The Seven Deadly Sins

Love ’em or hate ’em the seven deadly sins make the world go round. Don’t believe me?

  1. Greed – I could just stop here having made my case. I want more. I will take actions to get more. Whether it is a warlord wanting more power or a corporation wanting to expand into a new market, greed drives the global economy.
  2. Wrath – You’ve done me wrong, so I’m gonna get ya! Revenge is such a major motivator that drives actions, often beyond logic.
  3. Pride – “We’re #1!” If I am not doing something for greed or wrath it is likely for pride. If you want to show off your report card with straight As or your new “my child is an honor student” bumper sticker, pride has you.
  4. Envy – You have a better job and I want it. You have the nicer house. I want that too. Watch me turn green….
  5. Lust – Some may say that lust is envy out of control. While often placed in a sexual scenario, lust can struck you in any manner of situations.
  6. Sloth – All of the big screen TVs out there are not so we can be more active. We spend a lot of time trying to figure out how we can become more efficient (sometimes just so we don’t have to expend the energy).
  7. Gluttony – The overindulgence of food and drink. What’s wrong with that?!?!??!

In 2009, a group from Kansas State University sifted through U.S. Census data and came up with maps of where the seven deadly sins are most prevalent in the country. You can debate their process or assumptions but the maps are interesting.

  • Pride – Strong along the eastern seaboard, the deep south, California, Michigan and Arizona. Weak in the Great Plains and Appalachia.
  • Envy – Surprisingly very similar to Pride. With New York and Los Angeles cooling off.
  • Wrath – Almost identical to the Envy map. There is a pocket in Idaho though.
  • Gluttony – This map surprised me. The entire country is even except for high spots in central/southwest Texas, Blacksburg Virginia area and southeast Virginia/northern North Carolina.
  • Greed – The entire northeast and California, Seattle, Denver, Detroit and Chicago, central and southern Florida, Houston and Dallas. Cool spots are in the Great Plains, Appalachia and the deep south.
  • Lust – South of the Mason-Dixon line and the Black Hills of South Dakota (very interesting) are hot and much of the country is cold.
  • Sloth – This map is just odd. Los Angeles, Cheyenne, Billings and Harrisburg are hot and almost everyone else is normal.

Slow Cooker Chicken ‘n Rice Gumbo Soup

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With great food like this gumbo, I would have expected the New Orleans area would have been a hot spot for gluttony.

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Using the frozen okra makes this so much easier.

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All in the slow cooker.

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Delicious and worth earning the sin!

Slow Cooker Chicken ‘n Rice Gumbo Soup

Prep Time: 30 Min | Cook Time: 7 Hr 50 Min | Makes: 6 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound fully cooked smoked sausage, (two 5-inch sausages), chopped
  • 2 medium celery stalks (with leaves), sliced (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen cut okra, thawed and drained
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • Red pepper sauce, if desired


1. Mix all ingredients except okra, rice and pepper sauce in 4- to 5-quart slow cooker.

2. Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Stir in okra. Cover and cook on low heat setting 20 minutes longer.

3. Spoon soup over rice in soup bowls. Serve with pepper sauce. Note: This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.


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Categories: Cajun, Chicken2, Main Dish 3, Pork2, Recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup and Stew, Vegetable4

Author:The Ranting Chef

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