When the weather is cold, isn’t it tempting to make a big pot of soup or stew? Well, in our house, it never gets eaten up in a day. Since there are just two of us, it takes several days for us to eat it all, and we are sick of it by the time we’ve finished it. It takes so many days to finish off the Potato Soup – ugh…
Today is NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY!!! They make it clear that even though this is the official day to swap soup, it is not by any means the only day you can do it. All you have to do is find a friend who thinks this is as good an idea as you do and coördinate, then SWAP!
I’ll make you some great German Potato Soup if you will fix me some of your grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup. See how simple it is? All you have to do is find a partner (or two or three).
There are a couple of things I would suggest, just to make the whole process easier and avoid some hard feelings down the road.
- It’s okay to make the soup in your best pot or crock pot, but I wouldn’t transport it in the same pot. Pots grow legs and walk sometimes. It could lead to some hurt feelings if you have to go out and buy a new one because it does not come back home.
- Be sure you and the one you are in cahoots with share the same kinds of tastes. If I make a mild lentil soup for you, don’t make your four alarm chili for me.
- This can be a hoot at first, but take a break from it once in a while. Sometimes people just want to eat something besides soup or stew. I know it’s hard to believe, but on occasion I like a steak cooked on my George Foreman.
- If you swap with someone and for any reason do not like, or are unable to eat what they give you, don’t tell them. That just hurts the person and puts a strain on your relationship with them. I’m not saying you should lie, just say, “My the stew you made was quite remarkable.” Or, you could just say “Thank you” and leave it alone. If you over-state, you will undoubtedly get it again… often.
- This may or may not work, depending on your partner. You could plan to meet with cookbooks and make a list of soups or stews that you think you and your family would like. Leave your list with your partner and that would ensure that you don’t get an unpleasant surprise. For instance, if there is a recipe for Turtle Soup in her cookbook, just don’t put it on your list if you don’t want to try it. I mean, that’s what I’d do.
Give it a try this winter. It could be a fun time and a great learning experience. You’ll never get bored with soups and stews again! Wink! 😉