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8th National Soup Swap

Our site is still so busted! DANG.

Find us on FACEBOOK “Soup Swap”!

JANUARY 26th! It’s on…

Folks, the site is a big mess! Sorry..Day Job!


Where are the 2012 Soup Swaps?

Here’s a map! It’s open to the public, so add yours if you don’t see it on here!

View Soup Swaps 2012 in a larger map

Soup Swap SIX: January 21, 2012

It’s a bit like standing at the bus stop with a new lunch box knowing you’re a big kid now that you’re off to your first day of school!

Hurrah! We’re SIX and ready to SWAP SOUP!

JANUARY 21, 2012

For the latest updates, links to some potential recipes, and ideas for hosting the best Soup Swap ever, be sure to follow along on Facebook or find us on Twitter at Soupswap.

It’s finally here! The Fifth National Soup Swap!

Excited hardly begins to describe how I feel about today. Years ago, when I started swapping soup with my pals in Seattle as way to overcome my boredom with big pots of soup I’d never have guessed it would have turned into a day that, for me, rivals Thanksgiving or my birthday on the calendar.

I wanted to take this opportunity to offer an very heartfelt thank you to all of you that are participating today.

I was reminiscing with a friend who was at those very first soup swaps in my tiny Seattle garden cottage when I was 28 or 29 and still working out an easy swapping system. She said this about those awkward swaps, “Yes, we were younger then, and skinnier, and we rode our bicycles everywhere and then smoked cigarettes and oh, life was beautiful.”

How fast time flies and surprising to be forty with so many different things in my life, but “Wow!” how life is still beautiful on National Soup Swap Day.

Soup Swap, while still an obvious way to fill a freezer with tasty homemade soup, has really taught me about how communities of friends and families create traditions around food and sharing. It has shown me plenty of bravery as people try new recipes and come together trusting strangers in their homes to offer their creations. And it taught me repeatedly how we often have much more in common than the differences that are used to divide and segment us.

I love how all across the country people are taking this simple idea, tweaking it to what works best for them, and then sharing their creativity and graciousness with not only those around them, but with all of us here on the Internet. I’ve lost count this year on how many Soup Swaps are happening tonight or this week, but suffice to say, a quick scan on the nets reveals the idea has spread far and wide and continues to grow.

Plenty of you that have been with us for four or five years, know we’re still having some issues with the site. However, a couple days ago, I took a deep breath about that, because while helpful, it’s not what really matters— there will always be Soup Swap Six to get all those fancy site features working! Nope, instead what really matters is that we just celebrate what we’re doing today! Sharing. Meeting neighbors. Being creative. Having a few laughs. Giving.

We’re on Twitter today and tweeting with #soupswap and it’s easier to post a picture or update on Facebook than the site this year. Like always, you’re welcome to email me directly with any pictures, recipes or Soup Swap reports or invites and we’ll get them up as soon as we can right here.

Happy National Soup Swap Day!!!!

Fight Hunger with Cabot Cheese

Fight Hunger with Cabot CheeseWhen you have a freezer of awesome homemade soup, it’s pretty easy to get rid of a few cans of soup in your pantry and give it to a food bank. That wasn’t our idea out here in Seattle, but one that we adopted from D.C. and Indianapolis that first year of the National Soup Swap.

This year, Vermont’s Cabot Cheese called us up and said they’d like to help. They’ve got an entire team of folks thinking up ways to do some good and promote the type of communities we all want to live in. We’d love them just for that, but of course, we love their cheese too.

They’ve lined up some great bloggers across the country who will be hosting Soup Swaps, tweeting about it, and lining up donations to their local food banks.

How can you help? For every recipe you submit to them this week with cheese, both for soup and snacks, they’re going to send $1 to Hunger Free Vermont and give you a coupon off some of their cheese and dairy products.

Learn more about Soup Swap and Cabot at their Facebook page.

Here are some Cabot organized Soup Swaps!

St. Louis: Extraordinary Mommy, Danielle Smith.
Corpus Christi: A Southern Fairytale with Rachel Matthews
Kansas City: V3′s Shelly Kramer & American Restaurant’s Debbie Gold
Portland, Maine: Candace Karu of Cabot Cheese and Subjet to Change.

And they’ve got Green and Clean Mom also tweeting her swap.

Our New Site for 2011!

