Today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. Rhubarb pie became popular in the U.S. in the early 1800′s, with strawberry rhubarb pie ushering in the summer, just as the season’s first strawberries ripen. Rhubarb is actually a vegetable, and it’s tart flavor is particularly championed in Sweden, the British Isles, and New England. When mixed with strawberries, or ice cream, the combination of “sweet and tangy” creates a delicious result.
Even though I love baking, we chose to celebrate today’s “unofficial” with a store-bought strawberry rhubarb pie. Part of the reason was that I was feeling a little lazy, and the rest was that tonight Chris and I were busy running errands since we’re leaving for Stephens City, Virginia, right after work tomorrow. (We’ll be visiting the Family Drive-In there, as we planned during our celebration of National Drive-In Movie Day.)
This afternoon, while we were still at work, my parents were kind enough to stop at Wegman’s in Fredericksburg and confiscate two strawberry rhubarb pies from the fresh bakery aisle. Fortunately, we preemptively hit up the gym right before pie time. As it turned out, getting all sweaty in order to earn the right to eat some extra calories was well worth it! The pie (served a la mode) was delicious, and we had a great time catching up with my parents and seeing pictures from their recent trip to Boston. And who knows, maybe next time I’m having a hankering for strawberry rhubarb pie, I’ll whip one up in my own kitchen.
Tomorrow we’ll quench our thirst with a cold drink as we make our way out to Stephens City in our hot little hybrid — it’s National Iced Tea Day!