And you know what else I love? That people seem to be comfortable making soup—serious cooks and casual cooks and beginners all participate, and the offerings area amazingly varied. This year, the pots included Scandinavian venison soup, Columbian chicken soup with capers, Thai curry soup, Mexican potato-poblano soup, pureed parsnip soup with walnut pesto, meaty and vegetarian chili, sweet potato soup, two types of seafood chowder, spicy goat stew, and more. I brought One-Hour Spanish Chickpea Soup, a dish that my kids happen to love. It didn’t take home first prize, but that’s not the point. The point is that it’s a fun, casual party with great food. And as a guest, you get to taste many delicious bowlfuls. I recommend you steal the idea and host your own Soupalooza (or talk one of your friends into doing so). What kind of soup would you make?
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