The third annual Soup Challenge is heading for home and we’re cheering on all the cooks as they compete for a chance at culinary glory! More than 27,000 votes have been cast so far, with many more expected before the Sunday night deadline. Good fun and a great competition!
Again, 3 contestants from each region are voted in, 2 chosen based on creativity by a panel of judges next week. So there is still time to send in your best homemade soup recipe for a shot at the finals – you have until midnight (EST) Sunday, February 17th!
In the Northeast, the first and second place entries are neck and neck with 2,300+ votes each. Sharon’s Spicy Egg Drop soup was ingredient inspired. Right behind her with 2,100+ votes is Dana’s Mushroom, Roasted Garlic and Feta Chowder, which was flavor inspired (BTW, if Dana is a finalist, she will have been voted into her third consecutive Soup Challenge final!). Vying for the third & final slot by votes are three soups: Rona’s Heart Chicken and Rice Pomodoro, Jasmin’s Old Country Creamy Potato and Sausage Soup, and Chantal’s Cheeseburger Chowder? With less than 50 hours to go, it is too close to call! Go Ladies!
Out in the Heartland (Midwest), three soups continue to extend their leads over the rest of the field: Amy’s It Ain’t Easy Being Green Broccoli & Spinach Soup, Dianna’s Twisted Italy Chicken Soup and Elizabeth’s Roasted Chicken and Veggie Chowder. It will be tough to overcome their 2,000+ vote lead. Two of the three would be repeat Finalists. Always fun to see old friends and as one of them put it to us, “I had to work long & hard on this year’s entry to improve my nutritional profile … that was my downfall last year – New England Country Soup is tough to beat on taste and really tough to beat on nutrition!” Time will tell how this year works out!
Down South (Southeast), two soups are battling to finish first – Debbie’s Creamy Italian Roasted Pepper Soup and Cheryl’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup. The real drama centers around that third finalist spot based on votes with a relatively few votes separating – Josee’s Wonton Meatball Soup, Debra’s Greek Lemon Soup called Mama’s Greek Penicillin and Lori’s Green Chile Pork. It’s anyone’s to win that 3rd spot!
With hours to go, every vote makes a difference, so check out all the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southeastern entries and help your favorite finish strong! And, there’s still time to enter a recipe with a total of 6 to be selected based on creativity by our panel of judges next week!
Good Luck and Happy President’s Day Weekend!