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Lamb Jalfrezi

Jalfrezi is an Indian dish that can range from mildly spicy to eye-watering. After not being able to tolerate spicy foods growing up, I trained myself to eat very spicy foods. That said, this recipe has nice heat without causing tears or needing a tissue. If lamb isn’t available, substituting some chuck roast would also work well.

We used our handy tagine for this recipe, but it will cook just as well in a crock pot. Enjoy with cauliflower rice, a cool cucumber salad, or on its own! Continue reading

Bacon-wrapped Lamb Roast

When I was a young girl, my parents served lamb with mint jelly literally every time we had it. Plus, the lamb was often overcooked. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) Of course, I didn’t realize that at the time. I thought lamb was supposed to be like that; and the mint jelly actually helped counteract the bland, dry, chewiness of it.

Lamb can be so much more, though. From lamb chops to lamb shanks, there are a variety of preparations and flavor combinations that work with this delightful meat. This roast recipe is super simple, moist, and delicious. Plus, it looks super fancy and feels very appropriate for a big holiday dinner with lots of friends and family.

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Lamb-Wrapped Asparagus

Last week, we created a recipe for Baeckeoffe, and we had a few pounds of pork shoulder, lamb shoulder, and beef chuck remaining. We froze the beef, but decided to use our handy meat slicer to make thinly slices of the pork and lamb. Stir fry! That’s what we would do with the pork. Easy. Deciding what to do with the lamb was less so.

By Saturday, I knew we had to use the lamb—or else it might spoil. So, as I wandered through Costco, I searched for inspiration. It came when I saw the asparagus. Bacon-wrapped asparagus is amazing. Why not try it with lamb? I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Plus, it’s simple, but looks quite fancy. You’re friends definitely will be impressed. So, I highly recommend it for a dinner party!

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Baeckeoffe (Laundry Day Stew)

Even in warm weather, Heather and I are big fans of stews. Our time in Germany introduced us to many hearty recipes, and during our travels we came across this recipe as well. We had heard of it before, but never made it ourselves. While we didn’t order this at any restaurants, we came home determined to make it ourselves.

This “laundry day” stew has an interesting background, originating from the Alastian region of France, which borders Germany. According to Wikipedia, “women would prepare this dish on Saturday evening and leave it with the baker to cook in his gradually cooling oven on Sunday while they attended the lengthy Lutheran church services once typical to the culture.” Some versions even called for making this with quartered pigs feet—we love cooking with pig feet (talk about gelatinous broth) but left it out for those who either can’t, or don’t, want to use them in the kitchen. This stew is very filling and is a winner cold or warm. Let us know how you like it!

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Heat things up with Paleo Grilling: Review & Recipe

TIP: Make sure you read all the way to the bottom because we’re giving away a copy of this hot commodity!

A grill in the backyard, filling the air with sweet and savory smoke foretelling of delicious meats, veggies, and more to eat has been a staple of summer in our families. That being said, at our house, grilling is a year-round cooking option. We love to grill our food, whether it’s hot and sticky or cold and dry outside or anywhere in between. Just thinking about a grill makes me drool.

We couldn’t wait to get a copy of Paleo Grilling by Tony Federico and Chef James Phelan (with a forward by Amy Kubal). Published earlier this summer, this book is the perfect compliment to any bookshelf of healthy cookbooks. Did you get yours? If not, keep reading—we’re going to give you a shot to win a copy!
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Fancy Homemade Burgers

Are you ready for fancy homemade burgers? We hope so! We love burgers, all kinds of burgers. Regular beef burgers. Salmon burgers. Bacon burgers. Matt and Stacy’s 50/50 burgers. Bison burgers. I could go on, but you might get bored. So, instead, I’m just going to tell you about our latest experiment so we can get down to business: sharing with you a recipe for fancy homemade burgers!

A couple weekends ago, I was hankering for burgers but Brent was simply not in the mood for more beef. (Admittedly, it had been a week of steak, chili and roast beef.)  So, we were staring at the selections of meats available at our local Whole Foods, hungry and indecisive. Finally, he grabbed ground pork, ground veal, and ground lamb. My eyes lit up. I couldn’t wait to get home and put them together.

This recipe seems “fancy” because, growing up in my house, veal and lamb were special foods for special occasions. But these fancy homemade burgers are actually quite simple to make! We hope you’ll enjoy this casual and delicious new twist on an old favorite.
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Cocoa Curry Lamb Shanks

I’m excited to share with you today’s recipe of curry lamb shanks. One of our goals of 2014 was to go out more often; Heather works in sales, and I work two jobs, so the majority of the time for the past two years, when we were home, we just wanted to do nothing. That is all well and good, but I decided we needed to resurrect the date night, especially after our engagement in December.

Our first date night of the year was at Old Ebbitt’s Grill, also the oldest restaurant in DC. I had the lamb shank, and it was absolutely amazing. The next time we went with friends, a few weeks later, Heather had the shank and felt the same way. Having been inspired by that dinner and our friend Russ’s new book The Ancestral Table (Did you get it yet? Here’s our review.) and it’s Lamb Tagine recipe, we crafted this lamb shank recipe. We think you’ll really enjoy it. Plus, my parents were cool enough to get us a tagine for Christmas, so it gave us a fun excuse to break it out. Don’t worry, if you’re without a tagine, a dutch oven will suffice.
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