Our office is filled with foodies and the Lazy Cook and Crazy Cook were live on the scene to capture our most recent cook-off event: soup! (Full disclosure: we have a lot of crock pots in our office for some reason, and it’s easy to bring and serve hot chili, stew and soup. But we’re looking at branching out for future events: food on sticks, salads, sandwiches, whatever! We welcome suggestions!)
At least 10, maybe 12 soups were on parade, including two made by the Crazy Cook. I’ve made this Mexican Black Bean Soup before, but added some extra ZING with my adored chipotles in adobo sauce, and I also dove into Hungarian Goulash. I traveled to Budapest about five years ago and while there, adopted Hungarian Goulash as the thing I had to have every day, just as I have to French Onion Soup as many times as possible when in Paris.
Peter Fleischer, a dual Chicago-New Orleans resident, treated us to his special Louisiana Gumbo (which was AWESOME), and others made amazing potato-leek soup, lamb stew, Guinness beef stew, nacho soup – it was a cavalcade of culinary accomplishments. But most important of all, we all had a really good time together slurping, savoring and socializing over soup. I highly recommend the office cook-off as a way to get to know one another through cooking!