious, but definitely not for dieters or people on low-fat diets: Russet potatos 2 sticks butter, room temperature 1 pint of heavy cream or half-and-half Salt and pepper Peel 4 or 5 large russet potatos, rinse, and cut into pieces a little bit bigger than bite-size (don't you just love these exact measurements? ) Toss into large pot, cover with water, bring to boil. Cook until just underdone. The exterior should fall away easily when poked with a fork, but the interior should still be just a little firm. Remove from heat. DO NOT DRAIN! Add the butter, stirring gently until melted. Continue stirring, slowly adding the cream or half-and-half. Return to heat, cover, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes more, stirring once in a while. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in deep bowls with crusty bread and a salad. Garnish the soup with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, or whatever you like.