What is it about Lamb?

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What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 5:37 PM
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If this hasn't already been a topic it should have been, if it has, I apologize, If I started it, it's a sign of old age! In any case folks seem to either LOVE it or dislike it, personally I LOVE it, any way any day, Racks, Kebobs, Burgers, Stew, Chops, Riblets, any ole way. It marinates so well, grills to perfection, is unique in flavor but not overpowering, that said, if I serve it at a dinner party, I have a second entree usually, a fish, Salmon usually, as quite a few folks are not the fan I am and I know the Mayor is. What's your take and favorite recipe, or cut?

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 7:15 PM
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Braised Lamb Shanks, Chewy. 
When they were cheap because no one bought them I would ask the butcher if he had any. 
Sure. 
How much?
Ah, gimme a buck. 
A buck for 6 shanks---now they are $5 or more each. 
Braised -- dee-lish-ous. 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 7:17 PM
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Also those little baby lamb chops you pick up with your fingers
and eat 'em right off the bone, just like candy.  Fan-tas-tick !!!

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 7:19 PM
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And Shish-ka-Bob---marinated over night and cooked over hot coals
with vegetables on a skewer..  Mama Mia,  dem dare is great

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 7:26 PM
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I love lamb, and unfortunately I don't make it as often as I'd like. Naturally a roast leg of lamb is always a favorite, but it's the rack I love most. Please say you're not serving lamb at Chubby's. I'm already working hard to keep myself from driving forever to get there.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 8:13 PM
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Michael, it is not that far from your home to Chubby's, only about 400 miles, all but about 50 miles of it on Interstate.  That should be an easy 6 1/2 hour drive (or less) for you.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 9:03 PM
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Rack of Lamb, Oh my! My friend from Jordan make's a Lamb dish that is out of this world. She will not share her cooking secret..dang!

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 10:43 PM
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Lamb chops, leg of lamb or a French Dip Lamb sandwich at Phillipe's... all great.
 
 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 05/28/11 10:50 PM
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Michael, it is not that far from your home to Chubby's, only about 400 miles, all but about 50 miles of it on Interstate.  That should be an easy 6 1/2 hour drive (or less) for you.

The trouble with that is, after a long drive, and the need to drve back, I'd have to put up with Tom. Now, if I could time it so it's his day off ...
 
I mean, who'd want to actually have to deal with the guy? He likes bacon, you know.


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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 1:57 AM
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Yeah, I really like Rack of Lamb, Medium seasoning rub on the surface, then Pan-seared to a crispy brown outside, then oven roasted for just a few minutes to get the inside warm and more pink than raw-red. Those little ribs make a great dinner entree.


 
 I will order shanks now and then. The last time I had them was at 3 Brothers Restaurant in Milwaukee, and frankly, they weren't anything special at all.I would not order this dish again.
 
  I don't order Leg of Lamb Roast when dining out as it is usually "Well-Done" and the place seems to think that Mint Jelly will cover the over-cooked texture and flavor.
So the ribs, or chops done Medium at the most will be my Lamb choice, most of the time.
  Now here in our area many summer BBQ fests use Mutton for the meat in the 'Que. That is M U T T O N, not lamb. I really like it ...a bunch of large ribs with a lot of 'char' or outside crispy edges with the inner meat. The usual condiment for this meat is a vinegar based thin "Dippin' sauce'.
Here's  how the Western Kentucky folks do their Sheep !


 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 4:22 AM
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Bobs grandmother raised lambs, especially "lamby", one day he wondered where she was. Grandma, in no uncertain terms, explained thet we were enjoying her.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 7:17 AM
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the ancient mariner


Braised Lamb Shanks, Chewy. 
When they were cheap because no one bought them I would ask the butcher if he had any. 
Sure. 
How much?
Ah, gimme a buck. 
A buck for 6 shanks---now they are $5 or more each. 
Braised -- dee-lish-ous. 

 
Braised lamb shanks at Grandpa's in Fort Lauderdale $11.99.

