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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Super Food Saturday Lemon Curd Cookies

Today I did a little bit of baking for Easter and a lot of thinking about my mom.  She died five years ago today. She loved Easter. It was her favorite holiday.  She also loved to bake. Every Easter she made lots of homemade treats. Some were for us and some for the Easter breakfast at her church.

I remember one year she made homemade raised doughnuts for our family Easter breakfast. She made them the day before and no one could have any, not even one taste. There were nine of us in our family so it was about three dozen doughnuts.  She put then on the counter of our walk-in pantry and closed the door.  She had  hours invested in them because raised doughnuts are made with yeast and take time to rise.

The whole family was watching TV that evening. My dad was laying on the sofa as he normally did.
My dad was a hunter and his hunting dog a black lab named Sam was also our family pet.  Sam trotted over to my dad bringing him a raised doughnut. It turned out it was the very last one left.  He had eaten the entire plate of doughnuts and brought the last one to my dad.  My poor mom was in tears. All her hard work went to the dog and now she had nothing to serve for our breakfast.
Trooper that she was, she went in the kitchen and whipped up a batch of baking powder doughnuts. Not quite as good as raised ones, but a pretty good substitute  on short notice.   To this day I am not really that big a fan of bakery doughnuts. They just cannot compare to my mom's fresh out of the fryer. She would always save a plain one for me because she knew that was how I liked mine.

Well I dedicated today's recipe to my mom. I hope she is proud of her kids.

Lemon Curd Cookie
 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 1/2 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in eggs, lemon juice and zest.  Add the flour and mix to form a soft dough.  Form in 1 inch balls.  Use a finger to indent a deep hole in the center of each cookie. Bake for 20 minutes, until the edges are light brown.  Allow the cookies to cool and then fill with lemon curd.

Lemon Curd

3/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3/4  sugar
3 eggs

Add all the ingredients and whisk until well blended. Cook until thickened, about six minutes.  Let cool


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 and 2016

 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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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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