Harry & David You Have My Heart

pears

My Grammi sends us a box of Harry & David pears every once in a while for the holidays. Way to go Grammi!! These things are SO soft and juicy, I kid you not, I “Mmmm” after every single bite. And in a rare moment of craving salad this afternoon, I turned to the pears! What we have here is a classic and absurdly delicious holiday salad: mixed greens, toasted walnuts, succulent as $&:@ pears, pomegranate, goat cheese aaaaaand homemade honey mustard dressing. YUM

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I usually reserve salad eating for warmer weather but this was delish! Side of potato leak soup by mom? Couldn’t get any better. Stay tuned for my honey mustard dressing in a later post.

Muhammara: Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Dip [[homemade pitas too!]]

Looks good huh? Yeah, my dog thought so too. A group of girls and I were sitting around this [amazing] bowl of dip, drinkin wine and relaxing when something in the room over caught our attention. Without thinking about it, we left a buffet of Muhammara + Black Bean Hummus + Fresh made Pitas for my miniature dachshund’s taking. Once we settled back into our usual seats, it took about 5 minutes before one of us proclaimed, “Hey! What happened to this dip!?”

This, this is what happened to that dip. My 14 pound dog ate it in about 30 seconds flat! Oh, and all the homemade pitas too. Glad to be of service.

So here’s the recipe I used, it truly is a-maaaazing.

  • 2 red peppers, roasted (or 1 medium jar)
  • 3 plump garlic cloves, roasted
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & black pepper
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • sesame seeds

Cut peppers in half and broil them on high [skin up] for 5 minutes, or until the skin blackens. You can go ahead and put the garlic in the oven too, squeezing out their gooey insides once they’ve browned lightly.

Roasted peppers + garlic, breadcrumbs, walnuts, lemon juice, honey, parsley, spices, s&p go into a food processor and until blended smooth. Drizzle the olive oil in slowly and keep blending until you get a consistency you are happy with.

Taste and adjust salt/honey/lemon juice to your liking. Garnish with parsley and sesame seeds.

Here are the pitas I made, I’ll save the recipe for when I manage to perfect them.

As you can see, the pita is starting to puff up on the left side, but I had difficulty getting them to puff completely. I later read that because I had used half whole wheat flour, I should have supplemented the dough with a bit more water. Next time!