I've known my friend S. for decades--she was a few years behind me at Columbia. For years know, we've reliably met up every year at Homecoming to watch the Lions lose to whoever they were playing, and catch up. This year, she and her husband and I got to talking about food. They are totally into bread, and canned a bunch of tomatoes this summer, so we had quite a bit to talk about. And somewhat randomly the topic of souffles came up, and S. said she'd always wanted to make one, and I said I've been wanting to for ages.
And it just seemed to make sense that we'd get together for a Night of Souffle. S. & R. were kind enough to invite me over to their place. I brought the ingredients for a chocolate souffle (plus my souffle pan), and they put together a cheese one before I got there.
So, yes, two souffles in a single meal. Along with a salad and a nice sancerre. And good company.
What a great meal! I totally think more people should make souffles more often. They are easier than you think, delicious, versatile, fairly light, and yet decadent and dramatic at the same time.
In the spirit of full disclosure, the chocolate one got a little over-blown in the oven and started to drip a bit, causing a minor smoke condition partway through cooking. But it still turned out beautifully and tastily in the end.
Sometimes I cook things and think "well that was a great experience and I never want to do it again." And sometimes I cook things and think "I can't wait to cook that again!" This was definitely one of the latter occasions. Looking forward to the next Souffle Evening.