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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Soup Sunday Reuben Soup

Today's soup has an Irish flair in honor of St. Patrick's day. I don't have any Irish in me, but I am an engineer. St Patrick is the patron saint of engineers. There was always a big St Pat's party at the engineering school here in Milwaukee.  I remember as a fundraiser one of the student organizations I belonged to sold grilled brats and potato salad. We made enough to feed a crowd using about 50 pounds of potatoes.  The quantities were so large I remember we mixed it with our hands because the kettle we used to hold the mixture was about 3 feet deep. I never liked potato salad and liked it less after that experience.

½ cup chopped yellow onion
½ cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 cup sweet sauerkraut
2 cups fat free half and half
2 cups cooked chopped corn beef
1 ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese

Melt butter in a large stockpot.  Saute the onion and celery.  Add the chicken broth and baking soda.  Combine cornstarch and water until smooth, gradually add to broth mixture. Bring to a boil.  Add the sauerkraut, half and half and beef.  Simmer, but do not boil. Heat for 15 minutes. Add the cheese and heat until melted.

Serve 6

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. She will compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

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Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 143 members in 28 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

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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