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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Soup Sunday- Tony's Chili

Today we have a guest contributor. I am spending the Christmas holidays with my brother and his family in Texas.  My brother Tony is a really good cook. I guess it runs in the family. Last night he made chili for us. I've had his chili many times and it is always awesome.

He claims the secret is the cast iron pot he uses. He says it tastes and looks different if made in another pot. I've made it in my own anodized aluminum stock pot at home and it still tastes wonderful.

Tony's Chili

1 lb beef stew meat
1 lb. ground beef
1 large white onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
8 ounces spicy V8 tomato juice
1 8 ounce bottle of beer
1 ( 15 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 T oregano
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 T paprika ( smoked variety really good here)
1 ounce chocolate or 1 T sugar
1 T corn flour
2 T corn meal
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can plain diced tomatoes
1 can red chili beans
1 can black beans
3 stalks celery
1 red bell pepper chopped

Add all the ingredients except the beans to a stock pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to a simmer.  Simmer for 1 hours. Add the beans and heat for 30 minutes.  Serve in bowls with sour cream and grated cheddar cheese.

Serves 6


Chris Wodke at 2012 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 DallasTexas.

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 AustraliaScotlandCanadaVietnamTurkeyFinland 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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