The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we had a soup party, one of my favorite ways to entertain. I made two soups, the Chicken Tortilla Soup below and a lighter Kale, White Bean, and Sausage Soup (topped with shredded parmigiano) made with two beeyootiful bunches of kale I got at the farmer's market that morning.
My sister helped me set out platters of cured meats, cheeses, and a big bowl of crusty bread (also from the farmer's market), and a salad rounded out the meal. Set out bowls and spoons and a couple three bottles of wine and you're done. It's seriously the easiest party you will ever throw.
We invited two families and my brother and his family arrived from Oregon just in time for dinner. My pal Mary—who I always bump into at the farmer's market and finally thought to invite for dinner—brought gingery cupcakes for dessert that were so good they should be illegal.