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Now this here is my kind of holiday … National Soup Swap Day, which just so happens to be today. (I know. I am always the chick that shows up late to the party.)
I only just heard about this a few days ago, but I absolutely love the concept. It’s a simple one and all explained on SoupSwap.com, where there’s a handy map to find yourself a real-life Soup Swap happening near you.
(My Delaware peeps, take note! There’s one happening in Wilmington next weekend!)
Basically, you round yourself up some soup-loving friends and set a date for your swap. (The actual Soup Swap Day is the third Saturday in January but of course, you can swap any time.) Then, you cook up six quarts of one kind of soup, dole it out into containers, and freeze them. On the day of your Soup Swap, everyone brings their containers of soups to the designated party place and everyone goes home with soup to fill their freezer for the dreary winter months ahead.
This is truly my idea of fun.
So. In lieu of not having an actual Soup Swap to go to, nor any actual people to swap soup with in real life, let’s do the next best thing. You’re all invited over to the blog, right now, for my Virtual Soup Swap. Never mind the 6″ of snow we have outside. We’ll just pretend that our crockpots have been crockin’, our stockpots have been simmering, the wine has been chilled and opened and poured.
Great, you’re all here! So glad to see all of you! Let’s get started. Here are some of my favorite soups that I’ve cooked up for you. (Yeah, I know for the real Soup Swap you’re supposed to bring just ONE soup … but let’s just make believe I have all the time in the world to make all of these soups to share with yinz.)
I make this every New Year’s Day (this is also a winner from Stephanie’s blog and cookbook) and I admit that I actually like it the next day or so much better. In fact, I just had it for dinner tonight. Nobody else was in the mood for soup and I was (there’s 6″ of snow outside; you have to eat soup!) so I just went into the freezer and took the last container of this from New Year’s for myself. (The rest of the family had pasta and vegetarian meatballs.) One caveat: this isn’t all that pretty to look at. It’s kind of an “earthy” soup. But dang, it is delicious. And filling. And very nutritious.
I don’t know who Bill Johnson is, but his would be a recipe from Family Circle magazine that my mother has held onto since 1976, when my aunt gave it to her. (And this not-so-good photo would be from my cell phone, which is how I took this picture of the bowl of clam chowder my mom made for me when I stayed over her house one winter’s night.)
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