A journal of sorts.

I am an avid photographer with a love for digital processing. The Bearded One and I have become "Townies" once again and are in the process of transforming our suburban nest into a peaceful refuge.
This blog is where I like to stash things. An assortment of random thoughts, a recipe or two, a few of my favorite photos, and the processing thereof.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lamb chops for two... 6 days and counting, Wednesday on the Bay

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Tonight's Dinner

Cottage Living

We have lamb in the freezer thanks to good friend Pat Labine of Oyster Bay Farm. She raises some of the best lamb I've ever eaten. The Bearded One had gotten some chops out for dinner.

Lamb chops for Two


  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 lamb chops (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter


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  1. In a small bowl or cup, mix together the rosemary, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Rub this mixture onto the lamb chops on both sides. Place them on a plate, cover and set aside for 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place lamb chops in the skillet, and cook for about 3 1/2 minutes per side for medium rare, or continue to cook to your desired doneness. Remove from the skillet, and keep warm on a serving platter.
  3. Add shallots to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes, just until browned. Stir in vinegar, scraping any bits of lamb from the bottom of the skillet, then stir in the chicken broth. Continue to cook and stir over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. If you don't, the sauce will be runny and not good. Remove from heat, and stir in the butter. Pour over the lamb chops, and serve.

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This really turned out well. The balsamic reduction sauce was amazing, although I had to substitute chopped onion with a little garlic for the shallots this time. We had some leftover brown rice and I roasted some beets from the garden. Topped it off with a small glass of Trader Joe's $2.49 finest Cabernet... Perfection.

A little Art...

These rusty sand dollars were spotted along the way at work. They fit in well next to the Sound. Great idea...

Sand dollars

Until next time...


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