February 17, 2011

Soup Swap

My mom always had a knack for parties. There was my dress-as-your-favorite Barbie birthday party (peaches and cream, naturally) and, before my time, the teddy bear picnic my sister still talks about. But one of my happiest childhood memories was the cookie swap we had one Christmas. I remember the rustling plaid taffeta of little girl party dresses and our dining room table covered with cookies and three-tiered silver trays. That was when I tried my first rosette, brought by a classmate and her grandmother: light as air, whisper thin, and dusted with powdered sugar. I was in heaven.

Without the grand silver and taffeta party atmosphere, a soup swap is founded on the same idea: every attendee brings something and gets to go home with something else. In this case, I piggybacked on my book club meeting (Angle of Repose, if you’re curious), and asked everyone to bring two 4-cup containers of soup.  We then went around in a circle, each person nabbing their first soup choice. Then we reversed the order of picking for the second choice.

I love the feeling of a wholesome meal just waiting and ready to go in the freezer. In fact, my second favorite part of making soup is freezing half of it (who says you can’t have your soup and eat it, too?). But there is something especially nice when someone else has made that meal that waiting for you, nearly as comforting as when your mother tricks out your freezer herself. Because of our soup swap, I had a wonderfully spicy chicken sausage, chard, and black-eyed pea soup one day when the cupboards were bare. And still, a a vegetable soup awaits for some night when exhaustion and hunger rule with an iron fist. In other words, some night very soon.

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Comments

  • Katie: YUM. Clearly I need to host a soup swap.3 years ago

  • Betty: I love going to the farmers’ market near me on a Sunday morning, taking my pick of the produce and making five portions of soup to go in the freezer to take for lunch at work. This week I opted to use the tomato sauce I had in my freezer from my mum’s summer glut to make a tasty tomato and spiced red lentil soup. Cheap and delicious!3 years ago

  • Sara Rose: P.S. New blog! My friends Shannon and Tim always swap soup samples with me about once a month. And my neighbor Billie and I trade soups once a week. She’s an old fashioned Southern gal with really great soups up her sleeve. Soup swap parties? THE NEXT STEP. Muah.3 years ago

  • Kanesha: This is fun, Sarah. I love your mom’s party sense!
    We started having a “super souper” crock pot/slow cooker party when we moved to CO (from IL).
    I was surprised my friends, in CO, didn’t have crock pots and I had to do something about it. ;-)
    Everyone brings a crock pot with their favorite soup/stew – and then you have to bring your own containers for any leftovers (and there are always plenty). A recent addition to our tradition is that the guests send the recipes to me, via email, and then I make a little book and send it out after the party. This is the easiest party to set-up and clean-up. Just be sure to have a bunch of power strips.3 years ago

  • Your Super Souper is like a Soup Swap taken to the next level! Love it!3 years ago

  • Elizabeth: I just had to comment that Angle of Repose is one of my all time favorite books and it makes me very excited that your book club is discussing it. Hope you’re enjoying as much as me! I’m kind of a sucker for an old Western curmudgeon…3 years ago

  • It took me a long time to get into it, but I loved the landscapes, the portrait of a marriage, and of course, all that pioneer adventuring junk. ;) Now we’re on to Rebecca and I’ve been staying up late reading like I’m in 5th grade again!3 years ago

  • Linda Wagner - Nutrition to Invigorate Mind, Body & Spirit: I love this idea, I want to do a soup swap!!3 years ago

  • Allison: Xoxox3 years ago

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We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.
- Adele Davis