 
I decided to try them at home....lamb shanks $5.99 per pound.  Two shanks set me back 17 bucks  
 
Remember when peasant food was cheap?
 
I hear those little baby lamb chops go good with a Manhattan!

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 7:42 AM
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I love lamb just about anyway! Rack of lamb, Roasted Leg of Lamb and Braised Lamb Shanks are my favorites. Here is the leg of lamb I did on my grill last Easter.


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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 10:25 AM
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We recently enjoyed some  lamb sausages from Hawthorn Valley Farms in Ghent NY. We grilled them and they were very tasty - nicely seasoned by the makers. 
 
BTW:Hawthorn Valley is primarily a cheese maker - very nice cheddar, raclette, brie, plus yogurt and quark.
 
Cheers, John  

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 11:03 AM
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I love lamb, and grew up eating leg of lamb for Sunday dinner.  My mom would cut slits in it, stuff it with garlic and then roast it, and make gravy from the drippings to serve with rice and green peas, and always mint jelly served on the side.
I eat dinner with my Dad couple times a week, and we eat lamb loin chops, just cooked in a skillet, which he likes a little garlic salt, and cracked black pepper on it. 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 11:50 AM
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Definitely a fan of the lamb. My favourite is Sosaties. A South African kabob style. Takes a few days to prep but it's certainly worthwhile!
 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 12:03 PM
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Michael Hoffman


I love lamb, and unfortunately I don't make it as often as I'd like. Naturally a roast leg of lamb is always a favorite, but it's the rack I love most. Please say you're not serving lamb at Chubby's. I'm already working hard to keep myself from driving forever to get there.

I wish I could, IMHO, it has to go from either broiler or grill to plate, Kebobs would be the only possibility but I 86'd my charbroiler a few years ago, and it would back up the flow when busy!


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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 12:10 PM
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Michael, it is not that far from your home to Chubby's, only about 400 miles, all but about 50 miles of it on Interstate.  That should be an easy 6 1/2 hour drive (or less) for you.

The trouble with that is, after a long drive, and the need to drve back, I'd have to put up with Tom. Now, if I could time it so it's his day off ...

I mean, who'd want to actually have to deal with the guy? He likes bacon, you know.

Indeed, I think I'll change my name here to Dr Bacon! If you decide to show Michael, I'll become a mute dishwasher, till your food is served!


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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 12:19 PM
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mayor al


Yeah, I really like Rack of Lamb, Medium seasoning rub on the surface, then Pan-seared to a crispy brown outside, then oven roasted for just a few minutes to get the inside warm and more pink than raw-red. Those little ribs make a great dinner entree.



I will order shanks now and then. The last time I had them was at 3 Brothers Restaurant in Milwaukee, and frankly, they weren't anything special at all.I would not order this dish again.
 
I don't order Leg of Lamb Roast when dining out as it is usually "Well-Done" and the place seems to think that Mint Jelly will cover the over-cooked texture and flavor.
So the ribs, or chops done Medium at the most will be my Lamb choice, most of the time.
Now here in our area many summer BBQ fests use Mutton for the meat in the 'Que. That is M U T T O N, not lamb. I really like it ...a bunch of large ribs with a lot of 'char' or outside crispy edges with the inner meat. The usual condiment for this meat is a vinegar based thin "Dippin' sauce'.
Here's  how the Western Kentucky folks do their Sheep !




Al, that Rack looks oh, about perfect, the Asparagus likewise...I'd love to try those Mutton ribs, I'll bet the smell near that pit is amazing!!


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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 1:09 PM
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love lamb in all forms....chops, shanks, legs.   My favorite is probably a marinated boneless butterflied leg, done on the grill.  Just like a steak, only better.  Actually thinking about lamb for grilling tomorrow, unless I do St Louis style ribs...

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 2:29 PM
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Tom
Yeah thats a big community BBQ day in Wavery,KY The famous Peak Brothers BBQ is right across Hiway 60 from this pit. These volunteers work the pit for 24 hours before the feeding starts!

