Providing medically related elderly care to seniors is a necessity. It provides older loved ones an opportunity to age in place with pride and dignity. Yet, not all elderly care has to be medical in nature. Spending social time with elders is vital to their connectedness to society and their sense of purpose. On almost all calendar days, there is national recognition of a historical figure or event or a traditional food item. July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day.
An American tradition with Southern Roots
The pecan pie has been proclaimed by Southern Cookbook as the “South’s most popular pie.” While it is eaten year-round in Southern states it is a staple of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays across the nation. Pecan pie is ubiquitous in the South due to the prevalence of pecan trees in the region. With pecan harvesting season running from September to November, Southerners needed to use an abundance of pecans, so the pecan pie was created.
History of the Pecan Pie
What is a pecan pie? In its simplest form, the pecan pie is a pie made from pecan nuts with a filling of eggs, butter and traditionally corn syrup all blended and warmed to make one of the best desserts going. While there are numerous variations of the tasty dish, such as chocolate or chess pie, classic pecan pie is served a la mode – with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The origins of pecan date back as early as 1824 where a milk-custard-based version appeared in Mary Randolph’s book “The Virginia Housewife”. The first syrup-based version was found in a 1921 copy of the Texas Brownwood Bulletin, while the traditional syrup-based recipe for pecan pie appeared in the 1930’s as a recipe on the label of Karo syrup bottles, instantly increasing the dessert’s popularity.
A sweet treat to be eaten in moderation
Like many southern delicacies, pecan pies can be high in fat and sugar. The best way for an elder to enjoy a traditional pecan pie is in moderation as a little slice goes a long way. The following is a recipe for Karo Classic Pecan Pie. Adjust the ingredients to suit the needs of your senior’s specific dietary restrictions if necessary.
Karo Classic Pecan Pie
• 1 cup Karo light or dark corn syrup
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1 teaspoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 1/2 cups pecans
• 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen deep-dish pie crust
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla using a spoon. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pie crust.
3. Bake on center rack of oven until center reaches 200°F and springs back when tapped lightly, about 55 to 70 minutes.
To use prepared frozen pie crust: Place cookie sheet in oven and preheat oven as directed. Pour filling into frozen crust and bake on preheated cookie sheet.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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