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Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate

Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate

I brought these lamb shanks last week thinking I would cook them around Easter–but we ended up spending the entire easter weekend with my husband’s family, which was fabulous! I didn’t have to worry about a thing {besides the church talk I have to give on Easter Sunday!} But since the lamb shanks had to be used by today, I decided to cook them up for no special reason or occasion… just a regular old tuesday evening {made a little less regular by this delicious dinner!} I know braised meats and pomegranates are often associated with winter time, so this recipe is a little “out of place” but to me, there is no better way to cook lamb shanks–than in a delicious, rich flavorful gravy, that makes the meat so tender it falls right off the bone! I loved the sweet pomegranate with the salty carrots and meat–and it also “dressed it up” adding some much-needed color with the thyme. So if you guys are thinking of making some lamb before it goes out for the Easter season for no special reason at all, or even for a nice, sunday dinner–you guys should give this recipe a go! You will love it.
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Olive Tapenade Devilled Eggs

Olive Tapenade Devilled Eggs

I tried my first ever olive tapenade a few months ago–until then, I had never even heard of one, so for those of you in the same boat, a tapenade is basically a spread consisting of chopped olives or capers or anchovies with olive oil! A reader of mine also commented he uses figs in his, which would be delicious! My mother in law found a pre-made tapenade from costco, spread it on some flat bread and topped it with prosciutto, fresh buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, and we were all obsessed. I have been thinking of ways to use tapenade ever since…. in pretty much everything. 

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Gingered Coconut Carrot Soup

Gingered Coconut Carrot Soup

Carrots are something that I always have on hand — somehow in such abundance that I never know what to do with them, other than feed them to our tiny little hamster, and recently a little bunny that has been hopping all around our yard {the kids go out and feed him, they’re convinced he’s the easter bunny!} Even trying to pawn off carrots on our fury little friends, we still have crazy amounts sitting in our fridge… so I thought i’d use half to make a delicious carrot cake for easter this week, and the other half to make this delicious carrot soup.
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Marinated Lamb Chops with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Marinated Lamb Chops with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Easter is the only time of year they sell lamb in tricities, {where I do my grocery shopping}, so this week I was really excited to make a roast leg of lamb with a classic mint sauce, english roast potatoes and gravy, just like my Mum used to make around Easter. However, when I got to the lamb section, I found minced lamb, lamb chops, lamb shoulder chops, and lamb shanks… pretty much everything besides the leg that I was looking for! So I decided to roll with it, and make something a little different.

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Salmon Burgers with Poached Egg & Avocado Hollandaise

Salmon Burgers with Poached Egg & Avocado Hollandaise

For some crazy reason I always cook for 6, even though only 2 of us actually eat! {My husband counts as half, because he always comes home from work barely hungry, and my 2 kids combined count as another half, because they are super picky!}  So I am often left with a lot of food, and lately I have been finding some delicious, creative ways to use it! A couple of days ago I made salmon cakes and had four left, so I decided to make salmon burgers. I actually ended up loving the burgers more than the original recipe!  I stumbled across an avocado hollandaise from foodandwine that I LOVE! It’s one of those rare recipes that I will find ways to use time and time again. It’s SO much healthier, quicker and simpler to make than a regular hollandaise, and tastes just as good! I also decided to add a poached egg… just because the hollandaise took seconds, and the patties were already made, and I was bored, and felt like getting fancy! You could add asparagus, or even just serve the burgers plain! But the combination was to die for delicious! I hope you guys enjoy.  More