Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How I Spent My Labor Day Weekend ~ Recipe Included

Labor Day Weekend--a three day, late summer holiday.  A holiday held most especially dear by laborers such as plumbers.  So it was with a heavy heart (and anticipation of a light(er) wallet) that I watched our kitchen sink labor to empty itself and then completely give up the effort late Friday evening.  Surely it would drain by Saturday morning and we'd manage to successfully deal with the clog.  No, it was still filled with water as the sun rose.  Andrew said we'd manage and call a plumber on Tuesday.  What?!!  He envisioned schlepping anything that needed water, washing and emptying to the basement for the long, long (and getting longer) weekend.  To make this long, annoying, costly story shorter, I'll cut to the chase and say we called the plumber.  He came.  He unclogged.  He left the bill.  We got on with the weekend.

The weather was ideal.  A little rain.  A lot of sunshine.  Mid-70s.

We invited friends over for hamburgers on the grill (grass fed beef from Whole Foods) accompanied by a  platter of heirloom tomatoes, sliced Vidalia onions and romaine lettuce and oven "fries" of sweet and Idaho potatoes.  Stefan did the potatoes and tended the grill.  Andrew made dessert.  I made the appetizer and we enjoyed being able to leisurely visit with our guests on the porch and nibble on this--my contribution:

(A variation on an Elle Krieger recipe)

4 teaspoons of pomegranate molasses or
3/4 cup pomegranate juice reduced 
1/2 cup walnuts
3 tablespoons unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (16-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (or to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt to taste

If using the pomegranate juice, which I did, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until it is reduced to about three tablespoons.  This takes about eight minutes.  Cool.  It will be thick.

Lightly toast the walnuts in a 325 degree oven for two to three minutes.  Cool.

Place the walnuts and bread crumbs into the food processor and process until finely ground.  Add the pomegranate juice, lemon juice, red peppers and seasonings and process until smooth.  With the processor on, add the olive oil.  Season with salt to taste.  

Serve with chips of your choice.  We like the corn chip "scoopers" or pita crisps.

This can be made a day ahead.  It doesn't separate but may be a slightly  juicy around the sides.  Just stir and it's fine.  



  1. That dip sounds wonderful; I am always looking for anything to do with roasted pepper and this recipe I am saving. Thank you.

  2. at least your problem gave the plummer a labor to do on the labor day week end. we have had that happen to us twice in the 20 years we have been in this house. the first time was 2 hours before we were having our SS school class for our Christmas party. the sink was full and would not run out. talk about FUN. i know the bill was not fun for you either. ours was not

  3. Other than the plumbing situation, It sounds like a wonderful weekend. Carla

  4. is the worst!!! Your bbq sounded yummy though.

  5. We always seem to have plumbing issues...I think we have a toilet gremlin who puts random objects down it while we sleep.

  6. Sorry to hear about the sink--seems like there is always something to deal with.
    But at least your weekend turned out grand.


  7. I love the way your pepper dip sounds. I love the flavor of bell peppers, so I know this dip would be high on my list. I hope you are having a great day. I'm sure the plumber enjoyed Labor Day :-). Blessings...Mary

  8. Sounds like a good weekend in spite of the plumber's visit!

  9. Yum on the recipe! Sorry you had plumbing problems. But I love the way your weekend ended with a simple laid back time of grilling with friends. Nothing like that.

  10. flytologIsn't it just always the case that when you get sick or have a plumbing or power emergency, it is always on a Friday or the first day of a holiday!! I am so glad that your emergency was only a sink and you managed to find a plumber to come out on holiday. But I bet you apid almost double. Nevertheless, I would have done the same thing. You cannot have an unusable sink on a hoiday with guests coming!!

  11. Wow---the Pepper Dip sounds delicious... Seeing the picture made my mouth water!!!! ha...

    Sorry about your clog---but glad you got it fixed. We have a fireplace fan which needs replacing --so hubby is busy working on that today... (Not sure he can do it--but he's gonna try!!! The service call is $95 to do it--yipes!!!)

    Your dinner sounds wonderful. I love burgers on the grill.

  12. Ooh, a clogged sink. NO FUN!!!

    Your dip recipe sounds really delicious. I'm a dip and chip kinda gal. I'll take that over cookies or sweets any day of the week. So, I'm always in the mood to discover new dips.

    You mentioned Mrs. Miniver...yes, you always wish the ending was different. Actually, I feel that way about SO many movies!!! If someone put a gun to my head and MADE me choose my favorite movie, it would probably be Madame X...and I SO wish the ending was different.

    Oh, I'm glad you like my music. I can't get enough of those Big Band sounds or the velvet voice of Frank Sinatra.

    Have a lovely rest of the day.


  13. That sounds like a perfect weekend, minus the clog. I love love love the smell of a grill going. I've never heard of roasted pepper dip, but it sure looks good!

  14. It sounds like overall you had a great never fails that at least something will go wrong though! And thank you for sharing such a great dip recipe. This would be great for entertaining!

  15. Glad you had a nice weekend (minus the clog of course!) The pepper dip looks really good- I've never seen pomegranate molasses!


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