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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Soup Sunday- Prize Winning Chili

I did not actually make this recipe this week. I am away in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan doing some training for my company. That meant an all day drive today and I will not be back until later in the week. So no need for soup this week.  This is a great recipe to make when it's cold outside. This picture shows a pot of chili I made for a contest at work. It was a United Way fundraiser and I took 2nd place. I heard I would have taken first if we had not run out.  All the other contestants brought Nesco roasters full of chili and I just had a crock pot. We raised about $400 for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.  This is the third time I've won a prize with this chili. I took a 2nd at the Wisconsin State Fair and 1st place in another work contest. So try it and enjoy!

Chili Con Carne
1 lb ground beef or turkey                                  ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
½ cup chopped onion                                       1-2 cloves garlic minced
¾ cup water                                                     28 oz can tomatoes cut-up
½ cup chopped green pepper                           10 oz tomato sauce
3 teaspoons chili powder                                  6 oz tomato paste
½ teaspoon salt and pepper                              4 oz chopped green chilies
                                                                        15 oz can chili beans

In medium skillet, brown meat with onion and drain.  Add remaining ingredients except chili beans.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.  Stir in chili beans and simmer till thoroughly heated. Top with sour cream and cheese

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris Wodke is a member of Team USA. She will compete this year at the Age Group Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain. She is a two time Boston Marathon participant and the 2010 Paratriathlon Open Division Paratriathlon Champion.

She is the author of "Running for My Life-Winning for CMT"

She is the founder and manager of Team CMT

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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