 
 
 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 5:06 PM
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mayor al


Tom
Yeah thats a big community BBQ day in Wavery,KY The famous Peak Brothers BBQ is right across Hiway 60 from this pit. These volunteers work the pit for 24 hours before the feeding starts!


 



Al, coming from someone in the business, that is a most amazing sight to see, Lord that looks fabulous, a once in a lifetime experience for a carninvore that adores grilled meat, lamb/mutton, whatever, I keep staring at the pics, in awe!

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 5:40 PM
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This year's St Peters Wavery Picnic is Saturday June 25th. They serve starting at 4 pm, but the fun will be to watch the prep-squad while they work, plus parking at 4 pm is like a big-city ball game parking lot !!!  GET THERE EARLY AND ENJOY THE FUN.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 5:50 PM
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mayor al


This year's St Peters Wavery Picnic is Saturday June 25th. They serve starting at 4 pm, but the fun will be to watch the prep-squad while they work, plus parking at 4 pm is like a big-city ball game parking lot !!!  GET THERE EARLY AND ENJOY THE FUN.

Being there early on Saturday would count for Sunday Mass, as it would be a religious experience!


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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 6:57 PM
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Chewy had a little lamb 
He cooked it to a turn
 
Mayor Al had a bunch of them and they was lookin g-o-o-d
 
Joe got WASP Osso Bucco--- but Joe that price is crazy, you could
go broke eating peasant food.   I haven't had lamb shanks since they became a gourmet item.  Even sliced balogna is expensive,
and that's no baloney !!
 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 05/29/11 8:13 PM
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Thanks Old Timer !
and
Tom , the place makes the Miracle of Fishes and Loaves seem like an Elementary School lunch room. Waverly has about 900 residents and feeding the '5000' is a major understatment ! Lots of locals call in an order to take home rather than fight the crowd for sitting space at the outdoor tables or eating off the hood of your car!

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Tue, 05/31/11 7:23 AM
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I love lamb or at least I used to.  All the lamb I've bought recently doesn't taste like lamb, very hard to tell I'm eating lamb at all.  Paid a bunch for chops last night and was very disappointed.   What happened have they bred sheep to have no taste? Anyone else notice this?
One more question, does anyone know which has the most flavor American Lamb; Australian Lamb or New Zealand?

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Tue, 05/31/11 9:26 AM
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My main reason to drive to Elgin and go to Southside Market is due to their mutton ribs. I consider them to be one of the answers to "Where should I eat?" in Texas.  While many places in the region shine with their brisket and ribs, City Market is unique with them.
I have seen upscale lamb packaged in in the meat aisle. This is a quality product with choices of ribs, ground and stew, along with racks. They are trying to make lamb appear to be attractive, but not at those prices.
When I cook lamb at home, I find it to be a great reason to take a walk around the neighborhood. Rosemary grows everywhere and down the street is a nice patch of mint.
 
mark
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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Thu, 06/2/11 4:14 PM
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All kinds of lamb are a real treat for me. One favorite is a shoulder lamb chop lightly salt & peppered and then sprinkled with sugar on each side and quickly seared on a hot pan with a bit of butter!!

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Thu, 06/2/11 6:13 PM
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Here's a tasty recipe for leftover lamb:
Cut up lamb into bite-sized pieces.
Chop green pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini, and tomato.
( any proportion of the above that looks good to you)
Saute the vegetables in olive oil, add a Tblsp of tomato paste, leftover lamb gravy, (salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, oregano...).
Add the meat and serve over white rice along with a crusty loaf of bread. 
 
Cheers, John 
 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Thu, 06/2/11 8:19 PM
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John, that's what my Mom called "BBQ'd" lamb when I was a kid. That's how she always served leftover lamb. Of course we always had it over brown rice. My Mom was into health foods before it was fashionable.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Thu, 06/2/11 9:08 PM
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Years ago Lamb chops were my favorite thing to order in a "fancy" place. Also I remember preparing leg of lamb ever so often. I haven't had it for several years now except occasionally on Gyro. If I did have it I should probably have when dining alone. There are a couple things my wife (who is a great gal) in her words skeeves sp? Lamb and veal are among them.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Fri, 06/3/11 5:59 AM
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Mr & Mrs Wolf love lamb too. The reintroduction of wolves is one of several reasons for the much higher cost of lamb. The drought in Australia caused a lot of problems too.
 
