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Few things are more suited to a hot summer day than the fusion of strawberry and rhubarb in a freshly baked pie, tempering the sweetness of heaps of juicy strawberries with the tartness of chopped rhubarb (appropriately addressed by the slang term "pie plant"). And if the thought of a hot oven heating up an already stuffy home makes you hesitant, this pie's equally good devoured cold or at room temperature, topped with a healthy dollop of chilly vanilla ice cream.
Grandma's Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie on the Food Network lightens the pie with lemon zest and juice; Epicurious tops the pie with a cheerful lattice crust; even Cindy Crawford has a favorite rendition, seasoned with nutmeg. But the winning claim to fame that we favor? SimplyRecipes dishes up a Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Pie that took first prize at the local fair -- simple summer desserts don't get any more spirited than that.
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