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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Soup Sunday- Turkey Soup

I always think of my grandma Karl when I make turkey soup. She used to tell me lots of stories about growing up. Her mom and dad came to this country from Slovakia in the early 1900's.

They both grew up very very poor.  My Great Grandfather died in an accident at work, leaving my Great Grandmother to raise five kids. Money was not plentiful so she made soup out of any meat that was on the family dinner table.  Making soup was a cheap way to feed a big family.

Well one time, my Great Uncle Tony won a big turkey as a door prize at a local dance. He brought the turkey home to his mom. He was so looking forward to a turkey dinner.  Wouldn't you know, my great grandma put that turkey in the soup pot, much to the dismay of my Great Uncle.

My mom was also a big soup maker. She loved to make chicken soup. She always made turkey soup after Thanksgiving and I've kept up the soup making tradition. It's easy to make and really healthy and I guess it's in my blood. I'm just following in my Great Grandma's foot steps.

You can use any vegetables you like for this soup. You can also serve this with noodles, rice or wild rice. The are lots of ways to make this soup. So make the basic broth and then get creative!

Turkey Soup

1 turkey carcass with some meat on bones
Drumsticks and wings from the turkey
Turkey neck from turkey
1 32 ounces Turkey or chicken broth
1 medium onion chopped
3 sprigs rosemary or 1 bay leaf
3 carrots sliced
1 cup whole kernel corn
3 stalks of celery
½ pound fresh green beans.
8 ounces shell macaroni prepared.

Place turkey carcass and any other parts you are putting in the soup into a large stockpot.
Push down on the carcass to compress.   Add the stock to completely cover all the turkey parts. Add water if needed. Add onion and any herbs like rosemary or bay leaf to the pot.

Simmer over low heat for 4 hours.  Take off the heat and let the mixture cool a bit.  Remove the carcass and other turkey parts from the stock mixture. Remove the meat off of the bones and return to the stockpot.

Put in the refrigerator and cool overnight. Remove any fat from the top of the soup. The soup will be gel like.  Put pot back on stove and heat soup, once it starts to simmer, add the carrots, celery, beans and corn.  Salt and pepper soup to taste.  Serve soup over cooked macaroni.

Serves 6

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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 Para triathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Para triathlon 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.

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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 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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