Saturday, March 28, 2015

Third Annual Soup Party

Hosted by Kevin & Lynne
February 8, 2014
Reviewed by Gail

The Setting

There were ten entries this year. Jamie brought two! She must not have been able to make up her mind. I know I have that problem every year. I managed to try each one. I was so busy taking pictures of the soups this year that I didn't take any notes on the go withs. lol

 Attendees this year were: Kevin & Lynne, Jesse & Dianne, Doug, Carlie & Tammy, Paul & Judy, Ed & Linda, Matt and Dawn with daughters Hannah and Emily (who had her third birthday cake!), Bill & Cyndi, with granddaughters, Juliana and Joanna, (Jessica’s daughters), Chris & Jessica with baby, Deta & Dave, Richard & Gail with son Thomas, Jamie & Tommy.
2nd Runner Up

 Cindy’s Chili Soup
And this is a soup, not a chili. Ground beef and beans in a light beef and tomato broth.
+Texture: Good, the beef was loose, not chunky, the beans were tender. A very nice proportion of meat to broth and beans.
+Color: Excellent and appealing. A nice red chili color.
+Flavor: Excellent flavor - full chili flavor with overtones of beef broth and tomato juice without any overpowering saltiness or spicy heat.

Runner Up
 Dawn’s Turkey and Vegetable Soup
This was a lovely surprise. It looked like just any other chicken vegetable soup. But it was tasty. Dawn made it last week and froze it. It held up to freezing very well.
+Texture: Nice big tender - not mushy - chunks of carrot, zucchini, potatoes and tomatoes. There were some big chunks of turkey, but most of the turkey was shredded. I wished for more of that zucchini, especially this time of year. I really couldn't believe this soup had been frozen, given the very nice texture of the vegetables.
+Color: An appealing mix of green zucchini, orange carrots, red tomatoes and yellow potatoes in a nice light poultry and tomato broth.
+Flavor: Excellent. Something to warm up with on a cold winter night. Full flavored, savory, even umame.

And the Grand Prize Winner!

Linda’s Meatball and Tortellini Soup
A delightful entry from Linda. The little meatballs complemented the tortellini well. Nice size diced carrots and celery with diced spinach in a chicken broth.
+Texture: Excellent, everything was tender, not mushy or tough. Pasta nicely al dente; meatballs, carrots, celery tender; spinach tender - not stringy. Broth light and thin.
+Color: Excellent, nice contrast of creamy white pasta, diced carrots, flecks of green spinach.
+Flavor: Excellent. If I’d had the room, I would have eaten a whole bowl of this soup. Flavor was, hmmm, umame would describe it best. Savory, not salty, nothing overwhelming, but you will want more.

The Rest of the Tasty Offerings 

 Judy’s Spicy Tortellini Soup

 Lynne’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

Deta’s Wild Rice Soup

Dianne’s Beef and Vegetable Soup

Jamie’s Potato and Bacon Soup

Gail’s Polish Dill Pickle Soup

Jamie’s Taco Soup

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