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Soup Exchange: This. Changes. Everything.

November 13, 2011

There’s a lot of things that you can say about Minnesota’s winters.  And I’ll refrain from most of them, because they aren’t family friendly and my mother reads this blog.  But if there’s one nice thing that can be said about our impending Season of Doom, it’s that we sure do get a lot of perfect soup weather.


There’s nothing quite like a kettle or a crockpot full of homemade soup bubbling away in your kitchen on a chilly day, filling the air with warm steam and happy aromas.  What’s more, it’s easy to make, pretty hard to screw up even if you forgo a recipe, and you usually end up with enough to eat for a week!  Which as we all know, is also the only downside to making soup.  Because after about three days of eating it for every meal you start to be like, “Really, soup?  You’re still here?”


You win again, soup, you win again...


Well get ready to have your socks blown off by this extremely not-new idea:  Soup Exchange.  Lunch time will never be the same again.


The Premise:  Five friends.  Five soups.  One for each day of the workweek.


The Reason:  Same  soup everyday = boring.  Different soup everyday = awesome!


The Execution:  Make a giant pot of soup.  Collect 5 pint jars (or one for every person participating, including yourself).  Meet at Soup Rendez-vous Location (in our case, we met at my friend Lorissa’s house for pizza and homemade pie and ice cream – bonus!)  Fill your jars with soup, one of each kind.




Sweet beef and veggie chili, chicken mulligatawny, vegetarian lentil, spicy turkey and white bean chili, and coconut milk butternut squash bisque. Yay soup!!

In this case, profiting entails having a different homemade tasty soup lunch for work every day; all you have to do is grab the jar out of the fridge in the morning.  I keep a bowl and spoon on the bookshelf by my desk and heat it up in the office microwave – easy peasy!  So why not give it a try?  Grab a few friends or family members and use it as an excuse to hang out on a Sunday evening, like we do.  Make it a thing you do in your neighborhood, or apartment complex.  Organize a Soup Exchange with your co-workers, and have everyone swap jars at work.  It doesn’t even have to be soup, any manner of tasty lunch food will do.  We are even considering doing a Hotdish Exchange sometime ;).  Because why blow money on crappy take-out during your lunch break every day, when you could be enjoying the delicious creations of you and your friends, made with love and smiles? (I always make my soup with love and smiles.  And sea salt.)


Soup Exchange.  So simple.  So brilliant.  So very, very Minnesotan.  Uffda.


Happy eating,


4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2011 10:10 pm

    I’m in.

    • akueper permalink*
      November 13, 2011 11:51 pm

      Yessss. Eryn, you realize that this would bring you one step closer to completing your Minnesotan transformation? I just want to make sure that you understand the weight of your decision.

  2. eryn permalink
    July 29, 2012 2:14 pm

    I’m searching your blog for your pesto recipe, and I saw this post again– I feel compelled to tell you that even in these summer months, I’ve been honing a few soup recipes, working on upping my game. I’m ready for the Soup Exchange: Redux. Bring it.

    (Also, it looks like I can no longer log into your comments with Twitter. Boo.)

    • akueper permalink*
      August 1, 2012 10:28 am

      Hm, that’s weird, I didn’t change any settings. Silly WordPress. Anyone, soup season will be upon us soon enough – I eagerly await your new culinary discoveries.

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