Disclosure: I’m so happy to be able to give you all a peek into Simply Scratch. Thanks for letting me share this beautiful cookbook with you!
If you’ve been hanging around these parts for a while, then you know my motto with respect to cooking: everything can be improved with alcohol.
Wait! No! I’m kidding.
Instead, what I meant to say is that I firmly believe that using real, whole and fresh ingredients is the cornerstone to creating delicious tasting meals. It’s something that I’m truly passionate about. And it’s one of the main reasons that I started this blog in the first place.
Today, I’m proud to be part of a community of so many like-minded individuals who are similarly committed to making and sharing quality recipes. Individuals who have become not just my colleagues, but also my friends. One of those individuals is Laurie McNamara.
Laurie’s blog has been a favorite of mine for years now. Her recipes are always on point. And she is the absolute master of the process shot. Seriously. Go and peak at any single one of her posts and you’ll see just what I mean. Laurie documents almost every single step in the making of a recipe, so you know EXACTLY how things should look. She makes cooking feel do-able and 100% approachable.
When Laurie announced that her debut cookbook, Simply Scratch: 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy, was coming out this Fall, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I knew her cookbook would be a winner. And guess what? I was totally right.
Simply Scratch is filled with gorgeous photos, easy to follow recipe instructions and plenty of little anecdotes from Laurie’s life (which I love to read because I’m nosey!) that will make you feel like Laurie is right there in the kitchen with you. And I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how uncomplicated and unfussy her recipes are. News flash: you absolutely DON’T have to spend a million hours in the kitchen to make meals completely from scratch!
One of my favorite chapters in Simply Scratch is the one on Condiments and Staple Pantry Items. Full disclosure: this is an area where I sometimes take shortcuts in my own kitchen. But Laurie now has me convinced that I absolutely need to be making my own ketchup and seasoning blends at home!
Today I’m sharing Laurie’s recipe for Roasted Beets with Parsley Pesto Vinaigrette. Roasted beets are one of my favorite vegetables and Laurie jazzes them up just enough here with a flavorful parsley, scallion and walnut pesto, a little red wine vinegar and a sprinkling of chopped pistachios and flaky sea salt. It’s a colorful, simple side dish that is totally worthy of your Holiday table.
I’m also super excited to be able to give away a copy of Simply Scratch to one lucky Floating Kitchen reader! Scroll down past the recipe to check out all the details of the giveaway and enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck! Update: This giveaway has ended and a winner has been selected. Thanks to all who participated!
This recipe was reprinted from Simply Scratch by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2015, Laurie McNamara.