Tuesday, August 6

Apple Cheddar Galette with Greek Yogurt Crust and My Weekend with the Cabot Fit Team

A tender flaky pastry crust made with Greek Yogurt, filled with thinly sliced tart apples, sprinkled with sugar and Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you know I just returned home from a 4 day, 3 night trip to Maine. I was  chosen to be a part of the Cabot Fit Team and run in the Beach to Beacon 10k in Cape Elizabeth.

In the weeks leading up to the trip, I started to get a tad nervous. With the crazy summer we have had I did not get the amount of training in that I wanted to prepare for the race. The other bloggers participating are amazing athletes. I didn't want to be that girl who couldn't keep up. Though I have lost some weight, and am in relatively good shape... I am not much of a runner. Thank goodness for our Cabot Fit group, the ladies helped keep me moving this summer and didn't let me give up on myself or running.

I was already friends with several of the bloggers, and had even met one in real life a few months ago. By the time I arrived in Maine, I felt like I already knew them all. So introductions were comfortable and it was like I was hanging out with old friends! Katie and Kristina are two of the most genuinely sweet people I have ever met. Robin and Carolyn are both so inspiring they love running so much and both lent me tons of advice before and after the race. Gina is 100% real, she is exactly what I expected her to be like after the past couple of years of reading her blog. I love that about her. Then there are Anne and Monica the two fitness bloggers in the group.... they both so freaking funny in real life, they had me laughing all weekend. At first when I saw the group of team members I was like... huh. This is a mish mash of people. But it worked, and we worked well together. Good job Cabot friends for picking some A+ bloggers!

Photo Credit: Knead to Cook  From Left to Right, Katie, Me, Gina, Carolyn, Kristina and Robin



The first day in Maine we all met at the Higgins Inn and drove up to Candace's house on Spring Cove. (Those of you who follow Cabot on social media know who Candace is.) We got to enjoy drinks and food  with Olympian Gold Medalist and race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson as well as other race organizers. It was quite an honor. I am pretty sure Joan or "Joanie" as everyone calls her may have broken a bone in my hand when she shook it. For a small lady I think she packs a punch!


Friday, we attended the Beach to Beacon 10k press conference with elite runners, Olympians, marathoners, race organizers. I felt pretty special. I was not up on the who is who in running. However some of the other ladies were excited to meet these famous athletes.  After the press conference we visited the Ridley Farm, which is one of 1200 Cabot farms in New England/New York. The family was so gracious and invited us all into their home. It was a gorgeous afternoon on one of the prettiest farms I've been too. We got to visit with three generations all living near by and working on the farm. They answered our questions about cows, milking and the daily grind of running a dairy farm.
From the top, Sara Wing from Cabot, Monica, Anne, Me, Carolyn, Robin, Katie, Gina, Kristina, Nick from Cabot, Becky from the Ridley Farm, on the bottom, Leah Ridley, Becky's kids and Mike.

Left: Gina taking a photo of the goats, Top Right: Anne and her new buddy, Bottom Right: Kristina and the goat.
Kristina on the top Right and that dork on the bottom would be me.
Dinner on Friday night was probably the highlight of my weekend. Candace invited us all back to her home and cooked for us! There was a huge selection of grilled meats, pasta, salads, and best of all a scrumptious Blueberry Peach Pie. It was a laid back evening and I ended the night with a nice walk around the ocean with Monica, Carolyn, Anne and Gina.
Photo Credit: Becky from the Ridley Farm. From the top, Monica, Gina, Mike, Leah, Becky, Robin, Katie, Me, Bottom, Anne, Carolyn Sara
Saturday: Race Day! I didn't sleep well that night... I had been coming down with a cold, I also had nerves about the race so I woke up at 4am! Way to to start a race right? Sleepless and sick. I came so so so close to backing out. I took it one minute at a time that morning. I got up before the sun, and took a drive to find iced coffee. Luckily about 6 miles away I found a Micky D's. Not my first choice... but I needed some iced coffee! Coffee in hand I went for a walk to warm my legs up... It was so peaceful, the only noise was the sound of the waves, I got to sit on the beach and watch some early rising surfers. Once I made it back to the Inn I was a tad more positive. I was going to run despite how yukky I felt.

