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You've heard of the four tastes - sweet, salty sour and bitter. Chef Holly Smith, owner of Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, introduces the fifth taste sensation, umami, and how you can experience it with a pear salad.

CAFE JUANITA D ANJOU PEAR SALAD
By Chef Holly Smith

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:
2 large pears (look for medium ripeness)
1/3 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
1 2 t. fresh chopped thyme
Approximately 2 oz. white truffle oil or extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon (more or less to taste)
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh parmigiano reggiano cheese, peeled with vegetable peeler
* Additional shaves of Parmesan for garnish

Directions:
~ Slice pears 1/8th inch thick and place in mixing bowl with pine nuts, thyme and Parmesan
~ Dress with white truffle oil, lemon juice and salt
~ Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary with salt or lemon for acidity
~ Place on chilled plates, garnish with fresh curls of parmesan and if you re feeling extravagant, a drizzle of white truffle oil

*** Please use only parmigiano reggiano for this recipe, no domestic parmesan!

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