National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day! posted in: Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Recipes

There’s just something about fresh, homemade pie that’s comforting, and well….homey. Being that today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day (and I’m enjoying a weekend , it’s the perfect day to try out a new living well recipe that I have added to my collection.

This sweet and tangy treat was first made popular during the early 1800’s. Did you know that rhubarb is actually a vegetable? well, it is. This fact makes strawberry rhubarb pie one of the rare (tasty) pies that combines fruits and vegetables into one delicious delight. In my book,any dessert that compliments  strawbabies (one of my fave fruits) and gets us to eat our veggies, deserves its own day! And with strawberry season starting, what better way to celebrate this summertime favorite than to bake one yourself. Yum!

I enjoy making individual “indi” desserts, so this  mini pie “tart” if perfect, and will create a lovely dessert presentation.  If you feel like having a Betty Crocker moment today, here’s the recipe to try:

Strawberry Rhubarb Tarts

Yum!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 c butter (or butter substitute), softened
  • 1/2 c confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 c whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c nonfat milk
  • 5 rhubarb stalk, cleaned
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c agave (love this stuff!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 10 strawberries, hulled and sliced

Preparation:

Tart Shells:

1. Mix (or blend in blender) butter, sugar, almond extract, and flour until the mixture looks like course crumb

2. Add milk. Blend until the mixture becomes dough

3. Flour the dough and roll out on a lightly floured counter or board to a 1/4″ thickness.

4. Using a 4″ round cookie cutter, cut 12 circles

5. Place a cutouts in cupcake pan to form tart shells

Filling:

1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. In medium sauce pot, cook rhubarb, cinnamon and agave with water and lemon juice for approx. 5 minutes over medium heat. Allow the mixture to cool.

3. Pour filling contents into blender pitcher. Secure lid and pulse the mixture 2-3 times.

4. In medium bowl, mix the strawberries with the rhubarb mixture.

5. Divide filling evenly into each tart shell, filling each shell 2/3 full

6. Bake for 10-15min or until golden

Using this health conscious recipe, each tart has only 140 cal, 2.5g of fat and 17g sugar.

These tarts make a great summertime dessert. And if you’re life me, I like to prepare mini indi versions of great dessert when entertaining.

Wish you a Sweet Saturday!

recipe and photo courtesy of living well

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Cool Runnings posted in: Uncategorized

Today is National Running Day – which has inspired me to do more than to run late as exercise 😉 Perhaps I took note of this day in light of the summer Olympics which are just around the corner – seeing so many specimens of physical fitness….a reminder that I need to get back on track with my own routine. Regardless, whatever the reason,  I thought it the perfect day to make this sport a part of one’s lifestyle.

Running as a recreational and competitive sport has grown increasingly popular over the recent years and is loved by people all of ages. It’s a great form of exercise – it doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment (although there’s some really cool gear available), it’s a great way to clear your mind and enjoy the quiet or a great excuse to get together with friends if you’re a social butterfly, and you can do it almost anywhere.

On this note, if you are looking for a race to run this month (or even if you’re not), I recommend getting in on the action with one of our upcoming events.  The CAMC Foundation 5 mile ’12 Run For Your Life. Not only will you get exercise and enjoy the great outdoors, you will have have the opportunity meetup with old friends and make new ones, be a part of a group and support an important cause.

Run For Your Life

Run For Your Life is a charitable event that raises money and awareness for colorectal cancer (reportedly  the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women in the U.S.). This run is hosted in conjunction with Smoke On the Water, regional chili cook-off (hence the chili pepper logo) as part of  Festivall, a fantastic 10-day celebration that mixes fine arts and pop arts in a wide variety of styles and genres  in venues and locations all over Charleston, WV. This event attracts over 50,000 people to enjoy fun in beautiful West Virginia. So why not grab some friends or bring the fam, and get in on the action?

Not quite ready to run a race, but would still like to be involved? Volunteer! CAMC Foundation volunteers take pride in their roles within our events. Our run requires dedicated volunteers to help ensure our runners have the support they might need throughout the event. Click contact us for more information on how you can get involved in the fun and support this great cause.

Running Fun Facts. Did you Know?

  • Athletes dressed in red are more likely to win events than athletes wearing another color.
  • There are 26 combined bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles in the human foot
  • An average man has enough energy in his fat stores to run non-stop for 3 days at 15 miles per hour (bbc.co.uk)! Woah Nelly!!!
  • It takes the same number of calories to run any given distance at a certain body weight regardless of pace, so don’t sweat it  – whether you average 8 min./mile or 10+, run at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
  • Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein run for 2 miles as an eighth-grader at 10:24. So see, there is promise for us too.
  • In the words of Beyonce, Run the World Girls . Let’s face it – we know women run this country, and now the results of the 2012 Women’s National Runner Survey conducted confirms it. Female road race runners makeup 53% of event finishers nationwide. Go girls!

So will we see you there?

Cool Runnings (meaning: peace be the journey)!

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