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The Cabot Fit Team is ready to kick some ass... minus me. I think Carolyn and Kristina are about to knock me out.
 Once I got there I started to get excited, 6,000 people lined up and waited for the start. I started in the back towards the 10min mile markers (I am quite a bit slower than my 7-8min mile friends) At about the one mile point, My team mates were all long long gone and I was dropping behind. I started looking around me and noticed I was in a crowd of people who were either older, out of shape or had knee injuries. I wanted to cry. I had such high hopes of being this speedy runner, getting wicked buff as I trained for this race... so for the first 1-3 miles I was yelling at myself (in my head of course) "Stop being such a flipping pansy, you can do better. KEEP GOING" I wanted to quit, I was coughing every 1/4 mile, my nose was running all over the place... it was just nasty. Then I saw this little old Asian women, clapping on the sidelines saying "HAPPY, HAPPY,HAPPY...." with the biggest smile on her face. So I picked it back and started running. How amazing right? I was in this negative nasty mood, her clapping and cheering "happy happy happy" pushed me to move faster.

I kicked ass Mile 4. Mile 5 I wanted to cry again, a couple hills nothing huge but just big enough to make me want to stop, right when I started to walk going up one of the last hills a complete stranger came up behind me and put her arms around me and said "Come, on you can do this!" It brought tears to my eyes I wanted to hug her and thank her for pushing me. I sprinted the rest of it with everything I had. I finished. My body wanted to die but on the inside I was so incredibly happy that I didn't quit.

Photo credit: Becky from the Ridley Farm
I know to some of you 6.2  miles doesn't sound that hard. Maybe you are a seasoned runner and do marathons without breaking a sweat, or maybe you have never run and don't really know what it takes to complete long distances. Let me tell you something, for someone like me... it's hard. For someone in their 50, 60, 70's it is hard, if you have an injury, or are over weight... it is HARD! I watched some of these people in the back running with me and I was in awe. A man probably 60 years old, about 70 lbs overweight,  a knee brace on.. and he was running. Others had their jaws dropped at the decorated athletes who can run a mile in under 5 minutes. I was most impressed by those who had challenges and still gave it their all... even if that meant 12 minute miles and some pain.

So if you are at home and reading this and are thinking to yourself... I'm not a runner. You are a runner. If you have two legs there is no reason you can't get up and run. I can tell you that even on my worst mornings where I don't want to roll out of bed, once I squeeze that run or other workout in no matter how long it is... I never regret it. I always feel fantastic afterwards, I might hate it while I'm chugging along but I sweat off those grumpy thoughts.


That day after the race we all took a few hours to relax or take a drive into Portland. Katie, Carolyn and I went shopping in the Old Port. It was a gorgeous afternoon and so much fun. Later that night we all met back up and headed to a big Lobster dinner with the elite runners. Everyone got their lobster intake for the weekend. I stuck with chicken!


Sunday morning, I had plans of waking up early and heading back to New Hampshire. I obviously was completely exhausted and slept for the first time in 3 nights, like a rock! I took my morning slow, enjoyed my coffee on the porch of the Inn. Then to my excitement, another blogger I chat with a lot through social media popped over for a visit! She lived down the road so came to have some coffee. Remember Alaina from one of my Coffee Talk blog posts? Those super awesome Snickerdoodle Biscoff Cookie Sandwiches?? Yeah that's her! Look how stinking cute she is... I looked like train wreck, little to no makeup and bad hair!


Once I arrived home, I took it easy the rest of the day. But first thing Monday morning I woke up to a blog post written by Gina... and she had made some Apple Cheddar Bars. All I could think about was apples and cheese. I played around in the kitchen a bit before I came up with this Apple Cheddar Galette with a Greek Yogurt Crust.




The great thing about this crust is that it holds together great, has that yummy buttery taste I love, but it also has a slight tang from the yogurt. For the apples I kept it simple, sliced them thin and sprinkled with only a bit of sugar, then topped the whole thing with shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese. It was seriously good!




