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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Soup Sunday- Mushroom Barley Soup

Today's recipe is really easy to put together. If you want to add a little protein, you could add some chicken or navy beans. It is really good just the way it is. It's quick to put together. If you don't have fresh rosemary, dried will be just fine.  Green beans or zuchinni would also be a nice addition if you want to add some more vegatables.  

Mushroom & Barley Soup

½ cup quick cooking barley
6 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
 1 tablespoon butter
12 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 onion finely chopped
3 carrots  thinly sliced
2 sprigs rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

Put two cups of the broth in a saucepan and add the barley.  Add the bay leaf and bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Melt the butter in a stockpot and add the mushrooms. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.  Cook until the mushrooms soften. Add the onions and carrots and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the rest of the broth.  Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Stir in the parsley and rosemary.

Serves 6


Chris Wodke at 2013 Boston Marathon

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

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 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, 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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