Lamb , like beef, comes in various qualities, but unlike beef, fully 40% of lamb in the USA is used in the food service industry. The restaurants pay more for lamb than the supermarkets do, so some supermarkets are having a tough time sourcing good lamb.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 06/4/11 10:29 PM
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Love it! Besides the usual dishes here are some I've enjoyed:

Mutton ribs at Southside Market in Elgin, TX.

Fresh lamb ribs from Lunardi’s Market in Walnut Creek, CA. A grocery store with a real meat department. Lamb ribs with the meat side pried back and spicy lamb sausage inserted. On the grill or in the oven with some BBQ sauce. Never seen it anywhere else.

Lamb dishes at Muslim Chinese restaurants. The signature dish is lamb and sour cabbage soup. Also lamb pot stickers and lamb with scallions and hand-cut noodles.

Lamb at Szechwan Chinese restaurants. Stir-fried with hot oil or with cumin.

One that I’ve never had. Chicken stuffed with lamb and pistachios. James Bond had it in one of the novels when in Lebanon. I’ve asked about it at a couple of Lebanese restaurants but here they make it with beef because they say Americans don’t like lamb.



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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 06/4/11 11:01 PM
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What in hell is a muslim chinese restaurant??!!!!!!!!!!?????

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 06/4/11 11:27 PM
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the ancient mariner


Chewy had a little lamb 
He cooked it to a turn

Mayor Al had a bunch of them and they was lookin g-o-o-d

Joe got WASP Osso Bucco--- but Joe that price is crazy, you could
go broke eating peasant food.   I haven't had lamb shanks since they became a gourmet item.  Even sliced balogna is expensive,
and that's no baloney !!

I've said it before - you're just not right Mr Mariner......

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sun, 06/5/11 12:05 AM
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There a a great number of muslims Chinese, living primarily in western China, hence, muslim chinese restaurants. There are muslims chinese restaurants in the US. In order to meet muslims dietary law the chinese keep a Halal kitchen.I have eaten at one in Houston and one in San Francisco. Great fresh food.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Mon, 06/6/11 8:02 AM
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Either one loves lamb or simply can't abide it.
 
We never had it in my youth and my first exposure to it was traumatic.  We visited some friends and the female of the house had mutton baking in the oven.  I was revulsed by the vile stench and, for polity, later choked down some for dinner.  Even the next morning their house reeked of it.  Twenty lamb & mutton-free years later I was offered a bite of a Gyro and almost threw up from what I took to be a "metallic" taste.
 
Goodness, this is turning into a negative, non-informative post.  Oh well, more lamb for you!

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Wed, 06/8/11 11:31 AM
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the ancient mariner


And Shish-ka-Bob---marinated over night and cooked over hot coals
with vegetables on a skewer..  Mama Mia,  dem dare is great

This. I made some 2 weeks ago, the 1st time my SIL had any lamb. I used to make this all the time but hadn't for 3 or 4 years.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Thu, 06/9/11 9:31 AM
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Charlotte Sailor---ahoy there matey
 
Funny you should mention that----my Sainted Mother would not buy anything but American lamb---said Australian had no taste and was tougher. 
This was 20 or 25 years ago.  Mom was a chef on estates and was taught to shop by an expert---nothing beat American Lamb.  She also said American lamb ran second to Irish but you could not buy Irish lamb in the good old USA.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Thu, 06/9/11 10:12 AM
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The mutton chop at Kean's Steakhouse in NY is one of the greatest restaurant dishes I've ever had.  Unfortunately, it's $48.00, so I only have it about once a year.  I'm telling you, it's better than any steak I've ever had. 
 
