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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Soup Sunday- Pot Luck Chili

I am spending my Saturday nights this winter patrolling as member of the Alpine Valley patrol in East Troy Wisconsin.
This is my first year with this patrol, although I've been a member of the National Ski Patrol for 26 years.  Apparently my Saturday night crew has a patrol wide reputation for the great pot luck spread they put out every shift.  I suggested chili for our first group meal.

Since I suggested I also volunteered to contribute a version of my prize winning chili. There are as many variations of chili as their are cooks that create it. So here is my version. I've won a few prizes with this recipe.

I adapted it slightly leaving out the garlic since my Alcat test showed I have a high sensitivity to garlic.  The recipe was a big hit and it was a great night for skiing. It was 45 F, rare for winter in Wisconsin. I spent most of my night out skiing.  Chili was a great choice for our meal since I could leave it warming in a slow cooker and it was ready whenever anyone came in off the ski hill.

The job of the ski patrol is to provide first aid for injured skiers and snowboarders. So we sometimes have to wait for dinner while we take care of patients.  I'm really proud to be a member of the National Ski Patrol. I've met such wonderful people, including my new patrol mates!

1 lb ground turkey                             
½ cup chopped onion                                    
¾ cup water   
(14 oz) can diced tomatoes w/chilies
10 oz tomato sauce    
6 oz can tomato paste
6  oz chopped green chilies                           
½ cup chopped green pepper                         
3 teaspoons chili powder                               
½ teaspoon salt and pepper                           
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper                          
2 cans 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. Serve with corn chips.

This recipe freezes well, so freeze those leftovers for a great lunch or quick dinner.

Serves 8
Chris Wodke, 1st row 3rd from left, Crystal Ridge Ski Patrol

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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