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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Soup Sunday- Zuppa Toscana

Today was soup Sunday again thanks to my niece Courtney and my nephew Dan. Courtney and I are visiting our Texas relatives and Courtney decided Dan should learn to cook. Last night it was grilled zucchini and potatoes to go with our steaks.  Lesson #2 was this soup which is served at Olive Garden. Dan did most of it under his cousins direction. My job was to get ingredients and do the dishes.  We paired this with a green salad and had a great dinner.

1 pound Italian Sausage ( we used a mixture of mild and hot)
1 1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
4 slices bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large onion sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
5 cans chicken broth ( 13. 75 ounce)
6 medium potatoes sliced
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 bunch fresh Kale, tough stems removed

Brown sausage in stock pot.  Drain and set aside. Brown bacon until crisp. Drain leaving 2 tablespoons of drippings. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft.  Pour the chicken broth over this mixture. Bring to a boil over high heat and add the potatoes. Cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Add sausage and cream to the mixture and heat through. Add the kale  into the soup just before serving.

Makes 6 servings


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. And was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in PontevedreSpain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in DallasTexas.

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

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 150 members in 29 states. We also have members inAustraliaCanadaVietnamTurkeyFinland 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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