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Well, how do you like that. A whole Soup Night went by, and how many pictures of soup do you think we took? Zero. Right. I am so very sorry about that.

However, I’ve got some photos of people at Soup Night, and if you look closely, you can see that they are clearly eating soup:

Maybe I always say this, but this Soup Night was the best one so far. I’m always amazed at the amount of interest there is when you announce simply that you are throwing a Soup Night party: We’ll cook up a bunch of soup, so come and eat it. You can read the full history of Soup Night, if you’re interested, but it’s safe to say that this is a tradition rooted in sharing simple food with good friends, old and new, and it will (probably, hopefully) never get old.

For this, the first Soup Night of 2008, we cooked up quadruple batches of two kinds of soup: Split Pea with Ham and Cheddar Beer.

I got the idea for the beer cheese soup when I ate it at the Schlafly Tap Room with my family over the holidays, and it turned out to be a little harder to cook than I anticipated. Cooking with cheese was the hard bit. Perhaps I cooked it at too high a temp, or for too long, but the cheese didn’t melt as evenly as I’d have liked. (Anyone cook a cheesy soup before? Leave some tips in the comments, if you’ve got any!) It still tasted good, though, and received good reviews!

Here are some quick stats:

Number of soupers: 30+

Age of youngest souper: 2

Age of oldest souper: Middle-age

Pots of soup made: 4

Time first souper arrived: 5:05 p.m.

Time last souper left (not counting out-of-town, overnight guests): 10:35 p.m.

Cups of shredded cheese in the beer cheese soup: 16

Number of beers in the beer cheese soup: 4

Number of ham hocks in the split pea soup: 6

Quote of the night (that has nothing to do with soup): “Oh don’t worry. It’s not blood, it’s wine!”

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Welcome, Soup Nighters!

Hey, look at that! You made it home with your soup spoon party favor in one piece and you remembered to check it out! Congrats to you, friend.

We’ll get an iSoup v. report up here soon, with pictures, recipes, and…some other goodies we’ll come up. Just you wait!

In the meantime, check out what we’ve got so far. And may the soup be with you.

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