Soup Swap

November 3, 2009 | By | Comments (2)


When I moved Chicago, before I’d even unpacked a box, I
headed to the store with a recipe for this Jalapeno-Ginger Butternut Squash
. In a new city, without friends or family, I instinctively reached for the
one thing that would ground me. When the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno hit the
pan, I could only equate the sweet scent as home. I
broke out the box cutters and began to settle in.

Now, in these uncertain times, I find myself reaching for
the stockpot more frequently. This weekend, a Curried Lentil Soup I whipped up
nearly brought me to my knees. More than good, it felt like feeding my soul.
After bringing a cup to the office yesterday, a curious coworker had to know
what loveliness was wafting from my cube. “Uh, it’s this new recipe I tried
over the weekend,” I explained. “It was super cheap, easy, and made a ton.”
That’s when inspiration struck, (or rather, another friend suggested a soup
swap). As the weather chills, and budgets grow tighter, I can think of nothing

Grab a few friends and set a “swap schedule.” I’m still
working out the kinks, but suspect I’ll be reaching for my well-splattered,
slightly crinkled butternut recipe to get things under way.


  1. Charles Walton IV

    I have actually tried the Curried Lentil Soup and it was indeed worthy of a “knee walking” award! As far as the Ginger- Jalapeno Squash Soup I have a strong suspicion I will get to try it this weekend. Just the name alone makes me want it. Maybe a little swirl of Cilantro Creme Fraiche on top with some chopped toasted pistachio nuts might send it over the top…I can’t wait.

    November 4, 2009 at 8:49 am
  2. chichichi

    Ohhhh butternut squash soup! I love cooking with seasonal material, especially when it warms up the belly after a day of coldness and rain.
    I think I might just start a lunch swap at work.
    Thanks for the idea!

    November 4, 2009 at 8:57 am

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