This past Saturday was National Soup Swap Day. Okay, so maybe it’s not a universally recognized holiday, but in my mind, certainly a legitimate excuse for a party. I try to set that bar fairly low.
First, please allow me to apologize for the lack of posts over the last three months. Lots of stuff happened, but most importantly, David and I got engaged! Woo hoo! Don’t worry that you missed out on any fun deets (were you to worry, that is) since that’s a different post altogether. Maybe two or three different posts. However my blogging skills have gotten a little rusty, so let me warm up first with something easy (like oh-say, a blog about soup) so I don’t pull a mental groin muscle.
Anyhow, since we’re saving up for a big wedding next January, I’ve been on a mission to find cool, fun things for entertainment that are easy on the pocketbook. I ran across a mention for National Soup Swap day and was delighted to find out that it was coming up in mid-January. Perfect timing for a party! Soup Swap is much like the cookie swaps a lot of people do around the holidays in December, but with soup, d’uh. Here’s the premise: Get at least six friends to commit to making seven quarts of soup. They need to bring six quarts of frozen soup and one quart warm. Everyone samples the warm soups to find their favorites, then they swap out their frozen soups and take home a variety to stock their freezers! What an awesome idea! Who doesn’t like soup!
Hey, Y'all - let's swap some soup!
As it turns out, David doesn’t like soup.
By the time I found this out, I had already made a Facebook Invite and sent it to about 80 people.
Oh well, he’s always very supportive and he does like salad,
which goes so nicely with soup.
In the end, we had about 10 people show up for our first Soup-alooza. I scheduled it to run from noon until two, since I figured Saturdays were pretty busy for most people, so this could be a quick, casual lunchtime affair. A couple of friends were bringing homemade breads, I whipped up a couple of salads, and David produced a couple of bottles of sparkling wine in the off-chance anyone wanted a mimosa.
Turns out everyone wanted a mimosa.
O.K., I truly wasn’t expecting that! I figured people would just “work” this in to their busy day, swap some soup, and then go about their business. My innocent little soup swap, fueled by sparkling wine and OJ, quickly combusted into a full-on par-tay. It was such an awesome group of people, and everyone made such unique and delicious soups!
Carrie and Craig brought a fabulous minestrone and an even more spectacular story about coming to an abrupt stop on their drive over and losing their entire pot of hot soup all over the back seat.
Dana and Troy's "Iguana" Foie Gras Bisque
Dana and Troy probably stole the show with their Iquana Foie Gras Bisque (which was actually made with chicken) and as befitting their oh-so-stylish natures, was cleverly packaged in Mason jars wrapped in cute little dish cloths liberated from the Hotel de L’Europe, wrapped with rafia and labeled with custom “House of Dragon” tags!
Randall and Ann (the only other couple besides us I know with stones enough to sport a celebrity couple name: we’re KAVID, they’re ANNDALL) brought an amazing ham and white bean chowder, along with some honey from their very own intown bee hives (now that’s a hobby!)
Hil brought pasta e fagiole (now that’s AMORE!) and Carol contributed a Vegan Curried Carrot and some delicious, freshly-baked country bread.
Carol's Country Bread
My pièce de résistance? A curried coconut lentil and split pea, which I am proud to say, was extremely noms.
We had so much fun hanging out and getting to know each other (or in my case – catching up, since I invited everyone).
Eventually, we broke into the wine. Surely, none of you are surprised.
Sooner or later, we got around to talking about the purpose of our little soiree – the soup. Everyone gave a brief story about their concoction and shared their recipe and then we chilled out, eating and drinking until late afternoon. I think the last guest left around 7, maybe? Ha. So much for squeezing it into the day.
All in all, I would say a very successful Soup Swap!
Many thanks to all my friends who came to Soup-alooza, to the wonderful and inspiring people at the National Soup Swap Day website and of course, most of all to my wonderful fiance; David, for hosting with me and for taking such awesome pictures! (Note to Linda, David’s Mom: He actually ate – and admitted to enjoying – several of the soups. )
A kitchen full of friends!
Randall shares his soup with everyone
Craig, Randall and Hil
Randall's White Bean and Ham Chowder with Fresh Cornbread
Dana and Troy
KAVID, your Soup-alooza Hosts!