Monday, January 31, 2011
Soup. Soup. Soup.
That's what we were aiming to find out when we hosted our first Soup Night in the winter of 2007. Interestingly enough, the concept was a raging success. So, we're here to share our secrets.
The concept is simple. Take 3 parts soup, invite friends and family over and ask that they bring something to pass if they are so inclined. Add a cold Sunday evening. Open a bottle or two of wine. Stir in some conversation and laughter. Allow to simmer until everyone is deeply satisfied.
Once the event is over, it's time to do a little cleaning, finish the last few sips of wine and reflect on how blessed you are for having such good people in your life. Believe us. Any work involved is completely worth a couple of hours spent in the company of great friends.
We hosted our first soup night of 2011 this past Sunday. And boy, oh boy was it a good time.
The regulars came back with a vengeance -- colleagues from Peef's old workplace, a dear high school friend who we haven't seen in years, and even a few fantastic new-comers. Chris, from Milwaukee Brunch Reviews, joined in on the fun. We were privileged to host former farm intern/blogger, Neil, from stream of consciousness. He brought his girlfriend Sarah, another locavore, and we had a great time chatting about food like old friends. Now, it's possible that the threat of getting buried under 2 feet of snow in two days is enough to motivate people to get out while they can. But we would like to think that the idea of sharing some soup and warm conversation would be enough motivation for anyone even on the best of days.
The three soups this month consisted of an Italian Bean soup (chock full of vegetables & good stuff),
Tuna Chowder (separate post and recipe to come),
Smoky Sweet Potato Chowder.
Twenty-four inches of snow in 48 hours? Bring it on!
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