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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Soup Sunday- Cream Chicken & Noodle Soup

We are in the winter doldrums in Wisconsin. It always happens sometime in January, February and sometimes even March,
The holidays are over.  We know winter is going to stretch on for months. No days off until at least Easter.  The days over overcast. Sometimes we don't see sunshine for weeks.  We won't see anything green for months unless we go south for a vacation.

This week the doldrums hit big time this week.  The high most of the days was in the single digits.  
The wind chills have been in the minus 20 to minus 50's depending where you lived in the state. There is not much of a break in sight. Today it was 25F and it felt like summer.

Many of us have holiday pounds to work off, so we can treat ourselves to chocolate or sugary desserts. During the winter doldrums we are all badly in need of a little comfort food. Chicken soup fits the bill perfectly.  

This soup is a bit different than your typically chicken soup, but is just as tasty. It is full of vegetables.  If you are watching your fat content, sub the whole milk for skim milk and use fat free half and half.  The soup will still taste great.

I made this in my new cast iron enamel soup pot. I swear the food tastes better coming out of this pot. In any case it is great to use for cooking. The cast iron heats up fast and retains heat well. It can go right in the refrigerator as well.  I don't have to worry about the food interacting with the materials in the pot.  I got mine from J.C. Penney. It is the Cook's brand and is also available from Overstock.com
I got mine 25% off the 60.00 list price and free shipping. I just love the pretty green color.  Just the bit of color I need during the winter doldrums.

Creamy Chicken & Noodle Soup


1 cup diced yellow onion
1 ½ cups chopped carrot
1 ½ cups chopped celery
1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
3 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup flour
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup half and half
8 ounces dried egg noodles
3 cups shredded turkey or chicken
½ cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste.

Melt butter in stock pot or Dutch oven.  Add onions, carrots and celery. Cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.  Add the herbs and flour. Cook one minute.  Add white wine to deglaze the pot.  Add broth, milk and cream.  Add noodles and boil for 20 minutes until the noodles are al dente.  Add the meat and peas. Cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Serves 6

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

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:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


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 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


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.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

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