How guys can make the most out of sitting through ‘Labor Day’

In “Labor Day,” an escaped murderer (Josh Brolin) seeks refuge with a New Hampshire mother (Kate Winslet) and her 13-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith) over the long holiday weekend.

On Thursday night, he ties her to a chair. By Monday, they’re packing up to move to Canada as a family.


Somewhere in between, though, he teaches her to make a peach pie in the culinary equivalent of the pottery scene from “Ghost.”

Guys, your girlfriend/wife/mistress will want to see this movie. You will not.

But, odds are, you’re still looking for something to do for Valentine’s Day.

Pay attention during this scene, then use “Labor Day” novelist Joyce Maynard’s family recipe to re-create that scene for your significant other.

Whether you start by tying her to a chair is up to you.


3 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup Crisco vegetable shortening

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon chilled butter, cut into small pieces

1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water

4 tablespoons Minute Tapioca (divided use)

1 beaten egg

1 tablespoon sugar

In a large bowl, combine the peaches, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Stir in 2 tablespoons tapioca to help absorb juices. Let stand, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, work in the shortening and 1 stick of butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the ice water over the flour mixture, stirring gently with a fork. Continue adding the water just until the dough holds together. Shape the dough into a ball and divide it into two discs, one slightly larger than the other.

Place the smaller disc on a sheet of waxed paper and use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, dust it lightly with more flour. Lay a 9- to 10-inch pie pan face down on top of the circle; flip the pan over and remove the paper. On a sheet of waxed paper, roll out the other disc to form a 14-inch circle. Do not roll the dough more than necessary.

Sprinkle the remaining tapioca on the bottom crust. Add the filling, mounding it in the center, and dot with 1 tablespoon butter. Lift the waxed paper with the remaining crust and flip it over the filling. Peel back waxed paper. Trim the edges of the crusts and pinch together the top and bottom crusts. Optional: Roll out the trimmings and cut into decorative shapes. Brush the pie with the egg, and arrange the shapes on the crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Poke fork holes or cut vents in the top crust. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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