Happy New Year everyone! After weeks of indulgence (which started after Thanksgiving), what better way to start the new year than to eat healthy? That's the intent (and also, a good excuse to gather & enjoy the company of good friends & family!) of my cousin Barb & her husband, Gary, who has been hosting this event for years now. Each family brings a pot of their favorite soup that they've made to share with everyone. The menu now includes salads & sandwiches. The party starts at 1 pm & lasts until everyone is full of soup, which is pretty late as we all like to stay & hang at their beautiful home!
Here's a sampling of the soups we had this year:
|Patty's Lobster Bisque (a la French Laundry)|
Before serving, Patty whipped it up to make it foamy...it was DELISH!
|Barb's Acorn Squash with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds|
I love squash & I liked it prepared this way...um-um good!)
|Barb's 4 Kinds Mushroom Soup w/Pancetta|
Barb was busy making 2 soups! And I'm glad she did! This was
very, very flavorful!
|Kayoko's Chicken Gumbo|
This was also very good. The broth & vegetables were perfect!
|Linda's Wintermelon & White Fungus|
This soup reminded me of my parents...it had the comfort of home
|Lastly, My Minestrone Soup|
I can't take the credit for this recipe...it belongs to Wendy
"Gai-Loongs" made by Linda
They are deep-fried little fan-shaped doughs filled with seasoned pork...my Mom used to make these also & they were delicious!
|Bleu cheese/pecan on endive|
Now, what kind of a party would it be if we didn't have wine with our soups???
After all, isn't wine good for our hearts?
Yours truly, Karen