Traditions with friends are great. When they’re for a special cause, they are even better. Add cooking and they can’t be beat. My friends, Emily and Christina, and I got together the other day and, for the second year in a row, made soup for a Cooking with Friends Club event called the “Souper Bowl,” where members get together and make soup for a local food pantry.
For two hours, we peeled and chopped; simmered and tasted— with even a few moments to sip a cup of coffee and enjoy the homemade cinnamon rolls that Christina baked especially for us. What an indulgence!
Before packing up, we took a moment to admire our bounty— 14 quarts of Harvest Vegetable soup and 10 quarts of Hearty Beef Chili— stacked neatly on the counter. We also reflected on why we cooked together. Our morning cooking efforts may not have resulted in a freezer full of food for ourselves, but our hearts were full knowing that a number of our less fortunate neighbors will enjoy healthy homemade soup while watching the Giants play the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday.