Tasty Tuesday: Herbed Leg of #Lamb #dinner #recipe

img_2072I was a good girl, most of the time, and played by the rules and obeyed my parents. So when my dad told me that I had to use mint jelly on my lamb I refused to eat it. Why? Because while I like mint in tiny doses, I do not like it in jelly form. So it wasn’t until I met my future mother-in-law that I discovered that I really, truly love lamb.

The difference was that she didn’t even put mint jelly on the table. Instead, she made gravy from the juices, and such a lovely, rich gravy lamb makes, too.

Which all started me thinking about how my story characters might react to varying a favorite or a detested recipe. Switching things up on them might make some interesting dialogue and provide new insights into their personality.

So for today, I’m sharing my herbed leg of lamb which is very simple to prepare and delicious – or at least I and my family think it is. Note that I do not cook with salt, so if you really need it, you can add a pinch but I’d recommend trying it without first. We just enjoyed this the other night for dinner, along with roasted potatoes and a green bean/carrot mix of veggies. Followed by fresh baked brownies and vanilla ice cream. Everyone walked away happy according to the smiles and thanks. Enjoy!

Herbed Leg of Lamb

img_2069~1 Tablespoon minced garlic

~1/2 Tablespoon crushed rosemary leaves

~1/2 Tablespoon oregano leaves

~1 teaspoon Thyme leaves

~1/2 teaspoon ground sage

1 Tablespoon peanut oil

½ Tablespoon olive oil

Sesame oil (a few drops)

3-5 lb boneless leg of lamb

Mix all of the above ingredients except lamb to combine. (Note: Feel free to use other herbs you’d prefer if you don’t like any of those listed. I’d be sure to use the garlic, though.) Adjust the quantities to suit your taste as to which flavor(s) are strongest.

img_2070Rub seasonings onto surface of the lamb in a roasting pan or game dish. I don’t use a rack but you can if you’d prefer.

Place in a 325 deg F oven and roast until internal temperature reaches at least 160 deg F (medium/medium rare). For planning purposes, figure 30 min to the pound but check. I pull it out at that point and my hubby takes over to make gravy (I am not as proficient at that as he is!). Leftover lamb, if there is any, can then be reheated with the gravy and served over rice, or diced into curry or other dishes if not cooked to well done at this stage.

In theory, based on my attempts/observations, to make the gravy pour the essence from the roasting pan into a skillet and heat to a boil. Sprinkle with flour to thicken to a paste. Thin slowly with hot water until desired consistency, stirring frequently to eliminate lumps.

Slice the lamb and serve with gravy (or mint jelly…) and enjoy.

My mother-in-law taught me so much about cooking and entertaining which has served me well all my adult life. (My own mother passed away in 1989.) I miss her so much! That’s one reason I enjoy cooking, because it brings up memories of doing so with other family members, including my mothers, my father, and my children.

Are you like me and enjoy lamb? Or is there another food you didn’t like until you discovered a different way to prepare it?

Next week, I’ll feature another author and her recipe for a good story! See you then!

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Betty

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When architect Meredith Reed inherits her family’s plantation after the devastating loss of her own family, she must choose how to move on with her life. Keep the plantation? Not a good idea. Sell it? Better. Turn it into a memorial park? Better yet. But can she go against her family traditions and the hunky but irate lawyer?

Max Chandler needs two things to complete his life plan: become a senior partner and find his soul mate. He’s due a promotion once his legislation to protect the county’s historic properties is approved. The wife part he finds more challenging, having never met the right woman. If only the talented, attractive, aloof Meredith didn’t want to destroy the very property he cherishes.

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Tasty Tuesday: Oatmeal #Bread #recipe from #romance #author Michele Stegman

Ready for another Tasty Tuesday featuring a tempting bread recipe by author Michele Stegman? I haven’t made bread in a while but this oatmeal bread recipe has me itching to do some kneading. Tell us more about this recipe, Michele.


breadAll my heroes love bread. Maybe that’s because my own personal hero, my husband, Ron, and I both love bread. I make it two or three times a week and use a variety of recipes, sometimes making up my own.

In my book, Fortune’s Pride, the hero and heroine are at odds, but he starts caving because she makes such wonderful bread.

Let me tell you a little bit about bread. I often wondered why the Israelites didn’t have time to let their bread rise before their exodus from Egypt and had to make unleavened bread instead. It only takes a couple of hours for bread to rise. Why couldn’t they have made it while getting packed up? Reading up about yeast I learned that getting bread to rise before standardized yeast came along was quite time consuming. It could also be hit or miss.

Before the 20th century, yeast was obtained either from the beer brewing process or was a piece of dough kept from the previous batch of bread as a sour dough starter. Both could be contaminated with bacteria or wild yeast (there are about 1,500 species) and give bread a poor flavor or just fail to rise. And the yeast was slow. Women had to mix up their bread the night before, let it rise all night, and then make bread the next day.

It wasn’t until World War II that Fleischmann’s developed dry, standardized yeast. You know, those little ¾ ounce packets sold in the baking aisle. Well, I buy my yeast by the pound and right now have about five pounds of it in the house. Yeah, I make a lot of bread.

Sometimes I am in a hurry and make buttermilk bread from the Betty Crocker cookbook—less than two hours, start to finish. Other times I make an artisan bread, one of those loaves that rise overnight and then have to rise again the next day for two or three hours before baking. But, oh my! That bread it worth it!

Oatmeal bread is one of our favorites. Since I can never stop myself from changing recipes, here is my version of Oatmeal Bread from the cookbook More With Less by Doris Janzen Longacre:

Combine in a large bowl:

1 c quick oats

1 c whole wheat flour

½ c brown sugar

2 t salt

2 T margarine

Pour over:

2 c boiling water

Stir to combine and let cool to lukewarm.

Dissolve:

1 package (almost 1 Tablespoon) dry yeast in 1 c warm water.

When batter is cooled, add the yeast mixture to it.

Stir in:

About 5-8 cups bread flour, enough to make a stiff dough.

Knead on floured board until tough enough to spring back when poked.

Place in greased bowl and let rise until doubled (about 1 to 1 ½ hours). Punch down and let it rise again.

Shape into two loaves and place into two 9x5x3 inch bread pans.

Let rise for about ½ hour. Watch carefully! This last rise happens fast.

Just before baking, slash the top with a sharp knife. Very important!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes. The bread should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Betty! I enjoyed talking about one of my favorite things—bread.

fortunespride2500Fortune’s Pride

As long as no one knows who Irish really is, she will be safe. But Tyrus Fortune seems determined to uncover all her secrets. Can she fully love him without revealing her true self to him? But if she does, will it also put him and his family in danger?

Tyrus Fortune returns home after two years determined to unmask the woman who has found her way into the hearts of his family. He is sure she is a fraud—until he begins to fall in love with her. Now he only wishes she will trust him with her secrets and her love so they can face the future together.

10151971_633987283679_4716031159509436_n-2Michele Stegman has loved history all her life. She lives in an 1840’s log cabin with her husband, Ron, and enjoys spinning wool into yarn then using it for her weaving or knitting projects. She has learned to make her own soap and bakes her own bread.

Although Fortune’s Pride is a sequel to Fortune’s Foe, each book can be read alone.

Visit www.MicheleStegman.com for information on her other books and to read excerpts. Or connect with her on Twitter or on Facebook.


Oatmeal bread may end up my all-time favorite bread to make! Thanks so much for sharing that recipe with me, Michele. And of course, the story sounds intriguing as well! Do you all love bread? Or is there another food that calls your name?

Betty

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Tasty Tuesday: Herbed Green Beans #vegetables #sidedish #recipe from #romance #author Lynn Crandall

Time for another Tasty Tuesday featuring a wonderful and healthy side dish recipe by author Lynn Crandall. I think you’ll really enjoy her alternative to the traditional green bean casserole. I’ll give it a try! Okay, Lynn, you’ve got the floor.