Apple Cheddar Galette With a Greek Yogurt Crust

Ingredients:

FOR THE CRUST:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (extra from dusting and rolling)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
1 stick of cold Cabot Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup full fat plain Cabot Greek Yogurt
1-2 tbs milk (if needed)

FILLING/TOPPING:
3 large green apples 
2 tbs sugar
1/4 cup shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl add flour and salt, using a pastry blender or your hands cut butter into the flour until small pea sized bits have formed. Work in the Greek Yogurt until the dough starts to come together. If it is still too dry add in a bit of milk a few drops at time. Give the dough a few gentle kneads and form it into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, using a mandolin slicer (or a sharp knife) slice apples into thin rounds. Remove all seeds and set aside.

On a lightly floured surface roll your dough out until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick.  Try to form the best circle you can. It's a galette so it is supposed to look rustic! 

Transfer dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Arrange apple slices on the top of your dough leaving about a 1 inch boarder. Fold dough ends up over the apple slices holding them all in place.

Sprinkle apples with 2 tbs of granulated sugar. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of cheese around the edges of your crust. 

Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.  

Enjoy it warm with a side of sweetened Cabot Greek Yogurt.


I want to give a huge thanks to everyone that worked so hard on putting the Cabot Fit Team together. Sara, Katie, Caisil, Candace, Nick, Chris THANK YOU!  And a huge thanks to the complete stranger who's hug kept me from quitting.  

(Disclaimer: I was chosen to be on the Cabot Fit Team, Cabot covered my travel, lodging and food expenses as well as sponsored my registration for the race. I was not compensated to write this post, all opinions are 100% my own.) 
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  1. Your strange hugger brought tears to MY eyes! I've been there... ran a 1/2 marathon once (and I'm not really a long-distance runner either). It was quite an accomplishment, but it took a lot to get there and it took a lot to get through the race. Congrats- you did it!!!

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    1. Thank you! I would like to sign up for a half in the spring. Perhaps another 10k this fall. We shall see :)

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  2. I'm training for a half marathon in October. The farthest I've ever run at this point is 6 miles and it is HARD. I am so nervous that I won't be able to do it. I'm counting on the inspiring slower runners (I'm super slow) on inspiring me the day of the race.
    Way to go - I know you were nervous to do this, but you did it!! Super proud of you!

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    1. Seriously, the people in the back of the pack are super inspiring. I could not believe how hard some worked to do the distance. Who cares about time... the fact that you are going to run a 1/2 is so impressive! I'm hoping to do a half in the spring. Let's hope I don't lose this enthusiasm once snow falls!

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  3. Carrie! It was so great to finally meet you this weekend. I seriously wish we could do trips like this all the time, visiting farms, eating cheese & lobster, running and chatting with people we only get to "talk" to over the internet. The running part had me tear up like Lori said (and also laugh at the image of this tiny Asian woman saying "happy, happy, happy" on the sidelines). We are always our own worst enemy when we get inside our heads and tell ourselves we can't do something. So glad you pushed through to finish the race. I'm thinking of some more 10ks for the fall too :)

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    1. I take it you didn't see her haha. I think I actually may have giggled out loud when I heard Happy Happy Happy with her clapping.

      I know of one 5k I am def. doing and hopefully one more 10k before snow fall... and hopefully if I don't get too lazy I can swing a half in the spring.

      It was SO fun to actually meet you in real life, hopefully we see each other again soon. We are only 4ish hours apart I think!

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  4. Seriously, you are inspiring! Thank you for being so raw and sharing your race experience. Isn't it the spirit of runners contagious? The way we encourage each other on the course is what got me hooked to endurance sports. I'm so proud of you for facing your fears despite the circumstances and putting one foot in front of the other. I really feel blessed that I was able to get to know you this weekend Carrie!

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    1. I think you all are the inspiring ones! Thank you for all the advice and tips over the past couple of months! I am SO happy I finished and can't wait to do it again. So glad we got to meet! Maybe someday I'll make it down to FL? ;)

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  5. Carrie, I'm SO proud of you and for you! I'm like you... in complete amazement over the athletic abilities of some of your teammates. But I'm equally as impressed that you set a goal, trained for it, realized the difficulties along the way and STILL pressed on... even when it sucked :)

    Being chosen for the CabotFit team was never about who could run the farthest or fastest. Each of you was chosen for the wonderful presence you are in the online space and the unique perspective and personality you could bring to the team. I'm proud that the team wasn't only marathoners, but regular runners too :) You guys were the perfect mix!!

