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Showing posts with label Valentine's Day recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentine's Day recipes. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb



New Zealand where there are
9.2 sheep for every human
         I’d be hard pressed to remember the last I cooked something this impressive and yet so easy.  I must admit to having approached preparing rack of lamb with a degree of trepidation.  This dish is restaurant territory to me and I associate it with a hefty price tag on menus everywhere.  Truth be told, while not inexpensive, the lamb for 2 was about $18.00. Bless the people of New Zealand for this relative bargain. And bless whoever ‘frenches’ these racks because they involve no trimming at all and can go straight into the pan.  New Zealand lamb accounts for almost 1/3 of all lamb eaten in the US. Australia is by far and away the biggest producer of lamb, responsible for 2/3 of all the lamb imported into this country.  While researching this piece, I was quite surprised to discover lamb is very good for you. Who knew that Lamb is a significant source of omega-3, containing about 50 % the amount found in cod or tuna on an ounce-for-ounce basis ?  Or that lamb contains something called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), that protects the heart?  And it’s a very good source of immunity boosting protein, heart-healthy vitamin B 12 and niacin. Lamb is even listed as one of the World’s Healthiest Foods.  And we haven’t even gotten to how delicious it tastes. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

They may look like brownies to you... but they're Dark Shadows to me.



         Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, here's a perfect Valentine to give your amour.  It's chocolate, of course, because chocolate is said to have aphrodisiac properties.  Going back to the Aztecs, there’s been a link drawn between the cocoa bean and desire. But even if you're cynical about that connection, see if you don't find this description irresistible: " The following recipe is what happens when chocolate is used to its fullest capacity: dark, rich squares of buttery sweetness, wrapped in underpinnings of vanilla, are interrupted with miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips.” Take it from one who has eaten one of these superb treats: they’re almost as good as you-know-what.  Not quite. But almost.