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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Soup Sunday- Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

This is another recipe from the kitchen of my Texas brother Tony. It has become a holiday tradition to make pea soup when I visit. He and I are the only ones in his family that will eat it. Since they always have a ham for Christmas, you just have to make pea soup.

As I write today's blog, I am watching it snow here in Milwaukee. There is about 3 inches on the ground already. Good thing since I have a nordic ski race in just a few weeks.

Often after it snows here, it gets really cold after. The high temperture tomorrow is forecasted to be 4 F. The wind chills are going to be in the -20's. This soup is perfect comfort food for that kind of weather.  I hope you enjoy it, I know I sure did.

1 lb dried split green peas
1 ham bone ( leave some meat on it)
6 cups of chicken stock or water ( or a combination)
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery
1 large white or yellow onion chopped
1 bay leaf
1 lb ham sliced into bite size pieces
Salt and pepper

Put the peas, stock water mixture, onions and ham bone into a large stock pot.  Add the bay leaf.  Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat to low to simmer the mixture.  Cook until the peas fall apart. It will be several hours. Stir occasionally to help break up the peas. Remove the bay leaf  Add the ham  carrots and celery and cook for another 20 minutes.   Salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to taste first because some hams are already quite salty.

Serves 6


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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