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    1. Thank you Regan! I wish so much that you could have come up as well! I love that Cabot chose a well rounded group of bloggers to participate from different lifestyles and athletic abilities. Such a fun group ladies!

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  6. Aw, Carrie. That part about someone coming up and giving you a hug and saying you could do it...I sorta wish that had been me! I think you're awesome for gutting it out. It's never easy starting a running plan from the ground up...I have been there. AND you weren't feeling well, AND you were so tired. As far as I am concerned, you rocked it

    I had so much fun hanging out with you, chatting and shopping and just relaxing. We mums of three don't get to do that too often!

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    1. It was a fun time, we so close we need to run together more often!

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  7. You continue to inspire in so many ways!
    So proud of you for just trying!
    My fav grilled food? Pineapple!
    Second fav-eggplant...it turns into this smoky sweet amazingness on a grill.
    -Rayna

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    1. Thank you! Grilled Pineapple YUUUM!

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  8. Yummy crust. I will try it in tomorrow. I think my husband also likes it.

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  9. More apples and cheese and more Cabot recaps :) it is so nice how bloggers connect and if you read through some blogs you feel like friends tell a story together!

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    1. Is there such thing as too much Cabot and Apples? ;)

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  10. Such a fun weekend! Also, this galette sounds splendid!

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    1. Thank you Katrina! It was a fun time.

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  11. What a beautiful post, Carrie! I'm SO proud of you for pushing through that race - and you're right, those who are pushing through in the back of the pack are just as - if not more - inspiring as the elite runners. It was a pleasure to meet you and get to know you better this weekend. I hope our paths cross again sooner than later. :) xo

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    1. Thank you ladies for inspiring me to do it! It was so fun, and I was so happy to meet everyone. I hope we all cross paths again soon.

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  12. p.s. That galette sounds COMPLETELY epic. I need you in my kitchen right now.

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    1. Won't lie... it was pretty delicious ;)

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  13. What a fantastic post - I was following the CabotFit team and just love your honesty that so many of can relate to and CONGRATS! You did it - at some point you realize how much running is a mental activity along with being a physical one. and BTW - your galette looks amazing :)

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    1. Thank you Deanna! It really is a mental activity, I never thought of it as one until this race.

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  14. You did awesome! Love the motivation! It was so great to finally meet you in person! Hopefully we can do it again sometime!

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    1. It was great to meet you! We need to do it again soon. It's not often I meet bloggers/stay at home moms who get me!

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  15. Thank you for this post! I am doing a 10k runDisney and I am freaking! ;) looks lie, you had a great time and I bet you are so happy!

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    1. I had a blast, it was challenging but so rewarding. Good luck at your 10k!

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  16. First of all, this recipe looks divine! I cannot wait to try it. And second, I love your photos. Especially the b&w's from the farm. Gorgeous! So truly great to meet you and I can't wait to see you again soon;)

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    1. Thanks Katie! It was so nice to meet you, can't wait to see you again!!

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  17. I can't wait to make this! Love apples and cheese together! :)

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  18. Looks like you had a blast, Carrie! I am still SO SAD we couldn't connect when I was out there. I got you at a crazy time with the house buying and all... guess you better come to CA sometime soon ;)

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    1. All the more reason for me to visit CA when I am in NH freezing my buns off this winter ;)

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  19. Wow looks like a powerful team. Anyway this post make interesting to eat this crust.

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  20. Way to go, Carrie!!! I was already in awe of you when I was looking at all your IG pics but now to read this post and hear about what you went through, I'm even more amazed. You totally rock. I'm so glad you pushed through the doubts, the cold and the pain and finished. I had no doubt that you would! What an incredible experience. I love all your photos here but my favourite is the one of you lounging on the porch after the race, having a quiet morning to yourself. You looked fabulous the whole trip through - strong, determined and absolutely lovely. Oh yeah, and the galette looks fab too, lol.

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  21. Oh goodness, this galette looks incredible! You seriously combined all of my favorites, I can't wait to taste this beauty :)

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  22. Carrie, I'm so sorry for the delay in commenting on your blog post but I have to say that you were an absolute delight to meet. You did a great job in the race and running, regardless of how long you've been doing it, is always a challenge! I think you rocked it and hope you continue. We all feel like stopping and giving up but its digging deep that makes you different. Hope to see you again really soon! Hugs! oxo Robin

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