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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Soup Sunday- Cuban Black Bean Soup

Today's soup is in honor of Cuba. They have been in the news lately as some of the travel restrictions have be loosened.  I hope very soon they will allow tourist travel. I have wanted to travel to Cuba for some time. I want to see the beaches and scuba dive. I hear both are incredible. In the mean time I will have to content myself with Cuban style cooking until I can travel there and taste the real thing.

Today's soup looks much better in person then it does in the picture.  It is easy to make and it tastes really good. If you like bean dip or re-fried bean you will like this soup.  You can make it without the bacon if want a vegetarian version take out the bacon and use a two tablespoons of olive oil be saute' the onions.

2 strips of bacon
1/2 medium white onion chopped
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed.

Fry bacon in the bottom of a medium size dutch oven until the bacon is brown. Remove bacon and saute the onions in the grease left from the bacon.  add the spices and vinegar, then add the broth.
Place two cans of the black bean in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add to the soup pot along with the third can of beans.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until heated through.  Ladle into bowls to serve. Sprinkle with the reserved bacon and top with sour cream.

4 servings

Chris Wodke 1st place women 5K Trail Assail Nordic Ski Race

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 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; 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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