National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month or NBCAM. The goal of the month is to raise awareness about breast cancer, educate women about how it can be prevented and provide support for those suffering from the disease.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was started in 1985 by AstraZeneca, which manufactures breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tamoxifen, with the aim of educating women on the necessity of mammograms in early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Since then, many corporation and non-profit foundations have pitched in to help spread awareness of this disease. Two of the biggest are the Estee Lauder Corporation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Estee Lauder Corporation founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the Pink Ribbon as the symbol for the breast cancer awareness. Better known is the Susan G. Komen Foundation which established The National Race For The Cure which is held in over 100 U.S. cities and several major international cities as well. The first race, held in 1983, had 800 participants. As of 2002, 1.3 million people participated in this annual event.

Since the pink ribbon was first introduced, the color pink has come to symbolize the hope for a cure and the strength of survivors. Many companies offer pink products of which a portion of the profits go to breast cancer research. Products for your kitchen are amply represented with such items as the KitchenAid Stand Mixer which now has a discreet band of pink instead of being entirely pink. KitchenAid donates $40 of every purchase to the Susan G. Komen Foundation when you register your mixer at the Cook For The Cure Website.

Other cooking related pink items include:

KitchenAid Cook for the Cure® Artisan® Stand Mixer Pink
KitchenAid Cook for the Cure® 5Spd Blender W/Shatter Resistant Jar
KitchenAid Cook for the Cure™ Chef's Chopper
KitchenAid Cook for the Cure® 12 Cup Food Processor
KitchenAid Cook for the Cure® 7 Speed Artisan™ Hand Mixer
Cuisinart EasyPop Popcorn Maker
Cuisinart SmartPower™ 7-Speed Electronic Blender
Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe
Cuisinart 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus
Cuisinart Compact 2-slice Toaster
Cuisinart Compact 4-slice Toaster
Cuisinart PowerSelect™ 7-Speed Electronic Hand Mixer
Cuisinart Mix It In™ Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
Live Simply Pink Ribbon Travel Mug
Pink Ribbons & Hearts Apron
Pink Ribbon Cookie Cutter
Pink Ribbon Sprinkles
Pink Ribbon Silicone Potholder & Spatula Set
Pink Ribbon Candle/Mini Baking Pan
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
Grill Charms Pink Collection
"Mommy Needs Coffee" Thermos
KitchenAid Pink Spatula - Cook for the Cure
Cook For The Cure Pink Mixing Bowls
Cook For The Cure Silicon Baking Mats
Cook For The Cure Salad Spinner

And now that you have your pink kitchen supplies it's time to cook up something pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Pink Peppermint Pie
This is a festive pie for many different occasions. The peppermint extract and candies add holiday flair, but the reddish color of the pie make it perfect for Valentine's Day too!


Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/4 C. graham cracker crumbs, about 16 squares
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 C. melted butter

For filling:
24 lg. white marshmallows
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
6 drops peppermint extract
6 drops red food coloring
1 C. chilled whipping cream
2 Tbs. crushed peppermint candy


To make crust: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix crumbs, sugar and butter. Press mixture firmly against bottom and sides of an 8-inch pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes and cool.

To make filling: Heat marshmallows and milk in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, just until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, salt, peppermint extract and food coloring. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Beat whipping cream in chilled bowl until stiff. 
Stir marshmallow mixture until blended and fold into the whipped cream. Pour into crust, refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with crushed candy.

Yield: 1 8-inch pie

More Pink Recipes:
Pink Salad
Pink Rice
Pink Slush

Remember when you're thinking about hour health you need to "Think Pink" and take care of yourself inside and out.

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