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It’s early November, but can you feel it? The winter holidays are coming and what they mean to us individually is beginning to sift through the daily routine of your lives. There may be a tinge of heaviness and dread tinting our emotions about gathering with family. But if you’re lucky, there’s primarily anticipation, joy, and feelings of good will.

For Fierce Hearts series character were-lynx Kennedy Mitchell, the holidays have never meant anything special. Her adoptive parents gave her no sense of a family. Instead, they trained her to follow in their criminal footsteps, robbing her of healthy emotions and trust.

But a year ago, life changed for her when she was rescued by a colony of were-lynxes who now are her made family, who love her and support her for who she is. In Snowbound, a story in the Captured by Christmas anthology, for the present holiday season, Kennedy and fellow were-cat and lover Asher Monroe are planning the holiday of her dreams. In a beautiful cabin in the woods, Kennedy, Asher, and the other colony members are preparing a Christmas with glistening snow, twinkly lights, and delicious Christmas foods prepared together.

In my family, the holiday table is filled with traditional dishes and plenty of sweet treats. But the were-lynxes live very consciously, treating all life with respect. They eat healthy foods and occasionally enjoy the good stuff, such as Christmas cookies with colorful icing, chocolate peanut butter balls, and pumpkin pie. For Kennedy, this Christmas meal is another important aspect of her dream holiday. She and the other were-cats have traditional dishes planned, but some with twists. For instance, the fruit salad will feature persimmons, apples, and pomegranate seeds, sans whip cream and sugar. And instead of the traditional green bean casserole, they’ll eat Green Beans with Herb Dressing. This tasty and healthful version of bean casserole may appeal to your family’s wild side and set a new tradition.

Green Bean with Herb Dressing

Ingredients:

6 green onions, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

1/3 cup of olive oil

3 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon dry mustard

¼ teaspoon dried basil

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

2 pounds of fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped

Directions:

  1. In medium  bowl, mix green onions, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, basil, oregano, marjoram, and pepper.

  2. Place green beans in a steaming basket. Steam in a medium saucepan over boiling water for 5 minutes, or to desired tenderness.

  3. Place green beans in a medium serving dish. Pour dressing mixture over the beans and mix.

You’ll taste the healthy and it will be scrumptious!

captured-by-christmas-cover-ebookAbout Captured by Christmas, a Christmas Anthology

It’s Christmas, and the season of holly, Christmas trees, and goodwill is drifting on the air in merry holiday wishes. Romantic suspense and paranormal author Lynn Crandall and contemporary author Lainee Cole present in their own way two stories of love in Captured by Christmas. However it finds you—under a Christmas tree or drifted in snow in a backwoods cabin—the spirit of the season will wrap you in love.

In Snowbound, Lynn Crandall lets readers check in on favorite Fierce Hearts series were-lynx characters Kennedy Mitchell and Asher Monroe as they uncover the identity of the creature scaring the humans in Octavia, a small rural community in northern Michigan. Plans for an intimate getaway and family-style holiday are crumbling as the snow piles higher and Kennedy and Asher find themselves snowbound with a killer outside their door.

In The Mistletoe Effect, Christmas is second-grade teacher Tess McCall’s least favorite holiday, but she’s doing her best not to let it show. Learning he’s a father to seven-year-old Holly makes Alex Randle anxious about the upcoming holidays. When Tess’s class starts reading to shelter dogs, Holly and the antics of shelter dog Mistletoe lead them all to rediscover the magic of Christmas.

lynn-crandall-picLynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don’t back down.

Visit http://lynn-crandall.com/ to get to know Lynn and find out more about her books.

 


The green beans sound really yummy and the stories just as delicious! Thanks, Lynn, for swinging by and jumpstarting the holiday menu planning, around my house at least. What do you all think? Worth a try? Will your family enjoy the switch up for the holiday dinner?

Betty

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