Soup Swap’s a simple idea that we started spreading from Seattle years ago through the power of the Internet and goodwill. Over the years we’ve grown and changed the site several times, mostly without a long-range plan.

I’m no tech genius and we’ve all got day jobs, so whatever was quickest was what we did first. This means our backend files are mess, some of the stuff on the front end worked only some of the time. Plenty of things we’d like to include and you folks ask for like recipes, downloadable invites, and ways to find soup swaps near you, we just haven’t had time for.

This new site, well, today it’s still a mess! What we know though is that we’ve got a big platform upgrade, we know where all the files are at, and when you link to us, you’ll have a stable link. We’re well on the way to implementing several more features before the 5th National Soup Swap! We’ll have all the old posts and pictures up again soon. You’ll want to keep in touch!

Here’s a few new ways to join us this year: Twitter, Facebook, and of course, drop us a note if you want to be on the mailing list!

Soup Swap on Seattle’s King 5

Made for featuring on morning shows, Soup Swap’s a great party idea! Here in Seattle, lifestyle wonderwoman, Kelley Moore does a segment on King 5′s Northwest New Day regularly. Yesterday, she had ideas for hosting a soup swap. Less about the soup, and more about the event, she showed off invites, table decorations, soup labels, snacks, wine, beer…

Good grief, how she even had time to give a shout out to National Soup Swap Day is amazing.

Now Kelley is promoting the taste and meal approach to Soup Swap, and it’s one that several groups have adopted, starting all the way back with Bad Home Cooking, “What do you mean the soup was supposed to be frozen?” and we’ve been known to have a pot of not quite ready to trade soup hot on our own oven being the procrastinators we are!

As you know, we always say this, “Join us on National Soup Swap Day, but if you can’t swap then… swap when you can!”… so by now you ought to know that we also believe that you should swap soup in the way that works best for your group of pals. We find it easy to transport frozen soup and we like the mystery. But if you really feel everyone can handle a big old pot of soup in the car and get to your party or you want folks to set some aside for tasting, do it! Maybe you want to trade four instead of six, or have all the soup be vegan or filled with animals, or not soups per se at all, but maybe curry, well, we’re not stopping you! Go for it…and send us a picture!

Or better yet, post one on our Facebook page!

If you’re in Seattle, Kelley’s doing some holiday decorating classes. Four dates to pick from, $25 a class, register at her site:

Contributing to the Internet and the Economic Crisis

“The founder of the first, Knox Gardner admits that the popularity of this trend contributed to the Internet and the economic crisis. But he stresses that the soup itself, however – the most important.”

Yep, you heard it from me first, soup is more important to then being popular, contributing to the Internet and the economic crisis.

If you read Croatian, you might have a very different understanding than Google Translate of the recent piece that showed up on Voice of America.

“Soup Swap,” fenomen trampe juha, širi se Amerikom

That’s right, we’re an phenomenon!

It’s a rework of the recent piece in the Oregonian, and we’re thrilled it’s make some International rounds!

Every year it seems we pick up a few swappers around the globe: Switzerland, England, Australia, South Africa — maybe we’re just going to have to get braver an announce International Soup Swap Day sometime soon!

Even though we fly that “National” banner, don’t think for one moment, that we’re not excited to have these outpost of soup swaps across the sea join us! Drop us a line!

Hear about Soup Swap on National Public Radio

A few weeks ago, I found myself on the phone with Deena Prichep talking about Soup Swap. We had a bad connection, so we arranged to try a seldom used landline in our house the next day for an interview. Our land line is in our kitchen, all tile and hard surfaces, so I lined a small corner of it with every blanket and pillow in the house and hung down comforters from our pot racks to soften the sound.

She did what they could with sound engineer, but I still sound like I’m calling in from a far, frozen tundra where the only thing people live on is soup. Thankfully, I sound excited about it!

Swaps Get More Mileage From Humble Bowl Of Soup

It has been a real treat to have soup swappers and those who want to be here in the Northwest drop us a line after hearing the story on the radio. It’s an easy affair to organize, a great way to get some healthy variety in your meals, and a swell way to get to know the folks around you better.

Once, again, we’d like to point our newest readers to a few places: How To Host a Soup Swap; Subscribe via RSS; Follow us on Twitter ; Find us on Faceboo; Join our Email List.

Finally, if you like Deena’s point of view as much as we do, you can follow her food blog, right here: Mostly Foodstuffs