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Loads O' Lamb 
Jan. 11, 2013 9:24 am 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2013 4:27 pm
Earlier this year, one of my coworkers wanted to buy a lamb but wanted to be sure that she could pick it up from the butcher as an entire carcass, not cut up into individual portions of chops or stew meat or ground lamb. I assured her that would not be a problem. They wanted their lamb immediately, but sadly, all the lambs had just gone down the road a few weeks earlier and I told her we wouldn't be able to accomodate her request until around January. "Well, put me on the list!" she said. Duly noted. Done and done.

Last week, my husband went to his Uncle P's place and picked up our 2 lambs and hauled them down the road to our scheduled butcher shop appointment. While I was at work, I let my friend know that I'd need to forward her phone number to the butcher so they'd call her when the lamb was ready. Here's where things got a little funny. "Ummm...Let me call my mother in law and see if she still wants it. I'll get back to you before the night is out." As fate would have it, I haven't seen her since.

This morning, the butcher called. Seems the lamb has been hanging all week and is ready to process. I guess I've got two lambs now to make an order for. Lest you think this is a bad thing, I can assure you, its not! I could eat lamb every day. My husband, not so much. He had never even eaten lamb until he met me.( I am sure that in itself is a crime, although I am not sure what he should be charged with.) Now I am just literally spinning thoughts in my head of Braised Lamb Shanks, Marinated Lamb Chops, Moroccan Lamb Burger, Rack of Lamb....Ahhhh! Life is good! I simply cannot wait to get that call next week that my lamb is ready to pick up!

YIKES! But, of course there is a downside to this stroke of luck! Now I've got to go clean my freezer. Where am I going to store all this wonderful stuff!

Signing off. Gonna go bury my head in the deep freeze.
Jan. 11, 2013 9:32 am
I envy you your problem! For a whole lamb, I would gladly chuck out half of the stuff in my freezer! At least the processed food half. The beef, pork and chicken I keep. I am particularly interested in trying braised lamb shanks, but I have to find a source. It isn't something you see in the stores around here.
Jan. 11, 2013 9:40 am
I have my Dad's braised lamb shanks recipe that is "Too Die For!" I might share it if you find some lamb shanks!
Jan. 11, 2013 10:30 am
Doc, you might try talking to your butcher. Even in the big chain stores, they seem to bend over bacckward to fill your wants. I've even gotten dandelion greens from my chain grocer.
Jan. 11, 2013 10:32 am
Even if I can't spell, I'm sure you know what I mean.
Jan. 11, 2013 11:39 am
Thanks cliff4d!
Jan. 11, 2013 4:27 pm
I wish we were closer! I love lamb and around here the prices are legalized robbery.
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Growing up, my folks owned a restaurant. I loved to cook with my Dad. These are some of my fondest memories of spending time with him. He always made us each order a different dish when we went out to eat. We would then have a sample of whatever every one else was eating. It was OK if you didn't like it but you had to at least try it. Ahhh, those were the days. Now I am a nurse. I live on a farm and in my spare time I love to cook, quilt and raise bees. I love having fresh honey, farm raised beef and our own vegetable garden. Life is good!
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In the summer, I love to grill outdoors. During the winter, I like making soups, stews, roasts and just about anything that catches my eye. I am always trying new recipes. I'd love to have a large area to entertain friends and family, but my cozy little kitchen will seat 6 comfortably and 8 if we suck in our bellies and don't eat too much!
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I always loved cooking for Christmas when my grandmother was still alive and all of the Aunts, Uncles and Cousins would come over. There is something about 10 women in a kitchen catching up on all of the family news and reminiscing about the old days that is just amazing.
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Thanksgiving turkey the first year I was married to my husband was a triumph. Mostly because I made it and then hauled it to another house several miles down the road and it was still delicious. I've also mastered pretzel bread and Canadian Cheese Soup from Le Cellier at Disney. (The last two recipes are my husband's favorite!)
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Those will go with me to my grave!
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