Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

March is a Lamb

It's finally March -- it's been a long winter and this, the first day of March is supposed to come in like a . . .

We're hopeful that the winter weather is finally behind us. That warmth will come with March and that March will truly come in like a lamb! With warmth and sunshine -- without clouds and snow and wind.

To help March along, we like to feast on lamb for this, the first day of March. A rack of lamb seems fitting after the winter we've had. Although a bit pricey, it's an easy meal to prepare and if there's nice fresh asparagus in the market, it's the perfect "almost spring" meal. Whether or not the weather outside is lionlike or lamblike, inside Linderhof, the first day of March is definitely a lamb!

I like to use Ina Garten's rack of lamb recipe. It's easy, it's good and it turns out perfect every time.


1 1/2 T. salt
2 T. minced fresh rosemary leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. Dijon mustard
1 T. balsamic vinegar
2 racks of lamb, frenched

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the salt, rosemary and garlic until they're as finely minced as possible. Add the mustard and balsamic vinegar and process for 1 minute. Place the lamb in a roasting pan with the ribs curving down and coat the tops with the mustard mixture. Allow to stand for 1 hour at room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 450.

Roast the lamb for exactly 20 minutes for rare or 25 minute for medium rare. Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then cut into individual ribs (we like 2 ribs attached per serving) and serve.


Pondside said...

Mmmmm - the only thing better might be lamb on the barbecue. Must look for asparagus tomorrow..........

Allie and Pattie said...

That looks beautiful, Martha. I've actually been working on an asparagus post- spring lamb is the perfect complement
xoxo Pattie and Allie

Dena Pickle said...

Thanks for the visit! The lamb looks delicious. I don't beleive i have ever eaten any lamb.
Asparagus, now I could eat that every day!

Charm and Grace said...

Mmmm... those lamb chops look so yummmy. Although I have to say they are predicting snow for tomorrow night here (in the deep South). Go figure.


Jane said...

Good Morning,
I have been reading through some of your recent posts and have really enjoyed reading all of the recipes that you posted. They all sound delicious. I'm definitely going to give Sarah's Chicken a sounds really good and it looks pretty easy and that is important for me in the kitchen :-)
Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit.

Deana Sidney said...

That platter is the bee's knees! Lamb looks great and so does your blog... glad I stopped by!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I haven't had lamb for months! I love them grilled too. The recipe you shared sounds delicious!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love classic preparations for rck of lamb. Yours looks delicious, Martha.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Mmmm... lamb. I haven't made it for years. May have to remedy that! I like the idea of having lamb as March begins. . . as long as that doesn't mean that the month will end as a lion!
PS Dion says HEY to Oliver.

Myrna said...

Hi Martha! Glad you liked my sign, thanks for popping in and leaving a sweet comment!
I love your blog. Love your decor,entertaining ideas, and oh my~the FOOD!! ;-)
I haven't had lamb since I was young and my mom prepared it. I've been intimidated about cooking it..but with this recipe, I might give it a go!!
Have a lovely day!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Martha! Sounds yummy! I scrolled down and peeked at your master bedroom...gorgeous! Happy week1..Debbie

katrina said...

Oh, Martha - this looks and sounds so GOOD! I'm going to have to find some good local lamb, yum, yum!


Funny, I was having the biggest lamb craving yesterday when I went to the supermarket, but they were out. This looks so delicious, I'll definitely be trying it next time. Lauren

French Nanny said...

I think the original saying was the March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb...

claire said...

Looks yummy! I really like Ina Garten's recipes...easy & delicious!