What would you do with an extra day?

Once every four years, we get the gift of an extra day, special thanks to the non-precise orbit time of the earth around the sun. If you’re like me (Abby), you’re always wishing you had more time, so now that we’ve got it, I was curious about how some of my fellow IN Foodies were going to spend their leap day.

“What could be better than an extra day of the year that falls on a Saturday?” – Anita

Anita’s planning on making her extra day count by racking up some steps and enjoying a (hopefully) sunny weekend outside. We’re happy that the extra day falls in February because it’s giving us an extra day to meet our February Step Challenge goal! As a team, we’ve set a goal of 2.5 million steps in February to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

Emily and I are also planning to embrace what’s left of winter. I’ll be going skiing, and she’s heading north to go dogsledding and snowshoeing with her part-time job at Get Knit Events. Although, she says she SHOULD be doing laundry. Very relatable.

Maggie loves the idea of using the day to be productive, but it comes as no surprise to us that she’ll be soaking up the sun in Arizona for a wedding. If there was an award for attending the most weddings in a year at our office, Maggie would win by a landslide in 2020.

Lori and Betsy will be helping (and celebrating) at With One Breath, a non-profit supporting Cystic Fibrosis research. This year is special in that a new drug was released that’s able to treat over 90% of people with CF. “Still fighting for a cure, but this is changing lives.” – Lori

Also doing something sweet is Ciara, who’s going home to spend her day with her grandma!

If you have any cool plans of how you’re going to spend your bonus day, we’d love to hear from you!

Warm up to winter with a soup-er idea from the IN Kitchen

Soup’s on!

While the natural response to Minnesota’s long, harsh winters may be dread for most, here at IN Food, we give ourselves a few reasons to smile this season. One of our favorites is soup days!

If you’ve been following the happenings at IN for a while, you might be familiar with our beloved Soup Day tradition. If you’re new around here, welcome! And here’s the deal. When the weather starts to turn, team members each choose a day to wow the others with a lunch consisting of soup or a favorite comfort food.

Although we DO love a good soup, we aren’t the type to discriminate against more solid comfort food choices, including what Betsy brought for this season’s first soup day.

Taco ‘bout a delicious lunch!

The chef: Betsy

The dish: Shredded chicken walking tacos

Perhaps Betsy’s upcoming vacation to warm Latin America inspired her soup day menu. Or, maybe, she simply wanted a fun reason to enjoy some Nacho Doritos. Either way, on a cold December day we can’t blame her.

While Walking Tacos, or “Taco in a Bag,” might sound like a simple meal, Betsy didn’t slack on this Soup Day choice! Going away from the classic ground beef taco meat, Betsy opted for juicy shredded chicken and impressed us all with her crockpot skills.

No one was surprised when not a single fixing was missed. Betsy treated us to all of the staples as well as freshly prepared guacamole, black beans, cilantro and even lime wedges for a fresh zest.

The cheesier the better

The chef: Abby

The dish: Hearty beer cheese soup

When it comes to soup, and jokes, I prefer the cheesy ones. When I heard about IN’s Soup Days, I knew I had to ask my mom for the recipe that she’s been using for the past several winters. My “Hearty Beer Cheese Soup” with potatoes, veggies, ground beef, and of course plenty of cheese and beer, filled all our stomachs with cheesy goodness and had my coworkers asking for the recipe as well!

A unanimous Midwestern favorite

The chef: Maggie

The dish: Tater tot hotdish

Just as Soup Days have become a tradition in our office, so has Maggie’s tater tot hotdish. Providing the delicious combination of crispy tater tots, veggies, and of course – cheese – what more could we Midwesterners want? Whether we are from Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska or Wisconsin like Maggie, this is one meal we can all agree upon. Football teams? Not so much.

Although our commutes may be longer, we are motivated by a warm reward waiting for us in our favorite form: delicious food. With at least one more month of winter ahead of us, we’re looking forward to Ciara’s take on a creamy tortellini soup and Anita’s tried-and-true white bean and Italian sausage chili. We have a few undecided chefs in the office, so if you have a favorite soup recipe, send it our way and we just might all gather around your suggestion!