The creator of the award-winning Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle, Kurt Beecher Dammeier knows that great food begins with the highestquality ingredients prepared simply,so their natural, intense flavors shine through. In this, his first cookbook, you’ll discover that meals based on great raw materials require fewer ingredients,take less time to prepare, are healthier for you and your family, and taste phenomenal.In Pure Flavor,Kurt shares more than 125 favorite recipes from his popular gourmet food shops and restaurant. This is fresh food that celebrates the quintessentially American flavors of the Pacific Northwest region that Kurt calls home. He shows you how pan-searing locally grown broccoli brings out its unique flavor, how an outstanding aged American Cheddar turns a bowl of tomato soup into ameal to remember, how a simple marmalade sauce can effortlessly enliven pork chops, and how asplash of light vinaigrette punctuated with lemon and basil makes any fresh fish shine. Here are recipes for everything from a winning weekend breakfast dish of Apple-Hazelnut Waffles with Northwest Berry Syrup to hearty dinners like Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese.Kurt knows where to find plump Washington cherries, crunchy Oregon hazelnuts,and fresh Puget Sound salmon and encourages home cooks to explore the culinary bounties of their area. He even includes helpful sidebars that demystify food terms, explaining the difference between Dungeness and peekytoe crabs,farmed and wild salmon, and “natural”and “organic.” Whether it’s the sweet-tart bite of a juicy blackberryor the pungent tang of awonderful blue cheese, natural and fresh flavors can be discovered anywhere. With stunning photography and irresistible recipes, Pure Flavor will inspire you to seek out America’s pure flavors, wherever you live.
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Pure Flavor125 Fresh All-American Recipes from the Pacific Northwest
By Kurt Beecher Dammeier
Clarkson PotterCopyright © 2007 Kurt Beecher Dammeier
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golden beet salad
Serves 4 to 6
Salads need not focus on the lettuce. Here the greens take a back seat to vibrant golden beets. The salty, creamy blue cheese and the crunchy walnuts complement the sweet beets. Roasting the beets in water prevents them from drying out.
• 1 1/4 pounds golden beets, trimmed and rinsed
• 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/4 teaspoon whole-grain or Dijon mustard
• 1 ounce spinach leaves or baby spinach, sliced (about 1 cup)
• 3 tablespoons toasted walnuts
• 1 ounce blue cheese, crumbled (1/4 cup)
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Place the beets in a roasting pan and add water to a depth of ½ inch. Cover the pan with foil and bake until the beets are easily pierced with a fork, about 1 ½ hours. Set the beets aside until they are cool enough to handle. Peel and rinse off any pieces of skin. Slice the beets into ½-inch-thick rounds, and then cut them into ¼-inch-thick sticks. Let the beets cool to room temperature.
Toss the beets with the rice vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil and mustard and toss with the spinach. Garnish with the toasted walnuts and crumbled blue cheese.
Make Ahead: You can roast the beets up to 3 days in advance; toss them just before serving.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The recipes are easy to follow and taste delicious! My friends always ask where I get my recipes from- this is the book. The Artichoke Spread is always a hit at get-togethers, and the Lemon Risotto is my go-to recipe to freshen up our dinner menu.
This is such a great book. I've made many of the recipes and have had many people request that I make some over and over again; the Breakfast Strata is one of them. It is easily adaptable to many other ingredients. I especially like the Cheese section, which is very informative and helps in making substitutions to many recipes not just in this book.
I have made several recipes from this book. All have been excellent!!