Super Soup Challenge – The Rematch! August 22, 2007


September was a tough month for me last year. I was going through a lot in my personal life…and as it usually does, this blog helped me muscle through it. I hosted the first annual Super Soup Challenge and I was blown away by the response. There were so many amazing entries…and stories behind the recipes. That event, in a time that was most trying for me, showed me that food (and blogging) can heal the soul and bring people together.

As a way of remembering my mom, celebrating a wild and wonderful year, and – well – getting new soup recipes…I am hosting The Second Annual Super Soup Challenge! It’s happening a little earlier this year, which I hope will bring out some different types of recipes. It *is* still hot outside! Also, we have lots of  people stopping by this blog that weren’t around last year and I encourage both old and new friends to join in.

Here are all of the details:

– Starting today, Wednesday August 22nd, post your favorite
soup recipes. Soup is used very loosely here – stews, "stewps" (yes i
said it – don’t look at me like that), chowders – they all count.

Please be creative – send me your hot soups…cold soups….whatever! Last time around we had some really interesting recipes…and I anticipate the same thing this go’round! You will be judged on originality, yummyness, and presentation (i *am* a food stylist, after all).

– Make your post before Monday, September 10th! Please send the following information to
once you post your soup recipe: your name, your blog’s name, the title of your recipe, your
location, and the permalink to your post. I will post the roundup the week after the challenge ends. If you don’t have a blog but post to your LiveJournal or Myspace, you too can participate!

There is a prize at the end of this event. Two, actually. Since I was up at night fretting about who I should choose to win the challenge, I’ve decided to take some of the burden off of myself. I will choose one winner….and YOU will choose the other. Voting for the winner of the Super Soup Challenge will begin when I post the roundup – you’ll email me and let me know which post was your favorite! Two winners will receive foodie-friendly prizes.

That’s it! I will be posting my recipe for the challenge next week. In the meantime, get cooking!

The photo in this entry was taken by Tony Clark and styled by Tami Hardeman.


Bri Aug 22, 2007 03:08 pm

What a great idea and sweet way to remember your mom. Food and especially a bowl of soup can be such a healing way to connect. I will have to think hard about which of my soups could actually be worthy of such a challenge. Thanks!

BedHeadBoy Aug 22, 2007 08:08 pm

I am looking forward to the challenge. Although, I’m not a “foodie”, I will put my best ladel forward in the effort. YAY!

Dennis Aug 23, 2007 01:08 am

The round-up of the last event looks impressive. Really like soup, so I’m gonna compete in this one.

almost vegetarian Aug 23, 2007 09:08 am

Honoring your mother with soup – terribly original and terribly sweet. After all, is there anything else int he world that can warm our souls quite as well?

peabody Aug 23, 2007 04:08 pm

As the current reining soup champ I will do my best to get something made! Life is a little hectic but I will get my little brain a thinking.

doodles Aug 25, 2007 05:08 am

I too think of my momma when I make soup because it was one of her specialties. I have an unusual challenge as we are now in and RV and I have yet to tackle soup but I do want to participate in this challenge you have created. Love your blog.

Chris Aug 25, 2007 06:08 pm

Lovely challenge to honor your mom. I look forward to participating!

arfi Aug 26, 2007 10:08 pm

Tami, I understand your feeling. And I think you love your Mum more than you ever feel and perhaps more than she ever found out. I think she knows now. I’d definitely love to take part, as it is still chilly here in New Zealand. Cheers.

Pepy Aug 27, 2007 08:08 pm

Hi Tami,
I have a question. What if I did post the soup before on my blog. Can I still be participated?

Tami, Sep 1, 2007 04:09 pm

It looks like I just found your blog in the nick of time! This really is a sweet way to remember your mom. Nice going!

The Cooking Ninja Sep 2, 2007 12:09 am

Great challenge and i think choosing the winner will be a very tough job.

SeductionMeals Sep 3, 2007 11:09 am

I look forward to particpating in a tribute to your mom, Terry

Danielle Sep 4, 2007 04:09 am

I loved participating last year! I’m short on time this year, but I will really try to figure it out and make this happen before the deadline. This is just the sweetest food blog event, and I want to be a part of it.

Nags Sep 5, 2007 10:09 pm

awesome idea! i am in!

Hippolyra Sep 8, 2007 12:09 pm

A lovely idea, I had my first soup of the autumn today and have just e-mailed you my entry.

Anna Sep 8, 2007 08:09 pm

it’s coming up to one year for you now and i know it must be tough.
this is a beautiful way to remember your mother and gives me pause to think of mine as well.
it’s been just over six years for me and i’m not sure it gets any easier.

Ulrike Sep 9, 2007 05:09 am

I participated with an autumn soup….

Mansi Sep 12, 2007 12:09 pm

Hey great contest! All the soup recipes that we’ll end up with will be a prize in itself:)

Eatlikeagirl Sep 14, 2007 06:09 am

Oh, I missed it! Shame. Looking forward to seeing the results.

Madeline Nov 1, 2007 08:11 pm

Wow, I just came across your blog and I instantly feel comforted. It’s been one month since my sister passed away and like you, cooking and writing my blog are helping me get through, so much more than I could have imagined. Thanks for making me feel better knowing I’m not the only one. May both of our loved ones rest in peace.