At the party, serve up tasting portions of each kind of soup and then everybody goes home with different soups to enjoy for the rest of the week! You could make it a monthly ritual. You could have themes. You could ask everybody to bring a drink that compliments their soup. You could set it up however you want.
The book suggests doing it once a month during the winter, but I think it would be a fun challenge...and really outside of some people's comfort zones...to do it all year long.
I've never understood anti-soup attitudes like "soup is boring", "soup isn't dinner", or "soup is only for cold months" when soup is one of the most versatile foods there is! Thick and rich in the winter, light and brothy in the summer full of tender green veggies in the spring, loaded and comforting in the fall—it's a year-round delight.
Soup Swap contains 60 delicious and diverse recipes, starting with solid foundations of broth and stock. Each recipe has a short introduction and many have a suggested side dish or a special garnish with a corresponding page in the Side Dishes or Garnishes & Toppings chapter.
Also listed are the amount that each soup will serve as a regular serving or as tasting portions for a soup swap, as well as a "TO GO" tip following each soup recipe in case you do plan on packing it up.
Once you've made the roasted chicken stock (which isn't hard, just takes a little time), this recipe is super simple to put together. And really, if you have a rich chicken stock that is already made that you want to use instead, it would still be tasty. I'd never tried Sopa de Lima before and was a bit leery of the amount of lime juice in the soup itself, but I fell hard for the flavor as soon as I tried it.
Oh, and this beautifully broth soup (brothy soups are my favorite) is one of those soups that are perfect for enjoying in the heat of late summer.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.