http://www.keens.com/AboutKeens/Mutton/
 


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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Fri, 08/26/11 4:56 PM
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The recent review on the home page for Southside Market made me want to include these wonderful, meaty and juicy photos of their mutton ribs.
 
mark  
 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 08/27/11 12:33 PM
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Lamb is by far my favorite meat.  I love every cut....leg, shoulder, rack, chops and especially the shanks.  Braised lamb shanks have to be one of my favorite foods on the planet. 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 08/27/11 1:27 PM
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ces1948


Years ago Lamb chops were my favorite thing to order in a "fancy" place. Also I remember preparing leg of lamb ever so often. I haven't had it for several years now except occasionally on Gyro. If I did have it I should probably have when dining alone. There are a couple things my wife (who is a great gal) in her words skeeves sp? Lamb and veal are among them.

ces 1948,
I also order lamb at a "fancy place".  I always order lamb at Outback, very good & pretty good price.  Lamb can be difficult to find at a regular grocery, but here in Indy the local Meijer store has lamb.  So far I have only gotten lamb chops, but they are very good. 
By the way, is "1948" in your name the year of your birth?  If so, I am just a year older than you-1947.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 08/27/11 3:29 PM
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We took the two Christopher grandsons to the Moonlite BBQ last night. 
 
 For those who haven't met them. I have two grandsons (among the herd of grandkids) named Christopher AARON. both are 14, 9th graders etc etc. They were born 3 months apart , one in San Diego and one here in Louisville. The parents were not aware that they had duplicated the names. For the whole family it has not been anything important...until Califoria Chris came to live with us (Jan and I) this Fall. Now the two Chris's are buddies and hang out together, go to different High Schools...but both answer to the name...so we are working on some unique identification.

   As you know Owensboro KY is noted for it's MUTTON BBQ. In addition to all the other stuff on the buffet on Fridays (Oysters and several styles of Catfish...) The former Californian, Chris, son of Janet's daughter was introduced to MUTTON-- Chopped, Sliced and the Ribs  !  Chris Bowen (son of one of my sons,) devoured 4 plates of BBQ, 3 of the 4 being Mutton Only,  while the other Chris tried the Pork in various forms, the Brisket (too fatty) and even the Chicken.
  So the Mutton Gospel is spreading here in the Ohio Valley.
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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 08/27/11 4:00 PM
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Good Lord, Al, those two are gonna eat you out of house and home and lamb.  Nice to see kids that are willing to eat something other than fast food.  Long live the Mutton Gospel! 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 08/27/11 7:37 PM
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Al
Did you have any of their burgoo?  I havent had it such a long time.  I need to get down that way. 

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 08/27/11 8:57 PM
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Lisa,
  We only have one living with us. The other and his family live about 10 miles from here. So the food budget has been hit, but not destroyed.
 
Don,
  We tested the Burgoo last night, small-sample cup. It was barely warm and very thin with no real character at all.  I have had much better there, and other places.
 
Lots of folks at Costco this morning picking up "Racks of Lamb" on a store special at $10 a lb. That used to be the standard price but now it is $13 a lb . So the special had folks buying the little lambie ribs.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Sat, 08/27/11 8:57 PM
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Lisa,
  We only have one living with us. The other and his family live about 10 miles from here. So the food budget has been hit, but not destroyed.
 
Don,
  We tested the Burgoo last night, small-sample cup. It was barely warm and very thin with no real character at all.  I have had much better there, and other places.
 
Lots of folks at Costco this morning picking up "Racks of Lamb" on a store special at $10 a lb. That used to be the standard price but now it is $13 a lb . So the special had folks buying the little lambie ribs.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Tue, 08/30/11 5:53 PM
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The taste and smell of lamb are awful to me. It always looks so good on another person's plate, but I know I can't eat it. Maybe it's like cilantro, a definite yes/no situation.

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Re:What is it about Lamb? - Tue, 08/30/11 6:29 PM
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I know I'm a real stick-in-the-mud, but I usually decline lamb and veal.  And cilantro, too, for that matter.