Picture your cozy home furnished with fireplace on a chilly winter's day, a page-turner of a book in hand and a steaming aromatic bowl of soup set down next you. Now picture a day when you can make soup and bring it to a friend's house in individual quarts to swap for 6 different flavors. It's an adventure every time you try a new soup from the swap and almost as exciting as the engaging story you might be reading while trying a spoon full.
Our good friend Knox (http://www.knoxgardner.com/) created a cultural revolution known as soup swap. He officially established January 23 is "national soup swap day" a few years later and we understand that 70 others around the world participated along with us to celebrate the idea of sharing soup stories before swapping 6 quarts of soup.
And it's not just good company and good soup, it's competitive. There are prizes for "first soup picked" and "last soup picked". Our host Carrie created a "most innovative soup" category as well.
This year the "most innovative" prize winner brought the first dessert soup beautifully packaged with three chocolate dipped biscotti. So of course, we all went for the chocolate soup (but only 6 out of 10 actually got the soup). This close to Valentine's Day it was an obvious choice. Now all we have to do is store it properly (we are told we can even freeze it) and hope the experience is as decadent as it looks.
Vive le chocolat!
For more information on soup swap: http://www.nerdseyeview.com/blog/2010/01/24/soup-swap-seattle-2010/