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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Soup Sunday- Beef Soup with Mushrooms & Barley

There is nothing like having a pot of soup cooking on the stove in the winter. We had a foot of snow since Friday afternoon and it was 2 F this morning.  I made the broth for this recipe starting with beef shanks and meaty soup bones.  I browned the bones in the oven and then cooked them overnight in the slow cooker. I used the meat from the bones in this soup. If you make your own broth you might want to enhance the flavor with a product called "Better than Broth.

You can use beef broth and left over beef  from say a roast.

1/2 white onion chopped
1 stick butter
8 ounces button mushrooms sliced
12 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
6 cups beef broth
3 cups cooked beef, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup red wine
1 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup pearl barley

Melt the butter in the bottom of a heavy stock pot or Dutch oven.  Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until the onions soften. Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft and release their juices.  Add the beef broth, beef, wine and garlic salt.  Add the barley and cover. Bring to a simmer and cook until the barley is done. This will be about 15 minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste.

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 and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

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 207 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran and Sweden. 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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