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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Soup Sunday-Curried Pumpkin Soup

 It seems like I have not posted in ages. First I was training all the time for my 1/2 Iron distance triathlon race.  Training for a race like that did not leave much time for blogging.

After my race was done in mid November my computer decided to crash.  I did not have a PC for a week.  The hard drive had to be replaced. The tech did a scan to recover what he could, but that meant days of going through scanned files to organize everything.

So I am back to writing.    I've published this recipe before, but it is a great one to repeat at this time of year.   I had some pumpkin puree and chicken broth in the freezer, so this was easy to through together.  I changed up the spices just a bit this time. The original recipe called for Thai red curry. I changed that up to a French Masalacurry blend called Vadouvan from The Spice House here in Milwaukee.  They have a web site

I also added Turmeric since it goes well with curry powder and is so healthy.

Curried Pumpkin Soup

1 lb baby bella mushrooms sliced
4 tablespoons butter melted
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups pumpkin puree ( 15 ounce can)
1 can ( 12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 tablespoon curry spice blend ( Vadouvan French Masala Curry)
1 tablespoon turmeric powder.

Melt the butter in a soup pot. Add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft.  Add the flour and spices.  Add the broth, pumpkin and evaporated milk. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 6 servings.


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 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 as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

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 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway 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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