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Maybe it’s just me, but having friends over for a night of Christmas tree decorating calls for one thing: Some kind of awesome-smelling, slow-cooked, wintry stew for dinner. So when Lindsy and I planned to get our tree and have some friends over for dinner, decorating, and general holiday merriment, I knew the time had come for me to try out lamb stew.

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I cooked all night Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve. I cooked all day Thursday, the National Holiday of Food. Still, I was so excited to try this soup that the first thing I did on Friday was go straight to the kitchen.

I’ve been waiting for this soup since this exact day — the Friday after Thanksgiving — last year. When it showed up that day in my Inbox from the lovely folks at Daily Candy, I ran to the fridge but my heart sank: There wasn’t nearly enough turkey or mashed potatoes to make it.

This year, I just might have made more potatoes than I thought the crowd could eat, hoping for leftovers. And I made sure that I had more than enough cream and cheese, because while I’m happy to cook the day after Thanksgiving, I wouldn’t be caught dead going to the market.

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My friend Kurt makes an incredible Jamaican Pumpkin Soup. I knew this even before I tried it, because:

1 – He scheduled – and rescheduled! – a dinner party around it.
2 – He can make it because he has a particular piece of kitchen equipment (a pressure cooker).
3 – He doesn’t have a recipe written down for it. It lives in his head and memories of his mom making when he was a kid.

So you could say I went to Kurt’s house with some…expectations. And you could say those expectations were…exceeded.

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Lately it seems everyone has been preaching to me the Gospel of Soup. For years now, the Brooklyn contingent of my social network has been hosting Soup Nights much to the joy of their neighbors and friends. Last month, my mother was in town preaching the delights of soup making/eating. And finally, this weekend, I got to experience firsthand Emily’s Homemade Chicken Soup. I decided to start practicing what everyone else was preaching.

I elected to start with French Onion Soup. I had never eaten French Onion before, but as I am a fan of all things French and nearly all things covered in cheese, I figured it was an excellent place to start. I was working under the assumption that the combination of onions, broth, bread, and cheese could not be overly complicated. I soon discovered that there are roughly 7,963 ways to make French Onion Soup.

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